Jul 07, 2020 2:08 PM
Yvette is dropped in Beacon Hills
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"It would probably have me doing more impressive things faster. I'd be devoting less resources to making them and then could just do whatever I liked. But. That in itself's a little scary."

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"It could be. You shouldn't need much power to compete with the locals. Would that be enough?" 

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"That depends on how powerful the locals are, I know there are werewolves and kanima and banshees, but - doctor, my major sources of explanations for this town have been Scott and Derek. I really, really don't know enough about what's going on."

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"The only creatures I know of that can do anything to hurt you without being able to touch you are kitsune and druids. I can elaborate on the others, but I would suggest you make restricting the movement or others or something similar a focus." 

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"... All right. But what are kitsune and druids?"

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"Druids are the local magic user, like me. We can do things like paralyze or poison from a distance. There are some defenses I can give you, and if there are any gaps due to you not interacting like a human would with the magic, then you can try your own. Kitsune are a bit of a mystery. Supposedly, they are fox spirits inhabiting human bodies, and they belong to a number of clans. Their magic tends to be more elemental; fire, water, and wind, but again, I'm working mostly on rumor."

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Yvette nods. "All right. I'd uh, like defenses if I can have them, I'm sort of. Well technically I declared myself emissary of Scott's pack, and also this entire town is just one mythical overly-dramatic trainwreck after another and I will not stand for it. So if there's trouble I will probably be involved, yelling at everyone responsible."

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He nods. 

"I can explain all of the creatures that have visited our town so far, and the ones that tend to be most dangerous to humans. I'm afraid there are quite a few, and my knowledge on them is spotty." 

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"Less spotty than mine," she says, wryly. "I'd appreciate any knowledge you could relay."

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So he explains.

Werewolves have enhanced senses, strength, and speed when compared with humans, but this isn't unique; they share this with werecoyotes, werejaguars, and kanimas. Werecoyotes, unlike werewolves, are exclusively created through inheritance. Werejaguars and kanimas, generally based in myth and speculation, are those bitten by werewolves that fail to complete the change properly.

There are also wendigos, which eat humans, and banshees and kitsune, which may exist but he has little detail on.

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She thanks him for this knowledge, and then asks, "How does the biting versus scratching thing work with werewolves? Is it everyone an alpha bites will turn into a werewolf or kanima, and they get control, and then for a scratch it's just control, or?"

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"A bite by an alpha is guaranteed to produce a beta, or a kanima or werejaguar, or other similar unusual cases. Turning someone into a beta grants minor control; other cases don't. A scratch can turn, or it can implant or steal memories. This can, if the alpha is sufficiently experienced with manipulating memories, give the alpha its own kind of influence. The kind of control Peter had over Lydia is unusual, and I'll have to do more research to find out how it was possible."

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"All right. And - okay, I'm not entirely clear on how the alpha, beta, omega distinction works. Alpha seems to be its own - thing, but could the other werewolves become alphas somehow? Is the difference between a beta and an omega whether or not they try to fit into the pack?"

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"Alphas turn people into werewolves. These werewolves are betas until and unless they reject their alpha, at which point they are omegas, completely packless. Alphas have powers beyond the standard beta strength and senses, which include the ability to turn more werewolves, manipulating memory, a kind of mental connection, and healing." 

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"Betas and omegas can't turn other people into werewolves?"

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"They can, if they can get close enough for a bite. Alphas can turn even by a scratch, and possibly even more esoteric methods." 

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"Even more esoteric methods?" prompts Yvette.

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"Possibly, I've never seen any evidence, but: bleeding, sexual intercourse, and murder have all been claimed as ways to create betas."

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".... Okay I can understand the other two, but how would murder be used to create a beta?"

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"Killing someone might count as exchanging something essential. Most of our magic operates based on sacrifice, exchanges of power, and mindset."

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"So. They'd - die, and then come back as a werewolf? Or be a zombie werewolf...?"

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"The bite can kill, or it can turn. It's possible that someone killed in a specific way might, instead of dying, turn. This is all theoretical, and I don't put much stock in it."

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She nods.

This person seems to be about the third sane, sensible person in this town. After Scott's mom and Allison.

"Scott's kept you updated on Peter's resurrection and apparent re-humaning, right? Any idea what - that's about?"

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"The fact that Peter Hale tried to safeguard against his inevitable murder is the least surprising news I've had this week. The fact that he succeeded is a bit more surprising, since I hadn't thought resurrection was actually possible." 

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"This town," says Yvette sagely. She doesn't add any clarifying adjectives, apparently calling the town itself is as much damnation as she wishes to impart.

"Right. Okay. Are there - other weird things I should probably know about?"

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