Wereweasels are a species of werebeast who are totemically connected to the Weasel Totem, the Stoat Totem, or the Polecat Totem. Most wereweasels are able to shift into a bestial and/or half-bestial form at will. Some will also shift if certain personal triggers — such as a particular moon phase or becoming angry — occur.
In human form, wereweasels are indistinguishable from an average human. They may have weasel-like features, such as a long neck or a high-pitched voice, or a weasel-like disposition, but they are human otherwise. In beast form, wereweasels are physically no different than an average weasel, stoat, or polecat. Mentally, though, they still retain their personhood and can make decisions as they would in any other form. Totemically, all werebeasts can sense another of their kind with their normal senses. As the therianthropic abilities of werebeasts are not scientific in nature, they cannot be detected through any sort of physical or genetic examination.
Genetics and Reproduction
Like most werecreatures, wereweasels can choose to reproduce as a human or as the animal type they are. To do the latter requires that their partner also be a werebeast. Regardless of how a wereweasel chooses to reproduce, they typically only produce one offspring, known as a kit.
Growth Rate & Stages
Kits can be birthed in either human form, which is preferred by most wereweasels, or in beast form. Kits born in beast form transform into a human toddler around three months after their birth, and remain in that form for the remainder of their life unless a werecreature themselves. Wereweasels mature and grow at the same rate as a human after shifting. Although the female young tend to be "early bloomers" in comparison to their male peers, this is not always the case. The sexually dimorphic rate of maturity is based off that of their animal counterpart.
Ecology and Habitats
Yes, I am very much aware of the irony of the polecat living in the rabbit territory. I eat MICE! Not rabbits. If anything it helps their crop production.Most wereweasels prefer colder environments over warmer ones, as their dense fur and cold-adjusted bodies make them prone to overheating. Many wereweasels take up residence in the northern reaches of the Lapin Protectorate. Very few wereweasels are found outside of the Lapin Protectorate, although there is a significant population in House Meles' territory.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Wereweasels are omnivorous in their human forms much like a normal human would be. In their beast form, however, they are carnivorous and often feed on rodents. Most wereweasels will have diets high in meats and other proteins no matter their form to avoid digestive upset.
Many types of wereweasels will moult their fur in the spring and autumn. Werestoats, for example, will gain a coat of white fur in the winter, which is replaced by brown fur in the summer months.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Wereweasels tend to have an excellent sense of smell in their half-beast and beast forms. Their human form tends to have an average sense of smell. Their eyesight is usually average or good in all their forms, but some wereweasels have been known to need glasses. Wereweasels have the ability to hear, but their range of hearing is not typically relied on nearly as much as the senses of smell and sight.
This article is a work in progress, and may be subject to changes.
This article is part of a series related to streaming the Game of Tomes. For more information, see Streaming Game of Tomes.
Homo belua mustela
While werebeasts as a whole are not common, wereweasels of all varieties are rare even amongst them.
Werepolecat by moonflower with Artbreeder