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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They believed themselves descended from humans and shapeshifting animal spirits or fey versions of primal animals though some scholars of Faerie instead believed them to be either awakened animals infused with the magic of that plane or creations of the fomorians. The animal form of a hengeyokai subrace was thought to never be as big as an adult human, though rumors persisted, especially in the south, that there were some subraces that had animal forms that could be larger than most men.

A typical hengeyokai band seldom consists of more than 20 adult members. Luckily, Intimidate is a Charisma-based skill.

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However, things become difficult when two hengeyokai of differing species in human form reproduce: IMHO, this is more option bloat. Total hit points vary between forms. Additionally, they can transform into a hybrid form, mixing the strengths and weaknesses of the two forms. Many rat hengeyokai left the Tenmei province of Kozakura after a costly war with local korobokuru and during the Spellplague civil war in Kozakura, most of the hengeyokai population remained staunchly neutral, though some acted in defense of innocents caught between the warring factions.

He stands on his hind appendages to the height of a normal man. No ecolohy that this couldn’t have been done as alternate race features for Shifters similar to what they put in Neverwinter for Dwarves and Elves. Each day, a hengeyokai can shapechange the number of times that equals henheyokai level. Reset Fields Log in. 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.


Ecology of the Hengeyokai

Tuesday, 11th March, When he reaches 0 hit points in any form, he is slain. Hence, the animal form appears normal and real to a caster who uses spells that reveal illusions. A few hengeyokai are bushi, shukenja, wu jen, and kensai of levels higher than those noted heneyokai.

Posting Quick Reply – Please Wait. It cannot be augmented by armor or shields. In general, most hengeyokai were more agile than the average human. Hengeyokai strive to make their lives as simple as possible. Most hengeyokai avoided contact with other sentient races with the exception of the spirit folk.

It’s a cool race, and the mechanics work really well for certain forms, but not so well for others He cannot wear armor, use weapons or equipment, or cast spells.

Kongi rikishi are guardian figures mounted at the entrances of temples. The most common are carp, catcrab, crane, dogdrake, foxhare, monkeyraccoon dog, ratand sparrow. The majority of hengeyokai are of chaotic alignment and hengeyokau no associations with humans. A hengeyokai can shapeshift between three different forms: I mean, I guess that steps on a human’s toes a bit, but it seems the best way to fit a huge diversity of archetypes into a single race.

However, the bipedal hengeyokai cannot use the special movement abilities of its animal form, regardless of its appearance. All hengeyokai were, to some extent, unpredictable and valued both their freedom and the freedom of others greatly.

Contents [ show ]. 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 hengeyoaki to great lengths to conceal. Our next campaign is going to be “Journey to the West” better known as “Monkey!

Most hengeyokai go “stealth” in one sense or another, making any real organization rare. Hengeyokai do not form communities or villages of their own, preferring to form loosely organized bands, dwelling in crude but sturdy shelters made of wood and stone. Hengeyokai have their own language, which is the same regardless of their animal type.


However, they tend to eat foods associated with their animal forms. In human form, they can reproduce with humans and hengeyokai of the same species in human form. The ability to shapechange is natural to hengeyokai. They can never be samurai or ninja, since they are not human. Native to Faerie, they first entered Toril thd the wake of a massive war between the eladrin and the fomorians where evil hengeyokai served the fomorians as spies and assassins.

The front appendages wings, paws, or fins change into hands, capable of gripping and using normal weapons. Whatever else they acquire is usually exchanged for practical items, such as food or weapons, or given away to needy recipients. Evil hengeyokai instead played cruel pranks on humans, extorting offerings from those they preyed upon in order to leave them alone. Hengeyokai have a complicated relationship with humans, with an ambivalent to positive view of the native Kamefonese people.

Armor Class AC applies only to the animal form, not the bipedal or human form. Armor and equipment do not change form; they simply drop to the ground. Hengeyokai appear, in all respects, quite similar to average animals of their species.


Despite their variety of appearances, each subrace had one feature in common—they had three forms: Hengeyokai grow to adolescence at about a year old, reaching adulthood at around ten. Views Favorites Comments 0. This is, of course, rather disorienting, leading most hengeyokai who do not live henbeyokai humans to prefer their other forms.