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ChaosáLupus

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With the release of River of Blood the floodgates have finally been opened for the beginning of a werewolf-focused quest series. Here are a few of my thoughts on how certain elements of the plot and background lore should be handled if these quests become a reality.

Werewolves should not be their own race. Yes, I know that they were confirmed to be their own race from their own world. However, we already have dozens of different races from dozens of different worlds whose origins can all be explained by evolution and adaptation, albeit exaggerated to fit certain niches within this fantasy universe. Instead, I propose that their ancestors should have been humans who were cursed as a result of dark actions of their own.

Afterall, they are able to interbreed with humans (that could be a result of Tenebraĺs magic as we only have one example), although that isnĺt exactly rare in Runescape as humans are able to do so with many different races. However, it makes little sense that werewolves would be trapped in their human forms, or revert back to them in the case that they have already taken on their bestial appearance, if it is not their natural form. It is also odd that they are the only shape-shifters who can, without the aid of a potion or other substance, only take on two different forms. If they are capable of altering their appearances so drastically, why else would they not be able to take on three forms or four or ten? Additionally, it is mentioned by Imre in the novel Return to Canifis, that their children have no abilities beyond that of a normal human child.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:03 - Last edited on 03-May-2016 17:15:16 by ChaosáLupus

ChaosáLupus

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There are plenty of myths from which influence could be drawn here. A few that I would look favorably upon include certain stories surrounding the wendigo. For those of you who donĺt know, wendigo come from Algonquian legends. There are many variations on the concept of what exactly a wendigo is. The general idea, as it is commonly understood, is that they are humans who become aggressive and develop monstrous physical characteristics and supernatural physical abilities after committing a heinous crime, which is usually but not always cannibalism. In other cases they are driven to these deeds after being possessed by dark spirits or demons. And of course there are similarities to Lycaon, the king of Arcadia, who Zeus turned into a wolf as punishment for trying to trick the god into eating human flesh. In my personal opinion, their origin being described as something of this nature, as some sort of curse or consequence, would be far more interesting than if they simply developed their shape-shifting abilities for the purpose of adapting to their worldĺs environment.

Werewolves should not be part of the Zarosian Empire. Humans, Mahjarrat, vampyres, chthonians, avernic, ilujanka. All of these races lived within the empire and all of them had a purpose. All of the most important roles - politics, architecture, agriculture, military, etc. - have been filled. Werewolves should not just be shoehorned in, there is no need to create a function in Zarosian society just for them.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:07 - Last edited on 15-Jul-2016 19:34:25 by ChaosáLupus

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Giving the werewolves a unique history on Gielinor would be much more interesting than just dubbing them another member of the crowd. It would also be nice to differentiate them more from vampyres as they have, for the most part, just been their servile dogs up until this point. That is not to say that their history should not be connected to the vampyres, just that it does not need to be a parallel. Additionally, there is also nothing to suggest that werewolves were even present on Gielinor prior to the Third Age. In fact, as far as I am aware, the earliest that their presence can be confirmed is during the events of the barrows brothersĺ campaign.

Instead of placing their arrival on Gielinor during the Second Age, I think that it would be much more appropriate if they first appeared at some point during the God Wars. They could have been transported by a god at some point or first become werewolves while already on Gielinor. One interesting possibility is that there is more to the blooding than we know and that Malak created werewolves by forcing humans to carry out the ritual. This could create an interesting dynamic if Malak wanted to claim dominion over them despite their claim to independence.

Different characters should have different personalities. As things currently stand there are very few prominent werewolves. The only individuals with unique personalities, aside from the joke characters like Scrambles and Shanty Claws, are Garĺrth and Roavar. While the majority of werewolves who have come of age have been similarly affected by the blooding, they should still have differing, and in some cases conflicting, opinions and mentalities in certain cases.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:11 - Last edited on 03-May-2016 20:51:23 by ChaosáLupus

ChaosáLupus

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One key situation should be the topic of their freedom from the vampyres. While those at the Salve in River of Blood were quick to claim independence, there are still those, like Roavar and Jerrod, who have always been too terrified of their vampyre lords to disobey them. Perhaps their older age has provided them with access to darker secrets than the younger members of their kin have access to...

The story should be told through a fantasy lense. Whichever direction their story ends up going, it should be told as if it were a part of the fantasy genre. While Runescape is a fantasy game at heart, many of its main stories, the Myreque quests included, overlap with the territory of science fiction. In some cases that works well, in others not so much. I would just like people to keep in mind that a story of this kind is not necessarily better just because every fantastical element is accompanied by a thorough explanation.

Character involvement, who should be play a role? Obviously, the answer to that question depends on what sort of story is going to be told.

That said, there are a few obvious candidates, the most notable being Garĺrth. For anyone who is not aware, Garĺrth is a character exclusive to the novels. He is Jerrod** nephew as well as a an old companion of Kara-Meir. He is also the only grown werewolf who has been confirmed to have evaded the blooding. All in all, he is an ideal major protagonist.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:16 - Last edited on 27-Apr-2016 15:27:18 by ChaosáLupus

ChaosáLupus

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Another popular choice would be Jerrod, who most people probably remember from Dishonour Among Thieves. The catch here is that his involvement would require the series to take place during the Sixth Age as he was imprisoned by Handelmort during the year 169 of the Fifth Age. Personally, I'd prefer for this story to take place in the Fifth Age.

Being one of the elders of Canifis and notably servile to the vampyres, Roavar should probably also play a role. His perspective could create an interesting counterbalance to those wishing to claim independence.

King Roald definitely needs to be involved as well, as the face of Misthalin, whose citizens are now at great risk. A single werewolf was enough to create a mass panic throughout northern Asgarnia, an entire village is a whole other story.

The Society of Owls, which is also currently exclusive to the novels. They are a secret society based in Misthalin who are dedicated to protecting the realm from Morytanian threats. The activities of some of their members have been shady, however, so their involvement would create an interesting dynamic as well as introduce even more interesting characters to the game.

Malakĺs ambition and greed, as well as his lordship of Canifis, make him an ideal antagonist. Very little is currently known about him other than the fact that he is both cruel and incredibly powerful. This would be a great opportunity to expand more on his character (and finally give him a graphical update).

As for characters who should definitely not be involved, it would be very disappointing if gods were directly involved in this series. It should primarily focus on the werewolves and the results of their own decisions, not the commands from a god.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:19 - Last edited on 27-Apr-2016 15:35:03 by ChaosáLupus

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Also, while Vanescula is an interesting character, she should not have a major role. Involving her would take the series to larger scale and make it less focused. She also has a reason not to get involved, which is that the werewolves are only a threat because we made it unable for the vampyres to cross the Salve and keep them on a leash.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:22 - Last edited on 27-Apr-2016 15:35:11 by ChaosáLupus

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You may now post. Please leave your own thoughts on what you would like to see if we ever get a werewolf quest/series.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:31:34 - Last edited on 27-Apr-2016 00:29:00 by ChaosáLupus

MegicaláMan

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Tbh I just really want to see their Zamorak Halloween Festival at some point as an event, or even a side event.

Really, since they are pushing for this werewolf spin off, it would make sense, and it could give us a teaser into some of the lore/plot points for the future quest.

26-Apr-2016 19:34:35

sir eos lee

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I'm not opposed to the idea.

Is it a 1 time quest or a new series?

Sadly, I do want other quest lines (Pirate, Desert, etc) to be wrapped up before we introduce new ones. (At this point, Elemental Workshop can stay buried.)

26-Apr-2016 19:36:39

ChaosáLupus

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MegicaláMan said:
Tbh I just really want to see their Zamorak Halloween Festival at some point as an event, or even a side event.

Really, since they are pushing for this werewolf spin off, it would make sense, and it could give us a teaser into some of the lore/plot points for the future quest.


Yeah, I've been advocating a Festival of Zamorak event for a long time, although I think it would be better as a permanent miniquest. It could be done a lot easier now since all of the werewolves have access to Misthalin and other F2P areas.
The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

26-Apr-2016 19:42:49

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