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Vivardi (Claw the Unconquered character) with bow and arrows

“Werewolf Three”

(Vivardi, Mardak and Haxa)


Context

These minor characters appeared in the 2006 run of the Claw the Unconquered sword-and-sorcery comic. For more context, you’ll want to peruse our Claw the Unconquered character profile.

This wild bunch is not actually called the “Werewolf Three” in the material. But I needed to call them something. Hence the quotes around the name, since it’s arbitrary.


Powers and Abilities

The three cousins are professional mercenaries.They are well-armed, though they prefer to go lightly armoured. They’re excellent fighters, and can beat back a dozen militiamen.

The three cousins operate in a dreary, tired world. In DC Heroes RPG terms; their attributes are not heroic. But most people they clash with sport Attributes and Skills in the 2s and 3s, with the occasional veteran with a 4 or two. In their milieu life is cheap, death is easy and ordinary people don’t stand much of a chance against preternatural enemies.

They generally fight with Mardak on point, Haxa slightly behind and to his side, and Vivardi supporting them with bow work at close range. If engaged, Vivardi will keep firing until the last second, then drop her bow and draw her daggers with lightning-like speed, cutting it very close. She’ll return to her bow as soon as possible.

Supernatural edges and drawbacks

Beyond their experience and training, the trio’s deadliness is due in part to their human form having unusual strength, ferocity, pain tolerance and speed.They also have an abnormally well-developed sense of smell. And perhaps superior night vision, though that is not clearly demonstrated.

When they adopt their wolfman form they are even more ferocious, powerful and dangerous. However, silver becomes dangerous for them. Thus; they don’t carry any silver coins on them.

They cannot use horses either. Most animals are spooked of them, sensing a predatory creature even when the Werewolf Three are in their human form.


History

This familial trio are werewolves – an ancient and dreaded race of changelings and predators. However, they pretend to be from the country of Sircassia. They wear Sircassian clothes and use Sircassian weapons, though their shields sport a wolf’s head emblem.

Vivardi has stated that her kin has been here since before man and will still be there when the last man is buried. But that may have been prideful exaggeration.

Witch’s orders

Being mercenaries and having apparently a good track record, the three lupines were recruited by the witch Satarina Kal Quillion. They were to find and accompany another recruits of hers, Claw the Unconquered. Satarina wanted Claw to reach the Western edge of the known world. It was an ancient and desolate place most men had forgotten, but werewolves would know about.

The Werewolf Three in Claw the Unconquered

Though they distrusted and even feared the witch, she was powerful. Furthermore, as a reward, the mercenaries expected to be magically freed them from their dual nature as changelings and thralls to the phases of the Moon. This reward from Satarina would turn them permanently into beasts.

After finding Claw and helping him fight off soldiers hunting him as a deserter, they served as guides and an escort. However, Claw discovered their nature during the full moon. And this was but one of a number of things that went very wrong.


Description

Their fur colour as a wolf is the same as their hair colour as a human, and they retain the same general build in both forms.


Personality

Haxa is young, inexperienced and not terribly smart. His cousins sometimes openly call him an idiot. However, he’s a competent fighter and should not be underestimated as a swordsman.

Mardak is the older and more experience of the three. He’s the one who takes the decisions in the end. He doesn’t openly claim authority or give orders, but the other two defer to his experience. Mardak is proud and doesn’t believe in tricks, evasion and subterfuge. He’ll usually take on the bigger opponent.

The Werewolf Three in Claw the Unconquered charging the enemy

Vivardi talks much more than the men. She’s the sharp and perceptive one, and Mardak trusts her senses. Vivardi acted like a tease and made numerous allusions to liking rough sex as she flirted with Claw.

Apparently she shapechanges, kills and eats her lovers when she’s done. The exception is when she actually likes them, as was the case with Claw of Pytharia.

Vivardi has obvious racial pride. She thinks werewolves are the coolest, and is rubbish at keeping her secret identity. In particular, she keeps making allusions to the predatory nature of her kin.


Quotes

Vivardi

Claw: “Sircassians.”
Mardak: “You don’t care for Sircassians ?”
Claw: “I like their women.”
Vivardi: “You won’t like me. I bite.”

Claw: “Do you know what these swine do to captured women ?”
Vivardi: “They’ll do nothing of the kind once I’ve gelded the lot !”

Mardak

Haxa: “I don’t trust the human.”
Vivardi: “I don’t trust the witch.”
Mardak: “Don’t you fret, cousins. We’ll come out on top in the end. We always do.”

“Slither like cowards in the dark ? Not me. Not Mardak !”

Haxa

“I was only asking !”


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The Werewolf Three usually operate as human fighters and only shapechange in secret. This means the clearest way to present the information is to have their human stats first, then data about changes induced by the werewolf form.


Vivardi

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 014 HP: 015

Powers:
Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 05

Skills:
Weaponry (Missile): 06, Weaponry (Melee): 05

Advantages:
Alter Ego, Schtick (Paired daggers, Fast-draw (Daggers)).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage, Secret Identity, MPR (makes most animals very nervous).

Equipment:

  • Bow [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 03, Ammo: 01, Rec. STR: 03, R#02, Bow Advantage (effective EV for Vivardi is 04, effective Range for Vivardi is 06, Limitation : Low Penetration] w/Quiver [BODY 02, Projectile weapon: 03, Ammo: 15, Limitation : Ammunition load for the Bow].
  • Curved daggers (x2) [BODY 05, EV 03 (04 w/STR)].

Mardak

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 012 HP: 010

Powers:
Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 04

Skills:
Evasion (Only w/shield)): 06, Weaponry (Melee): 06

Advantages:
Alter Ego, Area Knowledge (the known world).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage, Secret Identity, MPR (makes most animals very nervous).

Equipment:

  • Battle axe [BODY 06, EV 04 (05 w/STR)].
  • MEDIUM SHIELD [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 05, EV 03, Recommended STR 02, Note: OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 2 APs, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 2 APs].

Haxa

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 02 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 012 HP: 008

Powers:
Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 04

Skills:
Evasion (Only w/shield): 06, Weaponry (Melee): 06

Advantages:
Alter Ego.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage, Secret Identity, MPR (makes most animals very nervous).

Equipment:

  • Falchion [BODY 06, EV 04 (05 w/STR)].
  • SMALL SHIELD [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 05, EV 02 (05 w/STR), Recommended STR 02, Note: OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 1 AP, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 1 AP].

Of wolf and man

The cousins only adopt their wolfman form in secret, usually at night – since most humans would hunt them down as monsters if they realised they’re lycantrophes. This is modelled as a Secret ID, since the antics to change discreetly, prevent people from establishing a connection between the two forms, etc. are quite similar.

The wolfman forms were thus not seen much, but they likely induce the following changes:

  • DEX goes up by 1, STR goes up by 2, BODY goes up by 2, INT goes up by 1.
  • Strange appearance, Charisma (Intimidation): 03, Acrobatics (Athletics): 04 and Thief (Stealth): 04 appear.
  • Analytical smell/Tracking scent is increased by two ; other wolf-like senses likely are Extended Hearing: 03, Super Hearing: 03, Ultra Vision: 03.
  • The wolfman form has Claws, rated one AP higher than the form’s STR, Regeneration: 03 and Cold Immunity: 01.
  • Rage goes up by one step. The wolfman form cannot speak (a MPR), though it can understand just fine.
  • Partial Attack Vulnerability (Silver, -1CS RV) and Power Loss Vulnerability (Regeneration doesn’t work against damage inflicted by silvered weapons).
  • One remark by Vivardi and one scene implies that they are forced to shapechange and hunt and feed indiscriminately when the moon is full, and at least one day before that.

Design Notes

As usual with our Claw profiles, there’s not enough material to have firm stats – they’re tentative.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Claw the Unconquered v2 (2006).

Writeup completed on the 5th of May, 2011.

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