Thursday, February 25, 2016

Was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a werewolf hunter?

It appears that Two-Fisted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may also have been a werewolf hunter. I just saw this today:

According to the Order's website, the International Order of Saint Hubertus was founded in 1695 by Count Franz Anton von Sporck in what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia, then territory of the Habsburg Empire, now the modern Czech Republic. Members of the male-only knightly order wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures” and hold titles like Grand Master, Prior, and Chancellor.
My players and I are familiar with St. Hubertus from a couple of werewolf hunting adventures in our campaign. I referred to St. Hubertus in previous posts here and here. In the real world, the Key of St. Hubertus was thought to prevent or cure the madness caused by dog and wolf bites. In game, I included the key as part of a ritual in Honor+Intrigue for preventing lycanthropy. But what would be more natural than for there to have been a society of knightly werewolf hunters? More natural that is, if werewolves were real.

For those wanting to use the Order in a more modern setting, something could certainly be made of the connections to the Holy Roman Empire. And the Order being banned by Adolf Hitler is pure horror roleplaying gold. Was Hitler concerned that the werewolf hunting skills of the Order would provide a counter to the secret occult purpose behind Operation Werwolf?

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