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    I was thinking about trying to make a character who at a very early age was adopted into a Lupus pack while being a homid themselves. It would put them in a strange in between area. Too wild to easily fit into the human world but in their natural form they must fight tooth and claw to keep up with their peers in the wild. If forced to interact with humans and Homid packs they'd certainly have some strange interactions due to growing up without even the basic trappings of civilisation like cloths, sanitation and houses. They'd also likely having a somewhat clumsy grasp on human language and basically no under standing of technology. What do you think of the idea? How would you play them?

  • #2
    Theirs a Char Called Malcolm from the Red Talon TribeBook that might give you inspiration...


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    • #3
      Are you talking about feral children who later become Garou and join lupus packs? Or young homid Garou who join lupus packs?

      If you are talking about feral children, you'll need to make some decisions. The very few feral children discovered have extreme disabilities as a result of lack of human exposure during their critical learning years. All the things you mentioned apply. But that will happen regardless of whether they get into a lupus pack. Of course, there is a lot of handwaving of how lupus are able to learn sufficient human skills soon after their own First Change, so it might be possible for homids who grew up as feral children to learn a lot that real life feral children do not.

      If you are talking about a homid Garou who joins a lupus pack, I don't think there will be any issues. Even a homid who has a fairly young First Change will be around 13 years old when it happens. Being removed from human society after that age will certainly prevent them from learning some of the complexities of human society, but they've already mastered speech and reading. An eighth grade reading level is good enough for almost all fictional works and most non-fiction. And they certainly have an understanding of whatever basic technologies they used prior to the change. They might lose some proficiency if they stay wild for an extended period of time, but they'll also likely get that back quickly. And while most lupus packs probably prefer their breed form, most will have some interest in interacting with humanity at some level other than Red Talons.

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      • #4
        I think that most lupus packs would value a homid member who can drive, explain human society, and handle money. It is also good camouflage. People are going to be a lot less nervous about a man with four 'dogs' living nearby than a pack of feral 'dogs' roaming the woods nearby.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Prince of the Night View Post
          Theirs a Char Called Malcolm from the Red Talon TribeBook that might give you inspiration...
          Now I'm envisioning Malcolm the Liar as a Char Clone type of character...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Direful Spring View Post
            I was thinking about trying to make a character who at a very early age was adopted into a Lupus pack while being a homid themselves. It would put them in a strange in between area. Too wild to easily fit into the human world but in their natural form they must fight tooth and claw to keep up with their peers in the wild. If forced to interact with humans and Homid packs they'd certainly have some strange interactions due to growing up without even the basic trappings of civilisation like cloths, sanitation and houses. They'd also likely having a somewhat clumsy grasp on human language and basically no under standing of technology. What do you think of the idea? How would you play them?
            They way you describe this homid, it sounds like he was adopted by the pack as an infant or toddler, and had his first change a decade or more later. Now if he was adopted by a pack of lupus Garou, not just by common wolves, they'd be able to give him some human education, like learning to use human language, how to start fires, how make and use survivalist tools, etc., unless they were isolated from the rest of Garou society for some reason, and cut off themselves from any exposure to homids or human kinfolk. At the very least, they'd have to provide him with some kind of clothing to survive cold weather until he has his first change. If this is a homid garou cub who's adopted, even by a pack of Red Talons, he'll already have a lot of basic human skills from his childhood, and even if his human language skills get rusty, they'd come back quickly.

            Either way, I'd expect this character to have a much better understanding of canine behavior and communication than any normal homid -- he'd make the Dog Whisperer seem like a novice. He'd also probably be a really good survivalist and likely have high gnosis, due to living out in the wilderness among lupus, and might not like humans very much. But I wouldn't expect him to be as crippled in human society as a "feral child" who is raised by wolves, because lupus Garou would have the intelligence and education of Garou society, as well as homid forms to interact with him.

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            • #7
              Red talons are more likely to leave him to die than to raise him, though, unless they know that he's a werewolf (or a potential one, at least). But many others more open-minded lupi might try to raise him themselves, even if (of course, as others already stated) lupi werewolves do have some knowledge of human society.

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