Of Wolf and Man
auspice: The moon-sign that marks a werewolf’s First Change; a specific role within Uratha society.
Azlu (ahz-loo): The Spider Hosts; a swarm entity ofspirit-shards in spider host bodies.
Beshilu (beh-shee-loo): The Rat Hosts; a swarm entity of spirit-shards in rat host bodies.
blessed pack: A pack with five members, each one of a different auspice.
Blood Talons: A tribe of fierce, glorious warriors who use their full strength against the threats that leak into the physical world.
Bone Shadows: A tribe of wise searchers in dark places who seek to understand the spirit world that is denied them.
Cahalith (kuh-hall-ith): The auspice role of storyteller, vision-quester and lorekeeper.
Cahalunim (kuh-hall-oo-nim): The choir of Lunes tied to the gibbous moon; patron spirits of the Cahalith. Also, the Fertile Choir.
Celestine: The highest and most exalted rank of spirit; the spirits of planetary bodies or similarly immense entities.
chiminage: An offering made to a spirit in order to curry its good will or appease its anger.
Dalu (dah-loo): The humanlike, yet animalistic form of a werewolf.
Death Rage: The berserk rage that can consume a werewolf.
Elodoth (ell-oh-doth): The auspice role of judge and arbiter among the Uratha and between the physical and spirit worlds.
Elunim (ell-oo-nim): The choir of Lunes tied to the half moon; patron spirits of the Elodoth. Also, the Cloven Choir.
Essence: The energy of the spirit world that composes spirits and empowers werewolves.
Fall, the: The Uratha’s mythical act of patricide, through which they assumed their father’s erstwhile position as guardians of the Border Marches, and which resulted in the rise of the Gauntlet between the physical and spirit worlds. Also known as the Sundering or the Dark Revolt.
Father Wolf: The legendary spirit forefather of the werewolf race.
fetish: An object given supernatural power by a spirit bound within.
First Tongue: The ancient language of the spirit world, which has existed largely unchanged since the beginning of time.
Firstborn: The great wolf totems of the Uratha tribes.
Forsaken: Werewolves; used by the Pure Tribes to refer specifically to the Tribes of the Moon. Refers to the legendary loss of Pangaea and the state of grace werewolves enjoyed in the dawn of the world.
fox-ridden: In the “flight” phase of a Death Rage.
Gaffling: A spirit of low rank and power.
Gauntlet, the: The semi-permeable boundary between the spirit world and the physical world. Known as the Border Marches before the Sundering.
Gauru (guh-roo): The half-human, half-wolf war form of a werewolf; carries with it the burden of Rage.
Ghost Child: Spirit offspring of the pairing between two Uratha.
Ghost Wolf: A Forsaken werewolf who has not sworn the Oath of the Moon or been adopted into a tribe.
Gift: A spiritual blessing given to a werewolf that allows him to emulate a spirit’s power.
Hisil: The spirit world as a whole; literally, “shadow world.”
Hishu (hih-shoo): The human form of a werewolf.
Host: A monstrous amalgam of animal and spirit that grows more powerful as more affected animals merge; see Azlu and Beshilu.
Hunters in Darkness: A tribe of stalkers who keep their sacred hunting grounds pure with primal magic and fury.
idigam: Moon-banished. Spirits exiled beyond the spirit wilds in ages past.
Incarna: A spirit of great rank and power.
Iron Masters: A tribe of cunning wolves in human clothing who maintain close ties to their human side.
Irraka (ir-rah-kah): The auspice role of scout and silenthunter.
Irralunim (ir-rah-loo-nim): The choir of Lunes tied to the new moon; patron spirits of the Irraka. Also, the Moonless or Silent Choir.
Ithaeur (ih-thay-ur): The auspice role of occultist, tasked to learn the secrets of mastery over spirits.
Ithalunim (ih-thah-loo-nim): The choir of Lunes tied to the crescent moon; patron spirits of the Ithaeur. Also, the Oracle Choir.
Jaggling: A spirit of intermediate rank and power.
klaive: A fetish weapon of the Uratha.
locus: An object in the physical world around which the Gauntlet is weaker; a source of Essence.
lodge: A specialized sub-faction generally within a tribe, which venerates a spirit tied to one particular aspect of the tribal philosophy.
Luna: The spirit of the moon; legendary foremother of the werewolf race.
Lunacy: The supernatural moon-madness that overcomes humans who see werewolves.
Lune: Lesser moon-spirits; servants of Luna
mote: The smallest class of spirit, with the comparative size and power of an insect.
Oath of the Moon: The sacred code of conduct by which Forsaken werewolves swear before Luna to abide.
Pangaea: The Edenic time before the Fall.
People, the: A werewolf term for their own kind.
Pure Tribes: The three tribes who reject the idea of atonement; enemies of the Tribes of the Moon. Also “the Pure.”
Rage: The mental state of fury and instinct to kill that overcomes werewolves in Gauru form. Sometimes used to refer poetically to Gauru form; i.e., “the mixed blessing of Rage.”
Rahu (rah-hoo): The auspice role of warrior and howler at the full moon.
Ralunim (rah-loo-nim): The choir of Lunes tied to the full moon; patron spirits of the Rahu. Also, the Fury Choir.
Shadow Realm: The spirit world; the spiritual reflection of the physical world. Also simply “The Shadow.”
Spirit-Claimed: A person or animal who has been completely possessed by a spirit. (Also, the state of such possession.) The process changes the host body into something supernatural, often with strange powers.
Spirit-Ridden: Anyone possessed by a spirit to any degree; spirit possession in general.
Spirit-Urged: A person or animal who is partially possessed by a spirit. (Also, the state of such possession.) The host retains much of his free will but can be influenced by the subtle urges of the spirit.
spirit wilds: The spirit world; specifically, the sections of the spirit world that have not been mastered by werewolf packs (hence, the vast majority)
stepping sideways: Entering the spirit world.
Storm Lords: A tribe of fearless, intimidating alphas who purge all weakness and dishonor from their souls.
totem: A spirit that has been forced or convinced to support and aid a pack of werewolves.
touchstone: An object empowered with Essence from a locus.
tribe: A loose organization of werewolves allied by a common cause and bond with a common tribal totem.
Tribes of the Moon: The five tribes that venerate Luna and who attempt to atone for their forebears’ sins.
tur: Neutral ground; a site on which a meeting between packs may take place.
Uratha (oo-RAH-thah): Werewolves.
Urhan (ur-hahn): The wolf form.
Urshul (ur-shool): The bestial wolf-like form of a werewolf.
wolf-blooded: Human relatives of the Uratha who have a measure of werewolf blood and resistance to the Lunacy.
Wound: A place of exceptionally negative energy in the Shadow; a locus of poisoned resonance.
Zi’ir: A werewolf who has degenerated entirely into a thoughtless, amoral monster. Also called a “Broken Soul.”