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The Protectorate

The Protectors of the New Orleans Protectorate (a symbol, itself, of how direct and straightforward the werewolves of 1812 in New Orleans were in their naming of their ruling pack) make up a pack which represents, to the Shadow Accords, the needs of the wolves of New Orleans. The pack has a broad web of wolfblood and human members, as well as at least one vampire and beast member at all times. Membership in this pack does not function as it does in most - there can only ever be five members, one from each Auspice.

New members aren’t chosen by the pack - a prospective new Protector challenges for the position. The sitting member chooses a challenge appropriate to the Auspice, and if the challenger can win, the currently-sitting member is ejected from the pack and the newly-inducted member takes his place. This makes for a pack whose bond is more pragmatic than emotional; their only truly shared bond is their desire to do what they think is best for the city.

It represents a sacrifice to join the Protectors - giving up a normal place in a normal pack, claiming and fighting for territory (the pack is too busy with city politics to do more than patrol a tiny slice of City Park they call their own around a single Locus).

Formed around the turn of the 19th century to investigate and prevent the disappearances of werewolves across the city, the Protectorate began with the goal of wiping out the vampire Triumvirate, who it was believed had been kidnapping and feeding on werewolves. It was through the intervention of Maria Tarrasconi, the Apex of New Orleans, that full-scale bloodshed was avoided - the Protectorate was diverted from vengeance to help avert a third Great Fire by slaying a very literal dragon. For their help, Tarrasconi served as an intermediary to help start talks with the Vampires - which, without any admission of guilt, resulted in the mysterious re-appearance of several missing werewolves.

Eventually those talks would turn into the Shadow Accords, which required the presence of the Protectorate in perpetuity - what was meant as a temporary measure for vengeance turned into a lasting institution for peace.

The Protectors

Michael Chiklis as Oliver Watson: A Rahu Iron Master, Oliver Watson considers it his duty not only to police the humans of New Orleans - but to protect them as well. They are his prey, and like a wolf keeping other predators from his hunting grounds, he takes it personally when the other creatures who dwell in the dark egregiously or cruelly harm the Herd.

Jessica Lange as Carolyn Holmes: A Cahalith Hunter in Darkness, Carolyn Holmes is the history-keeper and lore-speaker of New Orleans. She keeps records dating back to before the city was founded, and some say that her knowledge of the mystical past and sacred places of the bayou outstrips even Erica Hartford, the mad occult scientist of the vampire Triumvirate. She’s not a bad singer, either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezhwsyf5qhQ

Chloe Sevigny as Laverne Newman: A Storm Lord Elodoth, Laverne Newman’s role in the pack is to hold the center. The Protectors have never been a pack of choice - five strong, driven, dedicated Uratha who don’t necessarily like one another are forced to work together with the most intimate of bonds, and it’s Newman who is required to keep them focused, keep them working on a common goal, and find compromise. Is it any wonder she’s got no patience for anything other than excellence in the rest of the Protectorate? Newman serves as the counselor and therapist to the pack, but to the rest of the wolves of the city, she’s the stern, sharp-tongued mentor who brooks no failure nor back-talk.

Naomi Grossman as Margarita “Margie” Manning: An Ithaeur Bone Shadow, Margie Manning is the pack’s spiritual guru. If it’s made of ephemera, she’s the expert: spirits, ghosts, some even say she’s made deals with angels and demons and the unbound souls of vampires who have lost their flesh. Her demeanor is quiet, reserved, harmless...until she’s in her element, performing a Rite or in the Shadow, at which time something decidedly more sinister shows beneath.

Evan Peters as Felix Parker: A Blood Talon Irraka, Felix Parker is the pack’s “problem solver”. He’s the one that always seems to have the right tool for the right job. Need a weapon made of tungsten? Parker’s got one. Depleted uranium rounds? Four boxes. Chainsaws, flamethrowers, goddamn grenade launchers - Parker’s been seen using each at some point. When the Protectorate has decided that for the good of the city, a wolf needs to die...it isn’t Watson who leads the hunt. It’s Parker. There’s talk that his use of silver has him dangerously unbalanced, and that he’s gone half-mad as a result.

Jo Moran: Unbound Gangrel who calls herself a Dead Wolf - a Wolfblood who chose the Embrace when the First Change never came.

Randal Lloyd: An Anakim who hungers for Prey. His Horror takes the form of an enormous, implacable wolf, appropriately.

Protectorate Law

Protectorate Law is not the same as Praxis Law - these laws exist, and they can be enforced, but most of them are left to the Packs to investigate among themselves. Whereas in the vampire world the Triumvirate rules with an iron fist, the Protectors are more like cat herders - representing the disparate and sometimes warring packs, trying to keep them loosely together, but under no illusion they have the kind of direct control the Triumvirate does.

  • The People Do Not Murder The People: Like many of the laws in the New Orleans Protectorate, this is a direct quote from the Oath of the Moon. Many of the laws based on the Oath are left to be enforced by the Packs except in extreme circumstances; this one is more often a target of Protectorate investigation. If a werewolf murders another wolf, it’s often a good way to get on Felix Parker’s shit list - the Blood Talon considers who lives and who dies to be under the auspice of his Tribe. That said, many times an unliked, mad, or unlucky wolf disappears and no one cares. The strong survive, the weak perish, and in the end, it’s for the Lunes to sort out. That said, the Pure have never, in two hundred years, signed onto the Shadow Accords...and very few argue against their murder.
  • The Low Honor The High, The High Respect The Low: This law is more of a guideline - very few get their throat ripped out for calling a Protector by their first name instead of, for example, “Protector Manning”. But in some packs, refusing to show your throat to your alpha gets you a beating. It’s usually only in extreme cases when anyone but the Lunes take notice of this law.
  • Respect Your Prey: This law is one which the Protectorate finds itself worrying about more often than one often expects. In a world where spirits can sign onto the Shadow Accords (usually by becoming servants of the Council of Wardens independently, or automatically by associating with packs of werewolves as Totems), the hunt must be careful not to violate the Accords - and not to anger spirits enough that they bind themselves to the Accords and lose independence rather than face the cruelty of the Uratha - thinning the herd dangerously and preventing the Uratha from performing their duties.
  • Do Not Eat The Flesh Of Man Or Wolf: The greatest temptation of a wolf: to devour the sweetest of meats not just for sustenance, but for Essence...and nonetheless the clearest of the Laws of Luna. Very few packs will tolerate a cannibal, and if it’s known widely...well. Oathbreakers disappear all the time.
  • The Herd Must Not Know: This is a complicated law in New Orleans. Mortals sign onto the Shadow Accords, and know of the existence - and sometimes even intimate details - of the Uratha without joining werewolf packs. To argue for why this is allowed, the Protectors justification has been that no normal human can survive in the shadows long enough to sign the Accords while still being truly Herd. That said, the breaking of this law among the general populace is still seen as a grave threat not just to the Oathbreaker, but to the People as a whole - and treated as such.
  • The Uratha Shall Cleave To The Human: There’s little to say about this law - it is left to each pack to interpret and “enforce” as they see necessary...but for the most part, most wolves see this more as permission than a mandate; Luna reminds them that keeping people around keeps you sane, and so they do.
  • The Shadow Accords Shall Not Be Violated: Simple enough - to violate the Shadow Accords is to risk anarchy and violence again. No one (or almost no one) wants to return to the days where war was the only option.
  • The Protectors Shall Be Maintained: Pack members die. Whole packs die. There must always be a pack to represent the Protectorate to the Shadow Accords - and this law mandates its existence. When a pack member dies, those who wish to take their place declare themselves as candidates, and any who wishes to contest challenges - when only one candidate remains undefeated for twenty-eight days, that candidate is officially accepted. If no candidates step forward, one is chosen by the pack - and, in the extreme circumstance that all Uratha are killed and no candidates step forward? The wolfblooded members of the pack can, temporarily, represent the Uratha to the Shadow Accords until they can be replaced.

Protectorate Relations

Vampires: Even though vampires run with werewolf packs, even though a vampire is a member of the Protectors, even though a werewolf sits on the Primogen Council, many in the Protectorate will never forget the reason the Shadow Accords exists in the first place. While the Triumvirate maintains their innocence, the Protectors of the early 19th century were ready to go to war over the presumption that the most powerful vampires in the city were feeding on the city’s wolves to keep from having to devour their own kin. Still, that was two hundred years ago, and for just as many wolves, vampires are just another sort of hunter - and the sort that bring powers werewolves just can’t match when it comes to infiltration and manipulation to the table - which leads many packs to wonder just how much more territory they could control, how much more powerful they could be, with a vampire or two in the mix.

The Triumvirate: Many wolves couldn’t name the members of the Triumvirate, knowing them only as a collective. Others know more about the history between wolves and the three most powerful vampires in the city, and see them as boogeymen - don’t violate the Shadow Accords, or the Triumvirate will devour your blood and your Essence.

Beasts: These odd beasts - monsters out of nightmare - are seen in different ways by different wolves. Some see a beast and see a kindred spirit - a fellow hunter. Others hear of how a Horror devours the human soul of the beast...and see only “Claimed”. Regardless, to hunt a beast is to violate the Shadow Accords, something very few wolves are willing to do. To have one in one’s pack brings many benefits - Gifts are stronger with a beast around, and they must feed less if they take part in or witness the Siskur Dah. Not to mention...it’s never bad to have a dragon on your side.

The Apex: Maria Tarrasconi sees the wolves of New Orleans as her children, same as she sees all supernatural creatures. The wolves of New Orleans don’t usually like being patronized, but it’s hard to speak out against a being as old and powerful as Tarrasconi. Her part in beginning the Shadow Accords is seen alternately as saving werewolves from war and saving vampires - even though many see that it likely did both, it’s hard to separate the old prejudices and bitterness from the act.