Creatures of the Night II
One of the earliest accounts of werewolves is found in Greek mythology. The story of Lycaon, which originated in Greek mythology, has been viewed as one of the first werewolf stories ever. According to Greek legend, Lycaon was king of Arcadia, son of Pelasgus and Meliboea and a cruel leader of an evil cult. Rumors of the atrocities committed by Lycaon and his cult made their way back to the Great God Zeus, who decided to investigate. He witnessed the cult and strange practice. Zeus found these rumors to be fact, and decided to reveal his identity to the cult. The cult members immediately paid homage to Zeus, however, Lycaon did not believe that he was a real God and prepared a feast for him consisting of human flesh. If Zeus truly was a God, he would recognize the meal and decline to eat it, since cannibalism was a great sin. Zeus immediately noticed what the feast consisted of. Lycaon also ordered people to murder Zeus while he slept, to test his immortality. Zeus became angry as a result of his actions. To avoid Zeus's wrath, Lycaon fled to the countryside. Once there he found out what Zeus had in store for him, slowly he and his fifty son began to transform into a man-wolf. The term "lycanthropy" was derived from Lycaon's name.
This gave rise to an annual sacrifice in which the clansmen of Arcadia would gather on the slopes of Mount Lykaion – or Wolf Mountain – for a similar ritual sacrifice to Lykaios Zeus. The flesh of a sacrificed young male would be mingled with the entrails of a wolf and presented to Lykaios Zeus; any young man who ate of the flesh would then be turned into a wolf for nine years. If the werewolf restrained from eating human flesh during the nine years, he would be restored to his human form in the tenth year. If not, he would be cursed to remain a wolf forever.
A werewolf traditionally possesses supernatural strength and amplified senses as well as the natural hunting instincts and weapons of the wolf, like menacing jaws and claws. Therefore, they are formidable monsters and very hard to kill. One of the most ancient talismans against lycanthropy is the herb wolfsbane (said to have grown from the saliva of Cerberus, the three-headed dog guardian of the Greek underworld, when Hercules brought him up to the surface world). Other herbs that legends say are effective as werewolf repellents include rye, mistletoe, and mountain ash (rowan).
Werewolves are not affected by religious symbols like crucifixes and holy water (unlike their counterpart monsters, vampires), but in modern fiction, they are vulnerable to weapons containing silver, such as silver bullets or silver blades. The silver bullet is the most iconic anti-werewolf weapon, but in many stories, anything silver causes agonizing pain if it touches the beast. Therefore, to be most certain of killing the monster, a werewolf hunter should carry good quantities of wolfsbane, rye grains, mistletoe, and mountain ash leaves or wood, and be armed with a variety of well-made silver weapons.
Since it is likely that a werewolf will overpower a human in close combat, it is essential to have a gun or two custom-designed to shoot silver bullets at a long range; once disabled by the gun, the werewolf can be finished off if necessary using a sword or axe with a silver-plated blade. If you don’t have silver weapon then a high power assault rifle or weapon that pack one hell of a punch.
tip on surviving werewolves's attack