As I count down to Jan. 26, and my release of Pride Mates, I give you a peek into the world of Shifters:
A Human's Guide to Shifters
Shifters: Shape shifters of all species, mostly predatory: Most commonly Feline and Lupine. The Fae bred Shifters millennia ago from the best of each species to be hunters and fighters for the Fae. Shifters rebelled during the human Middle Ages, fought the Shifter/Fae war, and thereafter lived independently of the Fae.
Fae: Sometime called the Sidhe or Fair Folk, they retreated to the Faery Realm after the Shifter/Fae war, which may be entered through stone circles after certain rituals are performed. Most Fae can fly, they fight with bronze swords and bows, they abhor iron.
Collars: Developed by a half-Fae, Collars are both magical and technological. Tied to the adrenal system, they send shocks and pain through the Shifter's body when he or she starts to get violent.
Mates: Pairings recognized by the pride leader or clan leader in two rituals, one under sun, one under the full moon. Shifters are not allowed to be legally married under human law, but the sun and moon rituals are recognized by Shifter law as a marriage.
Pride: Mates and cubs plus closely tied family members living with them (e.g., parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, first cousins). (Lupines=Packs)
Clan: A collection of prides or packs that are related, though the relationships may be very distant (e.g., cousins to the 12th degree). The clan leader supersedes the pride or pack leader, although no clan leader can interfere with issues between mates or between parents and cubs. Females and cubs are protected from the clan or pride leader by the male mate.
Shiftertowns: Enclaves in inner-cities or remote rural areas cordoned off by humans where Shifters must live. Shifters are not allowed to live outside Shiftertowns.
More from A Human's Guide to Shifters here: http://www.jennifersromances.com/NewSite/shifters/SU_details.html