Does the world know about werewolves? If so, is there a stigma?
Yes and very much yes, although the stigma is worse in certain parts of the country.
Are werewolves dangerous?
About two-thirds of them are, to varying degrees. The other third could be dangerous if they wanted to be, but that would be silly.
Can they shift voluntarily?
Are they forced to shift at the full moon? If so, is it a one-night or three-night affair?
Yes; thankfully, it’s only one night a month.
Can anything else force a change?
Does shifting hurt?
I don’t think any of them would say that it’s a fun experience.
Does shifting take a physical toll (before or after it happens)?
Yes. Most werewolves will experience temporary colorblindess for a couple of days before a transformation, and their senses of smell and hearing will be uncomfortably sharp. On the day of transformation, nearly all of them will experience some kind of headache, weakness, shakiness, and maybe some nausea. The day after, they’ll mostly feel sore and exhausted.
Are werewolves able to control their actions once transformed?
One-third can, the other two-thirds can’t. And it’s just down to luck which one you end up being.
Can they remember what happened while they were transformed?
Two-thirds can, one-third can’t.
Are there any treatments available to ease the less savory aspects of being a werewolf?
Yes, there’s a medication, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work.
Where do werewolves go to transform?
In the U.S., this depends on how much control they have and what kinds of laws their state has in place. If they’ve proven that they can stay in control (whether because of the medication or because they’re the lucky few who just can), they can usually hunker down at home. If not, they’ll have to go to a hospital or a special holding facility.
How does someone become a werewolf?
Are werewolves an even 50/50 split, or can only members of one sex become a werewolf?
Are there pack dynamics (alphas and such)?
Not at all, as there isn’t anything inhuman about them aside from that one night a month.
Do “mates” exist in your world? If so, how do they work?
Are werewolves negatively affected by silver?
Do they have enhanced senses of any kind?
They can hear and smell better than most people at all times, and in the days before transformation, that amps up to a kind of sensory overload.
Do they have any other supernatural gifts?
Are they part of a rivalry or alliance with another supernatural species?
Not unless it’s personal to them. Maybe Joe the Werewolf hates pixies or something, I don’t know.
Do they transform into ordinary wolves, larger-than-normal wolves, horror-movie werewolves, or something else?
Mostly ordinary wolves, but they’ve got very sharp teeth, and one-third of them badly wants to kill you.