04 December 2016 @ 11:00 am
It's not easy being a teen wolf. Especially when you have to balance school, and university applications with desperately trying to make sure that you, and everyone that you care about, doesn't die a bloody death at the hands of this month's teen killing psychopath.

But after two years of this juggling act, Scott's getting pretty good at maintaining balance between these aspects of his life.

Like any teenager who's only had one real friend for the first sixteen years of his life, Scott is a little awkward—a little socially inept. It's difficult for him to relate to people on a superficial level; he misses out on typical pop culture references (the boy has never seen Star Wars!), and though he's not explicitly shy, there's this reservation that follows him whenever he meets someone new. This is, in part, due to the fact that before the advent of his werewolf powers, Scott considers himself a nobody. He's not particularly smart, or talented at lacrosse, and he certainly isn't garnering the attention of any girls. He doesn't have a lot to offer, but he's determined to change that.

Scott doesn't begrudge anyone for his high school experience. In fact, he rarely blames anyone for the difficulties in his life. As a student and a son, he's determined to improve and to do better, regardless of all the insanity that swallows up his life. The survival of him and his friends is a necessity, it's not a priority that's going to go away, but succeeding in school and being a good person outside of that—that's what Scott wants. Underneath the complexities of villains and their plots, the splintering of his friends as they struggle against demons, Scott is still, in many ways, a simple teenager: he worries about his grades, skipping class, and how he's going to pay for university.

And while Scott can be awkward when he's out of his depth, like when he's trying to deal with the beta that he'd been forced to make (going so far as to kidnap the kid), he shines when he's being truly genuine. Once he abandons the image of this ideal high schooler that he needs to be, and meets people honestly with concern and camaraderie, that's when he draws people to himself. In moments when he stops to tell would-be enemies that he cares about their safety; when he admits easily that he loves someone (because once Scott starts being honest he can't stop). He's almost careless with it. But it's this person that becomes a somebody. A somebody with a close group of friends; a somebody with a powerful relationship with his family; a somebody that he's been all along.

As someone who has no idea what's happening to him, and doesn't appreciate all of the sudden murder in his life, Scott's first instinct after becoming a werewolf is to try and find a cure for himself. He does his best to ignore this part of himself, and to deny the reality of his new life.

But the rest of his friends - Lydia, Allison, Kira, and especially Stiles - they face their new circumstances head on. They never blame Scott for pulling them into the world of the supernatural or for any of the difficulties that come their way. And they are the most precious pack that Scott could have ever hoped for. There are times where he lives for the protection of his pack, of his family, of his city. It gives him strength, and it is ultimately the key that helps him take control of the wolf inside of him. His love for others grounds him, and keeps him human. And it motivates him to achieve the impossible. It never matters what challenges are set in front of him, Scott is resolute: he's going to protect everyone.

This is when Scott shows his adaptability. He's someone who is generally straightforward, certainly not the schemer or the planner of the group, but when facing a threat that works to test the loyalty of his allies, and carefully tear them apart, Scott gets clever. He uses what his enemies know about his honesty and desperation to protect others to his benefit, allowing them to believe that they've got him backed into a corner while he plans to doublecross them. It's not the type of betrayal that anyone would expect from Scott, but it's not just the wolf part of himself that he has adapted to. As much as he wants to live in an ideal world where people can be reasoned with—where even villains can be saved—he knows it's not always the case. He's willing to change himself, like all of his friends have, in order to protect the people he cares about.

That is to say, Scott is willing to change as much as he can without explicitly modifying his moral code. Leadership isn't something that Scott explicitly sought, and the plans that his pack executes are most certainly a group effort, but he is aware that he carries some sense of authority. With that authority comes a stricter moral code: they don't kill the people that they're trying to save.

Scott knows firsthand how circumstance can incite violent action. He had no control over himself when he was first bitten: angry and violent to the point where he almost killed his best friend. He knows how it feels to be afraid, to feel helpless when even your own body becomes unfamiliar to you. And while he isn't forgiving of the people he finds himself pitted against, and will work to imprison or debilitate them, he doesn't believe that he has the authority to kill anyone.

It's out of fairness to their enemies as much as it is a rule to protect his pack. Scott has always cared about the people in his life, and wanted to protect them, but upon becoming an alpha he's begun to feel responsible for them. Something in a person changes after they kill another, and Scott doesn't want anyone that he cares about to bear that burden. Not when the reason they’re fighting is because of him. This sense of responsibility isn't necessarily fair, especially given that most of his pack are just as capable as he is, but it's something that he takes on nonetheless.

To the point that it consumes him sometimes. Scott generally does his best to be careful and clever, but sometimes the responsibility and guilt of failure starts to choke him. So he acts rashly: forcing someone to share their memories with him, or doubting his friends despite knowing that they're stronger together. And when sometimes, despite his efforts and struggles, he fails, he lets that guilt overpower him, becoming hopeless and empty. It's when he feels unworthy of the faith others have put in him that he surrenders to point of accepting death. Sometimes the weight of a life not meant for a teenager just pulls Scott apart, because he's always wanted to be a somebody, and now that he is, he can't let anyone down.

As an alpha werewolf, Scott is privy to an array of abilities available to him due to both his species, and his status as an alpha:
✖︎ SHIFTING Basically consists of Scott's eyes changing to red, growing claws and fangs, and becoming a little hairier.
✖︎ HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SIGHT, SMELL, AND HEARING The increased sense of smell allows Scott to track a person using their scent over great distances. It also allows him to detect emotions via chemosignals. Additionally, Scott's "wolf eyes" allow him to see supernatural creatures that don't have a physical form, such as spirits that a person might be carrying inside them.
✖︎ ACCELERATED HEALING Note: Scott is currently not healing at his usual speed due to being at odds with his pack. This applies mostly to more fatal injuries.
✖︎ MEMORY SHARING Unilaterally. That is, Scott can view another person's memories, but not share his own.
✖︎ TAKING PAIN Werewolves can take the pain of another living creature. They transfer the pain to themselves however, and therefore there are limits to this ability.
✖︎ ALPHA ROAR Exerts dominance over his pack mates (with dubious results). Also capable of providing them with a boost in strength.
✖︎ MAKING WOLVES Scott can turn humans into werewolves by biting them.
Owing to his werewolf strength, Scott is largely a physical fighter, excelling in close quarters combat, aided by a physique that was built due to years of playing lacrosse.