|Posted by Arcover on April 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM|
So I was in my Fish and Wildlife Ecology class and we were talking about diseases, interspecies transmission and persistance and all that sciencey stuff when I zoned out and started thinking about werewolves and werewolf ecology. Then I thought of a question: Why have some weres shifted while others haven't?
It's not that some weres want to shift and some don't so why have only some of the were population accomplished this? I thought about all the shifting weres that I know, I can name at least 5 off the top of my head, and all of them have something in common. They all have packs. So then I thought about what would make packs so effective where so many other methods fail. I mean we always talk about how having a pack would help us shift but we never talk about WHY having a pack would make a difference. I basically came up with a term like 'chronic versus instantaneous emergence' or some textbook sounding thing that makes me sound pretentious. I'll explain below...
I'll start with sudden or instantaneous emergence. It refers to things like random m-shifts, anger shifts and pretty much an mental or physical shift brought on by strong emotions that happen at a perticular point in time. For example, a were gets into a fight and due to the overwhelming build-up of emotions that were shifts for the first time. This is a situation in which the werewolf shifts suddenly due to a very fast sequence of events. I believe most legitimate werewolves can shift pretty easily under this type of conditions. The only problem with shifting out of anger/stress/any other strong emotion is the lack of control that comes with it and the mental/emotional damage it could do to the were and the people around them. It's harder to keep a calm head when you're being overwhelmed by so much and most weres I've talked to want to avoid this method of shifting as much as possible. It just causes too many problems.
Next we have slow or chronic emergence. This is the result of having a pack and could possibly be why packs work so well while faster methods only cause issues. If you're in a pack with other weres or magically inclined people you are exposed to those powerful energies on a regular basis. It's kind of like having support that slowly and possitively effects your own energy system. Having others around you builds up your inner instincts and the inner power that comes with being a werewolf. In turn, you build up the energy and power within the other weres/magical people in your group. Like a spiralling effect only you're spiralling in a good direction. This method takes longer to build up the energy a werewolf needs to shift, but it's more stable and from what I've seen it's more effective. And 'longer' could be anything from a few days to a few years. I think if you really are a were-creature it shouldn't take more than a few months (at most) for a pack to make you shift, but everyone's different so time could vary.
So yeah, that's what I thought of during class today...that and half-off easter candy (yummm). I guess you could call it a theory, but I've seen so much out there that supports this idea that I think it just might be a fact. Idk.