Being a variety of wolf with fur of eye-searing red, known to hunt in well-organized packs. Of them, the alpha worgen are the strongest, and the pack leaders. The fur is doubtlessly for protection from the strong sunlight and arid environs in which they dwell, the exception being the band of bright yellow stretching from their eyes to their ears, which together with the red serves as a clear warning to interlopers and potential predators.
Just about anyone can see the value of a well-furred pelt. Still, there are some treasures you'd even give up a fine pelt to possess. One famous example: throat wolf blood. I won't go into the market price, but seeing the adventurers lusting after furs with the merest bit of the blood splashed on them... Well, I think you get the idea.
[view·edit·purge]Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. It was derived from the Phoenician letter "aleph," and it is the source of the Latin and Cyrillic letter "A." In English, alpha is a noun that means "beginning" or "first (in a series)."
[view·edit·purge]The term worgen is a verb used in Middle Dutch which means "to strangle". This is alluded to in the monograph drop item; "Throat Wolf Blood", its best-selling drop item.
The Worgen's actual name is Worg Wolf. [view·edit·purge]Wargs or Worgs are mythical Norse wolves, specifically Fenrir and his sons Sköll and Hati. Based on this, J. R. R. Tolkien in his fiction used the Old English form warg to refer to a wolf-like creature of a particularly evil kind.