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True Dominance | March 16, 2010

Werewolves have changed over time, but some habits, just don’t stop and go out of style, no matter what decade or century you’re in.

Werewolves are known for their fighting ability. The reputation of our breed, is ingrained with this skill set. Of course, there are different reasons for fighting. I’m not a fan of fighting. I figure there’s always a dumb excuse that can be supposedly used to justify fighting. I mean most of the time, the reasons given seem lame.

In the bad old days of werewolves being not so out in the open and the packs being extremely large, before they were hunted down heavily in their homelands, fighting was done as a means, of sorts, of survival – There were dominance fights.

There still are dominance fights, in today’s werewolf culture. But there is a big difference between them now.

Dominance fights in the old day, were considered any physical attack from any fellow werewolf on the leading Alpha of a pack. The challenger could be any wolf. Not even necessarily a pack wolf. They always fought in their animal form. This kind of fighting involved the caveman like, fight-to-the-death mentality. Yes it’s very thunderdome-esque starting with it’s too contenders and ending in one wolf’s death.

True dominance.

This type of fighting was done to prove a point. To ram home a message. To protect position of leadership and ultimately pack. To take out leaders thought to be unworthy and to regroup with a new mentality, under new leadership. To take over. To gain control, to assert one’s self within the pack and greater wolf community, so as to be revered.

Fights these days, are somewhat different.
They’re still held, and they’re still called dominance fights. But they’re about as far from different from our ancestors version of “survivor’s” than ours as you can get.

Today’s wolves, use dominance fights to attempt to get their way when most other options for whatever they are after, fail. Dominance fights, only happen between Alpha werewolves. They are publicized between packs of the warring wolves so it is made clear, what is being challenged. There’s always a tone of blood shed at these fights. But no longer do these warring wolves fight to the death. Not unless they really want to rain down hell on them self or their pack.

See, we can respect that we’re a rare breed, likely to die out. But we can’t respect each other enough to just deal with things in a normal, non violent way. Seriously makes me shake my head in wonder.

Dominance fights these days, have rules.
In the old days, there were no rules, it just came down to who was the best and the most alive at the end of it all.

I’m not sure exactly how many rules there are regarding today’s version of dominance fights, but I know there are a few key rules that every fighter obeys.

1. If any Alpha wolf, leading or not, of pack, is challenged to a dominance fight, they must accept. To not accept, is an automatic sign of weakness and if you’re a leader, you don’t want that. It just gives other wolves the wrong idea about green lighting your pack for target practice. Leading Pack Alpha’s can choose a representative for themself if they want.

But I don’t know any Alpha let alone leading Alpha, that would ever do that. I’ve never heard of one of them chickening out. They just don’t. If you’re a badass, well, you know you’re a badass and why the hell wouldn’t you prove it if provoked?

2. No Shape shifting
Fights are fought, in human form, in an underground, often secret and constantly moving, location around one of the pack’s hoods. No shape shifting is allowed. It’s considered cheating. Werewolves are ego-maniacs. They love to see how much damage they can do to each other and who can take the most, in their human skin, before it becomes too much.

3. Any Alpha who loses a dominance fight, submits to the winner’s decree, whatever that might be. Guess it’s the reason behind whatever the fight was started for in the first place.

Strangely enough, werewolves follow these rules quite thoroughly. Like they are actually respected, unlike say the opponent in the fight.

Weird wolves.

4. It’s not a fight to the death. One werewolf must concede defeat. Which in itself is a harder task than getting through the physicality of the fight to do. Egos – Alpha egos clashing.

You’ll find the only time a werewolf fights to kill, is because it is under attack. Not a sanctioned, controllable fight. Or it’s lost every single sense of control.

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  1. great post!

    Comment by Blackredbluefire — March 17, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  2. Just a thought.

    The low-birth rates of werewolves, i think it’s because of a lack of new genes in the pool. Not necessarily inbreeding but the lack of a variety of new genes is usually the case when it comes to weak-bloods. You guys probably need an infusion of some sort from a different source of werewolves in your genetic line to both propagate and produce superior bloodlines.

    Does that make sense to you or are the voices in my head talking crazy again? =p

    Comment by Blackredbluefire — March 19, 2010 @ 10:05 am

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