Werewolf: the Forsaken tells good stories about keeping territory. As self-proclaimed stewards of both the Spirit and the Material worlds, the Forsaken werewolves find themselves hunted as often as they are the hunters.
Stray Dogs is Werewolf: the Forsaken set in Metro Manila. While werewolves here are not a cultural icon as much as it is a hollywood monster, I think that there’s a way to make room for them here. We just have to get creative.
“Askal” is Filipino slang for “Asong Kalye” which translates to street dog. I’m thinking of a chronicle around a pack of Forsaken fighting to defend the territories of Metro Manila from threats from the Spirit Realm and the mortal world, from petty street crime to fighting a full swarm of the Host.
This will be a gritty urban fantasy dealing with the fact that the Pack won’t be able to hold down cushy white-collar jobs. They’re drifters that navigate the labyrinthine slums and dark alleys of the roach-infested underside of a Third World urban sprawl. Animism is still very strong in the Philippines and possession, spirits and all sorts of nastier denizens of the Shadow will find some very nice places to nest in.