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Therianthrope, Jackalwere

This creature appears as a jackal–headed humanoid with dark fur and dark eyes.

Jackalwere CR 2

XP 600
CE Medium magical beast (shapechanger)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +10

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +3 natural) as jackal or hybrid; 14, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +2 natural) as human
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +5; Ref +6; Will +2
DR 5/cold iron

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft. as jackal, 30 ft. as hybrid or human
Melee bite +4 (1d6+1) as jackal, longsword +3 (1d8+1/19–20) and bite –1 (1d6) as hybrid, longsword +3 (1d8+1/19–20) as human
Special Attacks sleep gaze

STATISTICS

Str 13, Dex 17, Con 15, Int 12, Wis 12, Cha 12
Base Atk +2; CMB +3; CMD 16 (20 vs. trip as jackal)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Acrobatics +7 (+15 jump as jack, +11 jump as hybrid or human), Perception +10, Stealth +8, Survival +7 (+11 tracking by scent); Racial Modifiers +8 Acrobatics to jump as jackal, +4 Acrobatics to jump as hybrid or human, +4 Survival when tracking by scent
Languages Common
SQ alternate form
Gear longsword

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Alternate Form (Su)

A therianthrope’s natural form is that of the base animal. It can shift into two other forms as though using the polymorph spell on itself, though only a specific human form or hybrid form can be assumed. Equipment carried by the therianthrope in human or hybrid form shifts with it and is absorbed into its animal form. Magic items do not function while in this form. When a therianthrope shifts back into human or hybrid form, equipment (including magic items) returns to normal and function normally.

A therianthrope’s first form is that of a human. A therianthrope always assumes the same appearance and traits in human form. In this form, it cannot use its natural weapons or any extraordinary special attacks. It can wield weapons and wear armor however.

Its second form is a bipedal hybrid form with prehensile hands and animalistic features. The therianthrope retains its natural attacks and extraordinary special attacks in this form, and can also wield weapons or wear armor. Changing forms is a standard action. A slain therianthrope reverts to its animal form, although it remains dead. Separated body parts retain their human or hybrid form, however.

Sleep Gaze (Su)

Any creature within 30 feet that meets the creature’s gaze falls asleep for 3 minutes if it fails a DC 12 Will save. This ability functions as the sleep spell (caster level 3rd), but there is no HD limit to the number of creatures it can affect. The save DC is Charisma–based.

Editor’s Note

Base Template: Therianthrope (CR varies)

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate plains and underground
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), pack (1, plus 5–8 jackals)
Treasure standard

Jackalweres in humanoid form usually have dark eyes and dark skin, but are otherwise indistinguishable from other humanoids.

A jackalwere in hybrid form attacks with its longsword and vicious bite.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Jackalwere from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.