Alternative Breeds

=STEEL PELT=
Starting Statistics
Size medium; Speed 35 ft.; AC + 4 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d6 plus trip);
Str 13, Dex 11, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 6;
Special Qualities scent, low-light vision.

7th-Level Advancement
Size large; AC + 2 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d8 plus trip);
Str + 8, Dex – 2, Con + 4.

This wolf was once one of the most common breeds in many temperate parts of the Inner Sea, mainly near centralized northern and mountainous regions, but now has dwindled mostly due to deforestation and encroachment of civilization. Nonetheless, it is quite common in the temperate forests of Avistan, ranging from Varisia to Brevoy, down to Taldor, and throughout Cheliax. The territory size of packs of these wolves is normally quite small, as they prefer to not roam much unless driven to do so, but rarely face much environmental difficulty from this action, as they have proven very adaptable to different environments throughout the Inner Sea. This tendency to occupy a relatively small region has made sighting them scarce, despite the numbers they once boasted. They are very territorial, yet tend to travel in smaller hunting groups. Often, their lesser numbers still prove to be a match for most intruders.

On average, a steel pelt wolf weighs from 170 to 230 pounds and can measure up to 56 inches at the shoulder. They can vary in length from 40 to 65 inches. Their fur is known to be coarser and more dense than other wolves throughout Golarion, and they have proven to be a very hardy and durable breed, each individual withstanding much more punishment than other breeds, and being known for often ravaging goblin tribes (or human villages) in smaller numbers than other breeds when their territory is encroached upon.

=BLACK FANG=
Starting Statistics
Size medium; Speed 30 ft.; AC + 1 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d8 plus trip);
Str 17, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 6;
Special Qualities scent, low-light vision, + 2 stealth.

7th-Level Advancement:
Size large; AC + 1 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d10 plus trip);
Str + 8, Dex – 2, Con + 4.
Special Qualities powerful jaws

Powerful Jaws (Ex)

A black fang wolf’s muscular jaws threaten a critical hit on a natural roll of 19 or 20.

Being a larger and heavier animal with shorter legs, the black fang wolf is slower and less adept at catching prey than the other breeds of wolves, but this evolutionary disadvantage has produced a far more aggressive predator. Its teeth are more massive and stronger than the average wolf’s, allowing it to inflict more lethal wounds on its prey, and therefore to fell its meals in shorter time.

Found throughout the forests of Cheliax, Nidal, and Molthune, it has a distinctive appearance: black coloring with a gray throat and flat ears, features which it seems to have developed to reduce its profile while it hunts, as it is largely an ambush predator, sneaking up on prey instead of running it down. It ranges in size from 60 to 85 inches (tip of nose to end of tail) and weighs from 210 to 385 pounds.

=IRRISIAN SNOW WOLF=
Starting Statistics
Size medium; Speed 50 ft.; AC + 2 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d6 plus trip);
Str 15, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 3, Wis 12, Cha 6;
Special Qualities scent, low-light vision, immunity to snow blindness condition, +2 racial bonus on fortitude checks to avoid non-lethal damage from cold climates.

7th-Level Advancement
Size large; AC + 2 natural armor;
Attack: bite (1d8 plus trip);
Str + 8, Dex – 2, Con + 4.

Also known as “Irrisian Snow Ghosts”, this breed is able to tolerate sub-zero temperatures, up to five months of darkness a year, and weeks without food in its natural habitat, the frozen tundras of northern Avistan and the cold mountainous regions of the continent. The snow wolf is one of the few mammals that can tolerate such conditions, also meaning that its food is scarce, which drives packs of these clever hunters to either scavenge or attack much stronger creatures (including caravans of local humanoids). Despite the many studies by rangers and scholars, details of this evasive animal’s life are virtually unknown.

It has a silver coloring with short, pointed ears. It ranges in size from 50 to 73 inches (tip of nose to end of tail) and weighs from 150 to 220 pounds.

=DEATH HOUND=
Starting Statistics
Size medium; Speed 50 ft.; AC + 2 natural armor;
Attack bite (1d6 plus trip and hound rot);
Str 13, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 6;
Special Qualities darkvision (60 ft.), scent, ferocity

7th-Level Advancement
Str + 2, Dex + 4, Con + 2.

Hound Rot (Ex)

Type disease—bite; Save Fort DC variable; Onset 1 hour; Effect -2 Con and Cha penalty; Duration 1 day, see below

Creatures bitten by a Death Hound must make a DC (10 + 1/2 Hit Dice + Con modifier) Fortitude save or begin to exhibit an affliction similar to the animal, developing sores, scabs, and hair loss in various areas of the body after an hour (the hair loss over a longer period). A creature affected by this “rot” takes a – 2 penalty to Constitution and Charisma for 1 day (multiple applications do not stack), though the scabs/hair loss persist until healed. Any magical healing removes the rot instantly. This is a disease effect.

Death hounds have piercing, sallow eyes and sharp, needle-like fangs. They tend roam the borders of nations in constant war or in forests near old battlegrounds, in search of their next meal. This means they can largely be found in the nations around Lake Encarthan, but have been seen as far as Cheliax, Numeria, and Galt.

These creatures have mottled fur and the occasional bare patches covering most of their lithe frames which, due to genetic instability and rampant illness, often reveal sores and scabbed flesh. The eyes of a death hound glow an eerie shade of green when the creature’s eyes catch the light, a slight sheen which is also visible in the dark. Primarily scavengers, the sight of these creatures are often an ill omen, and they are rarely permitted stabling in towns and cities when tended by a master.

A smaller breed which never reaches the sizes of other wolves, death hounds range in size from 45 to 54 inches (tip of nose to end of tail) and usually weigh from 185 to 237 pounds.

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