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  • Monster BurnerCHAPTER 1: The Way ofthe Great Wolf

    by Luke Crane

    theBurning Wheel

    BETA 3.26.03

  • ContentsBlood-of-Fires Story ...................................................................4Great Wolf Lifepaths ..................................................................6

    Wild Pack Setting ..............................................................................6Slave to the Legion Setting ................................................................6Outcast Wolf Sub-Setting ...................................................................8Captive Sub-Setting ...........................................................................8Spirit Hunter Sub-Setting ..................................................................8Ghost of the Deeping Wood Sub-Setting ............................................8Starting Stat Points for Wolves by Age ..............................................8

    The Way of the Great Wolf ....................................................10Wolf Life .........................................................................................10

    Wolf Packs ....................................................................................10Pups .............................................................................................11

    Choosing Lifepaths ..........................................................................11Choosing Skills ................................................................................11Common Traits ................................................................................12Special Wolf Traits ...........................................................................13Lifepath Traits .................................................................................14The Great Divide .............................................................................18Spirit-Hunters .................................................................................19

    Ancestral Taint .............................................................................20Earning Spirit Ears and Spirit Nose Traits ....................................21

    Spirit-Hunter Songs .........................................................................21Ghosts of the Deeping Wood ............................................................23

    Dire Haunts .................................................................................23New Dire Haunt Spells ....................................................................24

    Fell Ancients .................................................................................25Wolf Skills .......................................................................................25Resources: Wolf Pups and Packs ......................................................32

    Pack Mates ...................................................................................32Wolf Friends .................................................................................33Territory .......................................................................................33Reputation ....................................................................................33Wolf Contacts ...............................................................................34

    Wolf Tactics .....................................................................................34Locking Bite .................................................................................35Charging on Four Legs .................................................................35

    Designers Notes ........................................................................35Wolf Paces Moved per Volley (ppv) .................................................36Wolf Paces Moved per Exchange (ppe) ............................................37

    Credit DueWolves Concept and Design

    Luke Crane

    Tough Love, Hard Feedback and EditingPete Tierney and Chris Allingham

    Barking, Biting and PlaytestingDrozdal, Chris and Bob

    Folios, Section Headers and GraphicsThe Inimitable Dan Licht

    IllustrationsDan Licht [ ], Kev Sather [ ]

    Visit Us and Join in the Fun:www.burningwheel.org

    Contact:abzu@burningwheel.org

    03.03N Y C

    2003 Luke Crane. Burning Wheel is a Registered Trademark () of Luke Crane.

    [ ] Illustrations 2002 Dan Licht; [ ] Illustrations 2002 Kev Sather

    DEDICATED TO ED THORPMy Great Ancient and Grandfather Wolf

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    Blood-of-Fires StoryWhat good was she if she could not birth a pup who would strengthen the pack? Blood-of-Fires mother, the Dominant of the Rock-Otter pack, was challenged as soon as it wasdiscovered that the young yearling was missing. It was Breather-of-Clouds who rose upagainst her and cast from her position. With her pup gone, Splay-tooths will was broken.She submitted to Breathers dominance with a head bowed, but she never forgot her sonsbetrayal.

    Blood-of-Fire stole back into the Rock-Otter territory nearly two years later. He cameto tell his mother of the secrets he had learned from the Spirit-Hunterscame to tellher of the Way of the First Hunter. She would be proud, he thought. But when heapproached she shunned him and growled. In a hissing voice she told him how she wascast down when he left. He was the only pup she bore that season and his departure wasa great blow to the pack. Breather-of-Clouds was Dominant now, the bitch had evendriven off Bloods father, Otter-Hunter. At first Breather meant to take him as a mate,but he could not tolerate her constant harping and taunting about his last son. One nighthe left the pack, taking to the hills and trailsa lonely wanderer.

    Splay-tooth related the whole story to her wayward son, whining and berating himfor leaving her in such a state. She called him a young fool, Selfish and forgetfuladventuring and cavorting about the forest while his family is cast down and troddenupon!

    There was nothing he could say. His mother was the last wolf of the pack now. Andnothing he could do would change that. Even if he challenged Breather of Clouds and hermate the pack would never accept him as one of their own. Crestfallen and shamed heleft his debased mother and retreated to the deep glens that Frostbane and the rest ofhis new pack haunted.

    As he walked the long miles he recalled the beginning of his solitary journey. One summernight he woke suddenly from sleeproused by the call of a distant wolf. It was a savageand brutal calla stark warning. Compelled, he quietly slipped out of the pack and triedto find the source. Weeks passed and he was lost; months passed and it was winter.Shivering he stumbled and fell into a snow bank, certain that he would die there, but aninsistent pain in burrowed through the warm shell of death and brought him back tothe cold light. A pitch-black raven sat on his shoulder and pecked at his skull. The ravencroaked, This way and took flight. The mercurial bird lead him down a winding pathinto a deep shadowed vale.

    Blood-of-Fire scented blood on the wind. Cresting a ridge and parting a dry thicket helooked down into the bowl of the valley and saw two massive silver wolves gravely perchedover the bodies of two other great wolves. Gore and entrails adorned the valley floor,but the wolves refrained from eating.

    The raven alighted in the clearing and began to peck at the eyes of one of the carcasses.The silver wolves paid him no mind, instead the elder turned to Blood-of-Fire, Comeyoung one, present yourself to us. Beckoned by the deep growls, the lost wolf descendedinto the clearing, head held low and tail dragging. As he approached, he caught scent ofone of the bodies and realized that this dead wolf at his feet was of the same pack asthe two survivors. Whats more, the dead silver wolf was not killed by the jaws of ananimal, rather he was struck in the skull by an unlikely falling branchhis brains laydashed in the snow.

    The elder wolf came forward and drank deeply of Bloods scent. If you can follow, Ishall tell you a story such as you wont believe. The feeding raven looked up from theragged corpse and seemed to nod at Blood. His heart raced, uncertainty tugged at hislimbs. Who were these wolves? Were they the fabled Dire Haunts his mother had warnedhim about? Should he flee? They certainly were not of a packthe Dominant did noteven ask for Bloods submission. Were these the wolves whose bark he heard on thatbewitched night so many months ago? The elder did not wait for an answer, he and hiscompanion abruptly turned and fled into the rocks and snow. Without another thoughtor regret, Blood-of-Fire dashed after them, eager to hear their tale.

    Blood-of-Fire

    Wild Wolf Spirit Chaser

    Age: 4 yrs

    Perception: B4 (B6), Will: B4, Agility: B4, Speed: B6, Power: B4, Forte: B5

    Reflexes: B5, Health: B5, Mortal Wound: B10, Steel: B5

    Skills: Wolf-Speak B2, Pack Etiquette B2, Territory-wise B2, Brawling B5, StealthyB5, Tracking B5, Primal Bark B3, The Way of the First Hunter B3

    Traits: Wanderlust, Chosen One, Raven Friend, Rash

    Resources: Raven, Pitch

    Contacts: Frostbane (Spirit-Chaser), Splay-tooth (Mother, Antipathic Last Wolf)

    Instincts: Always Stealth. Assess for the Odor of Spirits and Stink of Ancient.Avoid hooves.

    Beliefs: Chosen to serve; destined to join the first hunter, Great Grandfather.Fell Ancients corrupt the Wood with their presence. Badgers are tastier than you think.

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    Great Wolf LifepathsWild Pack SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Born to the Pack 1 yr 2 Captive 2 pts: General; 1pt: Wolf-Speak

    Yearling1 1 yr 1 3 +1 P Captive 8 pts: Pack Etiquette, Stealthy, Hunting, Tracking, Foraging,Brawling, Howling

    Hunter 1 yr 1 3 +1 P Captive, Outcast 7 pts: Hunting, Hoof-wise, Intimidation, Brawling, Begging,Scent-wise, Submissive*

    Dominant2 1 yr 1 6 +1 M, P Captive, Outcast 5 pts: Intimidation, Command, (Nursing), Brawling, Dominant*

    Aunt 1/2 yr 1 3 +1 M/P Captive, Outcast 4 pts: Nursing, Pup-wise, Scavenging, Begging, Submissive*

    Uncle 1/2 yr 1 3 +1 M/P Captive, Outcast 4 pts: Rearing, Pup-wise, Scavenging, Begging, Submissive*

    Elder3 2 yr 1 3 +1 M Outcast 7 pts: Begging, Man-wise, Orc-wise, Elf-wise, Forest-wise,Man-speak, Orc-speak, Elf-speak, Submissive*

    Last Wolf4 1/2 yr 2 2 +1 M Captive, Outcast 2 pts: Begging, Pack-Etiquette, Submissive*, Stained*

    Slave to the Legion SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Born to the Legion 1 yr 1 Captive 2 pts: General; 2pts: Wolf-Speak, Howling, Vile Language*,

    Demented*

    Caged and Beaten 1/2 yr 2 1 Captive 3 pts: Pack Etiquette, Begging, Cage-wise, Submissive*,Tasting the Lash*, Deranged*

    Shadow-Chaser 1 yr 1 2 +1 P 8 pts: Stealthy, Tracking, Trail-wise, Orc-wise, Scavenging,Intimidation, Rider Training, Begging, Submissive*,Tasting the Lash*

    Wayward1 1/2 yr 1 2 +1 M Outcast 6 pts: Hunting, Foraging, Brawling, Stealthy, Howling, Escape Artist

    Bitch2 1 yr 1 4 5 pts: Nursing, Rearing, Pup-wise, Scavenging, Begging, Submissive*

    Howling Beast3 1 yr 1 +1 P 7 pts: Rider Training, Mounted Combat, Savage Attack,Intimidation, Howl of Doom*

    Black Destroyer4 2 yrs 2 +1 M, P 4 pts: Intense Hatred*, Great Cunning*, Fearless*, Cold-Blooded,*Brutal*, Dominant*, Submissive*, Rider Training, MountedCombat, Savage Attack

    Ebon Tyrant5 2 yrs 1 6 +1 M, P 5 pts: Conspicuous, Command, Skirmish Tactics, Dominant*

    Dark Friend6 3 yrs 1 4 +1 M Outcast 5 pts: Obedient*, Loyal*, Fearless*, Stealthy, Tracking, Brawling,Rituals-wise, Poisons-wise

    Wild Pack Notes1: Wolves taking thislifepath must be1 yr old.2: Dominant requiresYearling, Aunt, Uncleor Last Wolf.Dominant Wolves arethe pack leaders.They may be male orfemale. FemaleDominants of 3 yearsor older may take theNursing skill, malesmay not take thisskill at all.3: Wolves taking thislifepath must be 7 yrsor older.4: Any wolf from anyother setting must takeLast Wolf to enter theWild Pack setting.

    Legion Notes:1: Wayward requiresShadow-Chaser2: Bitches must be atleast 3 yrs old tobear pups3: Howling Beastrequires Shadow-Chaser4: Black Destroyerrequires Howling Beastor Ebon Tyrant5: Tyrant requiresShadow Chaser orBlack Destroyer6: Dark Friendrequires Cagedand Beaten

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    L i f e p a t h s

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    Outcast Wolf Sub-SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Lone Wolf 1 1 yr 1 3 +1 M Captive, Wild Pack, Spirit Hunter, Ghost 4 pts: Wanderlust*, Territory-wise, Pack-wise, Scavenging

    Scavenger 2 1 yr 1 3 Legion, Wild Pack, Captive 5 pts: Scavenger*, Scent-wise, Village-wise, Dog-wise, Scavenging

    Captive Sub-SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Captured and Broken 1/2 yr 1 3 Legion, Outcast 3 pts: Submissive*, Broken*, Begging, Cage-wise, Man-wise, Man-speak

    Spirit Hunter Sub-SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Spirit-Chaser 1 1 yr 1 3 +1 P Outcast, Captive 5 pts: Primal Bark, Hunting, The Way of the First Hunter

    Spirit-Howler 2 1 yr 1 4 +1 M/P 3 pts: Ancestral Taint*, Spirit Ears*, Ancestral Jaw

    Spirit-Hunter 3 2 yrs 1 6 +1 M, P Ghost of the Deeping Wood 3 pts: Spirit Nose*, Grandfathers Song

    Ghost of the Deeping Wood Sub-SettingName Time Trait Res Stat Leads Skill Wandering Lost1 1/2 yr 1 +1 M Spirit Hunter, Outcast 2 pts: Nature of All Things

    Dire Haunt2 1 yr 2 20 +1 M, P 3 pts: Tongue of the Ancient One

    Ancient Journeyer3 1/2 yr 1 +1 M Spirit Hunter, Outcast 2 pts: Old World-wise

    Fell Ancient4 2 yrs 2 15 +1 M, P 3 pts: Ancient Ways, Reclusive*, Calmly Paranoid*, Odor of Spirits*

    Ghost of the Wood5 2 yrs 1 10 +2 M 6 pts: Wolf-wise, Spirit-Hunter-wise, Legion-wise, Path-wise, River-wise,Pack-wise, Preternaturally Calm*, Watchful*, Piercing Gaze*,Stink of the Ancient*; 1 pt General.

    Starting Stat Points for Wolves by Age

    Starting Age Mental Pool Physical Pool1 year 6 pts 12 pts2-3 years 7 pts 16 pts4-5 years 7 pts 17 pts6-7 years 7 pts 16 pts8-9 years 6 pts 14 pts10-11 years 6 pts 12 pts12-15 years 5 pts 10 pts

    Outcast Notes1: Lone Wolf requiresYearling, Last Wolf,Captured, WanderingLost, AncientJourneyer, Waywardor Dark Friend.2: Scavenger requiresLone Wolf, Capturedand Broken orCaptured or Beaten.

    Spirit Hunter Notes1: Spirit-Chaserrequires Lone Wolfand the Chosen Trait.2: Spirit-Howlerrequires Spirit-Chaser3: Spirit-Hunterrequires Spirit-Howler

    Ghost Notes:1: Wandering Lostrequires Last Wolfand Lone Wolf2: Dire Haunt requiresWandering Lost3: Ancient Journeyerrequires Last Wolfand Lone Wolf4: Fell Ancient requiresAncient Journeyer5: Ghost of the Woodrequires Dire Hauntand Fell Ancient

    Indicates that this is aWolf-Song and costs2 skill points toopen up.

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    Submitting to the will of the Dominants is a trait that other wolves learn throughexperience. To attribute human pride to this behavior is to misunderstand.

    This is never seen as debasement in the packs eyes, but a necessary and naturalthing. Submission is necessary to survive.

    Below the Dominants, the pack consists of second-tier wolves who help withthe hunt for prey and raise the pups. Larger packs will also have a last wolf,an unf...

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