The fever was beginning to overtake Chalk. The wizard staggered through the small copse of trees looking for healing herbs and plants. Valance “did not know such spells” as he often remarked, but did offer the soothing bite of the less toxic spiders among his collection.
Stumbling into a small dell Chalk spotted a familiar looking plant. Stooping to pick up the healing herb the wizard spot a curious sight under a collection of thick pines; what appeared to be several small wild dogs standing side by side. Then the branches parted and the wizard saw that the top halves of these creatures were like goblins to the lower torso and jackals from the waist down.
“Get him!” one of the creatures screeched.
Arrows suddenly rained down among the monsters as they began to advance, causing a hasty retreat back into the trees.
Turning, Chalk saw Nysser the elf thief standing there, scanning the pines for activity.
“Sometimes one needs to out-ambush your ambushers,” the elf said with a wry smile.
No. Enc.: 2d6 (3d8)
Movement: 150′ (50′)
Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 2
Damage: 1d4+1 (claw or punch) or by weapon
Hoard Class: IX, XVII
Either servants or just wayward experiments of the Mad God, the grank are small creatures that appear to be a cross between a goblin and a coyote or jackal, as if they were patterned off of centaurs. Unlike the noble and rugged centaur the grank are devious and sneaky and excel in ambushing and running down their prey. In any given group of grank there is usually a fairly even smattering of archers, spearmen and javelin throwers.
Grank sometimes lead bands of goblins, creatures that the grank feel are inferior to themselves. Leader types fight and save as 5th level fighters and usually bear at least one +1 weapon or shield. Followers of the strange Mad God, it is also not uncommon for a cleric to be among their ranks.
Grank prefer dismal ruins and thick forests but when the going gets tough these little monsters live on the outskirts of villages and towns, scrounging what they can and picking off straying peasants.