The Werewolf and Shifting || HC 01
Unlike what most people expect, or have heard in legends, Stryker doesn’t shift DURING a full moon, but instead, during the week of the NEW MOON. While coming up on the week of the waning crescent, when there is only the smallest sliver of the moon visible, the change will come upon Stryker, whether he wants it, or not. Even if he weren’t to track the phases of the moon religiously, the werewolf would know when the time is coming. His instincts get stronger and he gets far more aggressive and less friendly even when trying to control himself. He gets growing pains in his limbs as his body prepares him for yet another week long shift.
Yes. One week.
From waning crescent to New Moon, up until waxing crescent, Stryker will be forced to give into his curse, transforming him into a wolf with limited means of communication and no way of changing back until the cycle is over. He isn’t sure why it lasts as long as it does, or why it takes place the week of the New Moon rather than the Full Moon, but it does. He’s lived with his curse for years and it’s why he makes a habit of moving around every few years, unless given a good enough reason to stay, having to take a week off every month is rather hard to explain and work with which annoys him to no end.
Despite being in wolf form for a week and being driven by animal instincts, Stryker still has his mind, while thoughts are not completely driven by “human” wisdom, he remembers everything that happens and isn’t a complete “wild animal.”
Oddly enough, Stryker is capable of two different forms, a actual wolf form, and a bipedal, muscled wolf form. When FORCED to change (during the New Moon week), he takes on the form of a normal wolf. However, if he decides to consciously change, a far more PAINFUL experience, he can take on his second, bipedal form, which is far stronger and intimidating.
It should be known, being without his pack, or a proper pack, does make the transformation week for more challenging and lonely. While the pack would change together, hunt together, stay together, Stryker has no one that will have his back when he changes. It’s a reeling experience once he changes back, since he has to be far more like an animal in order to survive since he is on his own.
After meeting Amelia, Stryker has allowed her to join him every now and then, though it isn’t very often. But since Amelia’s “curse” is different than his own and she can change at will no matter what, he welcomes her company, even if she changes into a panther. But as stated, it isn’t often, someone has to keep working to pay the bills after all.