The First Tongue
Abni-Gur: The “crucible of becoming.” Storm Lord philosophy that by overcoming hardship they might one day become like Urfarah.
Anshega: The Pure Tribes.
auspice: The moon phase that marked a werewolf’s First Change; a specific role within Uratha society.
Azlu (ahz-loo): The Spider Hosts, a swarm entity of spirit- shards in spider forms.
Basu-Im: Hard Rage, the second stage of Kuruth, when the werewolf is a mindless berserker.
Beshilu (beh-shee-loo): The Rat Hosts, a swarm entity of spirit-shards in rat forms.
Blood Talons: A tribe of fierce and glorious warriors.
Bone Shadows: A tribe of wise searchers of dark places.
Cahalith (kuh-hall-ith): The auspice role of storyteller, vision-quester, and lorekeeper.
Cahalunim (kuh-hall-oo-nim): The umia of Lunes tied to the gibbous moon.
Dalu (dah-loo): The bestial humanlike form of a werewolf.
Dihar (pl. Diharim): A spirit of such rank that individual Uratha cannot confront it directly.
Dihir (pl. Dihim): A spirit of great rank and power.
Elodoth (ell-oh-doth): The auspice role of judge and arbiter between Uratha and the spirit world, and among each other.
Elunim (ell-oo-nim): The umia of Lunes tied to the half moon.
Ensih (pl. Ensihim): A spirit of intermediate rank and power. Higher-ranking examples are Ensah.
Essence: The energy of the spirit world that composes spirits and empowers werewolves.
far’huf: to Reach.
Father Wolf: The legendary spirit forefather of the werewolf race, Urfarah.
fetish: An object given supernatural power by a spirit bound within.
First Tongue: The ancient language of the spirit world.
Firstborn: The great wolf totems of the Uratha tribes.
Forsaken: Term for the Tribes of the Moon given by the Pure Tribes. Coined in reference to the murder of Urfarah and the loss of Pangaea.
gathra: An offering made to a spirit in exchange for good will or favors.
Gauntlet, the: The mystical boundary between the spirit world and the physical world.
Gauru (guh-roo): The half-human, half-wolf killing form of a werewolf; carries with it the burden of Rage.
Ghost Wolf: A werewolf who has not sworn the Oath of the Moon or been adopted into a tribe.
Gift: A spiritual blessing given to a werewolf that allows her to wield spirit magic.
Hisil: The Shadow.
Hishu (hih-shoo): The human form of a werewolf.
hithimu: Spirit-Ridden. Also, hithisu, “Spirit-Urged.”
Host: A monstrous amalgam of animal and spirit; see Azlu and Beshilu.
Hunters in Darkness: A tribe of stalkers who keep sacred hunting grounds.
Hursih (pl. Hursihim): A spirit of low rank and power. Higher-ranking examples are Hursah.
idigam: Moon-banished. Bizarre spirits exiled to the moon in prehistory.
ilthum: A group of spirits of similar aspect that choose to group together to consolidate their power. Unlike an umia, belonging to an ilthum is a choice on the spirit’s behalf.
Ilusah (pl. Ilusahim): The highest and most exalted rank of spirit; the spirits of planetary bodies like Earth, the Sun and the Moon.
Iron Masters: A tribe of cunning wolves who maintain close ties to their human side.
Irraka (ir-rah-kah): The auspice role of scout and silent hunter.
Irralunim (ir-rah-loo-nim): The umia of Lunes tied to the new moon.
Ithaeur (ih-thay-ur): The auspice role of occultist and master of the spirit.
Ithalunim (ih-thah-loo-nim): The umia of Lunes tied to the crescent moon.
Kuruth: The Death Rage, the rising instincts of the ultimate predator through Wasu-Im to Basu-Im.
locus: An object in the physical world around which the Gauntlet is weaker; a source of Essence.
lodge: A specialized sub-faction within a tribe, which venerates a spirit tied to one particular aspect of the tribal philosophy.
Luna: The spirit of the Moon; legendary foremother of the werewolf race.
Lunacy: The moon-madness that overcomes humans who see werewolves.
Lune: Lesser moon spirits; servants of Luna.
magath: A hybrid, unnatural spirit.
mus-rah: “Holy killing ground,” a Hunter term for territory.
muthrum: The smallest and weakest spirits, comparable to insects.
“Ni-zu Tag?”: “What are you hunting?” A standard greeting among the Meninna.
Oath of the Moon: The sacred code of conduct by which Forsaken swear.
Sanghba’zir: An oathbreaker, especially one who violates the Oath of the Moon.
Pangaea: The ancient world before the Sundering.
People, the: A werewolf term for their own kind.
Pure Tribes: The three tribes who reject the idea of atonement and Mother Luna. Also “the Pure.”
Mir: “Rage,” the killing fury that overcomes werewolves in Gauru form.
Rahu (rah-hoo): The auspice role of warrior and bloody reveler.
Ralunim (rah-loo-nim): The umia of Lunes tied to the full moon.
Reach: To cross over into the spirit world.
Shadow Realm: The spirit world. Also “The Shadow.”
shartha: A Host.
Siskur-Dah: “The Sacred Hunt,” both as a ritual hunt against defined prey, and as the very lifestyle Uratha lead.
Spirit-Claimed: The monstrous result of a person or animal completely possessed by a spirit.
Spirit-Ridden: Anyone possessed by a spirit; spirit possession in general.
Spirit-Urged: A person or animal under the influence of a spirit.
spirit wilds: The vast majority of the spirit world; specifically, the sections not mastered by werewolves.
Storm Lords: A tribe of fearless, intimidating alphas who reject weakness.
Sugrah: A Storm Lord game of spotting weaknesses in one’s tribemates to show off cunning and strengthen the tribe.
Sundering, the: The ancient act of patricide, responsible for the rise of the Gauntlet and the assumption of Father Wolf’s duties by the Uratha
Thu Ibiru: “All War,” a Blood Talon philosophy that all of life is conflict.
totem: A spirit that has been forced or convinced to support and aid a pack.
Tribes of the Moon: The five tribes that venerate Luna and attempt to atone for their forebears’ sins.
umia: A taxonomic category of spirits, identified by their nature. Depending on the spirits involved, an umia may be “weather spirits,” “wind spirits,” or “storm spirits.”
Uratha (oo-RAH-thah): Werewolves.
Urdaga: The Forsaken tribes.
Urdur: “Pup,” term used for young Uratha. Sometimes used in a disrespectful manner for other werewolves.
Urfarah: Father Wolf.
Urghir: “Dog,” derogatory term for high-Harmony Uratha. Someone who clings too closely to the world of Flesh.
Urhan (ur-hahn): The wolf form.
Urshul (ur-shool): The bestial wolf-like form.
Uzahal: “Fade,” derogatory term for low-Harmony Uratha. Someone who becomes too spirit-like.
Wasu-Im: “Soft Rage,” the first stage of Kuruth, when the werewolf maintains some control.
Wolf-Blooded: Humans with a measure of werewolf blood.
Wound: A place of horrifically negative energy in the Shadow.
Zathu: The Gauntlet.