A Ravener (rah-ven-ur) is the result of a corruption of the blood that alters the physical and mental substance of a human until they are barely recognizable.
A Ravener is typically a person who has done something they regret, but that they don’t want to feel guilty for - they hunger for validation, or they are starved for other people’s approval. When they are affected, the person will begin to feel sick when they eat regular food and drink, and their stomach will gorge, and they will no longer digest the food but simply regurgitate it. They develop a taste for flesh, first raw red meats, but they hunger most for the flesh of humans and corpses.
Their skin starts to flake, stripping off to raw skin that eventually becomes rubbery, like lizard skin, with rough scales on the elbows. The Ravener’s teeth fall out, and their bones become brittle and thin. Along their throat, muscles develop that flex when the Ravener eats, pulling the food down whole. Their stomach distends and they regurgitate large masses of hair and bone mixed with bits of skin and bile after eating.
|A Ravener after their transformation, by Emily Vitori.|
Eventually, the Ravener develops small spines on the palms of their hands that help them cling to their food and to other slick surfaces. These spines also cover their tongue, which grows three times in length. Their fingers and toes lengthen, although some may break off from the thinning bone. Their eyes will burst open, revealing many dark tendrils that reach out and act as additional sensory organs, sensing the heat of the living and near dead. Raveners, due to their unsavory appearance, often retreat to live in sewers, cemeteries, or near large bodies of water, becoming somewhat amphibious over time.
Note: If you decide to use any of the monsters in a campaign, please let me know! I'd like to see how they work out.
Today's art is by Emily Vitori. Thanks to Emily for her contribution to the project!
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