A Werewolf in Skyrim.

Lycanthropes are mortals who have been affected by Lycanthropy, a condition that transforms them into a large hybrid of humanoid and animal. Lycanthropy was created by the Daedric Prince Hircine, and has remained a controversial subject in Tamriel.[1] Some lycanthropes view the condition as a gift from Hircine, while others see it as a curse that they wish to rid themselves of. There are eight recorded variations of lycanthropes on Tamriel.

Types of lycanthropes[edit | edit source]

Werebears[edit | edit source]

The Werebear is believed to exist in Skyrim, supposedly as the most common type of lycanthrope in the province, although they also appear on the island of Solstheim.[2] This could potentially be due to the fact that Solstheim is in close proximity to Skyrim, and a population of werebears could have migrated there.

Werewolves[edit | edit source]

The Werewolf is the only lycanthrope known to be found everywhere in Tamriel.[2] They are confirmed to have a connection with Hircine, and are often described as his hounds. Werewolves are arguably the most well-known lycanthrope on Tamriel.

The Circle, an elite group of warriors within The Companions, is comprised of werewolves. Lycanthropy is passed down to new members through a blood ritual upon their admittance into the Circle.[3]

Werecrocodiles[edit | edit source]

Werecrocodiles exist in Black Marsh and southern Morrowind. Only Argonians are known to transform into werecrocodiles.[2] Werecrocodiles have yet to appear in any game in the series.

Werelions[edit | edit source]

Werelions have been found in Black Marsh, Cyrodiil, and in certain regions of Elsweyr.[2] While they are said to be quite common, they have yet to appear in any game.

Werevultures[edit | edit source]

Werevultures supposedly exist in Valenwood, although they are said to be quite rare.[2] They have yet to appear in any game.

Wereboars[edit | edit source]

Wereboars can be found in both High Rock and Hammerfell, and are one of the more common varieties of lycanthrope.[2]

Weresharks[edit | edit source]

Weresharks are believed to roam the oceans around Tamriel. Their existence has never been confirmed, and the only evidence to support their existence are rumors across Tamriel.[2]

Werebats[edit | edit source]

Werebats sometimes serve as guardians to Vampire clans, and are commonly found in Valenwood.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

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