This is a limited shapechanging spirit that takes the form of a tiger.
Looks like a larger, much uglier night-black tiger, or an unholy cross between a tiger and a giant bat. It sports occasional reddish splashes around it's jaws and paws. It's alternate form is the same but with it's body elongated into something vaguely bat-like. It's bite is poison, inflicting an addition 2D8 plague-like damage. Females are slightly smaller but more amoral. A predator from a darker, more dangerous plane, it uses it's flying form to get over obstacles, escape from more powerful predators or surprise it's prey. Extremely fast in combat, it cannot be flanked by less than 4 creatures and uses it's bite to start a decomposition in it's victims in order to digest them easier.
This animal stalks and springs or dive-bombs it's prey from ambush. In an open confrontation it will retreat until cornered at which time it becomes extemely aggressive and dangerous. Once it has brought it's prey down it will attempt to leave the general area with it, using it's great strength, to begin the digestive-poison process. Once it has eaten it will not hunt again until hungry. When surprised it will only fight if it is not outnumbered.
Shapechangers have darkvision with a range of 60 feet. The bite will begin to fester almost immediately spreading a decomposing affect thru the affected limb or body part within several minutes. Muscles and tendons will begin to turn putrid and the limb rapidly becomes unusable. This poison is progressive and will kill when it reaches the heart, lungs, brain or other internal organs. The animal will eat rotten meat in a pinch, but prefers to run down live prey. This animal is as nimble and fast as a couger or tiger and as such is extremely hard to fight one on one.
Black Tigers mate for life and can be found within 500 feet of each other at most times. They build a lair in rocks, caves, or ruins and retreat there to heal, reproduce or hide. If one is killed the other will commence suicide attacks against whomever it determines is responsible.
This creature has not yet been play tested.
This is not a kender type creature.