Black Hound (Forge)

Hit Points 10 + 2d4
DV1 / DV2 Special
Attack Value 3
# Attacks 1
Weapon Type Bite
Damage 2d4
Saving Throws 11+
Speed Walk (3) / Run (15)

Black hounds are vicious canines that stand three feet at the shoulder and weigh 95 pounds. Their pitch-black fur provides them with excellent camouflage. In the darkness, black hounds surprise prey 90% of the time. Black hounds are aggressive animals. They have a keen night vision, extending to a range of 120 feet, and are excellent at tracking (95%).

Their coloration makes them difficult to see in the darkness. When minimal light is present (e.g., torch or moonlight), a black hound’s DV1 and DV2 are 5. When there is sufficient illumination to see clearly (e.g., lantern, sunlight, or magical light), the creature’s DV1 and DV2 return to their natural rating of 2.

They are not afraid of fire like most animals, and loud noises or even the roars of wild beasts do not chase them away.

Black hounds attack without provocation. Their sharp jaws inflict 2d4 damage.

Male and female black hounds have the same general characteristics. Young black hounds have one-half the health and damage potential as adult specimens.

These wild canines inhabit dark caves and tunnels during the day, emerging at night to hunt. They attack boar, deer, rabbits, sheep, cows, and humanoids. They travel in packs ranging between two and twelve with an even distribution of males, females, and young.

Upon their death, their fur loses its rich darkness and becomes more of a muted black. It is not considered valuable.