Finally, their hair (some of my colleagues insist on the term 'fur' but by that logic even humans would be classified as a furred species) covers their entire bodies, much like humans or halflings, excusing their palms and soles.
Their facial structure is pointed, with a long, flat skull and narrow chin.
However, after over a year with a gnoll tribe in the Ashfall Plains, I have collected the most extensive possible treatise on their physiology, relationships, culture, and other unique features, to aid the reader in assimilation among groups of gnolls.
Keep this in mind when you are sent on your own assignments; the most common race in an area may not always be the most advantageous to become.They are broad-shouldered, and have thick, powerful necks, culminating in a fearsome jaw quite capable of shearing through bone.This may seem like a needless task, given their relative lack of importance as power players in the world.Physiology, a typical gnoll pack leader - almost exclusively a female position - would stand at roughly the height of a tall human man, were it not for the species' habitual hunching posture.They have a habit of panting with mouths open when excited, and are a particularly vocal species; I was kept up half the night by their whooping during my early days among the tribe, and their constant chatter can wear on a soul.The ears, sat high on the head, also come to sharp points.Gnolls possess the normal range of senses, but are somewhat hampered in their ability to see at long distance, similar to gnomes.Despite this, they do not seem to be overly concerned or distraught at strong negative smells; they will eat with great relish meat that nearly turned my stomach, and are not overly concerned with bathing.An Explorer's Guide to the Uncommon Races.The exception, of course, is their 'head' and pubic hair, the latter of which is connected to the rather thicker patch of 'fur' on their short tails, and the former extends in a diamond shape across both shoulders and tapering down to a point usually.
This, combined with their long forearms, tough hands, and an odd structure to their neck joints that keeps their skull quite comfortable when parallel to the spine, allows them to travel quite comfortably on all fours.
Please refer to Appendix B for a partial listing of such items, as usual.
But they are becoming more common, and their relative newness to the world stage gives the neophyte an excellent opportunity; few other humanoids are fully knowledgeable about their habits and culture, affording the mimic license for more mistakes.If one plans on hosting a gnoll as a guest, it is important to keep in mind that many common fruits enjoyed by the civilized races, such as grapes, are in fact harmful/poisonous to them.This resemblance carries with it some unique characteristics, especially concerning their females; for example, they are among few races whose "fairer sex" are significantly larger and more aggressive than their males.This, combined with certain other anatomical features we shall cover presently, has often given observers difficulty in differentiating gnoll sexes.They do, on the other hand, have extremely perceptive noses, and are quite able to distinguish very faint scents.This hair is quite short, no more than a few inches high, except you whore in sheep's clothing for a 'crest' that forms at the top of the scalp, which is of darker coloration than the rest of the hair.