Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are fascinating creatures of the night.
Throughout centuries, werewolves are depicted as monstrous beasts. Legends. Even stories reveal their thirst for blood and sinister aura.
Little Red Riding Hood, for example?
Myths and folklore have a knack for twisting the truth. Much older accounts during the time of Gilgamesh tell of the earliest Werewolf appearance.
But as far as modern society goes, Werewolves have discovered how to blend in with society.
This begs the question, Do Werewolves Age? And if they do, how long?
Are Werewolves Immortal?
Let me stop you right there and separate fiction from fact.
Werewolves are not immortal. As powerful creatures as they are, Werewolves have a limited life span.
Many movies portray the strength, agility, and abilities of a Werewolf. If you notice, most of these movies use Gothic elements to emphasize how far back Werewolves existed.
The timeline is unclear, but one thing’s for certain. Werewolves live 10x longer than the average human does.
So if they’re not immortal, how long do they live? We’ll get to that in just a moment. But first…
Werewolves vs. Vampires
Howling creatures of the night vs. the undead. They seem to have lived during the same era. Both of which also only reveal themselves at night.
So are these two creatures similar or are they widely different?
In many ways, they are different. As far as rivalry goes, this truth has never been put fully to rest. It’s still unclear why werewolves and vampires clash often.
Some scriptures revealed vampires and werewolves used to work together. Werewolves would act as their bodyguards and both lived in harmony.
Some say petty fights led one thing to another, which then spurred a clan war. Others believe that because vampires are afraid of sunlight, while werewolves of moonlight, this caused the rivalry.
The Fur vs. Fang topic is a much-debated trivia and could also be the result of pure pulp fiction. Whatever the case, a striking difference between the two is how werewolves feed on raw meat. Vampires, on the other hand, feed on human blood.
Their skin is also obviously far apart from one another. In terms of strength, some would say werewolves are stronger. But really, this can go as deep as depending on the type of species.
What is fascinating most of all is, vampires are immortal while werewolves are not. Vampires can live up for a millennium and look the same as the day they turned into one.
How Long Do Werewolves Live?
The best answer to this question is that werewolves can live from 1,700 years to 2,100 years. That’s definitely a long time to stay alive.
It may not come close to the effect of being immortal, but it’s far from feeling like having no regrets. Or does it?
Unlike vampires, werewolves aren’t dead. They’re part man, part animal. And although they are top predators in the food chain, they can easily die.
Gunshot wounds, blade slashes, and even deep cuts can easily harm a Werewolf. Regardless of the form. Silver bullets are the magic bullets or kryptonite of a Werewolf.
You don’t need a wooden stake. Fresh garlic, or a cross to kill one. You just need a simple lock-load and pull the trigger type of armory.
Although I must say, it’s incredibly difficult to kill a Werewolf. Their strength is unmatched and their speed, also faster than you can blink.
Werewolves also have heightened senses. In particular, smelling their prey from hundreds of miles is easy to do.
So where does their vitality come from? Stay tuned, because you’re about to find out.
The Aging Process of a Werewolf
The most distinctive trait of a Werewolf is their shape-shifting ability. As far as legend goes, the more often Werewolves stay in their wolf form, the longer they live.
As long as they stay in their wolf form, they do not age. In contrast to vampires, werewolves can look older over time. From teenage to adult and senior years, it’s possible. While vampires stay the same with their flawless youthful skin, werewolves can grow wrinkles and even grey hair.
This is because werewolves aren’t undead creatures. They’re very much alive and can turn back to human form as well.
So when you think about it, werewolves age the same as humans except 10x slower.
For the most part, humans born as werewolves will show physical symptoms of aging the most up to the age of 20. Once they hit adulthood, the aging process slows down significantly.
How Does One Become A Werewolf?
Some are born as a werewolf. When both parents or at least one parent is a werewolf, the bloodline continues through their children.
Rituals can also be performed with a unique set of ingredients such as foxglove, opium, wolfsbane, and bat’s blood. The last and most painful is through a werewolf bite. Most bites carry venom within them, but they can also be a catalyst for becoming one.
A werewolf bite is a double-edged sword actually. Not all are fit or strong enough to handle the venom. But for those that can, this can be both a blessing and a curse.
Turning into a werewolf is gruesome and painful. Bones snap, your spine retracts, and every other bone in your body dislocates to take on a new form.
A werewolf transformation can also be bloody. Like skin peeling itself outward to reveal the wolf-like characteristics.
What Triggers The Transformation Process?
The closest and most accurate explanation is due to the full moon. The moon creates madness in people. This madness is also the aggression and temper you see that every werewolf has innately.
This lunar effect or ‘lunacy’ is the connection and bridge between a human and their werewolf transformation.
Other werewolves develop the ability to control the transformation even under a full moonlight. These types of werewolves are either a rare breed or simply have better control than the others.
Aside from the moon acting as the trigger, the second most common trigger is temper. Werewolves are impulsive and short-tempered creatures. You can easily anger them with a simple insult and you’ll start to see their nails turn into claws.
What’s even more fascinating is how other species can choose which werewolf characteristics they’d like to reveal. Maybe just the claws, for example, or the hair. Although I see no reason for the hair being a threat.
Either way, this can vary differently for every species and how long a werewolf lives too. Perhaps, the longer a werewolf lives, they also become better at controlling themselves.
Abilities of a Werewolf
Superhuman strength – Werewolves are powerful creatures and can lift up to 150 tons of mass. Their strength enhances even more when they’re enraged.
Superhuman speed – Faster than cars is an understatement. They’re not lightning speed quick, but their agility can easily make them sprint a hundred miles in less than an hour. At full speed, you wouldn’t be able to see one move past you.
Enhanced Stamina – For most humans, fatigue can easily hit you after a few minutes of blasted cardio. For werewolves, it would take several hours before fatigue hits them.
Heightened Senses – Along with a heightened sense of smell, they have acute senses of sight and hearing. These heightened abilities allow them to see even in total darkness.
Healing Abilities – One of the most prominent werewolf abilities. It’s also the reason most people think werewolves are immortal. Bullet wounds, stab wounds, and even burns heal faster for werewolves. Compared to humans, werewolves heal 10x faster.
The rate of healing werewolves have is why they can live for so long. Damaged organs and broken bones easily heal themselves so it’s as if their body is in a constant state of regeneration.
This regenerative rate; however, isn’t strong enough to keep their bodies alive forever. At some point, the healing factor declines and becomes slower as they get older.
Can Werewolves Be Cured?
Because lycanthropy was at first seen as a curse, administering a cure through medicinal or surgical ways was thought to be possible. This process; however, was brutal and ended up killing the werewolves in the process.
The folklore that dates back thousands of years reveals a more “natural” way of curing a werewolf. Although natural, it’s still brutal and only applies to werewolves who were turned by another werewolf.
During a solar eclipse, the werewolf must kill whoever turned him/her and eat their heart before the eclipse passes. This won’t fully eradicate the werewolf part.
The person will still have aggressive tendencies and above human strength. For the most part, the transformation will be gone or latent.
Do Werewolves Get Stronger As They Age?
Werewolves are at their strongest during their peak age. If the average lifespan of a werewolf is around 2,000 years, then somewhere in the middle would be their strongest.
As young werewolves, their strength should also be at a considerably higher level. Even as werewolves age and get older, their strength doesn’t decline. In fact, some would say their strength would even increase.
Do Werewolves Die of Old Age?
It’s most likely possible, but also this isn’t as accurate to say. If you take a werewolf’s healing factor into account, their heart wouldn’t get any weaker either. Including all their essential organs, they’d still be as healthy as day 1.
Because werewolves also carry the same weaknesses as humans, it’s only fitting old age to be the cause of death. This remains a mystery to the anatomy of werewolves.
They might reach a certain age where their healing factor may not be able to sustain their life anymore. It’s also possible for the healing to stop at a certain age. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember werewolves aren’t immortal beings.