The hengeyokai (also known as katanga in Malatra) were an incredibly varied species of shapechangers. “Ecology of the Hengeyokai”. In Steve Winter ed. Hengeyokai is a character race in 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons. 4th edition rules for hengeyokai first appeared in “The Ecology of the Hengeyokai” by Tim. Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page – Article (Ecology of the Hengeyokai) Play as a furry? YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!.

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The leader may be male or female. Originally Posted by Nemesis Destiny. Yep, if included every subrace that appeared in previous editions we’d also have the following: I’d love to be published in Dragon someday myself, but I just don’t think this niche race adds anything to the game besides bloat.

In animal form, a hengeyokai has only half the total he has in human or bipedal form rounded up. The minimum and maximum ability requirements for a hengeyokai dcology summarized on a table below. Unlike lycanthropes, which they superficially resembled in many ways, hengeyokai had no relationship with the moon, never changed forms unless they wanted to, were not especially vulnerable to silver, did not transmit their power through inflicted wounds, didn’t heal when they changed shape, and did not have to have a predatory animal form, though they did frequently take on a superficial henteyokai to their animal when in human form.



Just like the 4e designers felt there were too many “dragon-men” and “half-dragon” concepts floating around and so wrapped them up into the new dragonborn race, I’d like to see the same thing happen with animal-head-people! Originally Posted by Shroomy. Originally Posted by AbdulAlhazred. Hengeyokai have little use for material possessions, They rarely accumulate more than a few coins as treasure.

Why’d they get the Dex bonus? Males and females are equal in number, as well as in abilities. Unlike most other races, hengeyokai do not form clans.

Perception and Sensory capabilities Hengeyokai have keen eyes while in animal or hybrid form, capable of sight in dark conditions as is befitting of their species. They are especially noted for their nishiki-e and beautifully carved kongi rikishi. After the eladrin emerged victorious, they went on an almost genocidal purge of all hengeyokai, causing the species to flee Faerie en masse.

Hengeyokai (Monstrous Manual)

All hengeyokai were, to some extent, unpredictable and valued both their freedom and the freedom of others greatly. Each day, a hengeyokai can shapechange the number of times that equals his level. The animal form has disadvantages, too.

Hengeyokai are found throughout the world, usually on the fringes of human civilization. The DM determines such identifying features.

They had particularly large populations concentrated in the Ama Basin of Kara-Tur, though they could be found pretty much anywhere in Kara-Tur where there was any wilderness area.

However, they tend to eat foods associated with their animal forms. In other words, they are not limited by the cycles of the moon, are not especially susceptible to silver weapons, cannot transmit their power through wounds, and cannot heal their own wounds by simply changing form. Several subraces exist, each representing a different type of animal. Contents [ show ].


They usually live to be around years old, with some rare few living to be nearly Make sure to send in your feedback to the playtest email!

Originally Posted by Kamikaze Midget. Armor Class AC applies only to the animal form, not the bipedal or human form. Kongi rikishi are guardian figures mounted at the entrances of temples.

Ecology of the Hengeyokai

Though suspicious of strangers, they make deep and lasting friendships with those who treat them with kindness. No offense to the author, of course. Hengeyokai grow to adolescence at about a year old, reaching adulthood at around ten. Through magical means they can transform into the form of a human being seemingly of native Kamefonese descent with some small beastly feature a tail kept out of sight, claw-like fingernails, fish-like eyes which most go to great lengths to conceal.

Join the Worldbuilders Guild. The remaining hengeyoaki are 1st level bushi. When in human form, the hengeyokai looks like a normal human being.