Humans and Hunters
Knowledge of Supernatural Existence
80% of the human population isn’t aware of the existence of Supernatural beings. They will live through life completely unaware that, perhaps, their neighbor is a shifter, or that their dentist is a vampire.
20% of the population know to various degrees that the Supernatural does exist.
One degree is that of a town sheriff, for example. He or she may know that there is some strange stuff out there, and that certain people always seem to be hanging around it, but the character is reluctant to take that step to definitively say that the Supernatural may be behind the strange occurrences or cases. Another degree is that of hunters, who know very well of the existence of other species since hunting them is their job.
Most human reactions to finding out that monsters do exist is one of extreme fright.
May cause trauma
Mental or physical damage (say, if a human was attacked by a supernatural)
Some humans exposed to the supernatural, however, may become hunters.
A hunter is a human (and in some cases not; could be a witch) who "polices" the supernatural community for the sake of protecting the human population. Some hunters are bound by gray morals and only strike if threats are posed on fellow humans. Other hunters are driven by their huge prejudice struggle and may kill innocent members of the supernatural species.
In history, there were many wars and fights, and hunters have killed supernatural species purely out of their hatred of them. But as the world continues to modernize, acceptance growing, many hunters are breaking out of their old ways--especially newer generations. In many ways, the change has been slow, as many hunters still see in black and white, but their mentalities are steadily changing regardless.
Most hunters come from families where the "job" has been passed down from generation to generation, but there are those who have become hunters without family influence. Many hunters congregate within certain neighborhoods or towns, sticking together with their families and close hunting friends, so they do not have territories per se.
But, for example, a few blocks in a certain part of town may be known to other hunters and species as well, and so vampires, weres and/or shifters prefer to stay away. Some hunters specialize in hunting certain species. Most have day jobs as well, as their "policing" jobs do not help in earning end's meet.
Hunters know each other--have a decent network--or at least some groups do so.
Hunter Elders of Hunters Council
There is a small group of counseling elders, who are seasoned hunters in their middle age. Most younger hunters answer to them, receive their aide, and orders pertaining to certain issues--especially those involving interspecies discussions and any problems that may arise.
They are located in Boston.
Most hunters have a good physical condition suitable for hunting, and possess an extensive knowledge of the supernatural. There is a basis about how a hunter must be, as most of them can be recognized by common traits. Hunters are skilled fighters, proficient with firearms and melee weapons they might acquire. When weapons are scarce and they are in a dangerous situation, they use hand-to-hand combat or whatever is available as a weapon. As they have mortal limits, they have to be physically strong in order to go up against a member of any supernatural species. Hunters are also proficient trackers and possess prudent tactical skills. In addition, they need to be skilled at escape, evasion and silent movement, when the situation requires subtlety and stealth--especially because they do not possess the heightened senses of most of the other species.
Hunters also possess many abilities that are frowned upon by law, including, but not limited to: lock picking, breaking into private properties, lying, cheating, grave desecration, and gaining an 'advantageous purchase'. They are versed with how police, fire and various government agencies typically operate and conduct investigations, and know how to both impersonate and evade them effectively. Most of these methods are used to gather information about the cases they're working on, though methods can differ between hunters.
Some hunters work closely with members of human authority, although these non-hunters are few, to aid them in case solving.
Hunters usually possess a large amount of weaponry, as they need to be enough practical so they can easily adapt to the different situations they may face and the creatures they may encounter. All hunters have a common list of equipment that is useful in most of the cases they are in, such as:
Handguns, long guns
Other - Silver bullets, which werewolves are vulnerable to