Storm of the Century
Полный словарь языка Гару (английский язык)
Werewolf: the Apocalypse Glossary
These words are in common use among the Garou.
An Umbral realm which is tear in the fabric of creation. The Abyss is a yawning, chasm that consumes
everything that is forgotten or abandoned. In its depths are things long gone and things best forgotten. As
the Apocalypse approaches, it steadily grows larger.
Garou of the third rank of hierarchy.
Stretching across the Umbral heavens, portions of the Aetherial Realm wend their way across the barrier
between Earth and the Deep Umbra. Powerful Garou tend to Anchorheads, places where travelers may
pass through Earth’s Gauntlet to other worlds; many of these distant realms are staunchly defended by the
Stargazer tribe. Aetherial totems strong influence on this realm — the “planetary Incarnae” of Luna and
Helios are among the most powerful.
Aging and Death
Natural death is not terribly common among werewolves. A werewolf’s regenerative powers can grant him
some measure of added longevity — a werewolf could conceivably live to 120 or so before his body finally
gives out entirely — but there are precious view examples of such elders. Most werewolves die in battle, and
those that don’t usually choose to die in accordance with the Litany rather than face the same of old age
When a cub is born under the full moon, she grows up full of rage and fury. When her auspice moon
hangs in the heavens, she is eager to unleash her wrath and give into the glory of bloodlust. Like the
wolfman of legend, she revels in violence and feral frenzies, meting punishment with her cruel claws. After
years of intense training, she will howl at the moon that she is Ahroun.
Many Garou have the ability to channel ancestral memory to gain or improve their skills.
Garou are faithful to tribe and Gaia unto death… and beyond. The spirits of the long-dead wait in the
Umbra, watching the exploits of their descendants and ready to aid the living with knowledge, wisdom or
perhaps by lending their expertise in combat.
A spirit gate between the Near and Deep Umbra. (See Membrane.)
Werewolves are dangerous. Such is the curse and blessing that all Garou share. And yet, while humans
usually shy away from that Rage, it can also make werewolves appear very sexy.
The portentous Red Star that has recently appeared in the Umbral heavens; largely seen as an omen of
doom. Also called “the Eye of the Wyrm.”
Slang for homid Garou.
The age of destruction, the final cycle, the birth of death, the everlasting corruption, the end of Gaia. A
word used in Garou mythology to describe the time of the final battle with the Wyrm. Many consider this
time to be the present.
Here one may find a dying relic of a bygone age, and perhaps portents of the future. This realm is the
manifestation of the fae in the Near Umbra, a place where emanations imbued with faerie energy act out
the classic roles of fae myth. However the ailing plight of the fae has affected this realm; an Endless
Winter slowly advances across the landscape, destroying the old ways. If Garou seek truths about the Fair
Folk’s past, they had best quest here soon.
Garou of the fourth rank of hierarchy.
Millennia of suffering from all the world’s victims have created the Atrocity Realm, a place where the
worst cruelties and tortures have been immortalized. No Garou seeks this place for glory — those that
come here do so to learn, no matter how painful the lesson.
The phase of the moon under which a particular Garou was born, which is thought commonly to
determine personality and tendencies. The auspices include Ragabash (New Moon; Trickster), Theurge
(Crescent Moon; Seer), Philodox (Half Moon; Judge), Galliard (Gibbous Moon; Moon Dancer), Ahroun
(Full Moon; Warrior).
The process of arousing a slumbering (inactive) spirit. When performed on plants, this is known as
sanctification. The Rite of Spirit Awakening is used in this process.
A generic term for the evil spirits that follow the Wyrm. The variety among Banes is astounding, and they
often have “breeds” of their own, including Scrags, Kali, Psychomachiae and more.
Baptism of Fire
A rite which “baptizes” an infant Garou next to a ritual fire, under the light of their auspice moon, and
attaching a Kin-Fetch to watch over them and then alert nearby Garou at their First Change.
Slang for metis Garou.
The werecats are rare and usually bitter rivals of the Garou, who distrust their secretive nature. It is
rumored they have stolen or still steal magics. They tend to be loners. They have a number of tribes, each
of which look like different species of wild cats.
A scar earned by an extremely severe wound in battle, often one that almost costs the Garou his life.
Generally considered glorious to earn.
A realm dedicated to war and conflict in all their forms, the Battleground will burn strong as long as
people make war on one another. Spiritual echoes of the great battles of history live on: tribal conflicts
during the Impergium, Roman invasions, Shadow Lord raids on vampire fiefdoms, the two World Wars,
and so on. Spirits, shades, and werewolf camps have also begun gathering around an empty field called
Virago Plain, where they believe the battle of the Apocalypse will begin.
A boundary area around a caern, patrolled and monitored carefully.
In a berserk frenzy, the Garou can see only red and moving shapes. They wish only to reduce these shapes
to mangled carcasses. A berserk Garou shifts immediately to Crinos or Hispo and attacks.
The process of attaching a spirit to a Garou, making it his servant. Garou generally feel that spirits should
only be bound when needed.
In a tribe composed exclusively of women, the Furies act as defenders of the Goddess and protectors of
her most sacred places. Originating in Ancient Greece, the tribe has since inspired great legends of female
Black Spiral Dancer
Garou who turn to the Wyrm are destined to join the ranks of the Black Spiral Dancers. Originally, the
founders of this tribe were known as the White Howlers, but they were conquered and turned to the
Wyrm, and then re-emerged as the Black Spiral tribe.
Any corrupted area in either the spirit world or physical reality; a realm reflecting either the most perverse
and desecrated ideals of the Wyrm, or the static and dehumanizing agenda of the Weaver.
A variation on the One by One combat tactic, Blindsiding allows multiple werewolves to attack a single
target without one member putting himself at direct risk. Most of the attackers step into the Penumbra
and move behind the attacker. After waiting an agreed amount of time, the single werewolf left in the
material world rushes at the target, makes an attack and rushes away again. As soon as the Werewolf has
made her attack, her packmates step out of the Umbra and launch their attacks at the unsuspecting target.
As the opponent turns to face these new attackers, the first werewolf returns to launch another attack
This urban tribe is tied instinctually to life on the street. Long ago, they began as scavengers in India and
Northern Africa. Now they stalk wherever the homeless and desperate struggle to survive.
A minor rite used to pay homage to one’s totem spirit.
The ancestry of a Garou, be it wolf, human or other Garou.
A sacred place; a meeting spot where the Garou can contact the spirit world.
The most sacred part of a caern is its center. This is the spiritual heart of the caern. The caern’s heart is
where the Gauntlet is nonexistent, and hence the place where the most powerful rituals are conducted.
Even an average mortal can sense the power of such a place.
Caller of the Wyld
Invokes honors to the sept’s totem; usually a Theurge.
The greatest spirits; the closest things the Garou have to gods. Examples are Luna (the Moon) and Helios
A magical ability of a spirit, somewhat similar to a Gift.
Child of Gaia
As peaceful warriors and gentle mediators, the Children favor healing and understanding over bloodshed.
No other tribe is as committed to helping humanity.
Garou of the first rank of hierarchy.
The totem spirit of the Glass Walkers.
A great moot, wherein many tribes gather to discuss matters that concern the Nation of Garou.
The agreement all the tribes reached nearly 9,000 years ago, after which the Impergium ended. The
traditions thereof are still obeyed today.
The wereravens are probably the closest things the Garou have to actual friends among the Fera. They are
bringers of news, though they tend to be very discreet about it these days.
The act of destroying, devolving or debasing life; also, the often overwhelming effects of the Wyrm’s
actions. In the present age, it often refers specifically to the ecological ruin humans wreak upon the
Council of Elders
A sept’s ruling body.
The half-wolf, half-human war form of the Garou. Affectionately known as the “nine-foot snarling deathbeast”
form, a werewolf in Crinos form wants to do only one thing — kill. The natural form of all metisbreed
Garou, the Crinos is not a form for deliberation, even with other werewolves.
A newly-changed Garou who has not passed her Rite of Passage.
Other animals, especially humans, can sense the predator in a Werewolf, and they shy away from him.
The higher a Garou’s Rage, the more pronounced this effect.
The war against the Weaver has come to the glass and steel skyscrapers of the CyberRealm. In the urban
squalor of the streets below, anarchists and idealists gather their forces. High overhead, the Weaver
dominates a high-tech realm. “Corporate ladders” of webs stretch across many vertical miles. Computer
terminals scattered throughout the upper levels grant access to a sub-realm known as the Computer Web.
Few werewolves know much about the Dark Umbra, the realm of death. When a werewolf dies, his spirit
returns to the Earth Mother; some Garou linger on as ancestor-spirits to guide their kin, while others are
said to be reborn in different bodies. For this reason, most werewolves have less a fear of death than a fear
of dying poorly.
The aspects of the Umbra that lie outside the Membrane. Reality becomes more and more fragmentary
the farther one travels from the Realm.
The madness and memory-loss suffered by humans who look upon a Garou in Crinos form.
Werewolves who spend too much time either in the Umbra or away from it may experience disconnection.
This dangerous condition can lead to madness or even Harano. Lone wolves are more likely to suffer from
disconnection than pack members. The cure for disconnection is to step sideways.
Werewolves are not immune to disease, but they recuperate much faster than humans do. A Garou’s
healing abilities protect her from ever catching minor ailments such as the common cold or the flu. Even
truly debilitating diseases can’t do permanent harm.
Domains are places in the Umbra sustained by outside spiritual energy, often that of supernatural
creatures. The tribal homelands are the best example. The spiritual strength of each tribe and its tribal
totem creates a realm where they can interact with the reflections of great Garou heroes.
Dreams are an accepted means of receiving wisdom from Gaia among the Garou. The wisdom, however, is
often shrouded in mysterious symbols that only the dreamer can interpret.
A traditional method of testing dominance, and perhaps the most straight-forward: single combat. Such
contests are rarely to the death.
Garou of the fifth rank of hierarchy.
As the name suggests, these spirits are the manifestation of the raw elements that make up all things.
Most of the spirits that Garou deal with are tied to something concrete and understandable, such as a type
of animal or plant. Some have no such connection, though. Lacking a frame of reference, they are often
difficult to comprehend.
Spirits that embody an idea or concept, such as peace, envy, death or speed.
Gaia’s wrath manifests in caverns below the Umbrascape, where failed Garou atone for their greatest sins.
Sinister broods of black or silver Crinos brutes exact punishment against werewolves. Their charges writhe
in a river of molten silver. Visitors may pass through and learn from the errors of others … or may
challenge the broods for knowledge and power. Charyss rules here, watching from the parapets of a castle
in the center of a silver lake.
A traditional method of testing dominance. A contest of wills which the challenger initiates by growling at
his opponent and staring him in the eye with an unblinking gaze. The first werewolf to back down loses.
The fair folk are creatures of illusion and enchantment and, if not actually extinct, are so rare that they are
The totem spirit of the Silver Fangs.
A group of Kinfolk who form an alliance. Most Fellowships unify for a certain goal, such as
communication or genealogy.
The totem spirit of the Get of Fenris.
Garou term for shapeshifters other than werewolves; most are presumed extinct.
Slang term for lupus.
A vessel which has a spirit bound to it. The owner of the fetish can invoke the spirit within to perform a
Exclusively of Celtic descent, the Fianna are known for their wild passions and artistic insight. They are
famous for their skilled bards, great warriors and mystical ties to the fae.
Slang for lupus Garou.
Anything is possible in this highly transitory realm. When the Wyld faded from Gaia, it’s said, he left his
heart in deep in the Umbra. Now the Weaver has encased it and trapped it in the Flux Near Realm. Pure
madness and energy surge here.
Bane-possessed humans (and sometimes animals) who have turned to the Wyrm and who draw their
power from it. Common enemies of the Garou. The plural is fomori.
Garou of the second rank of hierarchy.
Slang for lupus Garou.
Entering a fox frenzy means that the Garou flees in terror for her life. She shifts to Lupus form and runs,
attacking anything that gets in her way. Once the werewolf reaches a safe hiding place, she will remain
there until frenzy passes.
The popular image of the werewolf is that of a snarling, uncontrollable beast, and that isn’t entirely untrue.
No matter how centered or citified he is, every werewolf carries Rage in his heart. Any werewolf can lose
control and run amok if that Rage is not curtailed. Frenzy is more likely under the fuller moon, and
under the phase of one’s auspice.
A combat pack tactic usually performed by two Garou in rapid succession, this attack consists of the first
packmate stripping away the natural protection (or even artificial armor) of an opponent, leaving a
vulnerable spot for the next packmate to attack.
A simple spirit servant of a Jaggling, Incarna or Celestine. Gafflings are rarely sentient.
The Earth and related Realms, in both a physical and a spiritual sense, or, for some Garou, the entirety of
the universe; the Mother Goddess.
Cubs born under the gibbous moon are known as Moon Dancers, since they’re inspired easily by the
radiant moonlight this auspice moon brings. Although some may see them as flighty or temperamental,
they have terrific bursts of artistic insight. When the moon is bright, they are often moved to song or story.
Many develop phenomenal memories, especially for the sagas and histories of great Garou. Because of
their great passion and sociable bravado, such cubs become Galliards.
A traditional method of testing dominance. A contest of skill, cunning or wits. It may be a riddle contest,
a game of chess, a competition to name various hierarchies of spirits or some similar mental exercise.
What many werewolves call themselves.
See Western Concordiat.
The ancient places have many strong ties. In times past, mighty spirits forged gates between realms in the
Umbra. Gates transport travelers from one location to another instantly. They are permanent constructs
able to withstand any force that a werewolf could bring to bear.
Liaison to other septs; monitors the moon bridge.
Gathering for the Departed
This rite is enacted in honor of the newly dead.
The barrier between the physical world of Earth and the spirit world of the Umbra. It is strongest around
technological (Weaver) places and weakest around caerns.
Get of Fenris
Surviving the harsh lands of Northern Europe, the Fenrir have developed a savage, bloodthirsty and
fatalistic view of life. As one of the most martial tribes of werewolves, they are also unparalleled at dealing
Ghosts are the spirits of dead humans who are somehow prevented from passing on to their final reward
and are marooned in the Dark Umbra.
A magical ability taught by a spirit to a Garou, in accordance with an ancient pact. Gifts allow werewolves
to focus their spiritual energy to affect the Tellurian.
The near-man form of the Garou. The Glabro form is bipedal, and it doesn’t possess obvious fangs or
claws, but the resemblance to a human being ends there. A Garou shifting from Homid to Glabro gains
from 100% to 200% in body weight (all muscle) and six inches in height. Body hair becomes much more
profuse, the teeth and nails elongate, the brow slopes, and the werewolf looks huge and menacing.
For thousands of years, the Walkers hid in human cities, living as wolves among sheep. Other werewolves
typically mistrust them, not only for their proficiency with high technology, but also for their love of
human cities and culture.
A domain where the Wyld is supreme. Their earthly reflections are places of great beauty, while their
Penumbral shadows are ideal for meditation.
Glory represents the physical deeds of the Garou: feats of strength, stamina and agility, such as those that
made Hercules a legend. It also measures bravery, extreme risks and victories in battle.
The connection each Garou has to the Sacred Mother. It is what allows a werewolf to access the spirits
that surround them; it is the essence of the spiritual world.
Usually a Philodox, the werewolf who speaks for the council.
A moot convened to discuss the weightiest matters, often those that affect an entire tribe. All werewolves
of the specific tribe within a reasonable distance are required to attend; others may be invited as well, but
only with special permission.
The totem spirit of the Shadow Lords (and Hakken).
Graves of the Hallowed Heroes
A place near a caern where Garou honor their fallen, and can remember their packmates.
Greet the Moon
A minor rite which is an exuberant paean to Luna.
The totem spirit of the Red Talons.
Assistants to the Warder.
The War of Rage began against the werebears; some say they turned to the Wyrm, or betrayed the Garou,
or had the power to raise the dead and used it for the Wyrm. It is unknown, but if any escaped the wrath
of the werewolves, they are very scarce.
Inexplicable gloom, inexpressible longing for unnamable things, weeping for that which is not yet lost.
Some say it is depression caused by contemplation of Gaia’s suffering.
Wolves do not attack prey outright, even in packs. Instead, they chase and harass their intended meal
until it collapses from exhaustion. Werewolves use a similar method to attack and confuse enemies.
Werewolves heal most damage at a frightening pace, when not in breed form. Metis can heal equally well
in all forms.
The simplest form of a moot, usually where elders assemble to hear about the adventures of a pack.
The Garou name for the Sun.
See Deep Umbra.
The near-wolf form of the Garou. The Hispo resembles a normal wolf in the same way that the Glabro
resembles a common human. A werewolf in Hispo form looks like the common perception of a
prehistoric dire wolf. The head and jaws are massive, even more so than the Crinos, and the bite of a
Hispo inflicts extra damage. The Hispo can stand on its hind legs, if necessary, but it is much more
comfortable on all fours.
A Garou of human ancestry. Occasionally used disdainfully by ferals (e.g., “That boy fights like a homid.”).
Also the human form of the Garou. It is the natural form for homid breed Garou and the form in which
they feel most comfortable, Homid form is in almost all ways identical to a normal human being.
Honor measures a Garou’s sense of duty and history. It speaks of the Garou’s ethics and morals, as well
his personal sense of pride.
The 3,000 years immediately following the birth of agriculture, during which strict population quotas were
maintained on all human villages.
A class of spirits; weaker than the Celestines, but still greater spirits by any measure.
Most forms of damage are healed quickly, but a werewolf takes longer to heal damage from fire, electricity,
radiation, toxic waste and other supernatural damage.
A spirit servant of an Incarna or Celestine.
The Garou clenches his jaws onto a target’s neck, not to kill, but to immobilize. This attack can be
performed only from behind or atop an opponent, so that the attacker can use his full body weight to best
Keeper of the Land
Maintains the health of the caern and bawn.
The empathic calling some Garou perform when howling.
A spirit, sometimes bound into a fetish or talen, which serves to alert nearby Garou that a First Change is
about to occur.
Those humans and wolves who are related to the Garou and are not prone to the Delirium, but who are
not actual werewolves.
A fetish dagger or sword, usually of great spiritual potency and nearly always made of silver.
The ancient tradition of klaive dueling.
Garou are taught the Garou language, also known as the Garou Tongue or High Tongue, as cubs.
Tradition has it that it was developed by the Fianna. Garou language depends as much on body language
and tone as on actual words. Much of it is instinctive, accented by pheromones, growls and whines. It can
be mostly spoken in Glabro, Crinos and Hispo form. The lupine language that wolves use to
communicate with each other is instinctive and can be used by any Garou in Lupus form.
A fighting maneuver for somewhat more graceful and lithe Garou, the leaping rake involves jumping past
an opponent and slashing him on the way by. If successful, the maneuver lands the Garou out of range of
The legends of the Garou live on. Packs in the Legendary Realm can experience the lives of their ancestors
in this Umbral realm. Incorporating the legends of all the tribes, it has created a mythic fantasy realm, a
place that never was, but will exist until the end of time. Galliards give this realm strength by reciting tales
from the old days.
The code of laws kept by the Garou.
Wolves and werewolves alike are remarkable in their ability to run for long distances without rest. When
long running, Garou can cover incredible distances.
The Incarna of the moon; powerful spirit patron to all shapechangers.
A Garou who has been driven to insanity by the trauma of their First Change.
A Garou of wolf origin. Also the wolf form of the Garou. The Lupus form is the natural state of lupus
Garou, and the pure wolf form is feral and driven by instinct. Used primarily for tracking and travel, the
change from Hispo to Lupus causes the Garou to shed a great deal of muscle and body size. The jaws and
claws shrink considerably, and only the bite does savage. The Lupus form runs at twice human speed and
it is far more perceptive.
Just as the CyberRealm pulses with the growing power of the Weaver, Malfeas bears witness to the
diseased might of the Wyrm. Though the Wyrm itself may make its home in the Deep Umbra, the most
corrupt and demented of its servitors have flocked here, to the realm born of its most hideous dreams.
A female Kinfolk who serves no purpose other than breeding stock; a derogatory term.
Master of the Challenge
Oversees all challenges, not just martial ones.
Master of the Howl
Leads the Opening Howl for moots; usually a Galliard.
Master of the Rite
Chief of all ceremonies and rites; usually a Philodox or Theurge.
The barrier between the Near and Deep Umbra. To breach it, an Anchorhead must be found.
Alternatively, the Garou can travel through the Dream Zone.
The sterile and often deformed offspring of two Garou. Generally reviled by Garou society.
Slang for homid Garou. Implies even more contempt than “Ape.”
A gate between two caerns; it most often appears during moots.
One of Luna’s many gifts to her children are paths through the mists of the Umbra. A moon path appears
in the Penumbra as a shaft of moonlight. A werewolf who touches the light can find herself travelling on a
moonbeam with the mists of the spirit world swirling all around her.
A sept or tribal conclave that takes place at a caern. This manner of event serves a variety of social,
political and religious functions.
The rite which opens a moot and recharges a caern with Gnosis.
Slang for metis Garou.
What some Garou call human mages or wizards.
To the shapeshifters, the process of defining one a physical and spiritual level. The first things’ Names
were given by Gaia, and the Weaver has been traditionally jealous of this power. Mages are often called
“Namers” for their tendency to, in the eyes of the shapeshifters, alter things’ Names to suit their
A Kinfolk who cares for Garou children or pups.
The spirits a Garou is most likely to encounter are nature spirits. Some are the spirits of dead animals that
haven’t yet cycled to life; others are generated from significance (or belief in such significance) of a place or
The spirit world surrounding the Gaia Realm.
Slang for metis Garou.
One by One
Sometimes splitting up to fight multiple foes is not the most effective way to take them down. In this pack
combat tactic, the pack concentrates on one member of the opposition at a time, hoping to take them
down one at a time.
The totem spirit of the Silent Striders.
A small group of Garou bound to each other by ties of friendship and mission as opposed to culture.
The ancient pact between the Changing Breeds and the spirits. The spirits agreed to empower the
shapeshifters’ rites if properly performed and teach them Gifts, as well as agreeing to enter into material
shells in order to serve their wielders. This is not, however, a one-sided affair. The oldest rule of spirit
negotiations is that nothing is free; a shapeshifter must offer something in return in order to gain a fetish
of any power.
This Umbral realm is a world before civilization; a world before the Impergium. Pangaea is a spiritual
memory of primal Earth, as it was and as it should have been. Dinosaur kings and bronze-skinned human
tribes live on as Pangaean spirits. Packs have been known to degenerate here over time, resembling their
ancient ancestors more with each passing day.
Garou are able to peer into the Realm from the Umbra and, with some increased difficulty, the reverse.
While performing this activity, the werewolf becomes completely oblivious to what is happening around
them, unless is wounded. In the Umbra, a peeking Garou’s eyes glow brightly, and her expression is one
of obvious intense concentration.
The totem spirit of the Black Furies.
“Earth’s Shadow;” the spirit world directly surrounding the physical world. Many, but not all, terrain
features have reflections there.
Just a half moon is caught between light and shadow, so too are cubs born under this auspice. Werewolves
are faced with many conflicts and contradictions — the struggle between man and nature, the balance of
human thoughts and lupine instincts, existence as a creature of both flesh and spirit or even the conflict
between good and evil. Half Moons can see both sides of any issue, which makes them expert mediators
and judges. As they are prepared for their Rites of Passage, they are taught the intricacies of Garou law.
Such a cub is destined to become a Philodox.
Like disease, most poisons have little effect on the Garou. The same is true of most human drugs.
Prayer for the Prey
A minor rite similar to the Rite of Contrition, but thanking the spirit of the prey after a kill for giving its
own life that the Garou may survive.
Prophecy of the Phoenix
A famous Garou prophecy, said to foretell the signs that will lead to the Apocalypse.
The territory claimed and patrolled by a pack or sept.
A synonym for “Cub.” Often used affectionately.
The quality of a Garou’s breeding; i.e. whether or not he is descended from renowned forbearers is
important in Garou society, and Garou tend to have more respect for those of good breeding.
Children born during the new moon are destined to become great tricksters, for sly creatures stalk unseen
in the darkness when the light of the moon is absent. New Moons are masters of stealth and guile. Their
talent for theft is so great that they often love to mock the orderly ways of Garou society, a trait their
packmates accept grudgingly. With this freedom comes a carefree disregard for society’s laws and a wicked
sense of humor. Such a cub is fated to become a Ragabash.
The amount of the primal Beast that still exists in a Garou. It is both a blessing and a curse to the Garou.
As in any military force, rank is of extreme importance among the Garou. It shows respect and determines
status. As a Garou’s rank increases, more secrets of the tribe are revealed, but expectations are higher.
Gaining rank is the way to show members of the tribe your commitment and your trustworthiness. As a
Garou rises in rank, he is allowed to learn more powerful Gifts, given more rights, and gains self-control.
The totem spirit of the Bone Gnawers.
Traveling into the spirit world.
The worlds of “solid” reality within the Tellurian. Earth is referred to as the Realm.
Composed entirely of lupus Garou, this tribe is well known for its fierce hatred of humans. Talons thrive
whenever they can commune with the mysteries of the wild.
In order to rise in rank among a Garou’s peers, one is expected to be glorious, honorable and wise, and
thereby gain renown.
When a Garou rejects the auspice under which he was born. Many Garou see this action as a grave insult
to Gaia, but nonetheless a way exists to switch auspices: the Rite of Renunciation.
A celebration and release of energy and the end of a moot in which, traditionally, Garou transform into
Crinos form and run madly about the area to clear away anything that may pose a threat. Less common in
modern times, this now is reserved for special occasions and replaced by other ways for the most part.
The outward form of the Garou’s rituals and celebrations. Rites form and reinforce the spiritual and social
ties that bind the Garou to each other and to Gaia herself.
Rite of Accomplishment
This rite is used to honor a werewolf and recognize the trials he has endured to attain his current standing.
Rite of Cleansing
A rite which purifies a person, place, or object, allowing it to be used without fear of Wyrm-taint.
Rite of Contrition
This rite is a form of apology used to prevent the enmity of spirits or Garou whom an individual has
annoyed, or to prevent war between septs or tribes.
Rite of Passage
The seminal rite used to test a cub. Once passed, she becomes an adult and true Garou.
Rite of Summoning
The complex rituals Garou mystics use to call spirits, be they minor Gafflings, totem spirits or even
Rite of Talisman Dedication
This rite allows a werewolf to bind objects to her body, allowing these objects to fir her various forms and
accompany the Garou into the Umbra. Garou with more Gnosis can bind more items.
Rite of the Questing Stone
This rite allows a werewolf to find a person or object of which he knows the name.
A Garou who guides another through a rite.
A Garou who has chosen or been forced to leave Garou society. It is a harsh fate to become a “lone wolf.”
Also called a “dogpile” by the Bone Gnawers, this brutal attack requires at least three packmates, although
it can involve five or more for larger opponents. This tactic involves one werewolf hurling herself at an
opponent to knock him to the ground, whereupon the rest of the pack rushes him in Lupus or Hispo
form to bite him while he’s down.
Created during the Industrial Revolution, this Umbral realm once reflected the idealistic efficiency of
mechanical perfection. The Wyrm and Weaver have since claimed the realm as their own, sacrificing
captured spirits to create Wyrm-tainted fetishes. Every employee’s nightmares come to life here. The soul¬-
deadening horrors of the workplace thrive in Scar.
The group of Garou who live near and tend an individual caern.
The regular monthly meeting of a sept. Any Garou can attend, although those from outside the sept are
often regarded with suspicion. This meeting is more than a simple voicing of complaints; it often resolves
with a raucous celebration that no Cliath would dare miss.
Ruthless, devious and ambitious — the Lords value political power over all else, and they are fascinated by
the politics of Garou society. By struggling against their rivals in Eastern Europe for millennia, they have
become masters of diplomacy and Machiavellian intrigue.
A place on a caern’s bawn set aside to meditate or pray. It is a place to do homage to a spirit, to dedicate
victories to a totem, or to ask for aid. Packs often have shrines dedicated to their totem, although Garou
with a close personal tie to a spirit (such as an Ancestor-spirit) may keep a personal shrine as well.
Once they dwelt in the fabled lands of Khem in Ancient Egypt, but no longer. Now they roam the Earth,
following an insatiable wanderlust. Striders typically join packs that love to travel, often communing with
gypsies, wanderers and the restless spirits of the dead along the way.
The lunar meal is a werewolf’s greatest weakness and causes a great deal of damage which a Garou heals at
a slower rate unless he is in breed form. When not in breed form, even the touch of the metal causes
damage. Metis are affected by silver in any form.
Once the unquestioned rulers of Garou society, the Fangs are descended from some of the greatest
werewolves in history. Lineage and ancestry is critical to them. Since their glorious days in their Russian
homelands, they have fallen prey to tragic flaws, often spiraling into despair and madness.
Another way to travel through the Umbra. Also called an airt. When spirits move through the Umbra,
they part the shadows and mists, creating a track upon which Garou can travel. Spirit tracks are not as
reliable as moon paths, as they follow the course of the individual spirit, be it whimsical or dangerous.
The totem spirit of the Fianna.
A tribe of Eastern Garou known for their command of mysticism, their contemplative natures and their
enigmatic philosophies. They recently withdrew from the Garou Nation in order to focus their energies on
their ancient homeland.
Entering the spirit world. Many elders consider this term flippant and disrespectful.
A male Kinfolk who serves no purpose other than breeding stock; a derogatory term.
This is another realm that is steadily fading away, becoming lost in the depths of the Umbra. It is a world
of Gaia’s pure, uncorrupted love, where she offers her bounty to all who would receive it. Some Garou
debate whether it exists at all anymore.
A simpler version of a fetish which is easier to create and use but more limited in effect. Temporary in
During moots, the Talesinger takes the spotlight to relate the exploits and deeds of the ancient and
contemporary heroes of the pack, sept and the Garou Nation.
The whole of reality; generally used to refer to bad as well as good.
The crescent moon cuts through darkness like a knife, bringing spectral glory to the landscape below.
Cubs born under this auspice are of a mystical disposition, often fascinated by the supernatural and the
spiritual. Long before a Crescent’s Rite of Passage, elders teach her myth, lore, the mysteries of cosmology
and the secrets of the occult. By the time she comes of age, the cub is ready to serve as a Theurge.
Thrall of the Wyrm, The
If a werewolf descends too far into frenzy, his Rage is no longer pure. Instead, he has opened himself up to
be used by Wyrm. How this resolves depends upon the breed of the Garou.
A spirit joined to a pack or tribe and representative
of its inner nature. A tribal totem is an Incarna, while
a pack totem is an Incarna avatar (a Jaggling equivalent).
The Weaver, the Wyld and the Wyrm. The trinity of primal cosmic forces.
A less critical version of a Grand Moot. It is as much a show of solidarity as anything else.
The larger community of Garou. Tribe members are often bound by similar totems and lifestyles. If breed
determines a werewolf’s blood and auspice determines his destined role, then tribe can be dais to
determine his family. A tribe is more than a simple ethnic of idealistic classification — it is a social unit of
werewolves bound together by blood, ideals and spirit. Tribal affiliation brings with it many
responsibilities and even unasked-for rivalries — but it also offers a kinship of purpose.
A sept position often held by a Philodox; mediates disputes and judges crimes.
Slang for homid Garou.
Indigenous peoples from throughout the world have contributed to this eclectic and mysterious tribe.
Ethnically diverse and intensely curious, they hoard knowledge of magic from all over the world… as well
as a deep understanding of the occult that they dare not share with outsiders; also, the totem spirit of this
The spirit world.
The totem spirit of the Children of Gaia.
Wyrm-tainted walking dead which drink the blood of the living to survive.
A poetic term for the false assumption that the supernatural does not exist, which the Delirium reinforces.
War of Rage
The genocidal war or wars the Garou waged upon the other shapeshifters, called the Fera, when they
refused to acknowledge the werewolves’ dominance.
A caern’s chief guardian; usually an Ahroun.
The traditions, lore and secrets of the Garou.
Manifestation and symbol of order and pattern. Computers, science, logic and mathematics are examples
of the Weaver’s influence on the material plane.
The Weaver’s webs hold all things together. Without the Weaver, there would be no form or substance.
Some young werewolves have dared to use the webs as a highway of sorts. This method of travel is
unmentioned in the traditions of the Garou, and few old ones trust it.
This tribe is descended from Native American Garou. Their strongest septs are in the northernmost
portions of North America, where they endure some of the harshest conditions on Earth; also, the totem
spirit of this tribe.
The tribes of Garou which agreed to the laws set forth in the Concord which ended the Impergium.
Synonymous with Garou Nation.
Wisdom celebrates the more mental virtues of a Garou. It includes strategy, cunning and insight. Patience
and a strong connection to the spirit world also help a Garou increase his Wisdom.
This maneuver consists of one of more Garou grabbing the opponent’s extremities and pulling him apart.
It’s not very subtle, true, but it’s a superb way to get an uncooperative foe to talk or to scare the hell out of
any remaining enemies.
Witches are humans which possess the power to somehow rewrite the laws of nature; they are capable of
performing great miracles or hideous atrocities given enough time and effort. Sometimes used as a
derogatory term by the Uktena, to refer to mages which are motivated by greed and thirst for power.
Upon reaching the Umbral realm of Wolfhome, all werewolves immediately shift to Lupus form … and
cannot change back. To survive, one must master the ways of the wolf. Here one finds vast stretches of
untouched wilderness, the answers to primal mysteries the world has forgotten, and even urban labyrinths
where animals are hunted and feared. Homids are sometimes sent to quest in Wolfhome when lupus
elders are angered.
Manifestation and symbol of pure change. The chaos of transmutation and elemental force.
The Wyrm Foe is a sept position usually held by an Ahroun. Its task is to lead the revel to conclude moots.
Agents of the Wyrm have carved dark passages through the Umbra and the Gauntlet. Wyrm tunnels
abound with Banes, and the Black Spiral Dancers use them to move secretly through the spirit world.
Manifestation and symbol of evil, entropy and decay in Garou belief. Vampires are often manifestations of
the Wyrm, as are toxic waste and pollution.
A place that has been spiritually defiled by the Wyrm; invariably a location of great corruption.
The most powerful, evocative and effective way to communicate between werewolves. Enormous amounts of
information can be condensed into a few wailing sounds.
Anthem of War
Ahroun muster their septmates to war with this battle cry. Moon Dancers use it to tally them if their
morale is waning. The howl can convey where the enemy is, approximately how many are attacking and
how soon reinforcements are needed.
Call for Succor
One pack member may use this howl to commune his comrades if he is in great danger. Some find it
embarrassing, since it sounds like a puppy’s bark for his mother. An expressive howl may include sensory
impressions of what danger is near.
Call to Hunt
A long, low ululation informs the pack of the position of its prey. When done properly, it may also
identify what the prey is, describe its wounds, or even coordinate the tactics of the pack that’s hunting it.
Chant of Challenge
This howl begins very much like the Howl of Introduction, but it is quickly contrasted by a horrible
mockery of an enemy’s deeds, ancestry and odious, personal habits. The Fianna not only invented this
howl as a method of initiating duels, but also further elevated it to a satirical art form. Everyone hearing
the chant can discern exactly why the challenge is taking place.
Cry for Help
See Call for Succor.
Cry of Elation
In the heat of battle, young heroes may think themselves almost invincible, and they may attempt
ridiculous feats of courage that no sane werewolf would attempt. The cry basically means, “Look at me!” or
(as some elders put it), “Watch me do something incredibly stupid!” With enough expression, it may also
convey who should get out of the way, what four or five objects are going to be used, where they will be
inserted in the victim and why the pack’s healer should ready her mystic Gifts if the attempt fails.
Curse of Ignominy
This howl is a horrible, discordant whine used to insult violators of the Litany. As more werewolves lend
their voices to the whine, it becomes increasingly painful. The strain on the listener does not subside until
he joins in the cry. Garou who have fallen into disfavor are subjected to this cacophony. The sounds
convey a mocking account of a villain’s failures and shortcomings. An entire sept can memorize all of the
excruciating details by sharing in the chant.
This defiant, passionate challenge in the face of certain death both summarizes the Garou’s life and
prepares her for her impending reunion with Gaia.
Dirge for the Fallen
This dirge is a somber, low-pitched howl used as a requiem for the honored dead. Its length depends on
the status of the fallen. An attentive listener can learn which participants are hurt the most by this tragedy,
and he may even gather brief images of the hero’s deeds, rather like the memories after a great eulogy.
Howl of Introduction
The Litany commands werewolves to respect the territory of others; this howl is the result. It details a
Garou’s breed, tribe and auspice. Some werewolves include parts of their lineage. The Howl of
Introduction may even include a sensory impression of why a visitor is worthy of attention.
Lament for the Fallen
See Dirge for the Fallen.
Snarl of Precedence
This short, violent outburst is directed against a chosen foe, and it usually means, “You’re mine, punk.”
Packs use these snarls to coordinate their tactics, establishing who is attacking whom. A higher-ranking
Garou does not have to recognize this howl — and he even has the right to “steal the kill” from a lesser
werewolf — but most react to a well-executed snarl.
Song of Mockery
A Ragabash can take any other howl and twist it into something perverted and infuriating. Shadow Lords
and cocky Ahroun are common victims of well-timed mockery. And undeniably insulting gesture, it’s the
musical equivalent of “the finger.” If done properly, the recipient can be taunted into attacking or just
losing his composure all together.
Symphony of the Abyss
The Garou’s greatest enemies, the Black Spiral Dancers, unleash an insane reverberating whine as they
stalk their prey. Victims who listen too carefully can identify the fate that lies in store for them. Even those
who don’t are usually terrified.
Wail of Foreboding
Whenever danger approaches, this sound is the general cry of distress. The Anthem of War alerts
werewolves of an attack, but the Wail of Foreboding is typically used for natural disasters, unusual
phenomenon in the Umbra or anything strange that bears further investigation. A practiced Galliard can
give impressions of what the danger may be, but such sensations are usually cryptic or contradictory.
See Anthem of War.
Warning of the Wyrm’s Approach
A sharp-pitched howl, followed by a series of brief staccato bursts, announces the presence of the Wyrm’s
minions. If a scout can scent the form of these creatures, he may be able to describe it. All who hear the
howl can see and feel the foulness that surrounds them.
See Warning of the Wyrm’s Approach.
These words hail from the distant past of the Garou and many display their Fianna origins. They are no longer
used frequently. However, most Garou know these terms.
A pupil or a student who learns from a Mentor.
The magical paths within the spirit world (e.g., Spirit Tracks, Moon Paths, etc.).
A journey into the spirit world.
Any sort of mystic place, whether a Garou caern or a Wyrmhole. Often a glade or cave located somewhere
in the wilderness.
A Garou who sleeps with another Garou or has done so in the past. Often used as a word of anger.
A form of “favors done for services rendered.” A werewolf may perform a task as chiminage in order to
repay a spirit for teaching him a Gift, or to repay a sept for allowing him to use its caern.
An older name for the CyberRealm.
A young Garou, not yet of any significant rank.
Your pack brothers and sisters; those who are your family by choice.
“Of the Wyrm;” a suffix appended to a name.
A Garou who guides another through a rite. An inceptor is also called a ritemaster.
An Incarna of Luna, representing the Moon.
Prophecies of Shadow
A series of ten visions brought to the Garou by the Red Talons during the Dark Ages which weighed
heavily upon them at the time.
“Greater in station;” a suffix appended to a name.
Garou who live in the city; also, the tainted ones.
“Honored equal;” a suffix appended to a name.
Vocabulary that isn’t always taught to everyone, and is therefore rarely heard.
A Garou who has been turned into a vampire. Normally, Garou cannot be so changed, but on extremely
rare occasions, the conversion works.
Garou terminology for a Wyld Threshold that forms within the bawn of a Caern or Hive.
The werehyenas are very rare, if they still exist and are not just mythological.
The wereaurochs are extinct if not wholly mythical.
A group of urban Chinese Glass Walkers.
The werebats are extinct if not wholly mythical.
Another name for Abominations, used by Spanish-speaking Garou.
An older, alternate name for the Abyss.
Circle of Red, The
A coven of mortal occultists who hunted Garou during the Dark Ages.
A domain in the Umbra created by a Bastet.
An older, alternate name for the Flux.
A supernatural fever which slew Garou and wolves during the Dark Ages.
The wereboars are extinct if not wholly mythical.
Gulf of Night
An older, alternate name for the Abyss.
A group of outcast Garou who attempted to form a tribe in 19th century Mexico. Also called Los
Penitentes or The Bastards.
Werefoxes can only be found in the Far East, among the Beast Courts of the hengeyokai.
Red Talons in Africa who mate with the native Painted Dogs.
Maw of the Wyrm
An older, alternate name for the Abyss.
The weresnakes are extinct if not wholly mythical. They may also just be Mokolé with different Crinos
More legend than flesh, this is a group of Garou who haunt the Siberian wastes, and are a mix of ancient
Silver Fang and Wendigo blood, if they truly exist at all.
Wyrm-tainted Kinfolk who have learned a Rite which allows them to shift like a Garou.
The wild and chaotic Penumbra of the American West of the 19th century; also used to describe the areas
in the Near Umbra that suffered from the Storm Eater’s taint.
The Umbra of East Asia.
The name used by the Glass Walker tribe during the Renaissance and Enlightenment.
An older, alternate name for the Atrocity Realm.
An older, alternate name for the Flux.
Terms used nearly exclusively by only one or a couple tribes.
Get of Fenris term for kinfolk.
Glass Walker term for the way a Garou becomes oblivious to other events while peeking.
Get of Fenris term for a faerie. The plural is alfar.
Uktena term for Ahroun.
Wendigo term for Theurge.
In Egyptian mythology, a monstrous serpent that attempted to swallow the sun regularly. Many Silent
Striders use this name as a synonym for the Wyrm. Also, Apophis, in Greek.
Arm of the Goddess, The
Male leader of a sept’s Children of Gaia. A man who “does Gaia’s will.”
A Black Fury term for the Wyld.
What the Stargazers say the Wyrm once was.
Fianna term for an entertainer (most Galliards and some Ragabashes).
Uktena term for outsiders, usually those of European ancestry.
Child of Man
Silent Strider term for homid.
Child of Sin
Silent Strider term for metis.
Child of Wolf
Silent Strider term for lupus.
A derogatory term mostly utilized by Wendigo and some Uktena to refer to a Garou who seems to
perform his duties and enter battle to gain recognition of his prowess rather than to aid Gaia.
A Child of Gaia sept position who speaks as a voice for the dead.
The auspice among Wendigo that corresponds to Galliard, or lorekeeper.
What the Stargazers call the Wyrm.
Silent Strider symbol of the Weaver. Also called Thoth in Greek.
Fianna term for a keeper of wisdom (usually Theurges, Philodox, wiser Ragabashes and a few Galliards).
Eye of Wotan
Get of Fenris term for the Anthelios.
Silver Fang term for a Galliard.
Silver Fang term for a Theurge.
Silver Fang term for a Ragabash.
Silver Fang term for an Ahroun.
Silver Fang term for a Philodox.
Name sometimes used (half jokingly) to a Warder of a Glass Walker sept.
Uktena term for the humans who first settled the Americas, and their descendents.
First War, The
Red Talon term for the Impergium.
Get of Fenris term for Philodox.
Get of Fenris term for breed.
A Stargazer name for the Theurge auspice.
Get of Fenris term for the spiritual leader of a sept, often the Master of the Rite.
Get of Fenris term for a Theurge.
Uktena term for the Wyrm.
Uktena term for the Weaver.
Uktena term for the Wyld.
Uktena term for Gaia.
A Child of Gaia sept position who speaks as a voice for the biosphere.
Literally “ghoul.” In Arab folklore, gûls are blood drinking, wasting spirits and often none-too-bright.
Silent Striders and other Middle Eastern Garou use this as a pejorative word for vampires.
Uktena term for outsiders, usually those of European ancestry.
A Stargazer name for Ahroun. Also, Blood Moon.
Heart of the Goddess, The
A third leader of a sept’s Children of Gaia. One who neither did nor spoke for Gaia, but was simply for
Her. Very rare in current septs.
Wendigo name for the Ragabash auspice.
The Bone Gnawer name for the Garou Tongue.
Red Talon term for human cities.
Get of Fenris term for a challenge.
Glass Walker term for the Membrane.
Get of Fenris term for a sept.
Howling Moon, The
Red Talon term for Galliard.
A Stargazer name for Ragabash. Also, Stomach Moon.
Invisible Moon, The
Red Talon term for Ragabash.
Get of Fenris term for a sept leader, usually a Modi.
Get of Fenris term for the Wyrm.
Get of Fenris term for servants of the Wyrm, historical enemies of the Get.
Bone Gnawer term for salvaged stuff good enough to hold onto, but not good enough to throw away.
An Uktena term for a Theurge, but also a term of respect for mages who work with the Uktena.
Knowing Moon, The
Red Talon term for Philodox.
Black Fury term for a camp among their tribe.
Uktena term for a Philodox.
A double-headed axe which is a popular weapon among the Black Furies.
A Black Fury term for the Weaver.
Uktena (and Croatan) term for Philodox.
Get of Fenris term for the bawn.
Listening Moon, The
Red Talon term for Theurge.
Bone Gnawer term for a salvaged item that works like it’s supposed to.
Silent Strider concept which means the natural and harmonious order of the universe.
Name given to spirits that inhabit the physical and spirit world by the Pure Land Garou.
A Stargazer name for the Galliard auspice.
An Uktena term for a Theurge, but also a term of respect for mages who work with the Uktena.
Wendigo term for Philodox.
A Stargazer name for the Umbra.
Get of Fenris term for an Ahroun.
Black Fury term for the Wyld. Also, the Spinner.
Uktena term for a Galliard.
Name of Remembrance
Silent Strider name chosen after Rite of Passage to remember where the tribe came from. It is always
Egyptian (or a Greek translation of Egyptian).
A Black Fury term for the Weaver.
What the Stargazers call the Wyld.
The spirit which represents fatherhood, a villain for the Black Furies.
Uktena term for a Philodox.
Uktena term for a Philodox.
Silent Strider symbol of the Wyld.
The mostly native Garou term for the Americas; refers to the belief that the Garou had banished the
Wyrm’s influence from the land previous to the Europeans’ arrival.
The Garou of the Pure Lands; the Croatan, Uktena and Wendigo. Sometimes used to refer to the humans
native to these lands as well.
An Uktena term for Ragabash.
Get of Fenris term for the Apocalypse.
What the Stargazers call the Weaver.
Get of Fenris term for a Ragabash.
The original tribal totem of the Wendigo, before they crossed to the Pure Lands.
Seeing Moon, The
Red Talon term for Ahroun.
The Uktena (and Croatan) name for Theurge. Also sometimes used as a name of respect for mages who
work with the Uktena.
Bone Gnawer term for something absolutely worthless, even to a Gnawer or a bum.
A Get of Fenris term. When capitalized, a Fenrir Galliard; when lower-case, a Nordic bard or talesinger.
The tribal totem of Uktena before Uktena, before the crossing to the Pure Lands.
Name given to Galliards by the Uktena (and Croatan).
Bone Gnawer term for one’s personal possessions.
“Land of Desire,” the physical world, for Silent Striders.
Literally “The Holy Land,” the Silent Striders’ Tribal Homelands in the Umbra. Also Ta-djesart.
Get of Fenris term for a moot.
A human being who only seems to do much more than waste their life creating garbage for the Gnawers
Uktena (and Croatan) word for Ragabash.
Still occasionally used to refer to the head of the Silver Fangs.
The Umbra of Egypt.
Uktena term for North and Central America.
A Stargazer name for Philodox.
The name for Egyptian supernatural powers. Some Silent Striders and Egyptian Garou speak of urthekau
interchangeably with Gifts, though they also apply it more generically to the abilities wielded by other
Get of Fenris term for stepping sideways.
Get of Fenris term for a changeling. The plural is vettir.
Voice of the Goddess, The
Female leader of a sept’s Children of Gaia. A woman who “speaks Gaia’s will.”
War of Shame
What some Stargazers call the War of Rage.
Uktena term for Ahroun.
Name given to Ahroun by the Uktena (and Croatan); also, Fianna term for a fighter (Ahrouns and some
Uktena term for outsiders, usually those of European ancestry.
Fianna term for the Black Spiral Dancers.
Uktena and Wendigo term for human European colonists and their descendents.
Uktena and Wendigo term for European werewolves who came to America, and their descendents.
The Wendigo term for the Ahroun auspice.
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