I always find that the most interesting creatures in a fantasy RPG world are those which are a gloss on the real world – something that seems like it could have existed, but does not. A creature which appears normal, but has some malign or subtle intelligence to give flavor to interactions.
I like it most when these things are made by wizards with bad intentions.
The Catriculan Hound is part of a series I’ll be doing as part of Gorgon Breath Games – Public Domain Adventures. I’ll be taking material from the public domain – this time, from a 15th Century Book of Hours – and turning it into material for your OGL-compatible roleplaying game of choice.
A pay-what-you-want, OGL compatible PDF of the Catriculan Hound can be found at DriveThruRPG. The beastie itself can be found below:
Large beast, neutral evil
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 42 (5d10 + 15)
Speed 50 ft.
STR 19 (+4) DEX 13 (+1) CON 16 (+3) INT 4 (-3) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 6 (-2)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Giant
Proficiency Bonus +2
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Keen Hearing and Smell. The hound has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.
Pack Tactics. A Catriculan hound has advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least of the hound’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage.
Catriculan hounds are lanky, wily dogs five feet at the shoulder and nearly ten feet from snout to tail. Though they bear superficial resemblance to normal hounds, they are of a foul disposition and temperament. If kept well fed and treated fairly, though, they’ll almost never turn on their owners. Almost.
It is not known what the moniker “Catriculan” is in reference to – perhaps some long-forgotten city where the creatures were bred, or a wizard who created them from whole cloth. Some scholars theorize that they are domesticated dire wolves, much as a normal dog is a domesticated wolf… though that does not explain their foul demeanor.
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