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The laws of the People are ancient. Their traditions vary from tribe to tribe, but all Garou must remember and hold to the central code of law called the Litany. In its full form, it is as much an epic poem as a legal code. Chanting it in its entirety can take hours. Four times a year, the werewolves of the Fianna tribe gather in their tribal homelands to recite it in its entirety.
While it takes the greatest scholars to master the entirety of the Litany, most werewolves learn it in the form of 13 basic precepts. Each precept has a practical basis, but not all of them are universally upheld as unquestionably moral. Each tribe has its own views on right and wrong. In fact, many perceive a hypocritical gap between what Garou elders preach and what werewolves actually do. Masters of Garou law can cite dozens of examples of precedent, but as fewer cubs learn to chant the details, more argue ways to bend the rules in their favor.
The tenets are as follows:
- Garou Shall Not Mate With Garou (see Metis entry)
- Combat the Wyrm Wherever it Dwells and Whenever it Breeds
- Respect the Territory of Another
- Accept an Honorable Surrender
- Submission to Those of Higher Station
- Respect Those of Lower Station, for all are of Gaia.
- The First Share of the Kill for Greatest in Station
- Ye Shall Not Eat the Flesh of Humans
- The Veil Shall Not Be Lifted
- Do Not Suffer Thy People to Tend Thy Sickness
- The Leader May Be Challenged At Any Time During Peace
- The Leader May Not Be Challenged During Wartime
- Ye Shall Take No Action That Causes a Caern to Be Violated
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 50-52, 69