Luna, the sister to Gaia, gave several gifts to the Garou, including their Rage and their various roles. The phase of the moon under which a Garou is born helps determine what their purpose will be in Garou society.
Born under the new moon, ragabash are tricksters, sneaks and teachers. The ragabash are often considered nothing more than annoyances, but those who ignore them show their lack of wisdom. A ragabash is meant to provoke, to show the flaws of others, as well as to slip through places where they are not meant to go. It is a ragabash's duty to expose what is hidden and to open doors that others wish to keep closed.
Initial Rage: 1
Beginning Gifts: Blur of the Milky Eye, Open Seal, Scent of Running Water.
Born under the crescent moon, the theurges are the mystery-seekers, the spirit-talkers, who deal with spirits and rites. The theurges are connected to the Umbra and its inhabitants, and are steeped in mystical lore. It is a theurge's purpose to take the lead when in the Umbra and to perform rites for the pack.
Initial Rage: 2
Beginning Gifts: Mother's Touch, Sense Wyrm, Spirit Speech
Born under the half moon, philodox are the judges and mediators. They are aware of the dual nature of the Garou, and also see the duality of Gaia's warriors who also must be protectors. They are trained to judge actions and consequences. Philodox often find themselves in positions of leadership, and even if they are not the alphas of their packs they are trusted advisors and counselors.
Initial Rage: 3
Beginning Gifts: Resist Pain, Scent of the True Form, Truth of Gaia
Born under the gibbous moon, the galliards are the voices of the Garou and keepers of lore. The galliards are meant to learn the Litany and the songs, poetry and epics of their people. They weave the actions of their packs into new stories and inspire their fellows to heroism. A galliard attacks life with gusto and never shirking from a good fight or a good party. They are not just poets, but are often bards leading their packmates into battle with a song on their lips.
Initial Rage: 4
Beginning Gifts: Beast Speech, Call of the Wyld, Mindspeak
Born under the full moon, the ahrouns are warriors and heroes. The ahrouns are meant to strike hard at the forces of the Wyrm, and to defend those weaker than they from evil. They often lead their packs when hunting or planning for war. Ahroun are not just mindless warriors always waiting for another fight, but are the ones who will give their lives for a cause if necessary. They seek the glory of victory, even if it means their own deaths, more than the glory of a noble death without victory.
Initial Rage: 5
Beginning Gifts: Falling Touch, Inspiration, Razor Claws