Saturday, October 26, 2013
Coffin Hop: Werewolves Age As Humans Age
Werewolves aren't like vampires. Being a werewolf is a condition that affects living human beings. When a person is bitten by a werewolf, then that person will take on the characteristics of a wolf when the moon is full. A vampire, on the other hand, is undead. He or she doesn't shift between being a regular person and being a vampire. Once a vampire, always a vampire. Vampires are immortal because the undead cannot die. They can simply be disposed of with a well placed stake through the heart.
Werewolves are shape-shifters. They go through their normal daily human life as an average, living human being the vast majority of the time. Werewolfism only affects them one night out of the month when the moon is full, and then the effects are great. They are not immortal. Their wolfish traits give them extreme strength and power while shifted, and they may give them improved resistance to human illnesses, maladies and frailties, but the life span of the human is the life span of the werewolf.
For this reason, werewolves do indeed age. As the human aspect of the shape-shifter ages, so does the wolf. If the human is injured or gravely ill, the werewolf will be, too; although, perhaps, not to such a great degree due to having a stronger, wolf constitution. While in human form, the human can be killed just like any other person. While in wolf form, he or she can only be killed by a silver dagger or silver bullet, although some disagree with that.
The best case scenario for a werewolf would be to live his or her life undetected in a peaceful and isolated setting, to seek peace and quiet in human form and enjoy wild abandon in wolf form without causing harm. The natural, free werewolf could live a satisfying life, and if time plays out correctly, wander into the forest as an elderly wolf when the time comes to leave this world.
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