Russian Roulette

A Colt Python 357 revolver and copper ammunition are the only requirements for a game of Rush.

Russian Roulette, colloquially referred to as 'Rush' by inhabitants of Sector IX, is a game familiar to humans but which takes on a new meaning for werewolves. The game is usually restricted to two players but on the odd occasion they will play with more. The game is played with copper bullets. There are two versions of the game. In the first version, a single bullet is inserted at random into the chamber of the revolver and the chamber is spun so that neither party know where it is located. The players take turns shooting themselves in the head until one gets the bullet. That person is the loser. The second version is similar but with one addition: the chamber is re-spun for every turn, meaning both players have equal chance of getting the bullet for every round, and theoretically the game could go on forever so long as the chamber keeps landing on a blank.

Players often bring a friend or 'second' to watch the game and clean the shrapnel out of their head wound if they lose. Their 'second' is also responsible for making sure they get home to bed. The loser of a game will normally be incapacitated for two or three days while the head wound heals. However, werewolves with Regeneration have been known to get up and walk away from a game not two minutes after taking a bullet to the head.

The game has several purposes. Sometimes, an audience will place bets on who will win or which round has the bullet. Other times it is merely a private match in which the two participants play for food, money, trade blood, territory or anything else of relative value. Occasionally the game is not played for any monetary gain, merely thrills, hence the name 'Rush.'

On very rare occasions, the game is played as challenge for a position in the pack hierarchy. In these situations the copper bullet is replaced with a silver one unless the challenged player agrees to step down in the event of his/her loss.

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