Born Under a Violent Moon
Shifters in the Forgotten Realms
By Matt Sernett
Shifters understand the beast within better than most. Their ambiguous heritage and wild souls have kept shifters on the fringes of civilization for centuries, but the Spellplague threw wilderness and city alike into chaos. Now shifters are as common as humans in some parts of the Realms, and a few brave examples venture into the wider world, trying to find hope in the points of light that dot the wide darkness of the wild lands. This article offers eleven regional backgrounds for shifters from the Forgotten Realms.
Surrounded by hilly forests and rocky, mazelike canyons, the citizens of isolated Daggerdale live in fear of werecreatures striking their villages in the night. The dale has never been a place friendly to outsiders, and shifters are viewed with particular suspicion. Strangers could be lycanthropes in disguise, and the folk of Daggerdale have little doubt that shifters run with the monsters that infest the craggy heights of the Dagger Hills.
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About the Author
Matthew Sernett is a writer and game designer for Wizards of the Coast who has worked on both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Recent credits include Monster Vault, Neverwinter Campaign Guide, Hero Builder’s Handbook, and Scars of Mirrodin for Magic: the Gathering. When he’s not making monsters or building worlds, he’s watching bad fantasy movies you don’t realize exist and shouldn’t bother to learn about.