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Wererat: A Cat’s Greatest Foe

Fun little story: I actually had a character that turned into a wererat during a campaign back in junior high. I called the wererat form Johnny, and he was basically a smoker who went through fifteen packs a day. Every time it was my turn, the party would yell, “Hey, Johnny!” in a gravely voice while pointing at me with finger guns.

My dungeon master tried desperately to cure me. I refused each and every time.

Lore: Curse-Bound Thieves

The most sly of the lycanthropes, wererats prefer to hunt alone and rarely use their full animal form. A clan of wererats works much like a thieves guild, spreading their curse only to those whom they wish to indoctrinate. Those that are cursed on accident or try to leave the clan are quickly assassinated. Typically living in cellars or sewers in major cities, one can often find normal rats of various sizes living with them.

This lore could make for a fun twist on the classic thieves guild plotline. Expecting something like what you’d get in Skyrim? Nope! They’re all rats and they want to bring you into their weird wererat thief cult!

Aside from that, they’re fairly boring. But that one idea is a ton of fun, so… I’ll say they’re middling.

Design: Wash Your Clothes, Dude

Seeing what these guys look like in official art only makes me love Johnny all the more in retrospect.

Imagine this, but with a full pack of cigarettes burning in its mouth.

This look is on-par with the wereboar. It’s clearly an animal, and not a friendly one, what with those teeth and claws and the bloodstains. But it isn’t a savage. Excluding the aforementioned stains, its clothes are fairly well kempt.

It still isn’t especially creative or interesting. But it isn’t generic or brain-dead either. So once again, it is middling.

Unfortunately, the stats are not.

Stats: Big as a Man, Weak as a Rat

Of the three lycanthropes we’ve covered so far, this one is by far the weakest. It has the highest AC, but not by much, and its HP is pitifully low. None of its weapons are particularly dangerous and it lacks any real abilities to make it interesting.

And you know what that means. It’s another slugfest. Grab your silver weapons and hit them until they die. They couldn’t even give them any special ambush abilities or anything.

In short: boring.

Placement

The wererat is a fairly dull monster. Its lore could make for a fun plotline, but that’s about it. The design is just okay and the stats are very boring.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Wererat on the Best of the Bestiary!

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  100. Wereboar
  101. Wererat <—————-
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