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An example of a Werebeast (Art by Aurru)

Werebeasts are humans who are cursed into becoming a monster or an animal based on some natural cycles, like the moon or tides. The most famous one is obviously the werewolves, but there are also a dozen other kinds of werebeasts, such as werehyenas or werecats. Just never call a werebeast a furry to their face. Trust me, I still have the scar.
Carl Black.

Werebeasts, also known as Werekin, Were-Creatures or Therianthropes, are a species of metamorphic creatures, usually a human, are able to shift between a normal and beastial form at will due to a curse, magical ritual or another circumstance.

Overview

Despite the similarities they are distinguishable from Shapeshifters as the latter is capable of shifting into any animal at will whilst werebeasts can only shift into a singular "were" form of a specific animal.

Therianthropes may live either among other humans, blending into society, or in the wild to avoid harming others. Much like werewolves and other supernatural beasts, they are not exactly fond of vampires, with the feelings being mutual, and tend to hold internal grudges towards therianthropes of different types. They are often in friendly relationships with the animals they can transform into and may sometimes hunt with them.

Unfortunately, while some preferred to be isolated from human society, others would unwillingly inflict fear and terror upon rural human settlements and as such many of the werebeasts were hunted and killed to near-extinction by Witchers which includes werewolves. This caused the surviving and thriving members of the werebeasts to hold a bitter and hateful grudge towards humans with the surviving ones going into hiding.

It is unclear of when and where the affliction of therianthropes originated though it is likely that they first sprung during the era of Mycenaean Greece as werewolves, or lycanthropes, emerged from the curse of Lycaon. The origins of other werebeasts is unknown though archeologists have discovered the remains of a werebear dating back to the early times of Scandinavia.

Description

Werebeasts are affected by therianthropy: a curse or a "disease" which changes the "contaminated" into an animal or human-animal hybrid during the full moon. During these three nights in a month, the therianthrope is not able to control themself and may be lethally dangerous for those nearby. Despite the folk tales, being bitten by a therianthrope very rarely results in acquiring the illness although it depends on either the potency of the affliction or what it is categorized under. One example is lycanthropy which is placed under "disease" and like any plague could infect another through physical contact via bite but those placed under a curse very rarely affect others.

It is noted that therianthropy is hereditary as well evidence in the existence of pure-bloods (those born with the affliction) and 'mutts' or 'runts' (those that were given the affliction). Those who have inherited it from one of their parents, however, are fully able to control their abilities and might change between one or three forms whenever they wish, not only during the full moon. These therianthropic forms are connected to the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls emotions such as fear, aggression, and stress, and thereby can either be triggered at will, or if the werebeast is experiencing strong negative emotions, such as fear or rage. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of a full moon does not necessarily control their transformations and a transformation via the moon is dependent on the type of werebeast.

Types of Werebeast

Quotes

The brainy types like to call them therianthropes. But more commonly they're known as Werebeasts. Unfortunate suckers who're cursed into becoming a beastie. And can only turn during some natural cycle, like the moon or the tides. You already know about Werewolves. But there's others like 'em. Werecats. Werebears. Hell, even Wereboars or Werehyenas. All of 'em are real nasty sons of bitches. Even vampires stay clear of 'em.
Bobby Zemeckis.

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