I suppose I’ve made it clear that vampyres are a very real and increasingly common sight in the world around you, but that raises the question–
If vampyres exist, do werewolves exist too?
Well, you won’t likely run into a half man half canine in the woods during a full moon anytime soon, just as you won’t find a pale crucifix-phobic immortal sucking blood in an alleyway. However, just like the more realistic and human version of the fictional vampire, such exists for the werewolf as well.
They’re called therians. And they aren’t just wolves, either.
I won’t pretend to know any sort of detailed information on therians, but I can give you what I know.
Therians are those who have a deep inner connection with an animal. This connection can be formed in many ways, including the ones listed in the article I found on True Form Within:
- They believe that they have the soul of the animal which is trapped within their human body.
- They believe that a part of their soul is the animal.
- They believe they were the animal in a past life.
- They believe that the soul of the animal is part of them but separate from their human soul.
- The therian was passed down through genetics (similar to vampyrism)
Therians can be anything from wolves, to leopards, to tigers, to cats, to bunnies, to butterflies. Some therians even have more than one animal as a part of them.
And, just like the fictional were-creatures, therians go through “shifts” as well, though they do not often or always coincide with the full moon, and they do not mean that the person actually transforms physically into the animal. It is more on a spiritual level, from what I know, though I have not experienced it myself and could not describe to you what it is like.
These shifts can be brought on by strong emotions like hate, fear, and love, or induced by meditation and/or visualization.
As a side note: Therians are NOT the same thing as Lycans, or Furries, which I don’t have time to get into right now but TrueFormWithin.org has some fantastic info on them as well as more info on Therians if you’re still curious.