Twisted lion-sized beasts with a hunger for warm flesh.
Rifthounds are chaotic arcane beasts that hunt in small packs and leave no bone unpicked. They look similar to muscular hunting dogs with short fur and stubby tails, yet their anatomy is asymmetrical, deformed and twisted. Rifthounds are much larger than the regular canine companions of Melior - in fact, they’re about the same size as a Nurbotu Lion. It seems that all riftbeings are deformed in this strange way, as seen in an ancient fossil that was uncovered from before the Age of The Unknown. Much like the other riftbeings that have wandered their way into Melior, rifthounds also tore into the landscape through the arcane rifts that have recently appeared all over the realm. Little is known about their homelands, or what they naturally feed on, but it is very clear that rifthounds are predatory carnivores with a rather large appetite. Scholars of The Jolundrian Empire are uncertain how the arcane rifts appeared in Melior. The only significant event that may have caused this would be the start of the devastating ongoing eruption of Mt. Darvus in Anvil, as chaotic rifts had not appeared in Melior before then. Rifthounds hunt in small family packs of around 5-8 hounds, though the alpha will often patrol and scent mark its territory alone. They bed down in dens dug into dirt holes or natural cave formations and overhangs like the roots of fallen trees. After defending herself from a vicious attack that lost her an arm, Najé Lanta of the Nurbotu Scarfolk came up with the idea to trap a litter of pups to see if they could be trained. After many grueling months, her team of rangers was successful and are now the first folks in Melior to have their own tamed rifthounds at their beck and call.