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  • [Dark Eras] Mother Wolf for Norse Uratha?

    So re-reading Wolf and Raven Dark Era, I start to wonder what could be local Urfarah variant from myths. With assessed role of Mani as Luna interpretation and Sol as Helios, logical would be Mother Wolf figure in local myths ( as Norse were much more strict to gay relationships, not like Romans Uratha with their lesbian Luna and Capitol Wolf parents. ) With that in mind, do you think that mine myth about Mother of Wolves will work in this setting? Especially as I want to use event of Fenris imprisonment by Jotun giants also in game. Would Angerboda being mother of Fernis would be internally consistent?

    Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
    Mother of Wolves
    In ancient times, that we all almost don't remember, gods and giants, spirit and flash, freely walk upon the young earth. In this still warm from creation land many beings could be gods of powerful spirit, giants of formidable flesh, or often even both. One of them was Mother of Wolves. She was able to give death and life, destruction and birth. She was mother to all wolves, but also guardian of secret ways to commune with spirits, to walk between land of mortals and land of gods. She stood on watch if both gods and humans respect they place in creation. And she deliver massage between them.

    As Mother of Wolves was truly beautiful, she was having cubs with all different suitors, and those children become Firstborns, like Fenris-Ur. But on long nights, she would see Mani, Father Moon, in his silver chariot running in the sky. He was once man, but gods put him in the sky, to light the night with his silver armor. Mother of Wolves desired him so much, by her wish she shed her skin, become human for a night, and walked to his chariot in the sky. After night of passion, she returned and born First Pack, blessed with gift of changing skin and they faces, as both they mother shed her fur and they father is changing each night his face.

    But this miracle night wasn't enough for Mother of Wolves. Even if she knew her love only once defied the rules, she wanted to return to Mani and to be with him forever. Gods made this exception only once, and she made a new race of beings from this union. Afraid what could they love made more to the balance of the world, spirits not allowed her to return to the sky, even for one more night with her lover.

    She raised First Pack, and they Father would watch over them in the nights. She teach them her duties and hunt with them on those that broke the rules of creation. But years passed, and Mother of Wolves was denied the warm embrace of Mani. She let her duties as guardian slip more and more, as she dreamed of unreachable union. Her heart was filled with rage and envy. Later she would be known as Angerboda - One Who Brings Grief – because of horrible things she would let go on the world, and what she herself done to others blinded by emotions. Mother of Wolves was threat to herself, creation and her own children.

    And so, on next the night, Father Moon told the werewolves that her rule must go to past. They knew now Angerboda wouldn't let her duty free until she dies. So First Pack needed do this for the best of whole creation. But some of werewolves were to afraid and run from responsibility. Rest of the pack made this necessary sin. In dying breath Mother of Wolves cursed her own children so the silver, moon metal, would burn them to the flesh. Even if he couldn't totally lift it, Father eased it by adding that only weapon made of it will hurt them, as he was also lord of silver. But Mani only lifted curse on those that listen him and done what had to be done. Gods were furious from what a werewolves done and are to this day. They cursed People so humans would be afraid of them. And so First Pack would be called De Övergivna, Forsaken, from now on. And traitors of First Pack would be known as De Rena, Pure, as they did not want to be burden with sin of killing Mother of Wolves.

    Father Moon understood he must help his children when they Mother was dead and world have turned from them. But he had duties that need to be done, each night, every night, till the end of times. So he send Hjukis - once children he stolen from Earth's years before and now spirits that were his loyal servants. They were tasked to guide the People and teach the ways of the Moon and to help them in their duties to watch over barrier between Flesh and Spirit. Each Hjuki teach about only part of Fathers lore, as only he himself know whole. Father would grant care of each one as spiritual guide to each next werewolf. And so Auspices come to being.

    But still De Övergivna were surrounded by the world that hated them. First Pack needed patrons with the gods. They hunt down and plead Firstborns, first children of Angerboda. Initially those powerful spirits were furious and wouldn't listen, blinded by the rage for killing they Mother. but De Övergivna hunt and run to them again, and again. Finally Firstborns understood they need to forgive they half-brothers and half-sisters, and guide them in the name of memory of they common Mother. And so the Tribes of the Moon come to being.

    But the sins can't be undone. Not all Firstborn forgive the Moon his action. Wolves crave for Mani's blood for what he talked in to First Pack and each day and night Hati Hróðvitnisson, Managarmr, the Moon Hound, is chasing Peoples Father on the sky, letting to shown only one Hujki's face at the time. He become patron of De Rena werewolves and together they hunt for Father Moon and his loyal People. There is gods prophecy that someday all Firstborns will return to Moon for blood of they mother, lead by Fenris. It will be time of Ragnarök and the gods will pay for they inaction when Angerboda were being murdered.

    And so, to this day, De Övergivna hunts the nights to fulfill duties that Angerboda left. They are watched over by Mani and his Hjukis. They are guided by the Firstborns under they Tribes, so they could understand legacy from Mother of Wolves. Even if both Hjukis and Firstborns are not easy allies, they respect and fear one another. And to this day they all hate De Rena. Untill the time of Ragnarök, may he never come.
    Last edited by wyrdhamster; 02-10-2017, 07:40 AM.


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  • #2
    Well, a quick look at Mani's article in Wikipedia shows some interesting theories about him. Strangely missing in mortal mythology? Possible relationship with a female jotunn? I suppose this mysterious consort could be Angrboda.

    Maybe the jotunn who bound Fenris-Ur believes them to be the true children of Angrboda, and that she was no wolf-beast but a giant troll. They could believe that by chaining up the bastard children of Angrboda (the Firstborn and the Uratha race), they can resurrect Angrboda.

    Hmm... if Angrboda is the hidden partner of Mani, then this also raises interesting implications about beings such as Hati, Skoll, Loki, Jormundardr, and Hel.

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    • #3
      Having children with giants is hardly unheard of, it's how Thor and Loki were made. The myths used the idea to represent the concept of getting strength and power from the old ways.

      Mani as Luna and Wolf as representing the Old Ways certainly fits if you want it to be in your setting. It implies a lack of spiritualism, as one could find out 'the truth' by speaking to spirits and seeking lore, but it's still an option.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by nofather View Post
        It implies a lack of spiritualism, as one could find out 'the truth' by speaking to spirits and seeking lore, but it's still an option.
        I'm wonder how Uratha local myths are implying lack of spiritualism...


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        • #5
          Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
          I'm wonder how Uratha local myths are implying lack of spiritualism...
          Believing solely in local myths suggests you're not talking to or dealing with spirits, some of whom would be older than these local myths.

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          • #6
            Given the subjective nature of ephemeral entities that adjust their views and goals based on the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs around them [spirits and resonant energy], I'd say that there's not an objective 'truth' as far as spirits go. Werewolves are also human, if you recall, and a primary trait of humanity is a remarkable skill to look at data sets and see the patterns that confirm their beliefs. From the spirits being given affect by human belief, and human belief further shaping the interpretation of the information given by spirits, it makes sense that werewolves in different cultures have different interpretations of the same basic myths; why, it's almost as though that's exactly what cultures do in real life!

            Not to mention that canonically, werewolves in different parts of the world are supposed to have different interpretations of their Gifts, banes, and duties, informed by interpretations of their mythology separate from the default North American one.

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