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Werehyenas were humans in Zakhara who could transform into a hyena-like form.[1]


Most werehyenas were male and usually had long shaggy hair. The long hair concealed a second mouth located at the base of the skull. Werehyenas went to great lengths to keep this hidden.[1]

Their hyena form was usually 6 feet (1.8 meters) long and had golden fur on their back with black fur on their belly and feet.[1]


Werehyena's had an innate, deep sense of fear towards fires. Because of this, flaming torches were often used to keep them at bay.[1]


Werehyenas could not be harmed by weapons unless there were magical or constructed of iron. They were also known to be immune to enchantment or charm spells.[1]


In human form, werehyenas used their special charm powers to avoid combat. In canine form they attacked with a savage bite that could lock on to a victim.[1]


Werehyenas traveled in packs of up to a dozen individuals. A dominant male made all of the decisions for the pack. They mated for life, but only with members of their own pack.[1]


Werehyenas preyed on gullible humans whenever they could. They were also adept scavengers and ate anything they could find to survive.[1]


Beyond the land of Zakhara, werehyenas could be found in some areas of the Domains of Dread.[2]


While in human form, werehyenas often infiltrated villages and lured victims out to where the rest of their pack was waiting.[1]



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  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 1.15 Wolfgang Baur, Steve Kurtz (1992). Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix. (TSR, Inc). ISBN l-56076-370-1.
  2. Kirk Botulla, Shane Hensley, Nicky Rea, Teeuwynn Woodruff (1994). Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix III: Creatures of Darkness. Edited by William W. Connors. (TSR, Inc.), p. 8. ISBN 1-56076-914-9.