Honour

Affinity: Elodoth and Storm Lords

Werewolves disguise themselves in human or wolf skin, but they cannot hide from what they are. Honour is the measure of a werewolf’s adherence to honesty and the laws of The People. It’s the mark of one who respects their superiors, is generous to their inferiors and is just to their enemies. Honour is the blessing of Luna Divided, the moon that bears light and dark equally. The Elodoth, who walks the half moon’s line, is closest to the demanding path of Honour. Storm Lords uphold Honour as a measure of stature and standing among the Uratha, and they expect it to be respected by others as much as tribe members. Spirits defer to Uratha with great Honour, for they respect a werewolf’s dedication to obey the Oath rather than the dictates of convenience.

The demanding code of Honour is the measure of fairness, honesty and willingness to abide by the laws and one’s own word, all measured by the Elunim. Honour is a matter of ethics, not necessarily of morals — the truly honourable werewolf may have to make difficult choices in order to do the needful thing.

Honourable werewolves should be truthful and fair. The Lunes expect them to keep their word once it is given and to avoid lying. Even the spirits, however, know that one of the touchstones of werewolf existence — keeping that existence hidden from humanity — requires lying and trickery. The Elunim are willing to accept that, but they bestow their favour on werewolves who are able to keep themselves from falling into in situations in which they have to make that sort of choice. In some measure, honourable behaviour is also a matter of perception and comprehension. An honourable werewolf must come to understand dishonour. They must learn that not everything presented is true, and what’s more, they must learn why dishonour is wrong. The Storm Lords stress Honour in their dealings with other werewolves and can be very stiff-necked where slights to their own Honour are concerned.

Base Expectations:

The Half Moon Choir expects honesty from the Forsaken. This includes admission of guilt (or at least admission of action, whether or not the werewolf in question believes he did anything wrong), telling the truth if the Uratha knows it and doing all within the werewolf’s power to ensure that the proper acts are rewarded and punished. These spirits also expect the Forsaken to perform the functions to which they have agreed. It’s honourable to recognize a totem’s ban or to negotiate with a spirit rather than binding, compelling or destroying it.

Feats of Honour:

Adjudicating a fair challenge between other werewolves; performing one’s duties to the pack and totem in the face of extreme adversity; participating in a just challenge; uncovering taint or injustice; striking a diplomatic truce with a potent rival spirit; any monumental feat of justice, truth or fairness.

Honour

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