The oaths are part creed and part law. They are the rules to protect werewolves from the unrelenting rage within themselves. The bold below is the actual oath. The part that follows is the most generic of the interpretations, though these vary by pack and by wolf.
- The Wolf Must Hunt – The wolf must protect the pack borders, keeping spirits and other threats out of the territory.
- The People Do Not Murder the People – In the first tongue, “the people” is unclear. Some interpret it to mean it is taboo to kill other Uratha, others believe all werewolves cannot be killed. Some even extend it to wolf-bloodied humans. “Murder” is also ambiguous. It can mean kill, murder, murder in cold blood, or slaying one already beat in battle.
- The Low Honor the High, the High Respect the Low – The young honor the older wolves and the older respect the younger. Does it always work out that way? Well…
- Respect Your Prey – Werewolves are to be responsible hunters, not overtaxing their territories or their neutral hunting grounds. They are to respect every life they end, human, spirit, or other.
- The Uratha Shall Cleave to the Human – When two werewolves mate, a truly abhorrent monster is created in the Spirit realm. As a result, it is considered a sin to have sex with another werewolf.
- Do Not Eat the Flesh of Man or Wolf – By devouring human or wolf meat, a werewolf can quickly regain a measure of spiritual energy to fuel his supernatural power, but at a terrible price to his soul. Cannibalism is not accepted by the People.
- The Herd Must Not Know – If the humans ever really found out about the truth of the world, especially the werewolves, their sheer numbers could quickly over run the power of the wolves. The People will even leave their territories to enforce this oath.