The Alpha of the Sept is the one Garou held accountable for all the members of the Sept, and is the ultimate authority and arbitrator. Much like the leader of a pack, the Alpha of the Sept must make executive decisions as to the Sept's attitudes and future, based on the advice of the Elders. Despite his or her authority, however, an Alpha must often tread carefully, for it is not altogether unheard of for an unpopular or tyrannical Alpha to be ousted by a resentful or dissatisfied Sept.
Different types of Septs view the Alpha position in a variety of ways. For instance, a Red Talon Sept Alpha would be the final word, questionable only through challenge, while the Alpha of a predominantly Child of Gaia Sept might be more democratic in his or her rule and be open to suggestions. Regardless, the Alpha of a Sept is its leader with all the authority and responsibility that that implies.
Below is a list (presently considerably incomplete) of Sept Alphas since GarouMUSH opened for business in 1993:
- Kaz ~Ears-To-The-Ground~, Adren Bone Gnawer Metis Galliard. (2008-current)
- Vera ~Culls-the-Herd~, Adren Shadow Lord Homid Ragabash. (2006-2008)
- Touch Deer ~Cries-No-More~, Fostern Wendigo Homid Ahroun (2005-2006)
- Megan ~Firewatcher~, Adren Fianna Homid Philodox (late 2003-2005)
- Renee, Bone Gnawer (briefly, circa Nov 2003)
- Luke, Fianna Homid Theurge (Sep 2003-late 2003)
- Jack Salem (now known as Grey), Fostern (then) Glass Walker Homid Philodox (Jul-Sep 2003)
- Andrea ~Drinks-Deeply-of-the-Bitter-Cup~, Adren Child of Gaia Homid Theurge (Jul 2001-?)
- Brian, Fianna Homid Ahroun (Dec 1995-Jul 2001)
- Justice ~Weaves Chords of Silver Strength~, Adren Silver Fang Galliard (June-December 1995)
- Arjun Fletcher ~Lines-On-Mirror~, Athro Glass Walker Philodox (1994-June 1995)
- Horus Silent Strider Galliard (1993-1994)