One of my favorite times of history to learn about is the time periods of the Sengoku through Meiji of Japanese history. During the Edo and Meiji periods, there was a group of swordsmen called the Shinsengumi. The name translates to newly-formed group, but they had a nickname due to their style of combat during the ending years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was, The Wolves of Mibu. They were given this name because of their fighting style, and because the group was formed in Mibu village.
My idea about the “First Wolf of Mibu” is that Kyo Aramaki comes from Mibu village (Assuming of course that it’s length of existence reaches back to the Sengoku period. I’m not 100% sure about that.)
Kyo served Nobunaga, during the Sengoku Era, till he was seduced by a vampire. At his awakening, he felt the spirit of a wolf within him, which he accredited to the swordsmanship excellence of those from his village. He eventually gained a mental connection to the wolf, which led him to his association with werewolves. I reference the Shinsengumi with him, with him being the first of them, and perhaps being an influence to the nickname the group would receive later in history, but I in no way claim his story to be factual or historical, just historically themed or based.
Ai Mayoko, Kyo’s wife later on in his story has a similar experience, though instead of being tied to wolves, she is tied to felines, and not just a loan breed, but various cat breeds. I accredit this idea to the writings of Laurel K. Hamilton, who wrote a series of books around a character named Anita Blake. In these stories, vampires that become powerful enough, gain the ability to command lycanthropes of varying breeds. And perhaps, because these two have gotten to a higher level of power among vampire kind, they have aquired some new ability based around this connection.
More to come, as it develops in my mind, but for now, that’s it.