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A loup-garou is a person cursed to become a wolf-like demon, usually during a full moon. The term loup-garou was the name used by Etienne the Enchanter for this type of lupine shapeshifter.[1]


The loup-garou transformation is the result of a curse cast by someone very powerful, "like a major heavyweight sorcerer or a demon lord or one of the Faerie Queens."[1]

At the rise of the full moon, the cursed person transforms into a monster which proceeds to slaughter everything it comes across until either the full moon sets or the sun rises. The transformed person gains supernatural strength, speed, power, and savagery. Loup-garou are very resistant to any form of injury and recover quickly. Physical injuries sustained heal almost instantly, and they are immune to poison and to magic targeted at their mind. A loup-garou can only be hurt with a silver weapon inherited from a family member. This fact might have to do with an element of sacrifice and is probably one of the sources for the modern myth of silver weapons and bullets being used against werewolves and other supernatural creatures.[1]

There are several ways for the cursed person to avoid harming anyone during transformation, mostly through avoiding contact with potential victims. This can be done by leaving for a remote location in the wilderness, or by shutting themselves in securely.[1] The cursed ones can also contain themselves in a magic circle.


According to Chaunzaggoroth, St. Patrick[Footnote 1] cursed the ancestor of Harley MacFinn to become a loup-garou. He also placed two addenda on this curse: That it would be hereditary, passed down from parent to offspring; and the MacFinn bloodline would never die out.[2]

The Beast of Gévaudan[Footnote 2] that was active in 18th century France was a loup-garou; it was also killed with a silver weapon.[1]

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Fool Moon[]

In Fool Moon, a loup-garou is responsible for the Lobo killings.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Fool Moon, ch. 7
  2. Fool Moon, ch. 11
  3. Fool Moon, ch. 4

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