The Wolves of Brandenburg
Annelise Standing Stone
Annelise is fairly physically unremarkable. In her early twenties, she is of average height and weight, with long, dark hair that is almost always tucked into a bun while in homid form. She is on the pretty side of plain, but she is definitely no beauty. She is charismatic however, even charming in an unrefined way.
In lupus form, she has the typical brown and tan coat of a western European wolf, although the dark brown pattern of fur around her face and ears is quite a bit darker than usual, almost black. This gives her face a striking appearance. The overall averageness of her looks in homid form are otherwise echoed in her lupus form.
She is quite well spoken and obviously very well educated. Her dark eyes are her best feature, filled with curiosity, intelligence, and lingering sadness. While her demeanor is generally quite unassuming, especially for a Fenrir, her eyes also spark with hidden passion. She is most passionate about helping the injured and sick, although she also hates the Wyrm so intensely that sometimes the depths of her hatred frighten her.
Annelise Kurzbein was born in Berlin to a solidly middle class family. Her father owns a small publishing house specializing in college textbooks. She is the second of four children, and has an older brother (Kurt – 26), a younger brother (Alois – 18), and a younger sister (Kirsten – 10). While not exactly a rebellious child, Annelise was certainly always a girl who knew her own mind. Extremely intelligent, she took to learning and was a voracious reader growing up. While she did complete gymnasium, she never attempted to go to University. Instead, she became a nurse when she was eighteen, both to support her country as well as for her own sense of independence.
While in the nursing corps, she was stationed near sites of battle. The stress of warfare is likely what triggered her first (quite late) change. It started with nightmares, months of nightmares, before the change came while she was asleep. She does not remember it exactly, although she remembers the feelings of being in a different body, of feasting on the pile of amputated limbs outside the medical tents, and of burning anger that she had never experienced before or since. A Belgian sept stepped in, coaxed her back into homid form, and taught her enough so that she could control the change and stop eating amputated body parts. Annelise is still horrified by her actions and will not talk about it with anyone that she does not completely and totally trust.
Near the end of the war, she met Georg Schlegel, and the attraction was both powerful and instantaneous. He’d proposed within three weeks, and as soon as the war ended, they were married. Annelise had never been so happy. He was the second son of a farmer from south of Berlin but that didn’t matter to her, even though it caused a falling out with her middle class family. The only thing that mattered was that they loved each other and had somehow managed to find each other in the chaos of the Great War.
Unfortunately, Georg was one of the millions of victims of the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. Within six months, Annelise was a widow, living on her brother-in-law’s farm. Unable to cope with the heartbreak of her lost love, she decided that she could not return to Berlin, she could not leave the place where she and Georg had planned and dreamt about having a life and a family. Georg’s older brother, Friedrich, adored Annelise and accepted her wholly into the family. She is a sister to him, a sister he never had. She relied on him to get her through the worst times, and eventually decided that she needed to find something to do to bring meaning back into her life.
Although there was no need for a combat medic in the bucolic German countryside, she was well trained as a nurse and decided to take up midwifery. Through this, she was able to serve her adopted community. She also befriended the local doctor, Viktor Kaufmann, who was impressed by both her education and keen intellect. They quickly became friends as well. She also began participating in the Sept of the Greenwood, learning how to be a proper Garou and Fenrir. During her Rite of Passage, she fought against another, more experienced Fenrir. Although she was soundly beaten, Annelise stood up every time she was knocked down. From a Fenrir perspective, fighting can be taught, but spirit is innate. She was given the name Standing Stone and accepted as a full Get of Fenris.
Roughly two years passed. She heard about another Fenrir in her area, Olav, who lived alone in the forest. She made it a point to keep an eye on him, leaving him food and knitted clothing (a scarf, a hat, and mittens) when the weather turned cold. Eventually, she met Otto and was invited to join the pack. She was with them for a year, but had not given up on her dream of having a family. She was introduced to Skullcrusher’s “young” nephew, Gunther Rothaus. Although he is significantly older than she is, she feels it is her duty to have children and, beyond that, she longs to be a mother. Since Herr Rothaus is both kinfolk and aware of the Garou world, as well as well educated and a genuinely nice man, she accepted his proposal for marriage.
She has since moved up to Spandau to live with her new husband. As such, she left her former pack and joined the Silverplate pack. However, she is still a strong ally of the Jägermeisters, and considers them to be her family. Her second marriage was met with relief by her parents, and she has begun mending fences with her blood family as well. Naturally they are confused about her choice to marry a man thirty years her senior, but they are thankful that he is an educated, middle class man, at least, and not some dirt-grubbing farmer.