I post here on WordPress under the name Mavadelo. This is a simple abbreviation from my real name. However there is another side to this man as well, it’s my alter ego, it’s a werewolf and it is called Whizzy.
Of course in Europe and many other places, Werewolves and other were creatures have a bad name. This is mainly due to the bad reputation the wolf had (and for some still has) combined with the idea that man is inherently bad to start with. There are also cultures where the werewolf is more of a spiritual guide and protector of the people and lands.
Whizzy is close to the last one. He is not a mindless creature that eats anything that comes in his way although he likes himself a tasty hypocrite or juicy forum troll now and then. He has no allegiance to a pack or tribe and frankly he comes and goes as he pleases. Over the years I noticed that it has little to do with a full moon, the full moon just enhances the senses a bit more 😉
I doubt Whizzy will come to this blog often but I am sure you will recognize him when he does. His writing style is much more aggressive then mine and he can bite with a vengeance when dealing with trolls, liars and/or hypocrites. He once chewed up a very big troll in just 5 words 😉
Whizzy himself is a young male werewolf and he has a two toned fur. The colors are two shades of brown, a bit like a Belgium shepherd. He is about two and a half meters i length when standing which makes him one of the smaller werewolves around but what he lacks in length and reach he makes up with speed. If you are on his good side you have nothing to fear and can’t find a better ally, however if you get on his bad side……..
A bit on the history of the Werewolf
The legend of the werewolf is one of the most ancient and wide-spread. Stories of werewolves can be found as far back as history has been written. These shape-shifter myths can be found all over the word from China to Iceland and Brazil to Haiti.
Some of the earliest accounts of werewolves come from Romania and Greek sources. Ovid, in the Metamorphoses, told of King Lycaeon, who was visited by passing gods. Not believing them to be true gods he decided to test them by serving human flesh in one of the many dishes served at a banquet in their honor. Cannibalism being very frowned upon in that part of the world was a major slight indeed. Upon discovering the tainted dish, the gods changed King Lycaeon into a werewolf — since he obviously liked human flesh, the wolf form would be a more acceptable form to take part in such a vile activity.
The most widely know story of the werewolf would be “Little Red Riding Hood”. There are many ancient were tales to warn the fragile, small and easiest of targets — children. “Little Red Riding Hood” features a wolf who talks to Little Red Riding Hood and then dresses in grandmas clothing to fool the innocent little girl. Not something any ‘ol wolf could do.
The full moon has been linked to werewolves. Conversely, unlike movie werewolves, ‘real’ werewolves change shape voluntarily. In many myths they are witches who take animal form to travel unnoticed using either a potion made from magic ingredients – the fat of dead children, herbs, human blood – or an animal-skin. A ‘real’ werewolf changes completely, becoming the animal and not a hairy human. The full moon business seems to be dramatic license. However it is an interesting notion since the full moon has been associated with creating madness in humans and to be a time during which man and beast have a magical connection.
Source : Henry Boguet (1550-1619). Author of the French witch-finder’s bible, Discours des Sorciers, and Supreme Judge of Burgundy’s St. Claude district, Boguet was France’s most cruel inquisitor. Hundreds found themselves at the mercy of his torturers.
In the mountains of Auvergne, a story dating back to 1588 was told of a royal female werewolf. In the story, a nobleman was gazing out of his window and upon seeing a hunter he knew he told him to check back with details of the hunt. While in the forest, despite still being in sight of his master’s château, the hunter stumbled upon a wolf. In the ensuing struggle, he severed one of the wolf’s paws and placed the it in a pouch.
Upon returning to the château with his gruesome prize, he opened the pouch to show the nobleman evidence of his encounter. What they discovered was not paw at all, in fact, it the pouch now contained what looked to be a feminine hand bearing an elegant gold ring. The gentleman recognized the ring, sent the huntsman away, and sought for his wife. When he went came upon her in the kitchen, he found her nursing a wounded arm in the kitchen he removed the bandage only to find that her hand had been cut off.
Upon questioning her she finally admitted to being the wolf with whom the hunter met, and by her confession, she marked herself for certain execution — in a matter of days she was burned at the stake.
In the Folklore of Norseman, there are many legends of warriors called Berserkers. They are band of ancient Norse warriors that are legendary for their savagery and reckless frenzy in battle. Fearing no one, feeling no pain, having superhuman strength and never surrendering are common characteristics.
Preparing for battle these warriors would attire themselves in skins from bears or wolfs. The term Berserker translates from old Norse to be “bear skin”. There were also warriors who donned the wolf skins known as “ulfheobar” or “ulfhedinn” (wolf-coats) but they were eventually lumped together to be known as Berserkers.
The feeling was that once dressed with the skins of an animal, the warrior would take on the characteristics of that animal. Ynglingasaga records this tradition, saying of the warriors of Óðinn that “they went without coats of mail, and acted like mad dogs and wolves”. A Byzantine emperor described the Berserkers in battle as being possessed by a ferocity and madness seen only in wild beasts. The term “berserk” was derived from the Beserkers.
How to Spot a Werewolf
As with witches, finding a werewolf largely seems to be a matter of looking hard enough. Some of the warning signs, according to the world’s myths, are:
- Red hair
- Born on the 25th of December
- Eyebrows join in the middle
- Index and middle fingers are of the same length
- Love of rare or raw meat
- Hairs on the palms of the hands
- Hair on the inside of the skin (that seems like a tough one to check!)
- Will change back to a human if you throw a piece of iron or steel over its head when in animal form.
- (history source http://mythicalrealm.com/legends/werewolf.html
oh right… Whizzy likes to play poker 😀