Content of the article: "Adding Wendigo to the lore of the Forgotten realms"
I'm adding Wendigo to my latest campaign, Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, as a sort of horror-themed side antagonist and I'd love to hear your take on the type of lore I've come up for this sort of monster and see if you think it fits in the Forgotten Realms setting.
The legend of the Wendigo runs deep in the lands of Icewind Dale and has baffled the minds of scholars who attempt to research such afflicted creatures. Attempts to categorize them as mere monstrosities, creatures of the fey, and most commonly as a horrific variant of the lycanthrope, fall short of the truth behind these one human beasts. Hunger can drive even the strongest of wills to madness, where friends devour each other in hopes of survival. In this ravenous and unholy hunger, their spirit becomes vulnerable to the demonic spirits of the Abyss. Yeenoghu's unfathomable hunger seeps into their being, causing their skulls to rend themselves of their flesh and grow like that of a great Deer. Their bodies and appendages grow far past their normal spans, and the skin becomes bone tight against an anorexic frame. A constant state of hunger replaces all emotions and memories of past loved ones unless drawing on such memories can be used to find more prey. The only sign that there is any remnant of the former person, is the way they perfectly mimic the voices of their past selves and loved ones to draw people out. Eventually, they learn to mimic other voices and the most powerful ones can attempt to penetrate the minds of nearby victims to find voices from their past. Despite their lack of muscle mass, these terrible creatures possess unnatural strength, speed, and agility. Their bite carries an awful disease that extends some of their dark hunger to their victims, but it does not progress to full Wendigo nature unless the person performs an act of cannibalism. Impervious to normal weaponry, they are only warded off by the blaze of an open fire and holy light that burns their flesh. Wendigo are not able to be reasoned with unless fed by a creature it has no desire to devour, such as powerful Hags who seek to use them as protection or even desire to foster their numbers. While it's not clear as to the Wendigos relation to the Gnoll, wild tales of dark rituals where Gnolls gorge themselves on their own in a sadistic display of loyalty to their Demon Lord suggests perhaps a unique relationship between these monsters and the Gnolls. There is no cure less than a wish spell to help a person fully transformed into a Wendigo, and nothing less of a remove curse can save someone who hasn't fully transformed. Interestingly, there has never been a case of a Lizardfolk becoming a Wendigo for reasons that are merely speculated on until now.
This is what I have so far! Please tell me if any points seem out of place, not in line with how the world of the Forgotten realms feels, or if you have any suggested edits!
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