As out of Werewolf the Apocalypse: Second Edition
Garou Shall Not Mate
Because of the deformities and psychoses displayed by metis werewolves (and the age-old prejudice correspondingly levied against metis), Garou are forbidden
to mate with their own kind. Werewolves must instead seek mates among either human or wolf society. This tenet embodies one of the great Garou tragedies;
Moon Dancers often move audiences to tears with ballads of Garou who fell in love and could not express their passion - or who did and were torn to pieces
by their outraged tribe.
Combat the Wyrm
Wherever It Dwells and Whenever It Breeds
The Garou were spawned, say the bards, to fight the Wyrm, and much of their early history comprises battles between their heroes and the Wyrm's minions.
Most Garou pay at least lip service to this tradition.
Respect the Territory
The practice of this portion of the Litany has changed over the last few centuries; humans have spread to the extent that urinating one's territorial
marking has become impractical. Instead, a Garou visitor or immigrant must first ask permission by singing the Howl of Introduction, reciting name,
Sept, lineage, totem and tribe.
Accept an Honorable
The Garou realize that they are a dwindling race and that intraspecies duels commonly occur. Realizing that continuous battles to the death would only
advance the Wyrm's cause the Children of Gaia and Fianna incorporated this element into the Litany. In theory, a Garou combatant may end a duel by
exposing her throat; the opponent is honor-bound to accept the surrender. The loser suffers no reduction in Renown, although the winner may certainly
to Those of Higher Station
Garou's wolf nature practically enforces a hierarchical structure within their society. Thus the Garou have implemented the concepts of Renown and Rank.
Within reason, any request by a Garou of higher Rank is to be obeyed.
The First Share of the Kill for the Greatest of Station
This portion of the Litany is much favored by the Garou elders, as well as such tribes as the Silver Fangs and Shadow Lords; it is grudgingly acquiesced
to by the rest. The "kill clause" also applies to the spoils of war - thus, in theory, the prey's most powerful fetishes and the like may be garnered by
the Garou with the highest renown.
Shall Not Eat the Flesh of Humans
This portion of the Litany was first sung in the post-Impergium days; the Stargazers are believed to be responsible for its insertion. They noticed that
Garou who routinely consumed human flesh often grew Wyrm-tainted; furthermore, cannibals had a hard time stalking and killing more challenging prey,
such as woolly rhinos or Banes. Additionally, in these modern times, this rules serves a function similar to the "kosher" laws of the Hebrews; modern
humans' chemical-laden diet makes their flesh bitter and unhealthy.
for Those beneath You - All Are of Gaia
Garou tend to think of themselves in communal terms, and they thus realize that most creatures have some sort of contribution to make toward the whole.
When all is said and done, Garou were created to be the world's protectors. The chivalric ideal is much in vogue among some Septs, and Garou who display
a great deal of noblesse oblige may get Renown.
The Veil Shall Not Be
This is perhaps the most inviolate portion of the Litany. There is no "reality" here - Garou are aware that both the Wyrm and the Inquisition hunt for
them. Garou who disobey this edict die at the claws of their brethren.
Do Not Suffer Your
People to Tend Your Sickness
In ancient days, an injured, infirm or aged Garou was simply torn to pieces by his peers. As time went on, however, it came to be considered more
dignified to let such a Garou end his own life.
The Leader May Be
Challenged during Peace
Though Garou are known for their pack mentality, this does not mean they must slavishly obey their leaders. If no immediate threat is pending, Garou of
sufficient standing may challenge another's position of leadership. A contest of some sort is usually staged. If the challenger wins, she assumes the
mantle of leadership; if she loses, she must accept the leader's dictates with good grace.
The Leader May Not Be
Challenged during War
Certain creatures of the Wyrm are monstrous in size and power, and no one Garou can best them. Pack tactics are vital to the Garou's success against
such creatures, and obedience is vital to successful pack tactics. In battle, the word of the leader is immutable law. A Garou who disobeys a superior
will be destroyed as soon as circumstances permit.
You Shall Take No
Action That Causes a Caern to Be Violated
Like the preceding clause about the Veil, this rule is fairly ironclad. The caerns are Gaia's lifeblood and if they are destroyed, the Garou will cease
to exist. Even a Garou who accidentally leads an enemy to a Caern is often severely punished.