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Lycanthrope, Werebat

This sharp-featured, angular humanoid has protruding fangs, a scruffy-haired body, and thin, membranous tissue connecting its arms to its sides.

Werebat (Human Form) CR 3

XP 800
Human natural werebat rogue 3
NE Medium humanoid (human, shapechanger)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+2 armor, +2 Dex)
hp 23 (3d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +5 (+1 vs. traps), Will +3
Defensive Abilities evasion, trap sense +1

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk short sword +6 (1d6+2/19–20)
Ranged mwk shortbow +5 (1d6/×3)
Special Attacks sneak attack +2d6

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 6
Base Atk +2; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Reflexes, Weapon Focus (short sword)
Skills Acrobatics +8, Climb +8, Disable Device +8, Disguise +4, Handle Animal +1, Intimidate +4, Perception +8, Sense Motive +8, Sleight of Hand +8, Stealth +8
Languages Common
SQ change shape (human, hybrid, and bat; polymorph), lycanthropic empathy (bats and dire bats), rogue talents (ledge walker), trapfinding +1

Werebat (Hybrid Form)

XP 800
Human natural werebat rogue 3
NE Medium humanoid (human, shapechanger)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+2 armor, +2 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 26 (3d8+9)
Fort +4, Ref +5 (+1 vs. traps), Will +3
Defensive Abilities evasion, trap sense +1; DR 10/silver

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (average)
Melee bite +5 (1d6+3), 2 claws +5 (1d4+3)
Ranged
Special Attacks curse of lycanthropy, sneak attack +2d6

STATISTICS

Str 16, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 6
Base Atk +2; CMB +4; CMD 17
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Reflexes, Weapon Focus (short sword)
Skills Acrobatics +8, Climb +9, Disable Device +8, Disguise +4, Handle Animal +1, Intimidate +4, Perception +8, Sense Motive +8, Sleight of Hand +8, Stealth +8
Languages Common
SQ change shape (human, hybrid, and bat; polymorph), lycanthropic empathy (bats and dire bats), rogue talents (ledge walker), trapfinding +1

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Change Shape (Su)

A werebat has three forms—a humanoid form, an animal form, and a hybrid form. Equipment does not meld with the new form between humanoid and hybrid form, but does between those forms and animal form. A werebat can shift to any of its three alternate forms as a move-equivalent action. If slain, it reverts to its humanoid form, but remains dead.

Curse of Lycanthropy (Su)

A werebat’s bite attack in animal or hybrid form infects a humanoid target with lycanthropy (Fortitude DC 15 negates). If the victim’s size is not within one size category, this ability has no effect.

Lycanthropic Empathy (Ex)

In any form, a werebat can communicate and empathize with bats and dire bats. It can use Diplomacy to alter such an animal’s attitude, and when so doing gain a +4 racial bonus on the check.

ECOLOGY

Werebat Masters

Werebats are instinctually inclined to participate in a group mentality, taking flight with other lycanthropic beings in pursuit of a singular goal set forth by a werebat master. Werebat masters are often simply the strongest of the werebats in the region, though in werebat culture—where physical strength is the key determiner of social standing—this means a great deal.

When a rogue werebat steps out of line to challenge a werebat master, a short period of chaos is sure to follow, with loyal followers of the reigning master eagerly seeking to show their dedication by swiftly removing the renegade and any allies he may possess.

Of course, a werebat master, having so many eyes and ears at her disposal, is never caught by surprise when a rebellious individual seeks her out, and often welcomes the challenge should the dissenter live long enough to make it to her doorstep. A werebat challenger who has defeated loyalist assassins has already proven himself as a worthy adversary, and long-standing werebat masters revel in the thrill of a deadly battle, so mundane has their life of leisure often become.

Sometimes non-afflicted humanoids seek to challenge a werebat master. Whether these self-proclaimed heroes are hunters of fortune, power, or freedom, they are greeted with far less respect than a rebelling werebat, and werebat masters do what they can to immediately rid themselves of the nuisances. Far more vicious and eager in their pursuit of these unturned individuals, werebat assassins waste little time in exterminating them, so such “heroes” are few and far between.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests or hills
Organization solitary, pair, or gang (3–5)
Treasure NPC gear (leather armor, masterwork shortbow with 20 arrows, masterwork short sword, other treasure)

Fusing the primal thirst of the ravenous bat and the unique abilities of individual humanoids, the werebat is a hybrid creature constituting both bloodlust and cunning. As opposed to vampires, who share some similar abilities with werebats and are often confused with them, these lycanthropic beings are often more savage in their behavior and far less calculating than the shapeshifting undead. As though to prove a point, some werebats go out of their way to take down powerful vampire lords and commandeer the vampires’ higher position—though many also become slaves to such undead after underestimating their prowess.

Natural werebats typically look like normal members of their race, though they often have dark hair, slight frames, severe features, and slightly pointed ears. They typically stand slightly taller than normal for their race, but weigh significantly less.

Ecology

Werebats exalt in the freedom of flight and delight in the taste of flesh. Whereas some lycanthropes try to maintain some sense of humanity while living with their condition, werebats are less inclined to do so and tend to abuse their powers. Their hunger for blood and the chaos often resulting from such impulsions tend to make wholesome living difficult for werebats, and so most simply give in to their bestial natures.

Those who wish for a less gruesome and more respectable lifestyle are in constant struggle with forces both internal and external to themselves. Natural werebats can control their primal urges, but are subject to the corrupting atmosphere that is werebat society, always under pressure to submit to the influence of a werebat master. Afflicted werebats have it far worse, their bodies in constant conflict with themselves in addition to the external forces urging them to give in.

One of the most telltale signs of a werebat is blindness—about half of natural werebats are born with poor vision and need strong spectacles, and some are even completely blind. They make up for this deficiency with other heightened senses, however, and possess sharp hearing as well as strong senses of taste and smell. In cultures where it does not behoove one to have a lycanthropic background, werebats with poor vision tend to simply go without glasses, as their keen ears are more than able to compensate.

Of course, the most obvious sign of werebat lycanthropy appears beneath the full moon, when an afflicted werebat cannot help but transform into its bestial shape. Werebats in animal form are far more savage looking than average bats, and resemble their dire cousins to a greater extent.

Habitat & Society

Werebats possess a pack mentality akin to their bestial kin’s, and are able to fly in large, coordinated packs and execute complex maneuvers easily and agilely. This instinctual group dynamic manifests itself in both lycanthropic and humanoid form, the surrounding society reflecting this pack mentality in legal as well as civil configuration. Entire packs of werebats often live in close proximity to one another, and sometimes even entire towns fall to the power of the winged lycanthropes.

Almost always serving a higher master and subscribing to an unspoken understanding of “one for all,” werebats place great importance on meetings and gatherings, holding such events at barren locations such as caves and abandoned castles where the horde will be undisturbed. These gatherings are largely ornamental in purpose and merely provide the afflicted individuals with some sense of unity rather than being a means to any constructive end. Nevertheless, it is a great taboo in werebat culture to show any disrespect toward collaborative efforts or to each other during assemblies, and any infighting is met with harsh punishment.

Turning an individual into a werebat is not ritualistic or organized by any means, unlike other facets of werebat culture. Werebats themselves feel indifferent about transforming unaffected individuals into afflicted werebats; the disease is spread more often because a werebat doesn’t have enough time to finish slaying her victim before she is caught mid-act or her prey has otherwise escaped her, carrying a cursed scratch as a memento of the occasion. Only later does the individual realize what has happened, and usually too late. In paranoid societies, the horror upon realizing one’s own transformation is usually matched with self-loathing and sometimes even drastic measures such as suicide—for in certain regions werebat-hate is so strong that it is easier to simply end it oneself than face the imminent and almost always malicious persecution of one’s peers.

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