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Fox hengeyokai (pronounced: /hɛngɛjkhen-geh-yo-kigh[6]) or simply foxes were a fox-based subrace of the hengeyokai, a race of intelligent natural shapechanging animals able to adopt fox, human, and hybrid forms. They shared all the common traits and habits of hengeyokai, plus those discussed below.[5][1][3][2]

DescriptionEdit

In human form, a hengeyokai had some feature reminiscent of their animal form.[5][1][3][2]

AbilitiesEdit

Compared to humans and the average hengeyokai, foxes were slightly smarter but lacked wisdom,[5][1] or they were more agile.[3] They could be fairly fleet-of-foot too.[5][1] Some had a natural knack for escape artistry[3] or stealth.[2]

PersonalityEdit

On the whole, foxes were usually evil.[5][1][3][2]

SocietyEdit

Known to be evil, fox hengeyokai were typically avoided by suspicious humans.[1][2]

Foxes, along with several other types, were more likely than other hengeyokai to become fighters and rangers[7] as well as assassins and sorcerers.[8] Foxes were also among those that had the strongest talent for magic as wu jen.[9]

Known CommunitiesEdit

In Shou Lung, the Sheng Ti province was home to a large number of foxes and other hengeyokai by the mid–14th century DR, with many clans found there. They were so populous and accepted here that they could roam freely in the cities, even in hybrid forms and even the normally distrusted foxes, unlike anywhere else in the empire. In fact, some whispered the Sheng humans gained their small and elegant stature from contact with the hengeyokai and spirit folk. By the late 15th century DR, Kara-Turan hengeyokai saw Sheng Ti as a sanctuary and many migrated there.[10][9]

In Kozakura, hengeyokai dwelled in isolated enclaves across the islands. Among the most populous were the fox hengeyokai of northern Shinkoku.[9][11]

Notable Fox HengeyokaiEdit

AppendixEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Rick Swan (July 1990). Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), p. Hengeyokai. ISBN 0-88038-851-X.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Tim Eagon (October 2011). “Ecology of the Hengeyokai”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #404 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 2, 5–8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 10–11, 12, 168. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  4. James Wyatt (April 2004). “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor”. In Matthew Sernett ed. Dragon #318 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 34.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 11, 12–13. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  6. James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 250. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  7. James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 18, 19. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  8. Tim Eagon (October 2011). “Ecology of the Hengeyokai”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #404 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Tim Eagon (October 2011). “Ecology of the Hengeyokai”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #404 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 3–4.
  10. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  11. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 142. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  12. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  13. David "Zeb" Cook (1987). Blood of the Yakuza (Encounter Construction Booklet). (TSR, Inc), p. 5. ISBN 0-88038-401-8.
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