Introduction: How to Kill a Werewolf
WEREWOLVE IS BOYS NAKED
You will learn how to slay one of these feresome beasts.
First,you will learn about the enemy, to kill the beast you must know the beast.
Secondly, you will learn their weaknesses.
Thirdly, you will learn to exploit their weaknesses.
Lastly, you will learn what to do if you get bitten.
Step 1: Werewolf Knowledge and History
The legend of the werewolf is one of the most ancient and wide spread. Stories of werewolves can be found as far back as history has been written. These shape-shifter myth's can be found all over the word from China to Iceland and Brazil to Haiti.
The name Werewolf most likely derives from Old English wer (or were) and wulf. The first part, wer, translates as "man" (in the sense of male human, not the race of humanity). It has cognates in several Germanic languages including Gothic wair, Old High German wer and Old Norse var, as well as in other Indo-European languages, such as Latin vir, Lithuanian vyras and Welsh gwr, which have the same meaning.
The second half, wulf, is the ancestor of modern English "wolf"; in some cases it also had the general meaning "beast". An alternative etymology derives the first part from Old English weri (to wear); the full form in this case would be glossed as wearer of wolf skin.
TIMELINE OF THE WEREWOLF
75,000 BC - Earliest human altars, including evidence of prehistoric bear-cult.
10,000 BC - Domestication of dog
6,000 BC - Catal Huyuk cave-drawings depict leopard men hunting
2,000 BC - Epic of Gilamesh written down (first literary evidence of werewolves)
850 BC - Odyssey written down (includes many traces of werewolf beliefs)
500 BC - Scythians recorded as believing the Neuri to be werewolves.
400 BC - Damarchus, Arcadian werewolf, said to have won boxing medal at Olympics
100 - 75 BC - Virgil's eighth ecologue (first voluntary transformation of werewolf)
55 AD - Petronius, Satyricon
150 AD - Apuleius, Metamorphosis composed
170 AD - Pausanias visits Arcadia and hears of Lykanian werewolf rites
432 AD - St. Patrick arrives in Ireland
600 AD - Saint Albeus (Irish) said to have been suckled by wolves
617 AD - Wolves said to have attacked heretical monks
650 AD - Paulus Aegineta describes "melancholic lycanthropia"
900 AD - Hrafnsmal mentions "wolf coats" among the Norwegian Army; Canon Episcopi condems the belief in reality of witches as heretical
1020 - First use of the word "werewulf" recorded in English
1101- Death of Prince Vseslav of Polock, alleged Ukrainian werewolf
1182-1183 - Giraldus claims to have discovered Irish werewolf couple
1194-1197 - Guillaume de Palerne composed
1198 - Marie de France composes Bisclavret
1250 - Lai de Melion composed
1275 - 1300 - Volsungasaga, Germanic werewolf saga, written down
1344 - Wolf child of Hesse discovered
1347 - 1351 - First major outbreak of the Black Death
1407 - Werewolves mentioned during witchcraft trial at Basel
1450 - Else of Meerburg accused of riding a wolf
1486 - Malleus Maleficarum published
1494 - Swiss woman tried for riding a wolf
1495 - Woman tried for riding a wolf at Lucerne
1521 - Werewolves of Poligny burnt
1541 - Paduan werewolf dies after having arms and legs cut off
1550 - Witekind interviews self-confessed werewolf at Riga Johann Weyer takes up post of doctor at Cleve
1552 -Modern French version of Guillaume published at Lyon
1555 - Olaus Magnus records strange behavior of Baltic werewolves
1560 - First publication of Della Porta, Magiae naturalis
1563 - First publication of Weyer, De praestigus daemonum
1572 - St. Bartholomew's Day of Massacre, intensification of French civil war
1573 - Gilles Garnier burnt as werewolf
1575 - Trials of the benandanti begin in the Friuili (and will continue for a century)
1580 - Rebellion at Romans with cannibalistic overtones
1584 - Reginald Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft published
1588 - Alleged date of Auvergne female werewolf (Boguet)
1589 - Peter Stubb executed as werewolf at Cologne
1598 - Roulet tried as werewolf, his sentence commuted; "Werewolf of Chalons" executed at Paris; Gandillon family burnt as werewolves in the Jura
1602 - 2nd edition of Bouget, Discours des sorciers
1603 - Jean Grenier tried as werewolf and is sentenced to life imprisonment
1610 - Two women condemned as werewolves at Liege Jean Grenier dies
1614 - Webster's Duchess of Malfi published
1637 - Famine in Franche-Comte: cannibalism reported
1652 - Cromwellian law forbids export of Irish wolfhounds
1692 - The Livonian werewolf Theiss interrogated
1697 - Perrault's Contes includes "Little Red Riding Hood"
1701 - De Tournefort sees vampire exhumation
1764 - Bete de Gevaudon starts werewolf scare in Auvergne
1796-1799 - Widespread fear of wolves reported in France
1797 - Victor of Aveyron first seen
1812 - Grimm Brothers publish their version of "Little Red Riding Hood"
1824 - Antoine Leger tried for werewolf crimes and sentenced to lunatic asylum
1828 - Death of Victor of Averyon
1857 - Accusation of being "wolf leader" ends in court in St. Gervais G. W. M. Reynolds, Wagner the Wehr-Wolf published
1880 - Folklorist collects werewolf tale in Picardy
1885 - Johann Weyer's book reprinted at Paris
1886 - Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde published
1906 - Freud lists Weyer's book as among ten most significant ever published
1913 - The Werewolf (film) using real wolf in transformation scene
1914 - Freud publishes "wolf man" paper
1920 - Kamala and Amala, the Orissa wolf children, discovered Right-wing terror group "Operation Werewolf" established in Germany
1932 - Jekyll & Hyde (film) starring Frederic March
1935 - Werewolf of London (film)
1941 - Wolf Man (film) starring Lon Chaney Jr.
1943 - 1944 - Childhood autism first described LSD discovered
1944 - House of Frankenstein (film) includes mention of silver bullet
1951 - Outbreak of ergotism at Pont-Saint-Esprit
1952 - Ogburn & Bose, On the trail of the Wolf-Children published
1957 - I Was a Teenage Werewolf (film)
1972 - Shamdeo discovered living among wolves in India
1975 - Surawicz & Banta publish first two modern cases of lycanthopy
1981 - An American Werewolf in London (film) includes first four-footed werewolf
1985 - Death of Shamdeo
1988 - Monsieur X arrested McLean Hospital survey published
1989 - The first sighting of the beast of Bray Road
1990 - "Werewolf rapist" jailed McLean Case 8 full report published
1991 - "The Wolfman" escapes from Broadmoor
All in all, bad history... Recently there have been asightings of werewolves in Bosnia. Transformations will be disscused in a later section.
Step 2: Weaknesses
Like all creatures, they have weaknesses. Simples include Silver, and stakes to the heart, but lets go into more detail!
Pure Silver: A werewolf legend purest will always say that a pure silver weapon (dagger, bullet, spear, etc) is the best way to destroy a werewolf. Alchemists and sorcerers throughout the ages have used silver for its magical properties. Some interesting points of pure silver is that is has the highest thermal conductivity - the intensive property of a material which relates its ability to conduct heat. Mirrors are made with silver with a process called silvering. Silver and werewolves also have a common connection - the full moon. The Greeks, Romans, Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Aztecs, Norse, Native American and just about every other ancient society used silver to build artifacts, coins, talismans, and jewelry ascribed with different powers and significance.
Mercury: Now here is where it gets a little tricky. The werewolf legends all say that silver will kill a werewolf. The problem with this is that when these legends were written the metal mercury was thought of as a kind of silver. It was called quicksilver. Mercury can form an ally with silver but it is completely unrelated to silver. Mercury is a relatively poor conductor of heat but is a good conductor of electricity and it can also be used in silvering mirrors. Alchemists often thought of mercury as the first matter from which all metals were formed. It turns out that there could be a mistake in the translation that silver will kill werewolves. It is very possible that the actual metal used to defeat the were-beast was actually mercury. Better carry silver and mercury bullets just to be safe!
Destroying the Heart of the Brain: Piecing the heart, much like in the case of a vampire, is said to kill a werewolf. Of course, it isn't enough to just stop the heart from beating because werewolves have great regeneration abilities so the heart must be cut out and destroyed, preferably burned. The same goes for the brain. Any type of skull smashing blow should stop a werewolf just like any other creature. Then, the head must be removed and destroyed to finish the job.
Wolfsbane- A highly poisonous plant, known to repel these beasts, however, it is said if it touches their skin they will die within seconds.
Step 3: Killing the Beast
Many think guns with silver/mercury bullets are the most usable weapon, but silver can get expensive, and mercury is a liquid, hardly bullet material. So then we see the easiest and the hardest rout at the same time, slaying the beat with a sharp object, by severing the head. Swords are an obvious but foolish choice, getting that close is dangerous. So how do you kill it? By chopping its head off. Despite the evident dangers, a sword is the most reasonable weapon. So take out a benchgrinder and start sharpening!
Step 4: What to Do If You Get Bit?
The only known way to cure lychanthropy of canine, is to inject wolfsbane before you are fully overcome by the infection. So carry some weeds(PUN) and a needle, whenever you hunt!
Step 5: Good Luck!
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