The Widow Harun
Lycanthropy is widespread in The Tuigan Empire and regarded as an honorable choice for young men and women among the nomads. Both Jebe Khan and Subedei Khatun became werewolves voluntarily early in their adventuring careers, believing the strength of cunning of wolves would help them achieve their goals. In the days that followed, much of the ordu followed them in this transformation. Today, many of The Golden Family and as much as a third of the nomadic population of The Tuigan Empire are lycanthropic. Tuigan culture regards wolves as a sign of good luck and a totem animal, and many of the nomads choose the transformation in an effort to boost their status. In addition, of course, lycanthropy now runs in families. Some of these werewolf ‘clans’ are descended from the oldest followers of Jebe Khan, or even from his original Loyal Noyan, and their descendants have high status among all Tuigan.
The transformation to lycanthropy is taken very seriously. Every candidate enters the process with a full understanding of the nature of his change. Uncontrolled lycanthropes are therefore unknown here; all werewolves have complete control of their shape. Some clans, especially those in remote areas, spend almost all their time in wolf form. Certain individual lycanthropes, particularly wealthy or high-status individuals such as members of The Golden Family, might hardly ever transform at all.
Today, most werewolf clans are employed as border guards. In this capacity they spend their days traveling the border areas that separate the empire from nearby settled areas, especially Chessenta, Thay and Estagund. In the east the border with the Shou has long been quiet, but a few clans patrol The North Country of Rashemen and the frigid plains near Sossal. In the south, many werewolf clans roam the borders of The Shaar, especially north of Dambrath to discourage raiders. They are thickest, however, near the Shining Sea, where Lapaliiya and The Border Kingdoms are small but famously scrappy neighbors. The role of these border guards is to discourage settlers and miners from encroaching on Tuigan territory, and they have been very effective. In earlier years, the werewolf clans ruthlessly pursued slave raiders, who frequently invaded The Shaar in search of captives for Thay, Unther, or Mulhorand. All three trade routes were crushed, with deliberate bloodshed. Today, the slavers know better than to cross, or even pass near to, the territories of the nomads.