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Lycans and Loup-garoux
Lycans and loup-garoux are not the same, despite both being humans or mages who can shapeshift into wolves (see later section). Some people adhere to the centuries-old belief that loup-garoux are superior by virtue of their ability to control their shape-shifting, whereas lycans must shift during a full-moon. Loup-garoux tend to walk bipedal and retain more human elements of reason when shifted, and this bolsters the theory (put forth by loup-garoux) that they are better. Many Magimundi find this distinction among shapeshifters to be preposterous and a way to gain arbitrary privilege, and they will side with lycans in a quest for equal status. Others agree that lycans are afflicted with a malady that makes them dangerous and deadly, and they will advocate for measures from registration to incarceration to extermination of known werewolves. As a result, lycans tend to hide their condition completely, or to be known as a loup-garoux. Powerful magics are needed to control the full-moon transition, and these ingredients do not come cheaply or easily. Finding out that someone is searching for ingredients for Peter Romulus’s potion could out them as a lycan, so these are a very sensitive dealings indeed. Some mages are advocating for open, inexpensive, or even free distribution of the ingredients needed to make the Romulus Potion, but powerful and profitable patents are in place that keep the supply low and demand high. Prejudice against Lycans has made this policy suggestion unpopular in many areas.
Loup-garoux are granted their powers by a secret initiation ceremony when they join a Lodge. Lodges are powerful organizations, but they are also in competition with each other, trying to recruit notable mages before other Lodges can. This has resulted in younger and younger mages being recruited into Lodges, even ones who are still enrolled in Primaschola. As a result, there’s been a recent trend of reckless behavior from the youngest Lodge members, using their significant powers irresponsibly. This has given rise to the idea that membership in any Lodge must have an age restriction.
Additionally, there are complaints that the decision process to send invitations of Lodge membership is not transparent, and that while Lodges consistently state that membership is decided exclusively on merit, membership roles indicate that the most common factor among inductees is to have family who are Lodge members.