[New Monster] Caninitrix

Caninitrix

The foul wizard’s equally evil apprentice crept into the old ruins to find the vile wand for his master. Just as he crept into an ancient cellar he found an inscription in arcane language.

‘What’s this?’ the apprentice asked himself as he read the strange words.

‘Oh Heavenly Hounds,’ the apprentice said aloud.

Suddenly a trio of upright walking dogs appeared, with gold and silver feathered wings each brandishing a slender sword.

‘I love that inscription,’ one of the creatures said.

The glow from the magical creatures caused the apprentice to shrink back in fear.

‘You not worth our time, we no kill,’ another of the caninitrix said.

‘Change from evil or next time we will bite,’ said the third before the creatures vanished.

At that point the young necromancer decided to make a run for it and find a more benevolent mage to apprentice himself to.

Caninitrix

No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d8)

Alignment: Lawful

Movement: 120′ (40′)

Fly: 150′ (50′)

Armor Class: 6

Hit Dice: 4+4

Attacks: 1

Damage: 1d6 (claw or bite) or by weapon

Save: F5

Morale: 12

Hoard Class: VIIx2

X.P.: 425

The caninitrix, also known as ‘Heavenly Hounds” are the messengers, heralds and soldiers of the Powers of Law. Appearing as bipedal dogs (of most any breed, often a Boxer or Bull Dog) with feathery wings and opposable thumbs, these creatures speak a broken version of Common when summoned to the Material Plane. Excellent trackers, these creatures have a 91% chance of tracking a target that isn’t using magical means to elude being traced and a 55% chance of tracking those that are magically covering their tracks. Caninitrix often bear +1 swords or maces at their sides.

Fitting into the ‘be careful what you wish for department’ it is said that these creatures can be summoned by mortals by saying ‘Oh Heavenly Hounds!’ which can conjure 1d4 of the creatures. If the summoner is of Lawful disposition the caninitrix can be persuaded to assist the person with a task, if of Neutral alignment there is a 50% chance that the Heavenly Hounds will assist and a 50% chance that these magical creatures will simply fly back to the Upper Planes. Chaotic creatures calling these things will be attacked if the caninitrix believe that they have the upper hand.

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