Comic 210 - For Scrying Out Loud!

10th Dec 2019, 11:00 PM
For Scrying Out Loud!
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)

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LegendaryLycanthrope 10th Dec 2019, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
oh, someone's been a naughty wolfie...so what did he do to provoke them enough to end up getting cursed? not that i would call that a curse
PeterVonBrown 11th Dec 2019, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I'm not sure when I'll be able to include a full backstory in the comic given the weekly update schedule and the many storylines already being followed (plus how long it takes to produce pages). I hope it will suffice to say that it has to do with Ronny (Darkfang) growing up in a severely haunted house (as he told Gavin on page 105) and demanding the Romani's help with it. As for it being a curse or not, that's always up to individual perception.
Indagare 13th Dec 2019, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Hmm, given this would it be possible to make a character page and maybe miscellaneous info page? Stuff that you know is there but isn't likely to show in the comic. Nothing that would spoil upcoming plots, but which would enrich the reader's understanding of the world.
Indagare 11th Dec 2019, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
How many shifting curses are there? Obviously there's the 'wolf one. I know there have been stories of 'lions, 'hyenas, and 'tigers, though they may not exist here.
PeterVonBrown 11th Dec 2019, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
You're right, in the comic those do not exist. Or if they do, there are no current plans nor need to have them appear or be mentioned. The only two "shifts" that can be "obtained" in the comic are a wolf and coywolf. As for how to become afflicted with werewolfery, it can happen in many ways. (I don't have an exact number, but all of them come from folklore [and quite a few have been mentioned in the comic], though I don't use every one in folklore as valid.) However, there's only one WereCoyWolf spell/method.
Indagare 11th Dec 2019, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
Thanks! The way they were talking I wasn't sure if there were more than the 'wolf one or not.

I noticed (and appreciate) all the reference! Werewolf lore is quite rich and varied and much more interesting than Hollywood usually gets into.
LegendaryLycanthrope 11th Dec 2019, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
and that's if they get into lore at all instead of just making stuff up
Indagare 11th Dec 2019, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
I've never understood "silver bullet" as a solution to a problem. Not just because of the questionable links of silver as anti-evil, but also because the bullet in question kills the werewolf. In movies I've always found this really problematic since the human turning into the werewolf also dies and usually doesn't deserve a death sentence.
PeterVonBrown 12th Dec 2019, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I also find werewolves' aversion to silver problematic. It's not just bullets, by the way - in the 1941 The Wolf Man the silver cane is deadly. (I don't remember if it appears in the 2010 remake.) As you probably recall, I established early on (Page 4 - Museum) that silver's not a factor in harming 'wolves at all. I mean if it were... how could they have fancy dinner parties? :) Joking aside, it just seemed too ridiculously specific and by the same token made werewolves ridiculously too powerful. Then there's the problem you mentioned. However, that's part of what makes werewolves so alluring - their tragic nature.
LegendaryLycanthrope 12th Dec 2019, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
the silver thing actually had a small basis in lore - the beast of gevaudan was allegedly killed by a bullet forged from silver and blessed by a priest

of course, assuming the beast was actually a werewolf and not just a particularly large wolf, it was probably the blessing that killed it and not the fact the bullet was silver - especially since silver is a 'soft' metal compared to lead, so it wouldn't have anywhere NEAR the level of penetrating power needed to enter a human body, let alone the body of a creature purported to have hides tough enough to resist injury by most weapons
Indagare 12th Dec 2019, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
I am aware, but I found that questionable for the reasons you outline. Honestly I'm really surprised no one ever has silver give 'wolves a power boost since silver is associated with the moon.
LegendaryLycanthrope 12th Dec 2019, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i actually have seen something like this on furaffinity, but it wasn't a power boost, it was a...body alteration
PeterVonBrown 12th Dec 2019, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
You know your lore, LegendaryLycanthrope! :) I had been aware of the bullet that killed the Beast of Gévaudan fact, too. Silver's also often the "bane" of "evil" in general folklore. Plus, the moon has been associated with silver besides the song (By the Light of the Silvery Moon). It's believed that another source of this Hollywood-ized popular 'wolf killing method came about because mercury (the metal liquid) has been referred to as quicksilver and linked with the moon. Then again, mercury is bad for any living being. Hence, you might recall the hunter ghost saying to Gavin "Prepare to taste the MERCURY tipped blade of Duarte!" Of course, whether or not it would still be so in spectral form, it certainly had been so before his death. Actually, keep this in mind for the comic in coming pages. ;) [And yes, these pages I speak of are in the past for me. I currently have pages completed well into March 2020.]

As it turns out, there's basis for associating the full moon with werewolves beyond Hollywood and wolves "howling at the moon" and silver/moon as well. But like the silver bullet, it's been exaggerated by fiction.

As I've mentioned before in a comment somewhere, since there's no absolute canon for the werewolf and "facts" about them vary over place to place and over the eras, I took it as an invitation to derive and use whatever I deem works best for the comic.

It's great to know others are so well versed in werewolfery, too! Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing the knowledge.
Indagare 12th Dec 2019, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
Moonstruck, lunacy, loony - odd behavior (and superstitions) associated with a full moon isn't just limited to 'wolves. Even now people still think there's a lot of odd stuff happening when the moon is full and bright.
Indagare 12th Dec 2019, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
Being beaten by a silver cane is something likely to kill anyone. Sort of like getting a stake through the heart or having one's head cut off.

Yeah, werewolves done right can make for a lot of powerful stories. I do love good 'wolves like the folks here, though. It's really nice.

Oh something of interest.
PeterVonBrown 12th Dec 2019, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I read LL's comment on the comic stats page I get to see, so I had not yet noticed (not a refreshed page) your comments, Indagare. Again, great to know others know this stuff! :) And thanks for that article - of interest indeed!
Indagare 13th Dec 2019, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
When I was a kid, I was absolutely fascinated with werewolves (still am in fact). I read stories about them and always liked the ones where they were more like people--just furrier. Sometimes I even imagined becoming one!

Which reminds me, of the various origins we've seen so far, none seem to be voluntary strictly speaking. There has been born, cursed, accidental, and bitten without consent. Am I misremembering again? Did any of the 'wolves become one of their own volition knowing full well it was going to happen? (I oppose this to 'drank blood while wearing a wolf skin' or 'drinking out of a wolf's paw print' where, while the lore is there, nothing was actually expected to happen.)
LegendaryLycanthrope 13th Dec 2019, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
well, magic is responsible for the curses that can create werewolves here, so presumably it can also be used for voluntary transfigurations too
Indagare 13th Dec 2019, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Yeah I figured that, but I can't think of a character that wanted to become a 'wolf and used one of the methods to do so.
PeterVonBrown 14th Dec 2019, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I've toyed with making a cast page. But I've just never gotten around to it because I'm always wanting to spend my time working on the comic pages. Many of the ideas I had at the start have finally made their way the pages. Or else the seeds of them at least. But there's so much more planned that hasn't seen a single stroke that I've been itching to do for so long, and given how it's (unfortunately) slow to be revealed, I can't help but want to progress the storylines so that the rest can arrive on the pages. For I am also constantly thinking up more, expanding what's established, which sometimes side-tracks because of new material that would fit the scenes very well and should be introduced (or be touched upon) so again, I find myself working on the comic portion itself.

Another reason I drag my tail comes from what you mentioned, Indy. I want to avoid spoilers. I love the idea of gradually giving out information and letting stuff unfold naturally, and that includes how and why the characters became werewolves. Some of the character images are spoilers, too. For instance, Basil and Riqurélio. To a small degree Larry. I'd prefer it if the build up to finally meeting Basil or seeing what the pirate founder looks like were the only way to experience them. Rather than pawing them over from the start in a cast page. Yes, I'd be able to hide them under spoiler buttons or whatnot. But there's nothing to stop anyone from spoiling for themselves. And I suppose that's their perogative. But then we get back to point one, and my "build to" desire's pretty strong.

Also, to be utterly honest, I don't have exceedingly detailed backstories for each and every 'wolf. Personalities and storylines for them, sure. Yet not necessarily a whole wealth of info that could go on a cast page. While making comics rather than writing novels, I've learned I like discovering the characters, being surprised them. They've all come to life for me rather quickly. Sure, I could give out blurbs instead using what I do know about them and their pasts. But then, that winds up being spoilery as well. Doyle and Wilbur, as an example. Doyle is defined by (or at least can be reduced down to for capsulized purposes) his being a "pool shark" and a jerk. Wilbur's main characteristic: his bad luck. To me, if these bits were presented (or available) to readers from the start, the impact would be lost. When Doyle approaches Talbot the reader would be thinking "Oh this guy's supposed to be a jerk... better hate him now and what's he gonna do that's jerk-y?" instead of learning to hate him from the events. WIlbur's literal impact of crashing into Doyle would become a "Oh, well that makes sense" instead of an "Oh dear..." and then learning it's due to constant bad luck. I could strive to create blurbs that don't reveal these things, but then we come back to point one.

Not to mention lurking about in the creation of the actual site and HTML mazes and such. It may be relatively easy, but it can be daunting nevertheless.

So for these reasons, I just haven't gotten around to a cast page.

To answer your question, of the 'main' characters you've met, Gavin's the only one I can say for sure WANTED to become a werewolf and did so on purpose. As he says in the comic, he used the dark arts. He did so when Darkfang (whom he befriended having come across him in the woods) kept refusing to bite him. Nor would Darkfang tell him other methods of becoming a 'wolf. And since Gavin's grandpa won't let new fangled things into the house, and given that Gavin's pretty much "trapped" in the "middle of nowhere", he didn't have access to the internet or even a library to explore the other ways. Even if he did, though they are numerous, they're conditionally obscure. (Like "sleeping on a Friday night under the full moon with the moon shining directly on your face") So he chose the dark arts (using a book he'd found in his father's safe) and sorely regretted it outside of it fulfulling his desire to be a 'wolf and ceased all ties with it (as per it being known to be extremely dangerous in my 'world').

Hope that helps explain, and I also hope you don't "curse" me for not having a cast page. I do see the advantages of them as well. I just might cave in and get around to it one of these days.
LegendaryLycanthrope 14th Dec 2019, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
yeesh...and i thought i wrote a novel when i did that mini-ramble about how a werewolf transformation could occur in a sci-fi setting

that must've taken a while to type out
Indagare 14th Dec 2019, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Galloping gophers! I wasn't quite expecting this! Well, I do understand the cast page conundrum, and I certainly plan no curses! It's your comic, after all! I was just curious about it since they can be useful for info that might be of interest but isn't likely to appear in the comic in any sort of reasonable time frame. Similarly info pages on things that appear can be helpful even though they can also be spoilery (remembering what PAW stands for, for instance).

After I wrote that, I had wondered if Gavin might have since he seemed extremely happy to be one and my spotty memory just remembered him using Dark Arts but not why.

Some more questions, which may have been answered in-comic and I just bliped over: does Wolverton have its own radio, TV, and paper? PAW is certainly fine, but that sort of tech is very recent. I'm assuming they have some way of printing books and such.

Also, are regular humans allowed in Wolverton if they are nice? There seems to be a large prejudice against 'wolves, but I can't imagine everyone hates/fears them.
LegendaryLycanthrope 15th Dec 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
if i remember from earlier pages, humans can stay if they behave, but most humans don't know about wolverton's existence, because they don't broadcast their existence for obvious reasons - but they don't really try to hide it either

also, i don't think gophers gallop
Indagare 15th Dec 2019, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
I was rereading through to find it and other info I asked, since I know my memory is odd.

Something not addressed is how Talbot managed to live as he did before coming to Wolverton. He doesn't seem to have had a job and says he has no skills, but he has money for pizza, cable, utilities, and so on. Maybe there was a mention of his parents leaving him money I haven't come across yet?

Actually, I wonder now what became of his house and bank account.

Added alliterate appeal never hurt anyone.
LegendaryLycanthrope 15th Dec 2019, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
good questions...i don't recall a mention of any inheritance either, so how he supported himself is a mystery

and as for his property, it was probably seized - not really something that can be legally done for human criminals if any of the property or funds weren't involved in the commission(s) of a crime - but talbot isn't fully human, so i can easily see those laws being ignored in his case
PeterVonBrown 15th Dec 2019, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I can be verbose at times. :)

Legendary is right, if a human is cool with being among 'wolves and isn't going to blab, as it were, then yes, the human being in town is cool. But as a guest. To live in town, you'd have to be a werewolf.

At one time Wolverton had a newspaper and other ways of communicating, including rumor of a pneumatic tube system. But they've all been overshadowed by the PAW. According to my original sculptures, the name of the newspaper had been "The Howler", but of course. It does not have its own radio and TV, though.

How Talbot "survived" prior to Wolverton has not been presented in-comic. You assumed pretty much correctly, though. Talbot's just sort of "staying on" in the "new country" as per his parents. They've all learned to keep to themselves. Except Talbot obviously can't help himself in his 'wolf form, which is why he belongs in town. There have always been plans to have Talbot go back to his place and find out what became of it. But there's too much for him to get into within Wolverton first. :)

I love the questions, the delving and speculation and the communication between y'all! Thanks SO much.
Indagare 15th Dec 2019, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
How long does "guest" status last? Given everything, a lunar month seems likely. I mean, if I discovered Wolverton I'd never want to leave. Which brings up a question: how would one go about becoming a permanent citizen? I mean, there are enough 'wolves that theoretically one would bite you if asked politely, but that seems kinda personal. Would they suggest one of the other methods (outside Dark Arts, of course)?

Hmm, well, I know when my local newspaper went under everyone in the area was upset and a rival newspaper actually took over and kept its name, so I'm kind of surprised 'The Howler' isn't around. Also that possible pneumatic tube system sounds like something for potential use later.

Do PAW computers have the ability to work like videophones?

And now you got me thinking of fanfic with a ham radio operator coming to Wolverton.

Do they have a movie theater there? We've seen they have places for concerts. I'm sure there are movie-lovers too.

How big is Wolverton in terms of size and population? I know it's divided into hoods, but not how many or how big one can get.

Also, since the town has things that benefit everyone, does that mean solar panels? Actually, on the nastier side, what goes on with garbage and sewer maintenance? I mean the jobs are shared, so I can imagine the 'wolves would pretty quickly want to find a way to deal with waste in a way that's different than humans do.

I'm guessing there's some sort of recycling place? Sorry for so many questions, but the town is so cool once I get started I can't seem to stop!
LegendaryLycanthrope 15th Dec 2019, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
only wolves can become permanent residents - that much i remember from earlier author comments - so any human who wanted to stay WOULD have to become a were

whether any in the town would grant a bite is another matter entirely...actually, is biting even a valid method of making someone a werewolf? i remember seeing so many different ways through the comic and comments, but i don't recall seeing a bite being among them

additionally, as an addendum to the above conversation concerning killing werewolves with silver...i found a second lore account of such a thing - the werewolves of greifswald: https://www.werewolves.com/the-werewolves-of-greifswald/

so maybe hollywood wasn't TOTALLY clueless about werewolf lore when they made the wolfman
Indagare 15th Dec 2019, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Floyd was bitten by a 'wolf while having sex with him. Gavin had bugged Darkfang to bite him, and when Darkfang refused turned to Dark Arts. So biting is a totally legitimate way for werewolfery to happen here.

To be honest, I'm not sure if the sex could have done it too or not. If werewolfism can be passed like an STD then presumably the blood or other body fluids besides saliva could pass it along.
PeterVonBrown 16th Dec 2019, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Guest status for a human would be a short visit only, like your friend for the evening. It happens rarely, if ever. Very far down the road of the comic this will come up. This does not include 'Little Transylvania' though. It's the addendum to Wolverton for Romani to stay, protected and secluded and they can stay there as humans as long as they need.

You watched Talbot become a permanent citizen easily. ;) As for humans, no, they're not going to bite you or provide another method to make you a wer. It's against the Code of Conduct to make new werewolves. Which is why they're upset about a new spell.

They didn't mind the "The Howler" going under... it just meant one less place to schedule work. The pneumatic tube system indeed's for future use. What that use might be exactly remains to be seen. I have some ideas, but it would also be a ways off in the comic before they'd be needed to seen or finalized. The tubes were half-jokingly suggested by my friend, and I liked the idea, which is why I said they're rumored to exist.

I did not intend the PAW to work as a video phone. I suppose technically it could. But then, I'm not one who enjoys video calls. I never use my own gadgets for them. So I guess my personal preference has infected the comic. I see the PAW more as simply an information device about the town. They can switch it over to "regular internet" as well, should they need to look up anything about human towns or order something that Wolverton doesn't produce itself. But most 'wolves keep them tuned for just Wolverton. If I had to make a decision, I'd say no, they're not used as video phones.

They have one place for concerts: Kessler Pavilion. A movie theater? I suppose they must. But nothing has come up in the storylines I've developed to cause me to need one. I build the town as necesary. Assuming it does exist, it would be a multiplex in Watuma (The 'Night Life Hood'), and that would be the only one.

Truthfully, I have not fully worked out exact particulars about the population and size of town. I just know it's big enough that you won't necessarily have met or know every 'wolf. So it's not a "small town". Nor is it a bustling metropolis. It's small enough to be tucked away in the woods, surrounded at night by that fog (of which an explanation will come up in comic - way sooner than the aforementioned but none too soon to hold your breath). Larger town than small, then? They can also add on to it if they need new places for incoming 'wolves. But incoming 'wolves are not that frequent.

There might be solar panels somewhere for larger facilities such as the WolfWear factory, but on the whole, the town is powered as already shown - 'wolf traction. Riqurélio is used to hard work from being a pirate, so this philosphy carries over from that.

They have their own recycling plant (note the werewolf smiley recycle bin that George and Charlie bring their 'picnic' trash to after the Loup Garou concert on page 29). Sewer filtration system, too. They don't want to seep (ew!) into the neighboring human towns like Manchester and Mansfield.

Yes, biting makes someone a werewolf, like Floyd and Gavin as you mentioned. Biting is too ingrained into general knowledge and expectation to not include it. Like the full moon (although I have it as that compels to them be a 'wolf during it, but they can shift at any time otherwise). I guess you could argue that silver's also entrenched in that way. But I erased that one for other reasons, as I mentioned in a previous comment. (As for LL's link, I'd chalk that up to the 'silver is bad for evil things' mindset in general, but yes, could have inspired Hollywood.) And before you ask, the 'wolf who bit Floyd had not been a Wolvertonian, hence, he didn't follow or necessarily know of Riqurélio's edicts and can be considered naughty. Doubly naughty, in fact, for if you recall, the guy didn't even let Floyd know about his werewolf nature, nor did he give Floyd a choice. That's just wrong! And there are far off plans for biting.

Sex with a werewolf will not make someone a werewolf, whether they are in their wolf form or not, at least in my comic. However, two werewolf parents will produce a werewolf pup, like Talbot.

Thanks again for thinking it's "so cool", reading and delving into it!
LegendaryLycanthrope 16th Dec 2019, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
now this begs another question...can a wolf who originally didn't know of riq's edicts and ended up breaking one or more as a result still become a wolvertonian after stumbling across the town if they show genuine remorse for breaking one and apologizing for it and/or making amends as much as can be done depending on the edict broken?
PeterVonBrown 16th Dec 2019, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Definitely. Riqurélio's a merciful pirate. After all, he broke his own law when he captured and killed Duarte. So long as they're sincere and remain in control from now/then on, all 'wolves are welcome (provided they prefer being 'wolves). Those that don't like being 'wolves, well, they'll have to deal with monitoring themselves if they don't live among their own kind.
LegendaryLycanthrope 16th Dec 2019, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
'merciful pirate'...two words that should never be seen in public with each other
PeterVonBrown 16th Dec 2019, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
He'd not been merciful once upon a time, just as much pirate as the next, or worse. And he'd been a werewolf pirate during reigns of terror, too. But at some point during the Werewolf Trials, he decided it had to stop. He had enough loot, and he'd grown weary of being a bad guy. So Wolverton's the ultimate new leaf.
LegendaryLycanthrope 16th Dec 2019, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i'd like to know more about these werewolf trials...i know many alleged werewolves were persecuted across the middle ages in reality, but they were usually just lumped in with the witch trials, they didn't really get their own label
PeterVonBrown 16th Dec 2019, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
It's often labeled as such. Information is out there. And yes, they got lumped into witch trials, since witchcraft falls under the same umbrella. But there'd been a paranoia/hunt of folks killed specifically for being werewolves. They began in the 16th century and lasted until the start of the 18th. Especially in France.
Indagare 16th Dec 2019, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
A night stay seems mighty short. When I have friends over I like to spend a couple days with them, showing them the sites and such. A guest would barely get to see anything. Is there a reason it's so short?

So, if someone is determined to become a citizen of Wolverton and they research methods of werewolfing on their own, would they have a harder time than Talbot because they deliberately made themselves a werewolf?

That's fine. I had to ask. I happen to really love video chatting, especially since most of my friends live far away. I guess it wouldn't really be necessary in Wolverton since all your friends would be pretty close by.

Okay. My weird imagination pictured them still having a drive-in movie place with 'wolves delivering food to wolfy bikes on roller skates. A movie theater could potentially double as a regular theater. Basil strikes me as the type of person who'd love to see plays performed.

Well, I've read that humans can generally keep between 100 to 250 people as a social circle (called Dunbar's number), so I wondered if 'wolves might make the hoods only large enough for that number in each (perhaps a max of 300). In my head I keep thinking Wolverton as seen from above would look like a paw print. If this were true, each of the smaller four prints could be 300 'wolves each (1,200) and the larger one might have three times as many (3,600) for a total of some 4,800 'wolves. Not small town, exactly, but not a big city either. But that's just me on overthinking.

It's cool on solar panels. I was just wondering. The wolfy bike docks seem like a good place for them too since they recharge there.

Okay. I ask because once I had been in an English class and as part of a world-building exercise we were assigned in groups with the idea that aliens had leveled all major cities and such. Now we had a group of humans that were rebuilding so we had to decide what they would do. My group immediately started thinking of making the place into somewhere like Vegas while I was trying to convince them we needed to start with farms. So little details (especially the messier ones no one seems to like to address) always interest me.
LegendaryLycanthrope 16th Dec 2019, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
food and basic necessities of life should always be the first step for any rebuilding plans...or building, for that matter

frivolities and luxuries can wait until the basics have been covered and the town/colony/planet/whatever is fully self-sufficient, or as close as you can get based on circumstances

and i seriously doubt wolverton's numbers are anywhere near 5000 - more like a few hundred at best; werewolves seem to have trouble keeping their numbers high in most media - except in battledogs where their numbers were spreading like an epidemic...because it WAS an epidemic
Indagare 16th Dec 2019, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
I agree they should be but it seems to get ignored a lot. I think most folks are so used to modern facilities they forget food doesn't actually come from a store and tend to give little thought to sewage until something goes wrong.

Well Peter said it's neither a small town nor a large city, and a few hundred would definitely be more small townish.

The architecture we've seen so far is a bit odd in this regard since it seems more like something from a larger town, but then again the 'wolves might prefer communal dwellings like apartments to individual houses.
PeterVonBrown 16th Dec 2019, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Well, Indy, you seem to be under the impression that humans are wanting to stay in Wolverton for extended periods of time. In my mind, humans on the whole have no desire to get anywhere near it (should they know of it). And the 'wolves that are in it are most likely there because they can't be a wolf freely elsewhere. If you're thinking family and friends of theirs, the chances are that they've been shunned, rejected or disowned by them so it doesn't come up.

Yes, I imagine one would have a hard time becoming a werewolf in order to be a Wolvertonian. It's ridiculously easy (as there are so many ways) but ridiculously difficult (in that you'd have a hard time satisfying the spell requirements). If the question is would they be looked upon differently when it came out during the interview with the Burgermeister that they purposely inflicted werewolfery upon themselves, the answer is no, as they obviously really wanted to be a 'wolf, which is what/who the town is for so they'd be welcome.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Wolverton is not layed out as a paw print. And if it were, there'd be three smaller sections since my werewolves only have three 'pads' (they're not pure wolves and they're not pure humans, they're something in between). As for how many 'wolves are living there, I don't really see the need to know or figure it out. I can't possibly ever depict all of them anyway.

Any place that requires power (like Wolfy Bike docks) are still powered the same way. It's a job assignment - to go ride stationary bikes or treadmills (though residences only have treadmills) for a while to keep these things running.

The look of the town is based on the Cotswolds. Not entirely, but as a rule of thumb. Some 'wolves do have houses as opposed to apartments. Just as some humans prefer one to the other, so do 'wolves. In order to have a house, you pay a little bit more in rent to balance it out. I picture Duke's place (glimpse of exterior on page 204) as a house rather than an apartment.
Indagare 17th Dec 2019, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
Well, that's my prejudice showing. If I found somewhere like Wolverton I'd never ever want to leave. I'd have to restrain myself from randomly hugging a 'wolf.

Since the easiest method (getting bit) is not kosher I'd probably start trying methods until one stuck so I could stay.

With as many puns and wolfy things going on having the town laid out like a paw print seemed about right for the tone, but it's cool if it's not.

Thanks very much for the rest of the info, especially the town's look! Like I mentioned, I tend to get a bit obsessed over details at times, so I really appreciate your patience and answers!
LegendaryLycanthrope 17th Dec 2019, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i'd be curious if it's even possible to build a city in the shape of a paw when seen from above...as cool as it would be, it also seems like it would be a rather inefficient design
Indagare 17th Dec 2019, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
There's a place called Sun City, Arizona, and it looks like this. So, really, a paw print would hardly be that odd. As for efficiency, I suppose it really depends on how folks get around. If the tram were to cover around the area and touch on it then probably all the folks could easily get from one place to another.