Bred for loyalty, trained for savagery. I would rather no other beast by my side.
Common KnowledgeAs 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.
DistributionAcross 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 GuardiansUnlike 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.
- First breed recognized in Seawatch but likely to have originated early 600 BF.
- 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.