Balverines are vicious creatures. They were human at one point, but any trace of their humanity is gone. Only the white ones can change between a human form and balverine form. I was not aware of this until Hammer and I met a young “woman” named Lillith on the way to Westcliff and the Crucible. When passing through the Howling Halls, she changed.
Balverines attack with their claws, swiping at their victim. Other times they’ll jump towards and bite them. If you are bitten by a balverine, you will turn into one; there are no exceptions.
That’s one damn cool, albeit unexpected Marvel/Nintendo mashup by artist Vance Bell. Link and Dark Link from The Legend of Zelda games, together once more, but this time as Captain Hyrule and The Twilight Soldier.