Faded Echoes is an AU TVD-verse that kicks off after Mid Season 3 with a whole new twist. In the small town of Mystic Falls, go beyond what TVD offers and submerge into Original Plots or Character Driven Plots. FE has more than just the normal Witches, Vampires and Werewolves, but gives you the opportunity to create Shifters or Hybrids as well.
We stray after the Homecoming episode in Season 3 of Vampire Diaries and provide players a place to take the story how THEY want to, using the TVD setting as the foundation to develop as YOU like, encouraging Original Characters OR Canons. Don't know the show? No problem. You just need the setting!
The Original Families, Vampire and Werewolves, are back in town after the Mikaelson family was released by Tatia Petrova, giving us a whole new set up then the show.
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Being a werewolf is a hereditary trait. It’s passed down from a parent to a child, although not everyone knows it is in their family. It remains dormant until it is activated. In order to become a werewolf, you must activate the curse. To activate the curse, you have to be responsible for the death of a human. Whether it was accidental or on purpose, that is the only way to become a werewolf unless bitten by an Original Werewolf. Original Werewolves have a supreme amount of control by now (you figure, once a month shifting, 12 times a year, 2000 years, that’s 24,000 shifts), so the odds of this are very, VERY unlikely and should ALWAYS be plotted out with someone who has an Original Werewolf first.
Once the curse is activated by killing a human being, the change in scent takes place within 24 hours. The earliest the curse can be activated is between 8-10 years old, after their bones fully mature and their itty bitty bodies are more likely to cope to handle it. They’re testy and edgy in personality and gradually gain more strength until the Full Moon. All werewolves shift on the Full Moon. This happens ONCE a month when the moon is at its apex and is fullest in the sky.
The first Full Moon is the absolute most painful. It lasts between 5-6 hours. The pain is crippling. Bones break slowly. Agony wrecks their body as their human form begins to take on that of a wolf. After 5 or 6 hours of miserable pain, sweating, crying, and torture, they finally turn into a wolf. Werewolves look like regular wolves, except they’re more brutish and just slightly larger. The first few shifts are so painful, new werewolves often blackout for it. They have absolutely no control over their werewolf selves. They are predators, not domesticated German Shepard’s. When they wake in the morning, they’re naked and without their clothes, usually in a place they don’t remember getting to. Werewolves are hunters by nature, so it’s no surprise if there is blood on them, even if they’re only hunting prey like deer or rabbits. Their preferred choice is higher up in the food chain, like vampires. They will naturally be lead to the ‘bigger game’. They WILL attack humans, but they’re hardwired to attack vampires.
The morning after shifting, they’re weak and exhausted from the night before. This is the moment in time when werewolves are at their weakest. They have minimal strength (like that of a human) for nearly the whole next day. Over time, this exhaustion lessens. But this happens over time, think like, after a year, not a few months. Being a werewolf is truly a curse. On the day of the Full Moon, they’re at their upmost strength. They’re stronger than nearly all vampires in strength and they’re edgy. They’re likely to snap, unless they’ve been a werewolf for a while.
After a few years of being a werewolf, the amount of time it takes to shift progressively decreases. After being a werewolf for a year, the amount of time decreases probably by about fifteen minutes. So instead of it taking 5 ish hours to transform, it’ll take 4 hours and 45 minutes. After two years, 4 and a half hours. After four years, it’s down to 4 hours. After five years, you’ll get to 3 hours and 45 minutes, etc. Subtract 15 minutes for every year. The minimum amount of time it takes for any regular werewolf to transform (excluding Original Werewolves) is an hour and a half. Werewolves can ONLY transform on a full moon. They will never truly be able to recall all of the details of their very painful transformations, although after about 6+ years of being a werewolf, they might get snippets of foggy memories here or there of what happened in the wolf's eyes. Very, very minimum.
They should take caution as to where they shift. They can’t shift in their apartment building because they will be screaming their head off in extreme pain for probably around four hours. Werewolves have immense strength, so locking themselves in a flimsy cage or behind a thin wooden door probably won’t prevent them from escaping. Keep in mind also that one of their parents have to have the gene, even if they’ve never killed someone before. It’s latent. And if one of their parents did activate it, they will be able to sense the change in their child. A werewolf who grows up with their birth parents might know they’re a werewolf because a parent will see the change in their child (if the parents knows). However, this isn’t always the case. Most usually.
Werewolves have a superb sense of smell. They can tell the difference between all species (except witches/warlocks, cause they smell like humans). However, just because someone smells funny, if they’ve never met a vampire before, they might not realize what it is they smell. They have to have that sense trained. Once it’s trained, they can tell one person from another. Their eyesight is better in the dark, more enhanced to details during the day. Hearing is enhanced as well. Nothing extremely ridiculous, but it’s just better. Werewolves die by heart extraction, neck snapping, and old age. When it becomes unbearable on their old bodies to shift, they die. They probably don’t make it beyond sixty years, when an elderly persons bones become more and more fragile. If a werewolf is severely wounded and bleeds out before they can heal, as when Stefan threw a stake into ones jugular, a werewolf can bleed out and die before fully healing.
Werewolf women CAN have babies. They STOP shifting all together when they become pregnant. When the baby is born, they shift the next Full Moon, even if that happens the next day. Werewolves can also detect lies. It’s unclear in the show how they do this, so I’ve said it’s like a tickle down my werewolve’s spine or something like the hair standing on edge. Instinct. If you have other ideas, go for it. But they only detect a lie if the person who is telling the lie KNOWS they are lying.
They live a normal lifespan. Unlike vampires, they are NOT immortal. They have a human lifespan that usually doesn’t surpass 60-70 years old. They don’t age slowly. They don’t stop aging. They are NOT immortal. The only way for a werewolf to stop aging is to turn into a hybrid. Hybrids are made by Niklaus and a guide can be found elsewhere. Werewolves run in packs sometimes, but not always. It’s very helpful to be surrounded by other werewolves though, because they can form bonds and protect one another, seeing as werewolves are now being hunted down for multiple reasons.
A werewolf’s bite to a vampire is LETHAL. After biting a regular vampire (if the werewolf doesn’t tear them apart), the vampire dies within 24-48 hours. With Non-Original vampires the infection will spread throughout the body, producing unbearable pain and the vampire bitten will have uncontrollable hunger, and will eventually develop delusions, hallucinations, rabid rage, and dementia before finally dying. A werewolf’s bite doesn’t kill an Original Vampire, but they are not wholly immune to a regular werewolf’s bite. An Original Werewolf bitten or infected with the bite will experience delusions, hallucinations, and dementia progressively over 24 hours, like a 24 hour flu and becoming feverish.
Credit to Vampire Diaries Wikipedia for list of strengths
Super Strength - Werewolves are much stronger than humans and they grow stronger over time, but to a lesser degree with their age compared to vampires. Even untriggered werewolves are pretty stronger than human beings in general. However, they are not as strong as a vampire whilst in human form, but during the full moon they are more powerful than Non-Original vampires. Rose, a 560 year-old-vampire was knocked down and over-powered by the fully transformed werewolf Jules. Another case was when Damon Salvatore, a 170 year-old-vampire, barely held off the transforming newborn werewolf, Tyler Lockwood. Transformed werewolves are also capable of tearing apart entire groups of witches.
Super Speed - Werewolves are much faster than humans. Some werewolves are shown to be just as fast as their vampire enemies, but others have not. In wolf form however, their speed rivals most vampires. Werewolves can use this ability in either Human or wolf form. They are not as fast as vampires whilst in human form, however, under the full moon and in their wolf form, Werewolves can use their speed in wolf form to swiftly chase down Vampires.
Super Agility - Werewolves possess superhuman agility. Even in human form, they can move, jump very high, climb, flip, and run incredibly fast without difficulty or exhaustion.
Super Durability - Werewolves can take far more trauma than Humans can without much discomfort or injury. They can also exert themselves without much tire.
Healing Factor - Werewolves possess superhuman regenerative abilities, meaning if ever injured, their bodies will heal near-instantaneously. Like vampires, werewolves can heal from the most grievous of injuries, even in human form, albeit rather slowly in comparison. Unlike vampires, when a werewolf’s neck is broken, they stay dead. But while they heal slower, they are harder to injury.
Super Senses - Werewolves have the extremely keen senses of smell, sight, taste, and hearing inherent in all canines. With this, experienced werewolves like Jules could sniff out vampires—something vampires themselves are incapable of—and Tyler sensed vervain placed in coffee, which would otherwise be impossible since the flavor is usually hidden by the coffee.
Werewolf Bite - The bite of a Werewolf is extremely lethal to normal Vampires but not to an Original. While an Original cannot die from the bites, they are not wholly immune to the effects of the bite. For Non-Original vampires, the infection will spread throughout the body, producing unbearable pain and the vampire bitten will have uncontrollable hunger, and will eventually develop delusions, hallucinations, rabid rage, and dementia before finally dying.
Anger - When a Werewolf is furious, their anger increase all their power and abilities for a short period of time, as well as can have an advantage over a vampire.
Lie Detection - Werewolves can detest when someone is lying to them. Full Moon - Werewolves powers and abilities are enhanced and are at their peak during a full moon. They only don't transform on a Full Moon when a female werewolf is pregnant and that lasts for nine months.
Lycanthrope Enhancement - Werewolves can show the color of their eyes when angry, but only for a short amount of time. This strengthens their abilities, allowing them to be able to defend themselves against vampires. Since they're not human, they obviously cannot be compelled by vampires after they've activated their curse.
Credit to Vampire Diaries Wikipedia for list of weaknesses
Broken Neck - By breaking a werewolf's neck, it results in instant death.
Wolfsbane - When ingested, wolfsbane causes a werewolf to become severely weak and feverish. Also, If a werewolf's skin is exposed to wolfsbane, it will result in burning them.
Gilbert Device - Invented by Jonathan Gilbert (Enchanted by Emily Bennett), the Device was a weapon designed to emit a high-frequency noise that could only be heard by vampires and werewolves.
Magic - Witches are able to curse and inflict supernaturals aneurysms that cause the blood vessels of werewolves to explode.
Heart Extraction - If a werewolf's heart is ripped out, it will cause instant death.
Blood Loss - If a werewolf is severely wounded and bleeds out before they can heal, as when Stefan threw a stake into ones jugular, the werewolf bled out and died before it could fully heal.