should not be underestimated, even if grievously wounded, due to their superhuman strength and speed.
A breed of skinwalker, lycanthropes are notable from their werewolf cousins because they require a tanned wolf pelt to merge with their animal totem and transform into a wolf. Among the O.T.H. categories, lycanthropes are often the hardest to classify as “good” or “bad.” Certainly, there are dangerous lycanthropes who have gone feral and will eat anything or anyone. But these feral beasts cannot live in the human world and are usually encountered in deeply wooded areas.
Before finding their pelts, lycanthropes are not contagious. However, once they’ve completed their first transformation, their saliva carries a new organism similar in shape to rabies. This organism is what transmits the infection when skinwalkers of all races bite a victim, and there is no known vaccine for eliminating the infection, although government labs remain dedicated to searching for a cure.
When encountering a lycanthrope in human form, the first task is identifying whether or not they’ve found their pelt. This is evidenced by the body odor of the lycanthrope. Young lycanthropes without a pelt will still smell strongly of human, and their animal odor will be difficult to detect unless one is standing right next to them. On the other hand an adult with a pelt will positively reek of wolf, even for agents with weaker human senses.
Once the lycanthrope has been identified and classified, an agent’s next priority is