Lythari (originally Ly-tel-quessir[4]) are good-aligned elven lycanthropic wolves, similar in appearance to werewolves and often mistaken as such. Lythari differ from werewolves in that they have no hybrid form and are friendly and companionable when in lupine form. Although much less numerous than werewolves, a lot of Lythari are sponsored by the church of Selûne.[5]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Lythari are true lycanthropes. They are born as were-creatures to lycanthrope parents. Lythari packs are almost exclusively found in wood elf lands or on the isle of Evermeet. Lythari propagate using a ritual of bonding that will turn the other party into a lythari. This ritual only works if both parties agree to the transformation.[6] It leaves a permanent scar on the transformed, which resembles a wolf bite.[citation needed]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Physical combat is disliked among the Lythari. If they aid in warfare at all it would be in a scouting capacity or as a messenger, using their speed to their advantage. However, if cornered or forced to defend their kin, they have a powerful bite which they can use to great effect. Otherwise, they only attack when hunting, preferring deer, rabbit and wild boar, much like a wolf.[6]

Society[edit | edit source]

Lythari packs are small, usually numbering no more than 30, a dozen or so of which will be too young to fend for themselves. They do not fashion metal objects of any kind and the rare spellcasters amongst them tend to be priests of one of the nature deities. All members of a lythari pack are treated equally, with no real leaders. As such, these packs tend to be quite anarchic and are increasingly rare, as most lythari go to live in Faerie, travelling there through portals.[citation needed]

A nomadic clan of lythari called the Vil Adanrath also inhabited the Endless Wastes.[7]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Lone lythari were readily accepted within normal wolf packs and treated deferentially but are left out of the pack hierarchy. Evil wolves such as worgs, werewolves and wolfweres would attempt to drive off a lythari or slay them if at all possible. They could sense a lythari's goodliness naturally.[6]

Lythari were a favored monster of Eilistraee and Rillifane Rallathil.[8]

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History[edit | edit source]

The lythari were originally elves who came from Faerie to Faerûn around −24,000 DR but they changed considerably over the years. By 1372 DR, most Faerûnian scholars did not consider them to be Tel-quessir.[4]

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High elves
LlewyrrMoon elfStar elfSun elf
Elves
Aquatic: Aquatic elfMarel
Dark: Dark elfDrow
Sylvan elf: Wild elfWood elf
Miscellaneous: AvarielDusk elfLythariPoscadar elfSnow elf
Related races
Planetouched: CeladrinDraeglothEladrinFey'riShadar-kai
Humanblood: CrintiHalf-elfHalf-drowHalf-sea elf
Dragonblood: Drow-dragon (shadow)Drow-dragon (deep)ZekylZar'ithra
Miscellaneous: DriderMaraloi
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