Volnmek (River dog)
The odd-terrier looking canines yipped and barked, but eventually gave up, running back to dive into the river and submerge themselves mysteriously. Satisfied by this retreat, the giant spiders, having scared off the strange green dogs, skittered off into the forest.
‘Why were those things trying to get us to the river?’ Koram asked.
‘I don’t know, but I am sure it was for no good reason,’ replied Chalk.
‘Didn’t we lose the halfling thief that way?’ Valance asked as he petted a cat sized spider.
Navnen’s ears perked up and he looked concerned.
‘No, that was those carnivorous swans that got him, poor little blighter,’ answered the wizard.
‘Just how many thieves have you guys had?’ Navnen asked.
The other three looked about dubiously.
Volnmek (River dog)
No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d8)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 2+4
Attacks: 2 (2 claws or 1 bite)
Damage: 1d4+1 (each claw) 2d4 (bite)
Hoard Class: XXI
The volnmek, better known as “river dogs” are a strange creature with the front half a scruffy, feral, green-tinged terrier-like dog and the back half of a scaly fish. During the day these creatures swim and caper about in rivers, lakes and ponds, sometimes gathering in small groups, sometimes serving various river gods in a variety of capacities.
Despite their aquatic nature at night the volnmek can come onto land, their fish half transforming so that these creatures appear as normal dogs for the most part. In this form these creatures often try to lure hapless victims near a lake or river’s edge and then push them in, where other river dogs are waiting to submerge and drown the victim and share a meal, often sacrifing some of the victim’s belongings to the river god they serve, if any, otherwise they hoard the belongings themselves. These canine monsters have the same senses as a normal dog and can make a hapless baying sound that often causes creatures to become curious and head towards the sound rather than away.