Hengeyokai are intelligent, shape-changing animals. Several subraces exist, each a different type of animal. They are found throughout the
A hengeyokai can be
In general, the hengeyokai are a secretive race, preferring to avoid prolonged contact with humans.
They have little desire for land or position and can never establish families or strongholds even if their chosen class allows this.
A player who decides to have a hengeyokai player character must
A hengeyokai can assume any one of
Changing form requires one complete round during which the character can do nothing else. Armor and equipment do not change form along with the hengeyokai. The character must make provisions for the storage or transportation of his equipment in some way.
In each form, the hengeyokai has certain advantages and disadvantages. In all cases, however, the character's level and ability scores are unchanged. In addition, a hengeyokai can speak the language of hengeyokai in all forms.
When in animal form the hengeyokai is virtually undetectable from normal animals and have the same physical and charisma stat. Since the change of form is real and not an illusion, it cannot be detected by spells that reveal illusions. While in animal form, hengeyokai have the movement abilities, armor class, and damage range shown on the table above. However, real animals not of their type will avoid them. Druids, and, to a lesser degree, rangers, may realize something's up.
Hengeyokai also gain infravision and the power to speak with normal animals of their kind when in their animal form. Infravision has a range of 120 feet. Conversations with normal animals are usually quite simple and basic, depending on the level of cunning and wit possessed by the animal.
Hengeyokai also have several disadvantages while in animal form. They cannot use any weapons, armor, or equipment, making it possible for them to be mistaken for (and even hunted as) normal animals. Hengeyokai with magical abilities cannot cast any spells in animal form, nor can they speak any languages other than those of the hengeyokai and the normal animals. They can understand any language they know, but may not be able to reply.
The hengeyokai has fewer hit points in his or her animal form than in
When a hengeyokai character reaches 0 hit points in any form, s/he is slain. A hengeyokai in human
When in human form, a hengeyokai looks like a normal human being. However, s/he always retains some distinctive feature of his/her animal form. A raccoon dog hengeyokai may have a silver stripe through his hair. A sparrow hengeyokai may have an unusually sharp nose. The choice of the exact identifying feature is left to the player and the DM.