Wolfsbane Magicks & The Lycanthrope
When you reach the Wolfsbane Magicks shop in Everdale and meet Harpen (the proprietor), you may have also already received the quest "The Lycanthrope" from Xed in the Western Kessian Basin. (If you didn't get the Lycanthrope quest yet, also see the "JOURNEY THROUGH WOLFENWOOD" section.)
|Xed the Lycanthrope Hunter|
Xed also suggested that you immediately attack Harpen without even talking to him first, in order to take him by surprise. However, if you disregard Xed's suggestion and talk to Harpen without raising the issue of lycanthropy, you'll have the option of doing business with Harpen as you would at any other magick shop, and buying his revolving stock of potions, scrolls, rings, and other magical or alchemical items.
On the other hand: If you challenge Harpen by choosing the dialogue options involving lycanthropy, Harpen will protest and tell you that he is innocent. If you mention meeting a man who was tracking Harpen and identified him by name as the lycanthrope, Harpen will ask you if the man was "a bit odd looking, with shifty eyes" and went by the name of Xed.
|Harpen's side of the story|
Unfortunately, however, Xed managed to escape, and now avoids entering the forest out of fear of Harpen.
Harpen will then say that Xed obviously wants him dead, but isn't powerful kill him himself, so apparently tried to trick you into doing it. He'll then offer you a bounty of 500 gold to go kill Xed instead of him, and you'll face a choice of whether to accept this offer, accuse and attack Harpen instead, or state that you can't decide who is telling the truth (and abandon the quest).
The truth is: Harpen actually is the lycanthrope, and if you persist in challenging him, he will prove this by transforming into a huge "Dire Wolf" and attacking you.
|The lycanthrope fills the doorway to Wolfsbane Magicks after transforming|
|The lycanthrope chases a mage northeast of the village of Everdale toward the ruins|
|The lycanthrope dispatches the Sentinel Stalk|
|Ara dispatches the lycanthrope after a chase back to Everdale|
|Xed pays out the promised reward for bringing the lycanthrope's reign of terror to an end|