Ferocious raiders and fighters, hill giants prefer pets that mirror their own proclivities. Not for them is the humble wolf. Rather, hill giants keep monstrously huge dire wolves as pets like humans keep dogs.
Use the table below, to generate the details of an atypical dire wolf.
A normal dire wolf appears thusly:
This immense, black-furred wolf is the size of a horse. Its long fangs are as sharp as knives and its red eye blaze ferociously.
To the basic description above, apply one of the entries below:
- This huge wolf’s fur is mottled grey and black. Bizarrely, white fur covers its muzzle.
- This wolf has clearly survived a horrific injury; it has only one ear and its left eye is nothing but an ugly mass of swollen scar tissue.
- A wrought iron spiked collar hangs around this wolf’s neck; dried blood coats the spikes.
- Covered in shaggy fur, this wolf looks even bulkier than its brethren.
- Clumps of this wolf’s fur have fallen out, giving the creature a forlorn, diseased appearance…until it bares its teeth.
- Clad in a patchwork of studded leather armour, at first glance this wolf looks a little like a warhorse!
- This wolf wears a thick collar of woven rope. The rope is blood- and dirt-stained.
- A crude bandage is wrapped around one of the wolf’s legs. The dirty bandage is yellowed with puss, and the filthy wound smells infected.
- With particularly red-rimmed eyes and a snout drawn back in a snarl this hoary old wolf appears almost demonic.
- This wolf’s glossy fur is so black it seems to drink in the surrounding light.
In battle, some dire wolves fight differently to their brethren:
- Before darting into battle, the wolf throws its head back and spends an entire round howling.
- Fixated on the smallest visible foe, this wolf slinks toward its target. If the wolf downs its target, it carries away the body for a feast.
- Fire terrifies this wolf. It avoids anyone carrying or wielding flame and immediately flees if it suffers fire damage.
- A scavenger, this wolf darts behind opponents to take down a vulnerable target.
- Starving hungry, this wolf charges into battle with only one thing on its mind: food.
- At heart a bully and coward, if reduced to half hit points this wolf flees battle yelping with its tail between its legs.
- This wolf darts in and out of combat and tries to draw its target away from the safety of its allies.
- Once the companion of a hill giant priest, this wolf makes straight for the first enemy to cast a spell.
- This wolf hangs back from battle until one of its enemies is on the ground (either because it is unconscious, dead or has been tripped by another wolf). It then charges in to savage the downed foe.
- A bully and opportunist, this wolf chases down any enemy fleeing battle; until a foe flees it stays on the periphery of the battle.
This article appears in 20 Things #14: Hill Giant Steading.
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