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Werebeasts beware! Van Richten's Treatise on Lycanthropy revolutionizes the werebeast's curse like never before! This massive, 154-page supplement contains the following additions to gothic horror's greatest beast:

Van Richten's Notes. The supplement includes an in-game guide to lycanthropy written by the esteemed monster hunter Rudolph van Richten himself. This guide can be given directly to your players (and found by their characters) without the worry of metagaming or spoilers. Beware, however, for Van Richten is only human, and though his expertise is unparalleled, the scholar is still fallible!

New Lycanthropy Rules. Gone are the messy rules of lycanthropy. With clear instructions on how the affliction is spread and cured, and how it affects its victims, you can run the disease for both PCs and NPCs alike.

New Player Options. Was your character infected with lycanthropy or born with the affliction? With a new ancestry option, and five racial feats, you can kit out your own true lycanthrope PC.

New Werebeast Phenotypes. Face the ravenous werecrocodile or battle the dreaded werewalrus! This supplement features six new lycanthrope phenotypes, in addition to the werebat and wereraven of other official sources. Van Richten's adds werecats (lions, cheetahs, and jaguars, oh my), werecrocodiles, werefoxes, werehyenas, wereserpents, weresharks, and, of course, werewalruses.

New Werebeast Statistics. Bored of a mere werewolf? With over thirty variant statblocks, you can hurl werewolf alphas, wererat masterminds, and more at your players. However, no werebeast is as fearsome as the apex—a lycanthrope of legendary strength and resilience, born out of dark and unnatural means. Of these terrifying beasts, the CR 15 Werewolf Apex reigns supreme.

New Items. Five new magic items and a litany of other tools that no lycanthrope hunter should leave home without!


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Jonathan H July 23, 2021 10:31 pm UTC
The rules need to be clearer in regards to what is for players and what is for NPCs. Bloodlust is mentioned under Lycanthropy rules but not under Player Characters as Lycanthropes. It's stated NPC and PC Lycanthropes are different Bloodlust should be made clear. In addition it's unlcear if both forms of Lycanthropy suffer from Bloodlust or if it's just those that are cursed.

Overall True Lycanthropes are incredibly boring and underwhelming when compared to those that are cursed.
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Wyatt T July 24, 2021 6:04 pm UTC
If you refer to the first paragraph of Chapter 2: Lycanthropy Rules:

"This chapter expands on the lycanthropy information in the Monster Manual, providing comprehensive rules on using lycanthropy in your game. Player characters and NPCs are both beholden to these rules (with the exception of players with the true lycanthrope ancestry)."

I hope this clears things up for you.

As for your point about true lycanthropes... they're "underwhelming" in comparison because they still need to be balanced against other player races, as described in the supplement. It would not be fair to saddle a player with so many rules and penalties because of the race they chose. To do so would fly in the face of 5e design. Some people just want to be born a lycanthrope so that they transform and attack stuff.
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Joel M July 23, 2021 2:09 pm UTC
this is the kind of quality of product i would buy in hardback form.
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Adam L July 10, 2021 1:57 pm UTC
There are a ton of resources in this book. Anything to do with lycanthropes has a detailed section on how to use it in game while also keeping it interesting to play. Super happy with this!
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High D July 09, 2021 1:05 pm UTC
Worth remembering this site is international - 7/12/2021 is 7th of December for most of us.
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