On the origins and behaviours of werewolves,
A brief treatise on the provenance of Lycanthropy
Dr Emmaus Stolfenberg
In these troubled times there have been increasing reports of supposedly mythical beasts in our great land. Creatures with the visage and physique of beasts with the sentience of man have been recorded in cities throughout Europe. Since the earliest times these aberrations have been constrained to myths, legends and fables. The veracity and frequency of recent accounts, however, leave few in doubt that a more scientific study is in order.
From the ancient Egyptian god Anubis, through the Aztecs and the stories from old Cathay there are innumerable tales of werewolves and other mutations throughout the cultures of the world. For too long these have been seen as quaint superstitions or stories told at a mother’s knee to scare offspring into good behaviour. Now it would appear there is much truth in these tales.
Mr Darwin and his acolytes, of which I am proud to include myself, have shown the diversity of fauna on this planet is a product of change begotten of the environment. When one surveys the wild places of the world and the diversity of species that exist, one must presume that this co-mingling of species is not only plausible but given recent reports is a reality.
We have seen in recent months the spectacle of the so called Elephant Man residing at the London Hospital and given the unfortunate yet grotesque nature of his deformities one must conclude that in the depths of history similar abominations may have manifested themselves. An over abundance of hair perhaps, deformity of the face, super-extended canines all of these are mutations seen not infrequently. In less-enlightened times, as these creatures became ostracised, it is my hypothesis that individuals bred together. As Herr Mendel has shown, when left to propagate, these mutations become inherited and established traits potentially even to such an extent they may form a contagion when introduced to our own kind.
Through the increasing dominance of these hybrids and the potential for transmission, one can presume that those lured towards these strange monstrosities have managed to sustain themselves.
It is my contention that in small pockets these Lycaon groups have survived, albeit the harshness of the climate and difficulties of their situation lead to much reduced longevity. With only the last vestiges of intelligence remaining, and the feral nature of their existence giving rise to their baser instincts, it is of little surprise that so many tales of horror have arisen around these enigmas. What is clear, though, from current lore is that the werewolves now appearing with more regularity away from their desolate lairs are not intent on wanton destruction. What their goals may be I shall not speculate upon in detail. However, the steady encroachment of our industries into the lands they call home and the astonishing pace of industrial growth may well lie at the heart of their rise from the slumber of ages.