|“||You didn't grow up out here. Yeah, every kid grows up hearing the stories. Back in the day, werewolf bloodlines were all distinct, right? Some had speed, some had strength, some could sense enemies from miles away. Now, to evolve, we would perform a ritual. A shaman would marry the alphas of each bloodline, and then the special abilities of each would be inherited, mystically, by everyone who participated in the ritual. See, after a few centuries, everybody had the same abilities, so alpha marriages became political. They became about power, about territory.||”|
As werewolf packs possessed different strengths, the packs would marry their Alphas through the Unification Ceremony and make their combined packs stronger as a result.
The Ceremony Phases
First step: The Trials
The two betrothed share of trials. The first of all is that of fasting, followed by major trials of purification that end with the exchange of all the secrets with one another after smoking blue calamus root.
Second step: The Wedding
The actual rite is to be celebrated by a shaman of the werewolves (in this case, Mary Dumas). The newlyweds have their hands tied similar to the pagan ceremony of Handfasting, with a ribbon and flowers. The two then hold up a white candle while saying their wedding vows and then lit a candle placed on the altar, thus activating the power-sharing with the rest of the pack.
Additional step: Submission to the dominant Alpha
Alphas may decide to give up their status as alpha recognizing the future groom to be eligible for shared powers in the ceremony. This requires that the abdicating alphas do a blood vow.
This part of the ceremony is called the Anointing of the Alphas.
Throughout The Originals Series
In The Brothers That Care Forgot, the history of the alliances between werewolf packs (due to them possessing different strengths) is explained by Jackson. This Ceremony would make the Moonlight Rings irrelevant since Hayley, being a hybrid, can control the transformation during the full moon and would share this skill with the rest of the pack if she will take part in the Ceremony.
In Brotherhood of the Damned, it's said that the two betrothed must undergo tests and trials consisting in purifications and challenges to prove their mutual respect and trust, then they must conduct the Ceremony of Divulgement that consist in smoking Blue Calamus root and prove each other all their secrets. According to Jackson's grandmother, Mary, the exchange of the truth is as important as the wedding itself.
In The Devil is Damned, Jackson reveals to Hayley that the werewolves outside the Louisiana area are coming to the Bayou to give up their state of alphas, submitting to Jackson recognizing him as alpha in order to become part of the pack and participate in the powers sharing of the Ceremony. To sign this submission, the former alphas sign a treaty and Mary, as a shaman of the pack, officiates a Ceremony in which the various wolves mix in a bowl their homeland (for a wolf nothing is sacred as the territory) and their blood. The mixture is then applied to the base of the treaty of alliance.
- The powers of a hybrid can also be passed down to the pack through this ceremony.
- The ceremony must be arranged by an Elder shaman. This resembles the witches' ceremonies arranged by Elder Witches.
- There can be no secrets between the two betrothed, and they have to live as an actual couple, in order for the ceremony to work.
- The Unification Ritual transforms the hearts of both alphas making them identical. Thus, allowing them to "share one heart". As such, Jackson Kenner has the heart of an unsired hybrid from Hayley.
- The ritual dates back to before the Werewolf Curse and was once used to unite two warring covens of witches and from that union, a witch known as The Hollow would be born and eventually curse the members of the coven responsible for her death with the Werewolf Curse.