Solemn Hound

Bred for loyalty, trained for savagery. I would rather no other beast by my side.

Common Knowledge

As one of the most sturdy breeds of hounds, Solemn Hounds were specifically bred to keep traveling merchants safe along the roads of the Solemn Expanse. Today they are the favored warhound of many Gravehunters against the Unfallen. They have also found their place of reverence as Crypt Guardians of Bastion.

Player's may purchase a Solemn Hound for 300 gold at Graystone or Seawatch. For a statblock reference, refer to "Dire Wolf". Some additional work may be required for a breeder to trust you.

Distribution

Across the Solemn Expanse, but also found within Graystone due to being such a popular breed amongst the Gravehunter's Guild. The largest population can be found within Bastion where they protect the city with silent vigilance.

Silent Guardians

Unlike most canines, the Solemn Hound is unable to howl or make bark-like sounds its kin is so well known for. Instead, these magnificent hounds use deep growls to communicate. Even in a playful mood, these beasts sound deadly.

History claims that these dogs once had a fearsome howl that echoed across the valleys and plains of the Solemn Expanse. It was not until one Hound dared howl within the silent capital of Bastion that their bark was taken from them. Elias struck down the breed with divine fury, removing their ability to howl. They were left only with low, rumbling growls.

As generations went by, the Crypt Priests of Bastion began to train these dogs alongside the initiates believing that Elias had blessed them rather than cursed them. With a keen intellect and unending loyalty, Solemn Hounds have been Crypt Guardians for over two hundred years.

Solemn Hound
Angry Mabari by Unknown
Origin/Ancestry
First breed recognized in Seawatch but likely to have originated early 600 BF.
Lifespan
Around 10 years.
Average Height
28 to 34 inches tall, with males being larger.
Average Weight
Around 160 pounds.
Average Length
32 to 38 inches long, with females being longer.

Further Reading

Bastion
Settlement | Feb 25, 2019

The City of Crypts; Where the dead may rest in silence, if not sanctuary.


Comments

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3 Dec, 2018 08:58

Doggo!   I like it; the story about how they aren't able to howl anymore is a great context/story touch that ties them into the setting more.   Are you going to make unique stats for them, or are they going to take a Dire Wolf or Dire Hyena stateline? :)   Awesome work Oneiriwien! Haven is a real fascinating place :D

3 Dec, 2018 10:28

I stuck with "Black Bear" for a statblock for now, mainly because I don't want to waste my time writing up RPGblocks when I could be doing more things. I have found I really enjoy writing up creatures!   You should hit me up with a Doggo from Araea. ;) Take it as a prompt.

3 Dec, 2018 10:31

Critters are a lot of fun to write and this was a lot of fun to read. The context and setting-connecting tissue always hooks me right in. I can't wait to see the other monsters in Haven, like the zombie elephants and whales.   And you know that will be one messed up doggo, right? XD

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