I love the idea of starting somewhat before the first change. For people that don't have a lot of experience with Werewolf, even in relatively unstructured play, playing through the first change is often an enlightening and fun experience. Think about how you would react if someone cut in front of you in line at the super market. Suddenly your anger started to surge, more so than you have ever experienced in your life. You swing your fist at them only to find that your fist is connected to a very well muscled and somewhat furry arm, parts of you changing in different times.
One note as to the pretentious nature of the Garou Nation: Garou are a proud people. They have been given the gift of communion with the earth mother, Gaia, the Moon, Luna, and the sun, Helios. They have the ability to see into the world of spirits and know that everything in the world, even technology, is governed by spirits. A clever garou can enter the umbra and negotiate with a weaver spirit to unlock a door they do not hold the key for or convince an earth spirit to rise up and create steps to climb. They live by a set of laws, The Litany. Failure to adhere to The Litany offers harsh punishments, up to and including having your tribe stripped from you.
Garou are very social creatures, as are many canines. They live by the pack and die by the pack. Anything that threatens the pack is dealt with, swiftly. Sometimes brute force is required; other times a soft word. One thing that may help is an understanding of the very core of the Garou belief.
While many tales exist of this legend, I will share one mainly, and briefly mention the second, because it will be useful to anyone considering the Red Talon point of view.
Like Gaia, Luna, and Helios, The Wyld, Weaver, and Wyrm are supposed to remain in balance at all times. In one of the more prominent legends of how things came to be the way they are now, The Wyld was the first to create things on the planet. These things were plants, and plants grew endlessly. With nothing to consume them, they went unchecked. The Weaver was the Shaper, and went to the Wyld and asked for things to change. The Wyld agreed and created herbivores to eat the plants. However, like the plants themselves, the Herbivores lacked self control, and soon spread out of control.
Realizing that balance could not be attained alone, the Weaver sought the Wyrm, the destroyer, who possessed cunning. Together, the Weaver's patience and the Wyrm's cunning formed predators that would keep the herds in check, and balance was restored. Time passed. The Wyld created forests and mountains and rivers. The Weaver patterned these things into works of art and beauty, and the Wyrm eroded and destroyed them so that the slate could be made anew. The Weaver, patient as she was, worked tirelessly to continue shaping new and beautiful works of art, only to have the Wyrm destroy them. After a time, she could take no more. The Weaver spun a web so intricate and beautiful as a trap for the Wyrm. When it came time to be destroyed, the Wyrm crawled up into the web and got stuck. Unable to destroy it, and unable to escape, the Wyrm went insane. Instead of destroying, the Wyrm could only corrupt.
Now the Wyrm seeks to corrupt all. Black Spiral Dancers are the Garou that have fallen to the Wyrm. Vampires are humans who have been corrupted as well. As protectors of Gaia, the chosen warriors given all the strength and gifts to protect the land and its people, The Garou stand tall and proud against the Wyrm.
Now, some Tribes can be a bit pretentious. Every tribe has it's quirks. Mostly, the members of a tribe are very similar to fans of a sports team. Every one of them is proud to be who they are and often seeks advantage over other teams, especially for prime candidates to become members, or fertile land to call home. Some tribes even have certain traits that really set them apart. Silver Fangs, for example pride themselves on how pure their breeding has been. Like royalty, however, there aren't really enough genes to go around and there are often some kind of mental derangement. Silent Striders are messengers who always get the job done. Get of Fenris are usually the front line soldiers, first into combat leading the charge. Every one of them are proud to be who they are.
For the Red Talons, if anyone is interested, the legend is told a little differently...
As the Wyld created plants and the herds, so too did the Wyld create humans. These prey animals were bipedal and ate plants. As the predators were created to keep the prey in check, the Wyrm disguised itself as a serpent and appeared before a young human male one day as he sat watching a herd grazing. The human was so frightened of the serpent, fearing for his life, that when the Wyrm struck and killed one of the herd animals and commanded the human eat of the flesh and grow strong the boy did as he was told. The flesh of the beast filled him with strength as the Wyrm explained that if the boy fashioned weapons, he could hunt like the predators, for man had no natural weapons.
Thus, humans became predators with neither the cunning nor patience required to keep their own species in check. As a timeless being, The Wyrm waited until Gaia gave birth to the Garou. At the time, all Garou were born as wolves. As the Garou gained in numbers, they spread. One garou female strayed too far from her pack and found herself in human territory. Being a predator, she understood a level of respect for other predators and tried to retreat. These humans were not predators, however. They were just prey with weapons and fear. A predator would have chased this lone wolf out of it's territory. The humans hunted and killed her well beyond the territory they occupied in fear she would return.
Outraged by this, Gaia sought the council of the Wyld, Weaver, and Wyrm. The solution was offered by the Wyrm, to allow the Garou to take on human form and mate with humans. If they looked like humans, they would not be feared. Gaia agreed, and thus were Garou given their Homid form.
The Red Talons understand this as a mistake. Humans are prey and should be treated as such. They will learn their place, one way or another.