The Elder Scrolls
Lycanthropy is the disease that causes a person to turn into a Lycanthrope. There are several different strains of the disease, most are localized to certain areas of Tamriel, but the most common strain, which turns men and mer into werewolves is reputed to exist in all areas of Tamriel. The disease itself is not very picky about its subject and most races are equally susceptible to catching the disease, except for the Altmer, Argonians, Bosmer, and Redguards, who are all naturally disease resistant, though not immune. The disease itself was created by Hircine, a Daedric Prince, who still serves as the ‘guardian’ of the afflicted people. This divine connection is most obvious in stories saying that Lycanthropy is strong enough to overcome the powerful Corprus Disease.
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