A symp is a werewolf sympathiser. They are people who, while not shifters themselves, understand them deeply and are interested in them. Sympathizers often have an empathy with animals, and their interest in shifting is easily sparked. Yet they themselves do not want to become shifters. Some shifter groups refer to symps as "fols" (an acronym of Friend Of Lycanthrope). Some symps, especially those involved in roleplaying, can be very obsessed and extremely annoying to shifters. Some shifter groups tolerate and even invite symps to "hang out with werewolves" if they want to, while other shifter groups absolutely forbid them, and most have a policy somewhere in between and judge on a case-by-case basis.