The Wolfwere was the offspring of werewolves and natural wolves.[citation needed]

Inhabiting out of the way places, the hated and feared wolfwere was the bane of humans and demihumans alike, for it was able to take the form of a human male or female of considerable charisma.[1]


In either its true shape or that of man, the wolfwere slyly hunted, slayed, and devoured its favored prey-men, halflings, elves, etc. Additionally, the wolfwere could halfchange, gain human-like arms and legs, and wield a human weapon. It could still bite in this form. Worst of all, however, was the monster’s song. Listeners were overcome with lethargy, just as if they had been affected by a slow spell.[1] Its true shape, and that in which it preferred to spend the vast majority of its time, was that of a large wolf. When in this state, it was almost indistinguishable from a dire wolf. When a wolfwere was attempting to lure humans or demihumans into an ambush, it would assume the shape of a member of their race. Almost without exception, the new persona would not be of the same sex as the potential victim. Thus, a wolfwere which was stalking a male elf would transform itself into a female elf. In all cases, the newly disguised wolfwere would have exceptional physical beauty.[2]


A wolfwere would quite frequently run with a pack of worgs or, more rarely, normal wolves. When strong prey was encountered, the monster would slip away to its lair, don human garb, and approach the victims in the guise of a pilgrim, minstrel, tinker, or similar wanderer. Oftentimes the wolfwere would carry a stringed instrument to play upon, so its crooning would not arouse suspicion. It should be noted that a great enmity existed between wolfwere and werewolves. The wolfwere were disgusted by wolvesbane and avoided it when possible.[1]


The wolfwere was a sly and dangerous adversary. In addition to its great fury and fighting prowess, it also possessed a great intelligence that should not be underestimated. When a wolfwere first spotted unsuspecting humans or demihumans in its territory, it would change into its fully humanoid form and assume the guise of a pilgrim, minstrel, or similar wanderer. The wolfwere would normally have carried some form of stringed instrument which it seemed to absent-mindedly play while it traveled. The true nature of its song, however, was terrible and often fatal. Anyone who heard the wolfwere's song would be slowed, as if affected by the slow spell. When a wolfwere was ready to attack, the creature would again change its shape to a form which was half-wolf and half-human (or demihuman), The wolfwere would almost always change into this form when it engaged in combat because it would have the ability to bite like a wolf and also wield a weapon of some type. In any form but its fully humanoid one, the creature could deliver a savage bite with its powerful jaws. It preferred to use its bite to attack prey over other methods.[2]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 127. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 363. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.