Garou


Werewolves

Of all the Prodigals, the werewolves have the closest relations with the fae. The Kithain show these ancient allies respect by referring to them as Garou, the name they have for themselves. Before the Sundering, the fae and the Garou shared their homes, glens and places of power. As the fae began withdrawing form the world, their relations changed, some becoming strained, some breaking entirely. Others, like the ties between the Kithain and the Fianna tribe, grew even stronger as they presented a united front against common enemies such as the formorians.

Most Kithain see werewolves as wild cousins who sometimes let their tempers get the better of them. There are those who say that the Garou split away from the fae when their dreams of vengeance and rage overpowered them. Still, the Garou are valued allies to many fae, and many Kithain will go out of their way to help a Garou in trouble. The Garou for the most part recognize these ties, and not a few werewolves have served as enchanted bodyguards or muscle for a Kithain court.

The different tribes of Garou have varying degrees of contact with each kith. There is one tribe who avoids contact with any fae save trolls, and have to be restrained from killing sidhe on sight. These are the Garou who call themselves the Get of Fenris. The Get swore a blood oath against the sidhe a thousand years ago in answer to an ancient humiliation, and the oath stands to the present day.

The greatest Garous allies of the Kithain are the Fianna. These Celtic Garou have ties of fealty and blood to all the noble houses of the fae, as well as many of the commoner kith. A Fianna elder lives at the court of the Kingdom of Apples, acting as Queen Mab’s advisor on Prodigal affairs.

Kithain and Garou are also bound by what some perceive to be a common enemy. The Garou are frequently embroiled in battle with a group of vicious misshapen mutants called fomori. It doesn’t take most Kithain long to make the leap of logic that these beings may be their ancient fomorian enemies taken form in the modern world.

The Garou claim that they are fighting a massive spirit of destruction known as the Wyrm. The Crystal Circle sage Malthus has stated he has prove that the Wyrm is the ancient dream of evil known only as the Dark. His critics say his evidence is circumstantial at best, and that the Dark was defeated eons ago. Regardless, the nobility have decreed that if possible, fomori activity should be observed and reported on.

The Shadow Court has werewolf companions of their own. The twisted, leprous lupines known as the Black Spiral Dancers have been known to occasionally enter into agreements with factions of the Shadow Court, performing services such as assassinations in exchange for fae treasures and magical aid.

the Wendigo and Uktena are much closer to the Nunnehi Nations than to the European fae. This native alliance has caused more than a little friction between the Uktena and Wendigo and Fianna. Some Garou of these tribes have been known to become involved in Kithain politics as if their own internecine problems weren’t enough.

House Balor is rumored to have mysterious ties with both the aforementioned fomori and the Black Spirals. This is not considered common knowledge, and House Balor boasts of secrets gained from their dark allies they say even the sluagh don’t know. The sluagh, on the other hand, merely smile and raise a sardonic eyebrow when the Balor start talking.

The most likely place to find fae and Garou living together is a glen. Such a natural source of Glamour often makes a good place for a Garou spiritual sity known as a caern. When a new glen opens, Garou, changelings and mages race to be the first one to claim it. Often this race can degenerate into a squabble. Taking the tempers of the Garou into account, fisticuffs can also break out. Sometimes, though, the fae and Garou share the glen, the Garou tending the landscape while the fae tend the local Dreaming.

Fianna

The greatest allies the Kithain have among the Garou are the Fianna. Bred primarily from Hibernian stock, the Fianna’s network of Kinfolk is so intertwined with changling blood that it has been known, though exceedingly rare, for Garou and Kithain (or at least Kinain) children to be born of the same parents. The Fianna known more about fae society than any other Prodigals, with perhaps the exception of some mages. Fianna bards are often welcomed into fae freeholds and Kithain are often in attendance at Fianna moots. This closeness of kin and attitudes have lead some Kithain scholars to believe that the Fianna were the last Prodigals to leave the fold of fae to join the Garou.

It is often the Fianna who protect visiting sidhe from the rage of the Get of Fenris, and act wich does not endear the Celtic wolves to their Nordic cousins. Fianna often speak as Kithain representatives in negotiations, and advise nobles on the state of the Garou Nation within their boundaries.

During the Accordance War, the Fianna were slit on whom to support. They had been dealing with the commoners for centuries, and those ties of loyalties were strong. However, the old compacts with the sidhe made it hard to openly help the burgess. In the end, apart from a few skirmishes, they avoided getting involved in what was felt to be a purely internal fae matter. AS a result, the commoners no longer are as friendly with them as they might have been in the past. The sidhe however, gladly welcome their ancient allies back into the fold.

Recently, High King David made a pack of Fianna into provisional Red Branch Knights, and this has caused quite a stir in conservative circles. This Prodigal Red Branch pack has been given the task of rooting out any fae-Wrym collusion and has some powerful faerie treasures to aid it. It is a measure of how close the Fianna are to the Kithain that they were accorded this honor.

Get of Fenris

There are probably no other Prodigals who harbor such hatred for the Kithain, especially the sidhe. These arrogant Nordic Garou have a blood oath sworn to destroy any sidhe on sight, and seriously main anyone found in association with them. The Fianna, naturally, dislike such attitudes, and their defense of their fae allies and cousins has enraged the Get. Pooka can’t resist pranking people so unrelentingly grim and driven’ the Get find that it takes a lot of pooka pelts for a good cape.

The reason behind the Get’s hatred of the sidhe harkens from long before the Shattering. A group of sidhe in the northlands lost their horses (how this happened has been lost in the telling) and were in need of alternate mounts. One day, a young noble of a forgotten house happened upon a troll discussing the craft of war with a large half-man half-wolf. The sidhe watched in amazement as the creature shifted into a huge wolf and loped off into the forest, followed by the troll.

The sidhe decided that these large wolves would make the perfect mounts for the snowy country, if they were properly ensorcelled. he gathered up his host, and they traveled to the place where this werewolfe resided with his pack. Using strange magics, they subdued the great warriors, and placed them under geasa to remain faithful and obedient pets for one millennium.

With the coming of the Shattering, the sidhe abandoned their “pets” and left Earth for Arcadia. The descendants of their tribe mates found them, and when the tale of their thousand-year bondage was told, the entire tribe swore a blood aoth of revenge. Since then, the Get have been unfriendly at best to the fae, and homicidal to the sidhe in particular.

Trolls and Nunnehi have been spared from this oath, and many Get of Fenris hold trolls in high regard for their honor and fighting ability. For their part, the trolls feel torn between the ties of loyalty to the sidhe, and their sense of shame at their leaders’ actions. The Nordic Garou can occasionally be found talking about “the Old Country” with the trolls, and engaging in games/fights of strength.

Nunnehi and the Native Tribes

The two tribes of Garou native to the continent of North America, the Uktena and the Wendigo, are closely allied with the Nunnehi Nations. It is not unknown for Nunnehi and Garou who share the same totem to run in the same pack together. Between them, they work to preserve the old ways and the lands. They share farm more in common than not.

The Nunnehi are the only fae, besides the trolls, spared from the oath of the Get of Fenris. The often-supremacist Get are hardly tolerant of the Native American fae, but they have shown a strange reluctance to engage the Nunnehi. Some observers believe this is due to the protection of the Uktena and Wendigo, but the sluagh has made smirking references to a Get pack being soundly trounced during a fight against a band of Nunnehi. Conversely, the Fianna tend to treat Nunnehi changelings as somewhat savage, yet honorable fae, following the examples of the European fae. This condescending attitude makes most Nunnehi fume, and tends to irritate their Garou allies as well.



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