Werewolf Pacts of the ShudderWood
While over a dozen distinct werewolf packs live within the Shudderwood, most packs trace their lineages to one of five tribes native to the region, which are described below. Most of these tribes have two names: that which they call themselves, and a more common epithet by which most outsiders know them.
Dorzhanevs or Broken Ones
Current Leader: Cybrisa Dorzhanev
These lycanthropes settle in remote or isolated territories, building small provincial communities near the wood’s edge. For the most part, they pose as simple farmers or trappers, occasionally traveling to larger communities to sell or trade for goods. They live and hunt in small packs, targeting lone travelers or those who stray from larger groups. Physically smaller than the other tribes, the Broken Ones transform into red wolves.
Jezeldans or Demon Wolves:
Current Leader: Adimarus Ionacu
The smallest and most recently formed pack in the Shudderwood, the Demon Wolves are an amalgam of newly afflicted werewolves,
whose pitiful existence is typically scorned by most natural lycanthropes, and exiles from other tribes, all worshipers of the demon lord Jezelda, Mistress of the Hungry Moon.
Mordrinacht or Silverhides:
Current Leader: Mathus Mordrinacht
The Mordrinacht, colloquially known as the Silverhides for their gray-white fur, are more aggressive than the Broken Ones, yet possess more composure and subtlety than the other tribes. The Mordrinacht rarely form standard packs, instead living much of their lives as solitary individuals or lone wolves. Only in times of great importance do they unite and form organized packs. More so than all the others, the Mordrinacht have been successful at blending in with normal humans and living secretly within their communities, with a few bold individuals even settling in some of Ustalav’s major cities.
Prince’s Wolves – Pink Paws
Current Leader: Rhakis Szadro
Varisian werewolves with ties to the Sczarni crime family, the Prince’s Wolves were created as part of Prince Andriadus Virholt’s efforts to rid his lands of the agents of the Whispering Tyrant centuries ago. The Prince’s Wolves maintain a tight pack structure and spend much of their time traveling in small family groups, performing or pickpocketing to support themselves before moving on to do it again somewhere else. The Prince’s Wolves transform into wolves with brown or gray fur. Prince’s Wolves have historically been enemies of the Whispering
Tyrant and his minions (such as the Whispering Way).
Vollensag or Primals
Current Leader: Kvalca Sain
The smallest of the Shudderwood’s tribes, the Vollensag are also the most homogenous, as they are all descended from the ancient Kellid tribes who once inhabited these lands before they were driven out by the invading Varisians. At present , less than 30 Vollensag remain, settled deep in the woods and traveling in small migratory hunting packs, living as much as their ancestors did. Despite their declining numbers, the Primals’ ability to transform into large gray dire wolves makes them an influential force among the wolves of the wood.
Stairs of the Moon & Packlord Ascension
The Five main pacts of the Shudderwood hold sacred the ground and ruins of the Stairs of the Moon. This holy site is the location of the Packlord Ascension. Only upon this ground can a can a pact leader rise to the ultimate tier among the pacts, that of PackLord. The Packlord is considered the unquestionable ruler of all other pacts and there can only be one. Within this mysterious and savage ceremony the prospective PackLord must defeat the previous Packlord and and that a new packlord must consume the heart of the predecessor to claim the title.