bargheist

A type of fiend, also called a soul-eater, or a Scavenger of the Pits; although they enjoy eating corporeal subjects, the soul itself is what nourishes them and their power.

Although they normally shapeshift into a humanoid form to hide their true nature in the Mortal Realm, their natural form has the features of a massive wolf and hyena with a rat tail and human hands.

Bargheists can only be summoned to the Mortal Realms via a ritual that ties them to a specific town. They are known to haunt these towns for years, taking distinct pleasure from feeding on the population that binds them to the Mortal Realm.