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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Each day, a hengeyokai can shapechange the number of times that equals his level.


Despite their variety of appearances, each subrace had one feature in common—they had three forms: Total hit points vary between forms. Sign In Don’t have an account? Like his animal form, the human form is genuine and cannot be detected by spells that reveal illusions.

He has his full number of hit points and can easily pass for a normal human being. A rare few struck out away from familiar surroundings to live in Cormyr, the Dalelands, the Western Heartlands and the North.

Ecology of the Hengeyokai

Regardless of form, hengeyokai retain the dietary needs of their base form. He cannot speak any languages other than those of the hengeyokai and normal animals, though he can understand any languages he knows. The majority of hengeyokai are of chaotic alignment and form no associations with humans. The hengeyokai can take no other actions during that time.

Hengeyokai appear, in all respects, quite similar to average animals of their species. The only true indication that a non-shapeshifted hengeyokai is anything but a normal animal is the occasional flicker of intelligence in their eyes and their cleverness far beyond that of any animal. Page 5 of 6 First 1 2 3 4 5 6 Last Jump to page: Join the Worldbuilders Guild. This is, of course, rather disorienting, leading most hengeyokai who do not live among humans to prefer their other forms.


Evil hengeyokai instead played cruel pranks on humans, extorting offerings from those they preyed upon in order to leave them alone. A little odd that my St Bernard Man can become Tiny Thankfully, their numbers seemed restricted entirely to the Malatran Plateau, though occasionally, a Mother of a Thousand Young emerged from the populace and birthed a mass of new spider katanga to threaten the other races living on it.

It’s a cool race, and the mechanics work really well for certain forms, but not so well for others In human formthe hengeyokai can cast spells, wear armor, and use weapons and equipment. When he reaches 0 hit points in any form, he is slain.

They tend to get along well with kamefonese dwarves, who, unusually, tend to treat them with little suspicion, even if they are quite open about their hengeyokai status. They can speak this language in all three of their forms.

For instance, a cat hengeyokai may be a strict carnivore, while a sparrow hengeyokai may eat only seeds and grain. The most common are carp, catcrab, crane, dogdrake, foxhare, monkeyraccoon dog, ratand sparrow.

In bipedal formthe hengeyokai can speak any language he knows including human and animal languageshas infravision to a range of feet, has his full number of hit points, can cast spells, and can use weapons, equipment, and armor.

If a hengeyokai would be reduced to 0 hit points or less when changing to animal form, he cannot make the change. They can never be samurai or ninja, since they are not human.

It’s also a little odd that all the forms are Tiny, but I imagine cranes, dogs, etc. Saturday, 1st September, That naturally led me to choose Dexterity as their fixed stat and I hope I backed up that in the flavor text and to choose a roster of favored classes that focused on movement thus the assassin, rogue, and monk; the choice of sorcerer reflects their inherently magical nature and the fact that the wu jen was their favored class in 3e.


It cannot be augmented by armor or shields. They then lived in peace on Toril for many millennia. Make sure to send in your feedback ecologj the playtest email! For instance, a 1st level hengeyokai can change from human to animal or biped only once in a given day. Unlike most other races, hengeyokai do not form clans.

He stands on his hind appendages to the height of a normal man. In other words, if a hengeyokai normally has 23 points as a human, he has a maximum of 12 in animal form. They prefer to avoid prolonged contact with humans. They are especially noted for their nishiki-e and beautifully carved kongi rikishi.

Hengeyokai strive to make their lives as simple as possible. Most would actively retreat from encounters with humans, realizing that they had more in common with spirits than they did with humanity, despite having the ability to appear just like a human.

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However, they tend to eat foods associated with their animal forms. Good hengeyokai sometimes took it upon themselves to watch over and protect a human settlement, living on the fringes of the human community until it was in danger, whereupon they quietly moved to deal with the threat, oftentimes completely unbeknownst to the settlement’s residents.

Armor and equipment do not change ecooogy they simply drop to the ground. As it sits, “tough” animals aren’t reflected very well — badgers and crabs and the like don’t get tougher or more tenacious or more resilient. Originally Posted by Dire Bare. Ecllogy typical ecologh band seldom consists of more than 20 adult members. Males and females are equal in number, as well as in abilities.

The movement rate for all bipedal hengeyokai is