When talking of werewolves, one cannot help but talk of German werewolves. For many years werewolves have been desperately trying to reach out to witchards and make amends with the old Königsberger Universität. They want a chance at a good life, a job and respect from their neighbors. Though once reviled as monsters and brutes, many werewolves have for centuries seen themselves as people just like anyone else in the magical world. Sadly for the lupines, others have disagreed. Werewolves are still despised, hated, and feared – lycanthropy is still considered a vile and contagious disease by most.
In some places things are better for the almost-humans, and at both Czocha and Balt Meddin there have been intermarriages between sorcerous families and prominent werewolves for more than half a century. This has not helped relations between the College of Wizardry at Czocha and the one at Nibelungen in Germany.
Not at all.
The Lander Rebellion
Five years ago this unbearable powerlessness and casual discrimination eventually led to open rebellion by some werewolves. The werewolf rebellion in Germany started out small, but soon grew to fearsome proportions, as the werewolf leaders known as The White Fangs and other leaders recruited werewolves who had long ago given up on living even somewhat peaceful lives.
The army of werewolves, hiding out in forests and caves at a conflux in Southern Lander – in Central Germany – began to strike against unprotected witchard residences in the countryside, and soon escalated the conflict to include kidnappings of magical children and attacks on hospitals. Even more horrifying to the witchards was the fact that the werewolves started doing the unthinkable – appearing in front of mundanes and even recruiting them.
The Nibelungen College did their best to keep it contained and for a long time were in a state of denial as to the size of the conflict. But in the end, the werewolves were too numerous and too well-organized, and they ended up seeking the assistance of other Colleges of Wizardry. Some of the leaders of these, feeling that The Traditions themselves were under attack, answered the call and sent help, albeit reluctantly.
After all, in Poland – home to several influential magical schools – werewolves are considered “almost human” and quite a few of the Polish magicians of Balt Meddin sent to fight the German werewolves had werewolf neighbours and friends at home. Some even had family members with lupine blood, further complicating things.