Here are the story elements underlying the rules that have been perplexing gamers since their debut.
The ghoul in D&D is actually a Draugr from Norse myth, the inspiration behind Tolkien’s Barrow-Wight and Nazgul. It’s the claws that have been throwing me off. Replace them with the Draugr’s traditional head slap and the rules finally make sense! It becomes a powerful stunning blow that Tolkien pastiche Elves shake off because of their superior fitness and unique healing abilities. Every author has a unique vision, but it’s nice to finally have the rationale!
There you have it! Happy Halloween!