A werewolf or lycanthrope is a human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or wolf like creature either through being bitten by another werewolf or from a curse. The change usually occurs during a full moon. The are said to have superhuman strength and senses. Even in human form they can carry certain traits. these include a unibrow, curved fingernails, low set ears, and a swinging stride. It was also once thought they could be identified by cutting there flesh. fur was suppose to be seen within the wound. In Russia it was said they had bristles under their tongues. In wolf form they are said to have no tail, are often larger, and retain human eyes and voice. After turning back into human form they are said to be weak. They often suffer from depression. Silver as a weapon is a more modern superstition. Rye, mountain ash, wolfsbane, and mistletoe were said to be effective safeguards.
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