Alright ladies and gentlemen,
This roleplay will be set in modern times though the pack will be very minimalist, especially the older members of the pack. I know everyone has a different idea about Lycans or werewolves as most people call them so I'll do my best to explain my idea in as much detail as possible so there isn't any conflicts later on.
As most people agree Lycans are pack oriented by nature but mine are more so than most. They have a high rate of going rogue or becoming lost in their wolf form and losing the ability to change back into their human one if they spend too much time alone. Rogues are extremely dangerous because they retain their human intelligence but sport a massive canine body.
Most packs generally have an Alpha pair which makes the important decisions for the packs well being. They also protect the pack members and keep order within the pack. Many Alphas also choose to have a Beta pair to maintain the peace should they have to leave for important business. Alphas have the ability to locate their pack members and share thoughts their thoughts and feelings through a mental link. Only Alphas can force their will upon pack members though many try their best not to do so unless absolutely necessary and it is usually for the safety of the pack when they do use their ability. They can also force members into or out of either form. Alphas almost always acquire a mate within the first six or so months of being in power if they do not accept the female who wins the battle between females at the Ordeal.
Alphas are generally larger than regular members as the position is one gained by a battle after the old leader retires or dies and has not named a clear heir. If multiple heirs are named they must battle to either submission or death. These battles are called Ordeals. Betas can make forceful suggestions but some wolves, especially those with alpha bloodlines, can shake off the suggestion. They can also share thoughts with multiple members at once like Alphas.
The Alphas can be thrown out by the pack. Because of the mental link they share with the pack the pack can literally run them out of their own minds and destroy the link that bonds them to the pack. This is, of course, a rare occurrence but these ex alphas are often run out of the pack as well. They must prove that they are physically and mentally strong enough to hold the position of Alpha. The position itself provides the increased mental abilities and link to the pack. It is definitely the pack that gives them their strength because each pack member gives a little bit of their strength and self to the Alpha pair so they have a reserve to draw on in times of need. In return they provide structure and order as well as protection for the pack members. They make sure they are all healthy and well and often times Alphas will pull some of the sickness and pain out of a hurt of ill member and disperse it among the pack or bear the burden themselves for the benefit of the ill member. It may not make them better but it eases their suffering. Alphas aren't given their abilities for abuse and control, they are given them so that they can provide a healthy, safe, and happy community for their packs.
Also there is an organization referred to as the Council that is made up of the strongest Alphas, most having very large packs, and if an Alpha has a problem with something like a rogue wolf or a persistent trouble maker they can request assistance from the Council. Generally the Council kills the offender. They are a last ditch effort when things simply get far too out of hand.
The psychic abilities of Alphas were a development later on in their evolution so to speak. Occasionally Alphas need to find pack members who cannot simply explain where they are either because they are unresponsive or are being held against their will by another Alpha. Lycans have an extremely fast metabolism so they consume a lot but drugs can be used to shut off their link with their Alpha as far as thoughts go. Especially drugs that can incapacitate or slow down metabolism. It's really a defense mechanism that goes much further than scent tracking. Alphas have essentially a mental map of the land and their pack members show up like little beacons when they need to find them, each member has its own color and feel to it. If a pack member is in danger, the Alpha can literally feel their fear or pain. With their ability they can quickly locate them and get to them much quicker.
Mates also have these same mental links and can locate one another with minimal effort. Mates can very literally feel one another mentally, they have near constant mental contact, especially when they are away from one another physically. Mates are very close and extremely important to each others well being. Males are usually more aggressive than females some far more than others. Highly aggressive males generally need to acquire a mate much more quickly than calmer males. Mated pairs are designed for balance, highly aggressive males with calmer but equally determined females and calmer males with more aggressive females. Mates are heavily draw to each other, generally even from childhood though its not as strong as pups.
Males must wait until the female's 16th birthday before asking the alpha and the female's father to be mated with her. Once both the female in question, the alpha, and the female's father agree to the mating there is a special ceremony much like a human wedding that occurs. Ancient rites are read and the mates physically mark one another midway through the phasing process either with a bite or a scratch that draws blood. After this ceremony is over the mates bond grow very quickly, reaching its full potential within a matter of weeks and generally in no less than a month.
There is another very odd occurrence that is a result of the mating ritual. Most of the older bloodlines and families have a distinct marking or crest. Males carry it from their 18th birthday onward. The marking that the males carry is generally visible even with clothing on, usually on the shoulder and or arm or on their neck. It expands a small bit and becomes more complex generally after they become mated. Females however do not gain a mark until they are mated. Generally some of the marking is visible either on the shoulder or lower neck but the marking usually flows extensively across the ribs and or back where it is usually hidden by clothing. Most males are extremely protective of their mates and some get extremely jealous when other males see their mates markings. They are viewed as being for their mates only. No one is fully sure why these occur but it's generally agreed that it prevents conflict by making it clearly visible that females and males are mated.
Lycans have two distinct forms, a large wolf-like canine form and a human form though many wolves can stop the phasing process midway through. General pack females usually stand between 30 and 37 inches tall at the shoulder while males can range from 40 to 53 inches tall and weigh upwards of 160 pounds. While in their wolf form they retain a form a human intelligence though they do no experience such a wide array of emotions, generally only dominance, submission, hunger, pain, and minimally joy and sadness. Things are in full color in their eyes which is a notable difference between them and true wolves. Another marked difference is that they come in many more colors, about any color you can find on a domestic dog or other canine can be produced by lycan genes. Their eyes are generally, in order of commonness, brown, yellow, orange, blue, grey, green, and silver. In their wolf forms though they can have, again in order of commonness, brown, black, yellow, gold, orange, blue, purple, grey, teal, green, silver and very rarely red. They are also marginally faster and stronger than regular wolves and humans.
Even in their human form they can take much harder hits than a normal human would be able to take, they also heal much quicker. Minor cuts and scrapes within minutes, deeper ones within hours, broken bones within a matter of days. Internal injuries take longer, sometimes weeks to heal depending on the severity. If the injuries are extremely substantial and the lycan is unresponsive and healing very slowly often the Alpha can force them into their wolf form and the phasing process can generally heal the more minor injuries so the body can focus on healing the major injuries. Lycans are generally nearly impossible to kill. The only for sure way of killing them is a silver bullet, a stake to the heart, fire, or a broken neck. Silver is poisonous to nearly all lycans though some more so than other, a select few are immune to it but they are few and far between.
If you have any other questions at all feel free to ask them. Do not be shy because I probably forgot to mention some things about them.
As for the plot the pack, referred to as the Blue Ridge pack, lives in a small village within the recesses of the Shawnee National Forest in the United States. Humans believe them to be Native Americans. This roleplay will involve a rogue that I will periodically play into situations, as well as daily life and the intrusions of humans into their territory. There will also be conflicts with other packs and several other situations with which you will have to work with to keep the roleplay going. I will be playing the Alpha Female and I will be selecting an Alpha Male from the character sheets you all post. Simply put Alpha Male? in the position section of the character sheet for consideration. You are allowed to have up to three characters.
Like I said if you have any questions at all feel free to post them, don't be shy.
Alpha Male- Ryan
Alpha Female- Laurel
Beta Male- Castian
Beta Female- *must be pre-arranged and accepted by Castian
General Males- Eron, Ryan, Micheal
General Females- Skylar, Luirea
* please bold the section titles
My Character Sheet
Full Name: Laurel Silverbrooke-Kirkman
Position: Alpha Female
Laurel stands around five foot four inches and is slim and almost fragile looking. However, do not be fooled she is stronger than she appears.
The only difference is Laurel's left eye is silver while the other is gold.
Personality: Laurel is calm and focused, always logical though she does like to goof off frequently. She is soothing and easy going, someone who is easy to talk to. Perhaps too easy to talk to at times, it is her perk. She is loyal to the core, someone who you will never have to worry about being there.
History: Laurel's mother died shortly after she was born so Laurel was raised by her older brother and father who served as the Blue Ridge pack's Beta Male for many years. Being that she was raised in power Laurel is very adept at using it. Her childhood was a bit of a struggle being the only female in the family and not having even any aunts or cousin because her family was still a long ways away in France. Laurel comes from some of the purest Lycan bloodlines in existence. The Alpha female at the time took her under her wing but they were never truly close. Laurel has honestly never been very close to anyone. Her brother was too much older than her to really understand her as a young girl. They haven't spoken since the day he left for the Ordeal of another pack which he won easily, perhaps too easily, as she heard from the whispers of the pack. As Laurel neared the age she when she would be able to mate she became quieter and quieter. Bloodlines were never important to her father though she could see the gleam in the boys eyes when they looked at her. Despite her father's view of bloodlines not being too important her fighting skills and stealth skills were of extreme importance to him. He spent many years dealing out harsh training before she was finally large enough and fast enough to stand up for herself. "Rolling over on your back and bearing your throat won't always work!" He would shout at her. Her skills are definitely something to be feared though she hates to use them. She avoids conflict if at all possible. She rejected many offers before she claimed her mate.
Family Members: Her father was the Beta for many years before he was shot by hunters. She also has a brother who is the Alpha of another pack and her mother died shortly after she was born. Her brother's name is Rowan.
Other: Laurel was the named heir of the Blue Ridge pack.