The mercenary Bakra-do watched with slight amusement as the small band of adventurers picked their way up the mountain in the early morning sunshine. He was keeping an eye on a small pack of wolf-like dogs that had apparently just caught scent of the adventurers and were planning a rather clever ambush. Bakra-do urged his horse forward.
A young wizard turned and hailed the mercenary with a cheery smile. Bakra-do shook his head incredulously at these whelps. Low guttural growling broke the silence.
“We’re surrounded!” whined one of the adventurers as he pointed at several of the large dogs that were closing in on the party.
“Please do something!” another would be hero implored Bakra-do.
As the large dogs moved in menacingly the mercenary slid casually off of his horse and tethered the steed to the sturdy trunk of a pine tree. He raised his hand, palm outward, towards the dogs.
“I ask that you see these daring, if foolhardy, adventurers over the mountain pass and safely into the valley beyond,” Bakra-do said.
One by one the expressions on the faces of the dogs changed from savage to impassive then to almost kindly.
“How can we repay you?” asked the young mage.
“How much gold do you have?” Bakra-do asked with a sinister smile.
No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d12)
Movement: 120′ (40′)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 2
Damage: 1d6 (bite)
Hoard Class: X, XI
Generally found only in mountainous areas, the yokitai are large dogs that resemble wolves. Quite intelligent, a yokitai will attack anyone if hungry, but if offered food or asked not to attack the creature will be compelled by an ancient curse to offer assistance. Yokitai have been known to escort travelers over deadly mountain passes and around dangerous obstacles if only asked to do so. The trick is knowing to ask these creatures for their aid.