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Chapter Three Lessons: fav.me/d34g9ni

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So… back in the day, displaced French Canadians settled in the southern USA, bringing with them stories of France’s Loup Garou, or werewolf, effectively putting them in the mix with good ol hoodoo, voodoo, and generic swamp conjurers.

Over time, the spelling and pronunciation of the beast’s name began to vary and change, and it can be seen spelled as Loo Garoo, Rougarou, etc. The Cajun breed of lycanthrope has taken hold of the folktales of the south, and, luckily for werewolf lovers like myself, it is likely there to stay. This creature (depending on where you go) is sometimes described as being a little dog or fox-like, but is often described as being a typical werewolf.

Details about it vary… some say that it is a cursed man, forced to be a werewolf for a specific amount of time, (for instance, 101 nights) but that this curse may be lifted if someone recognizes who the werewolf is, and, sometimes, draws his blood. This is similar to other werewolf remedies, however, there is a catch! Neither may speak of it until the remainder of the curse’s time is spent, or the man will once again be cursed. However, not all Rougarou are cursed. Sometimes, Rougarou will sneak into a home through the chimney (Kind of like a big, fuzzy Santa Claus), and bite the house’s sleeping occupants, passing on the lycanthropic condition like a virus.

Though, being such a creature isn’t without its perks. Hatian Loup-Garou are supposedly very gifted at shapeshifting, able to become just about anything they want, while Roogaroo in Louisiana have a rather pleasant social life while in this wolflike form, gathering together in great packs not for hunts, but for dances and parties! As if that weren’t neat enough, these werewolves are able to arrive in style… each werewolf has a giant bat that flies them to wherever they want to be! (Or, maybe the Rougaroo just want us to think they have giant bats because they’re cool ;D)

However, if you’re worried about a Cajun Rougaroo getting you in the night, don’t worry! There are many ways to protect yourself from, or scare away these variations of the loup-garou. As it turns out, this breed is a little on the OCD side, and if you set a sifter, colander, or similar object outside your home, the werewolf will be forced to sit and count every hole before proceeding (this is similar to some vampire myths). In Georgia, spreading sulphur around your yard will repel Rougaroo (not to mention everyone else). This breed also happens to be terrified of a very simple creature: frogs. Since they live in the bayou, I suspect this makes life for them difficult. However, it is said that throwing a frog at a Rougaroo will frighten it into running away. Rougaroos are also very leery of Swamp Witches, you know, conjure folk at the like. But, if you need some hardcore protection against Rougaroo, the best weapon is something that you most likely have on your kitchen table: salt. It is said that if salt touches a Rougaroo, then it will begin to burn the creature, and the werewolf will be forced to cast off its wolf form or skin, returning to human shape.

Also, indecently, I hear that Roogaroo have a taste for nutria… so, if you ever want to attract one, may I suggest trapping a few of the little critters and keeping them about.


Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside – Brad Steiger

Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America – Scott Francis

Hidden Animals: A Field Guide to Batsquatch, Chupacabra, and other Elusive Creatures – Michael Newton

A Field guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and other Subversive Spirits – Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack

Cryptozoology A-Z: the encyclopedia of loch monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature --Loren Coleman Jerome Clark

The Werewolf in Lore and Legend --Montague Summers

Werewolves --Dr. Bob Curran

The Beast Within --Adam Douglas

Werewolves: The Occult Truth -- Konstantinos

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Werewolves --Nathan Brown

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters --Rosemary Guiley

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:icongrassy-aggron:
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, different breeds from different areas.  I imagine that heavy fur gets annoying to pick leeches out of.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   General Artist
Actually, thick fur may lend some protection against leeches :3
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:icongrassy-aggron:
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, bonus then!
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AzureCresent Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
ever seen blood and chocolate? its about loup garou. its pretty good. im not of the standerd typical werewolf movie but inlike this one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zYAj…
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   General Artist
I have, and read the book it was 'bassed off of' as well. It's good stuff.
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:iconazurecresent:
AzureCresent Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
cool :D
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:iconshadowwolf270:
shadowwolf270 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Yay more comics!!!! =]
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:iconantaria-nova:
Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
So, that white wolf might be part of the pack that used to roam the woods in mapleview, eh?

The plot thickens... or is it just the mud in the swamp? :P
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Faith: "Why don't they seem more wolfish?"
White Wolf: "Well, they're not main characters or plot points.  Don't worry, the ones that actually matter to the story will look more lupine."
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somerandomplayer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Cute swimming werewolves. With that expression, her leaving Mapleview couldn't have been under any ominous circumstances.

Amusingly, I had recently mentioned to someone the OCD nature of these werewolves, which I learned from you some time ago. *Cheers for remembering things about werewolf folklore*
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LunaWolf4 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've gotta be shitting me! Don't tell me the white werewolf (forgot the name and gender :iconsweatdropplz: ) is one of the werewolf that was "killed" in the story Todd mentioned in the first few chapters of the story! (Wolves of the woods)
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AudeS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Interesting that there is so much variation about werewolves in a single nation. You suddenly increased my favor for the United States, despite Hollywood still being increative with werewolves. The salt part also reminds me of the Japanese version of exorcism... seriously, instead of physically torturing people with very questionable stuff, they simply use salt to cast away demons.
Also the part, where you said they are more dog-like or fox-like is implemented quite well. The roogarou definitly appear more like wolf-like dogs than normal wolves. Moslty due to the fur and shape of the head and ears (small details, but very distinctive). I also recognize that the fangs aren't visible on them, although I don't think that regular wolves have always visible fangs either.
The Louisiana variation also seems pretty cool, actually. I mean, it would certainly be more fun than watching yet another werewolf-horror-movie (I'm tired of violence and... whatever the designs actually look like to me). Plus, the bats would be awesome. I like Batman, I like all Bat-Pokémon in the Pokémon-franchise and I like the actual animals.
It has the temptation to give up humanity and have a party. Unless you are like me and have an issue with big crowds and loud noises.

But what a coincidence. This white werewolf comes from the place, where Faith is going to school. I'm actually assuming it's a male werewolf, because the chest is looking more... male. Just the fur, which looks like long hair, rather appears feminine to me.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
It's one of the many joys of having a nation formed from immigrants from many others... we got all of their folktales. Roogaroo, werewolves, dogmen, skinwalkers, America is blessed with a strange variety of werewolves and werewolf-like beasts.

Yep, normal wolves don't have oversized fangs like my 'Grahll' werewolves do. I'm glad that the Roogaroo look okay.

Bats are freaking awesome. They're adorable... truth be told, I kind of wish I could have a tiny fruitbat as a pet.

Well, as stated in earlier chapters, Faith is an anomoly, regarding her more humanlike features and lack of hairlike mane...
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AudeS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Well, I can agree to that. Pluralism is a nice thing.

Well, they all are something I could like. Sabretoothcats
have really oversized fangs and I would actually like to see
one. Too bad they are extinct.

Well, since I got my new Pokémon-game today, I think I
will catch a fruitbat myself. A fruitbat-dragon, that is... I guess
I will have no life for a while.

Ah, that explains, why the hair made me wonder.
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099Deathgod Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet work on the comic :D.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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:icon099deathgod:
099Deathgod Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :).
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LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OK Now I am curious. WHO'S SHE. still ver ver very pritty PErSON :D
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
You'll find out, and thanks!
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LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome, Nash... :iconlawooplz:
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:iconwolffanforlife:
WolfFanForLife Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Now I remember the legend about the three wolves in Mapleview... Is this related? Need to go reread :)

Just continues to show me I know nothing about werewolves of legends :P
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe, maybe not.

The Wolves of the Woods have nothing to do with real legends.
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:iconwolffanforlife:
WolfFanForLife Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Oh, I meant the little text you included :P
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svejdal06 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013

Faith is getting new friends Todd better Watch out ;)

 

 

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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe!
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:icontalon-draco:
Talon-Draco Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm ... a reason for them to now talk about something ... a possible future friendship? 

If there is one thing I really don't like in a Series, be it a comic, a book, or a TV Series, is when they introduce several different characters and then NEVER have that interesting character return. That really bugs me when it happens. Unless a Character is proven dead ... I don't see why they can't come back.

... and even when characters are dead, I've noticed that some series still manage to bring them back ... be it through Flashback or a dream of some sort ... 

I just get a little peeved when interesting characters don't return to a series.

I'll wait and see how your story unfolds :-) So far, I'm very much loving it :D
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
This character may or may not show back up. We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully it'll continue to entertain!
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:iconcarbon-vanilla:
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG... FUTURE LOVERS i see in those two! LOL
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:iconakai-azul:
Akai-Azul Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Nooooo! She's supposed to hook up with Todd! D=
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:iconcarbon-vanilla:
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Faith is gonna connect with that white wolf... they'll meet up, have coffee... This will turn into That and before we know it... Faith has "buns in the oven"! :XD:

Todd is a nice guy, though I think people would grow suspicious when they never see him with Faith in public. :hmm:

Sooo.. Yeeeeesssss, go get that white wolf Faith! GO GO GO!!
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striker07 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Is one of the original 3 wolves of the woods?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe, maybe not.
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:iconwolfking7:
wolfking7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do i get the fealing that something very interesting yet potentially very dangerous is coming up.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
They're werewolves. Everything is dangerous with werewolves. Chewing food is dangerous... she could bite her tongue O.o
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:icontytoquetra:
Tytoquetra Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I get a feeling that this has something to do with the Wolves of the Woods. :I

I must draw that white wolf :jigglywiggly:
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe, maybe not~
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:iconbearwolf57:
bearwolf57 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Are do some thing halloween for eldritch comic? Have heard of wolfblood werewolves and is books and romances novels. Is their any folk lore in wolfbloods? That you know of
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
There was a Halloween Chapter for Eldritch, if you'd like to read it.

I've not read any books called 'wolfbloods.' If I have time to read them, I'll write a review, maybe.
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:iconbearwolf57:
bearwolf57 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Have heard of wolfbloods.
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:iconwolfsjal:
Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
:3  Yay. I'm glad you could give this character a new 'home' so to speak. 
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Truth is, it's not a new home for her, Faith just invaded ;3
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:iconbahamut-255:
Bahamut-255 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Looks like there's gonna be some backstory coming up.  
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
There's always backstory. :C I'm boring.
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:iconelemental-raven:
Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I'm sensing a long lost sibling. :iconwoooplz:
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe, maybe not.
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:iconelemental-raven:
Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Ehehe~ Plot twists make everything better. XD
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:iconwildfire2013:
Wildfire2013 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed
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:iconfreelancer521:
Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013

I guess she did end up heading south, though apparently not tied to the front of a jeep... Is it backstory time?

 

As always, terrific page. Enjoy your Halloween!

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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Maybe, maybe not.

Thanks, and Happy Halloween to you too!
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:iconblazeinferno:
BlazeInferno Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Why do I get the feeling this is the same Grahll mentioned a few chapters back in the story about the Grahll that used to be in the area...
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