Reports of this species are few and far between, but out of all the creatures in this bestiary, I find Wererabbits the most sinister and threatening.
Most of the sightings of these vicious creatures have been in the fields and grasslands surrounding Rengalm, far to the south. However, those reports also indicate that Wererabbits are gradually moving north. In time, I fear that even our great city of Yarnolth may fall under the threat of these ferocious animals.
Wererabbits are nocturnal alter-egos of the rabbits we see during the day. When night falls, these creatures transform into the genuinely terrifying form pictured. They follow a complex social hierarchy, which is only found elsewhere in highly intelligent predators that form the top of the food chain. They also use a remarkably intricate signal language to communicate with each other when they are within sight of other Wererabbits. This semaphore language made up of ear twitches and nose wiggles is yet to be deciphered, though I fully intend to include it in my future studies.
At first, you may assume that the way their little noses quiver and sniff at the air is as cute as the way they hop on their big back feet, moving, ever so cautiously, nearer to you. The way their oversized ears flop and bend in unison might appear to be just a natural coincidence of those soft, fuzzy appendages. Every indication about the small, cuddly creatures coming to investigate you points towards a harmless and potentially joyful encounter.
The truly malign nature of these animals lies in their deceptive appearance. They have all the cuteness of a fuzzy little bunny rabbit and many unlucky travelers have made the mistake of reaching out to pet one, losing anything from an appendage to his life as a result. Do not fall for the floppiness of the furry ears, the blank innocence of the beady eyes, or their playful little hops across the grass. The encounter they have planned for you is anything but cuddly and cheerful.
If you so much as smile and reach out to touch one of these animals, I assure you it will be treated as an invitation to attack. They will leap at their victims, gnawing at their fingers, arms and head in an attempt to subdue them in the shortest time possible. If a Wererabbit fails to disable its target, it will let out an eerie howl, calling for hundreds of others.
While Wererabbits are small in size, they are much more difficult to kill than you would expect. Even the sharpest swords do not always penetrate their thick hide and it appears that they can adapt to the attacks that they receive and prevent the same tactics from working on more than a few of their number. They have no known weakness and move faster than a man can run, so once someone is surrounded by these creatures it is often too late.
Not all rabbits turn into Wererabbits at night, which poses a problem. It is quite difficult to tell a plain old harmless rabbit apart from a Wererabbit in daylight. The best method for attempting this is to hold up each rabbit by the ears and carefully look at the areas around its eyes. If it has dark rings around its eyes, it is definitely a suspect, since Wererabbits spend their nights preying upon innocent creatures while normal rabbits are busy sleeping. Sometimes, however, the fur around their eyes can make identification difficult. In times of uncertainty, there is a simple spoken test, which can only be administered at night. Simply order the captured rabbit to clean its sleeping space: A plain rabbit, as one would expect, will completely ignore this instruction, having comprehended nothing. A Wererabbit, however, will immediately leap for your jugular.
Other, more subtle, signs that can distinguish a Wererabbit from a mundane bunny are bad temperament, dozing off during the day and a reduced sex drive due to the nocturnal activity, hence the saying “Not breeding like Wererabbits”.