|| You mentioned on IRC that Kurt the Wendigo can feel affection? What sort of creature would he feel affection toward? Given that affection is a rather "non-demonic" emotion (though ones certain of my demons occasionally experience as well), are there other such emotions he might experience from time to time?|
Kurt goes through all the emotions. He’s not an arratu, he is simply cursed because of one. He used to be human. Him and about 17 others who went out to hunt the demons. But alas, one of those demons had connections to a witch.
He had her turn the hunters into Wendigo.
The Wendigo are large beasts that closely resemble the Fu and are often mistaken as such. This being perfect for the Arratu, because then normal humans would turn on the Fu.
The Wendigo go through periods of feeding called the “Kill Zone”. The Kill Zone happens before and after a full moon. This is because the magical properties of the moon are more powerful than the witch’s curse, and thus during the full moon, they are able to return to their human forms. In order to do this, however, they need the energy. Otherwise transforming without proper health can cause serious deformations in human form until they restore themselves.
Prior to the full moon, they must feed. They’ll feed on anything they can get their claws on that has meat and other things good for consumption, making them Carnivores with omnivore inclinations. Often times, sadly, in the craze, a human gets onto the menu. This has happened many times.
Beast to Human is not as bad, as it’s the first part. One sheds the monster-like fur as a giant pelt. For the most part. Sometimes the feet come separate. Most pelt sheds tear at the stomach, and up the throat. The beast-like teeth shed to make room for human teeth.
Claws fall away to let the fingers form. The rest is lots of loss of bodily fluids in order to shrink in mass. After the process is over, one can be weak and extremely hungry. Prior to this, the Wendigo would have devoured as much as it could so that it would be able to handle the transformation.
The transformation itself is an interesting process that can last anywhere from 3 to 60 minutes, depending on the age of the Wendigo/experience.
Essentially, the human skin is shed. Peeled off, ripped and torn away. human teeth fall away to let room for new, more useful tearing incisors and such, as well as the last bone on each digit to make room for claws. Tails are grown, and fur produces until the beast has gained mass enough for the transformation to be complete, and even then, it’s not enough. Going from a normal human size to between 7 and 8 feet tall is still a lot to happen.
The second part of the Kill Zone; Human to Beast… is the more severe version, as you need to gain enough food to support gaining in mass. This means eating until one’s strength returns, which is a formidable amount, having the hunger of a large cow.
In conclusion, needing to eat so many things (and raw, most times) when those things often become humans, yes you become a bit desensitized, unless you are strong willed and hang on to your values…. Kurt is one of those seemingly lost souls. But he still feels.
His only affections would go towards his best friend Asher. She was the wife of his late best friend, Breum. Whom the humans killed out of revenge for a few shepherd boys.
Otherwise he’s a prudish man who tries to live alone and in peace, away from others where he can write books on biology, and sell his furry pelts for cash.