The Shadow Lords are the ultimate social Darwinists. They tolerate no whining voices of egalitarianism or moderation. One Garou, and one Garou alone, leads each pack and sept -- the strongest. While there are councils of elders among the tribe, there is always a clear hierarchy of dominance and submission. They understand, though, that strength is measured in more ways than raw physical might. Cunning and charisma are as valued as sheer power. Indeed, a physically strong leader who is oafish or speaks poorly is seen as less than perfect. The Shadow Lords truly see themselves as separate from all other Garou. While the others are creatures of Gaia, the Shadow Lords alone are the offspring of the union of two divinities -- Gaia and Grandfather Thunder. As such, they feel that they alone are the Garou fit to lead the race as a whole.