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Harefolk

Small humanoid (harefolk), chaotic good

Armor Class 13 (leather armor)
Hit Points 18 (4d6 + 4)
Speed 30 ft., burrow 10 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)

Skills Perception +3, Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages Common
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Keen Smell. The harefolk has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Ready for Trouble. The harefolk can’t be surprised, and it has advantage on initiative rolls if it isn’t incapacitated or unconscious.
  • Shapechanger Sensitivity. The harefolk has advantage on Intelligence (Investigation) and Wisdom (Insight) checks to determine if a creature is a shapechanger. It automatically succeeds when the shapechanger is a werewolf. In addition, the harefolk has advantage on its first attack roll each turn against a creature with the Shapechanger trait or Change Shape action, regardless of whether the harefolk was previously aware of the shapechanger’s nature.
  • Snow Camouflage. The harefolk has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in snowy terrain.
  • Snow Walker. The harefolk can move across icy surfaces without needing to make an ability check. Additionally, difficult terrain composed of ice or snow doesn’t cost it extra movement.

Actions

  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage.
  • Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.
  • Sling. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30/120 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

About

What appears to be an arctic hare given humanoid form is clad in leather armor and stands with its shortsword at the ready. Its bright eyes take everything in, while its nose quivers in search of predators.

Werewolf Foes. Harefolk have a long-standing hatred for werewolves, owing to their near extinction at the lycanthropes’ jaws. Harefolk are wary of other lycanthropes and shapechangers, even primarily good-aligned creatures such as werebears.

Rabbit Tenders. Harefolk keep arctic hares and other rabbits capable of surviving in arctic climes as pets. They believe the presence of rabbits brings good luck to a clan. Nomadic clans of harefolk ensure their pets can forage grasses as they travel, while more domestic clans grow gardens of hardy vegetables to feed the rabbits. Since harefolk are omnivorous, supplementing their diet of grubs and other insects with vegetation they find or grow, their dietary needs keep them from competing with their pets for resources. Though they are capable of eating flesh from other creatures, their bond with rabbits keeps many harefolk from hunting game animals, including non-rabbits. Adventuring harefolk often bring along a rabbit as a companion animal or familiar.

Pranksters. Harefolk enjoy pulling harmless tricks on each other, and stories of memorable pranks are passed down through generations. When dealing with their enemies, harefolk pranks turn injurious if not lethal. One of their favorite tricks is to seed areas beneath the snow with snares and bear traps. As they lead pursuers through these areas, they bound safely over the snow while the creatures pursuing them sink below the surface and set off the traps.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Beasts 2. © 2020 Open Design LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Celeste Conowitch, Darrin Drader, James Introcaso, Philip Larwood, Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, Brian Suskind, Mike Welham.