Silver Fangs

The Silver Fangs are the traditional rulers of the Garou Nation. Their Kinfolk hail from the most highly placed noble families in Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and their regal blood and pure breed are obvious to any Garou they encounter. At the same time, the Silver Fangs' continued breeding among the same noble families has concentrated some mental eccentricities within the tribe; in the modern days, few Silver Fangs have all of their mental faculties. Some see visions of the tribe's heroic past, others lose memories, and others have even more dangerous derangement.

Still, the tribe's noble blood, general coherence and millennia of tradition combine to allow them to easily command respect and obedience from most Garou. The Silver Fangs are wealthy in land, money and magic, and most Silver Fang kings are quick to reward loyal service. Silver Fangs rarely step into occupied septs and demand control of the caern, but they often rise to positions of power within multi-tribal septs due to their natural charisma and combat prowess.

In the modem day, fewer and fewer Garou are willing to submit to the Silver Fangs' claim of Gaia-blessed right of rulership; it seems obvious to younger werewolves that the Silver Fangs may be as much a liability to the Western Concordiat as they are born leaders. Rumors abound that the Silver Fangs themselves will fight at the head of the forces of the Wyrm, when the final drum sounds. Young Silver Fangs speak of refreshing the tribe's bloodlines, but the elders exhibit shock and horror at the very suggestion.

Tribal Totem: Falcon

Advantage:
The Silver Fangs have claimed primacy among the Garou since before recorded history. As a result, they may retest any Social Challenge once; the second result must stand.

Drawback:
The Silver Fangs have spent so long breeding among their own Kinfolk and controlling even their own Kinfolk's breeding that the tribe has become dangerously inbred. As the fists of Gaia, the Fangs have not become physically weak. Instead, they have developed certain eccentricities. A Silver Fang starts play with one of the following derangements: Amnesia, Intellectualization, Manic-Depression, Megalomania, Multiple Personalities, Obsession, Paranoia, Perfection, Regression or Vengeful (for a description of these derangements, see Laws of the Wild (Revised), p. 212).

Backgrounds:
Silver Fangs must spend at least three of their initial Background Traits on Pure Breed; after those are purchased, all Backgrounds are available to them.

Beginning Tribal Gifts:
Falcon’s Grasp, Lambent Flame, Sense Wyrm

Wolf Form:
The wolf form of a Silver Fang is suitably majestic, especially given the tribe’s strong bloodlines. With mighty jaws and lush tails, they command attention as easily in lupus form as in homid or Crinos. Their fur is usually silver or white.
Organization: The Silver Fangs have a rigid hierarchy; seven great noble houses cover the Fangs’ territory across the world, and within each Fang sept there is a King (the term applies whether the elder is male or female) and associated members of his court. The King is the eldest active Ahroun of one of the great bloodlines or one who has ennobled himself through legendary deeds. The court consists of two members of each of the other auspices in the roles of shamans (Theurges), stewards (Philodox), squires (Galliards) and seneschals (Ragabash). Members of other auspices fill these other roles more often these days as the Fangs’ numbers decrease. A Silver Fang King’s sept is divided into two courts, the Lodge of the Sun, which deals with business affairs and day-to-day operations, and the Lodge of the Moon, which handles spiritual affairs and interactions with the Wyld.

Habitat/Protectorate:
The Silver Fangs pay careful attention to the scions of nobility, for breeding purposes. Their pickings have gotten slimmer over the past 50 years as nobility as a lifestyle has begun to vanish from Europe and was never as grand in the rest of the world. The Fangs do have the choicest territory to be found in much of Europe and Russia, with majestic views from mountain eyries and the like. In the Americas and Australia, things are considerably more egalitarian, and the Fangs scrap with the other tribes for the nicest digs. The Fangs keep close track of their Kin, and tribal “pedigrees” take up several volumes in any library. Money is not a consideration to noble blood - an exiled Romanian prince reduced to teaching high school in the US is worth far more to them than a nouveau riche industrialist descended from horse thieves.