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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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 likeness to their animal when in human form.

The vast majority of the time, the resulting child dies in the womb.

It cannot be augmented by armor or shields. Each day, a hengeyokai can shapechange the number of times that equals his level. 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.

Ecology of the Hengeyokai – Points of Light

When in animal form, the hengeyokai is indistinguishable from normal animals of its kind. Hence, the animal form appears normal and real to a caster who uses spells that reveal illusions. Few actually took the opportunity but it remained nonetheless, despite groups who actively opposed the move.


They are not lycanthropesand have none of the characteristics of lycanthropy. The hengeyokai diet is similar to that of humans. Comments Please Login in order to comment! Hengeyokai are found mostly on the island of Kamefon, their native land. In general, most hengeyokai were more agile than the average human.

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. 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.

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. 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. Just like the 4e designers felt there were too many “dragon-men” and “half-dragon” concepts floating around and so wrapped them up into tge new dragonborn race, I’d like to see the same thing happen with animal-head-people!

Unlike most other races, hengeyokai do not form clans. In general, the hengeyokai are a secretive race.

Ecology of the Hengeyokai

In human form, however, their eyesight is only as good as a humans. Make sure to send in your feedback to the playtest email! In human form, they can reproduce with humans and hengeyokai of the same species in human form. Migration to the mainland is rare at best. Regardless of form, hengeyokai retain the dietary needs of their base form. They can speak this language in all three of their forms.


A few hengeyokai are bushi, shukenja, wu jen, and kensai of levels higher than those noted above. The most common are carp, catcrab, crane, dogdrake, foxhare, monkeyraccoon dog, ratand sparrow.

Hengeyokai strive to make their lives as simple as possible. I’d love to see one race concept that brought all of that together.

Evil hengeyokai instead played cruel pranks on humans, extorting offerings from those they preyed upon in order to leave them alone. A section of Faerie moved closer to the Sheng Ti province of Shou Lung shortly after the Spellplague, which empowered the spirit folk and hengeyokai of the region, but despite this the two races remained completely loyal to the Emperor and, in gratitude, they were allowed to enter the civil service in DR, which had previously only been open to humans.

He cannot wear armor, use weapons or equipment, or cast spells. However, the bipedal hengeyokai cannot use the special movement abilities of its animal form, regardless of its appearance. Such higher-level creatures seldom belong to a band, preferring to strike out on their own.