Legends and superstitions about werewolves are common throughout history
in Europe. In the present day they have now become popular along with
other legendary, horrific beings such as vampires and ghosts. The old
tales and the newer books and movies have become the inspiration for
the main characters of a role-playing game called Werewolf: the Apocalypse:
"I am Death-Takes-Last. That is the name the People gave me when I was
your age. It...has to do with the prophecy given to me at the time of
my birth, that I would be alive until the last times. My family lives
long. I'm to be your guardian for a while." "Guardian? Why? I've got
parents. Where are they?" "They're not here. You can't go back to them.
You've Changed Brian." "Changed how? I can't go back to them? What do
you mean?" "You're one of the wolf-people, Brian. You're a Garou. A
changer of shapes. A werewolf." "A werewolf?? You've gotta be kidding
me." The old man shook his head once, emphatically. "No. You are Garou.
Like me." Brian put down his fork "You're crazy, old man." He stood
up. "You're damn crazy. Where are we? Are you kidnapping me?" "Sit down
and finish your breakfast, Brian."
Brian ran for the door and threw it open. Just outside the doorway,
at ease in the snow, a huge, black wolf rested. It turned immediately
as Brian opened the door, and advanced on him, growling, as he stood
"That is Chaser-Never-Rests, Brian. She too would like you to sit down
and finish your breakfast." the old man said.
Brian watched as the wolf began to twist and turn. Its body bulged,
grew huge; a giant wolf flashed before his eyes. Slowly it grew arms
and hands, becoming a towering human-wolf. Finally, it shrank, lost
hair, and became a rather pretty woman. "Call me Kate, "she said, smiling.
She wore a black leather jacket, jeans and a strange antler-horn necklace.
She rushed to catch Brian as he nearly collapsed, and led him back to
Campbell, Brian. Werewolf: The Apocalypse, revised edition. White
Wolf Publishing Inc., Stone Mountain, GA, 2000
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