I'm trying to develop a set of "were-animals". The rules of this universe are pretty classic, were-somethings turn into their animal counter-parts on full moons, and once transformed, they look like dark, twisted, amphetamine-abusing versions of said animals.
They also have related powers and personality traits in their human forms. The inspiration for these can come from the real animal or legends and folklore. For example were-wolves have a supernatural sense of smell and a tendency to form packs, were-foxes have a genius mind and a cruel sense of humor, were-sloths can take up to 10 naps a day, etc. The animal can be anything from ant to whale.
For now, my list includes : wolf, fox, owl, sloth, gecko, lynx, pangolin, tarsier, penguin, snake (a venomous one, I haven't decided yet) and naked mole rat.
Do you have a suggestion to expand this list?
The proposed were-beings should have useful abilities either in the context of a war or for everyday tasks.
Both transformed and human forms count. Transforming into a were-tarsier sounds pretty lame, but being able to see behind your head can be useful in many situations.
The story is set on an alternative Earth, either in the 70's or 80's. A class of were-things can have a rich history, been the most important of all were-beings in the middle-ages and be completely useless today. What matters is that their powers have been either extremely dangerous or useful at some point of History.