Blind Dogs

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 2d6
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 180’ (60’)
AC: 6
HD: 3
Attacks: 1 bite
Damage: 1d6
Save: L3
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: None

Dogs were one of the most common (next to cats) domestic animals that people kept before the final wars. All manner of breeds, and sizes were pets, guard animals, or in some cases even family members. Russia was no different in that regard.

It stands to reason that due to the huge canine population almost everywhere on the planet that they would have survived as readily as they had. But like all other life, the common dog was subjected to the fickle hand wielded by radiation and toxins.

This particular mutant dog ended up losing its eye-sight over the many generations after the fall of the Ancient’s, but that did not hamper the creature at all. In fact the other senses granted to it by the radioactive fallout more than made up for the loss of its sight.

Physically this species of mutant dog is on average about the size of a large German Shepherd. They are around four feet from the tip of their nose to their flanks, and weigh around 100 pounds. Some of the mutants still possess eyes, although they are usually milky-white and dead appearing, while others have empty eye-sockets which are covered over by the skin. A few of the breed have short fur, while others are covered in splotches, but the majority of the mutant dogs are hairless. Also more than 75% of the creatures are albino and suffer from the drawbacks associated with this condition.

The animals live and hunt in packs ranging from 2-12, although if the hunting is good, packs of triple the size have been seen, although this is fairly rare. As with most dog packs there is an Alpha male and female, which control the pack with an iron fist. Typically only the Alpha’s mate, with the female going into heat once every year. The gestation period is only three months and the female gives birth to a litter of 5 – 10 pups. Fights often break out among the members whenever they feel that they are strong enough to take on the Alpha for leadership of the packs, and the females often will fight one another for the chance to take on the Alpha female for the opportunity to mate with the Alpha male.

Despite having been robbed of their sight, these mutant animals have gained increased smell and hearing , and are able to detect radiation, energy and toxins and are capable of avoiding such hazards. They also possess a type of echolocation to help them navigate any terrain they encounter. The range of all their unique senses is two miles.

Another strange quirk that has been discovered is that these mutant dogs are also immune to energy and electrical attacks. This has been the demise of many a hunter wielding energy based weapons, although they are not immune to primitive firearms (slug-throwers) or other such physical attacks.

In combat the creatures act like the