Foo Dog

Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook, co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands game supplement and contributor to the 'Sword of Kos: Hekaton' Anthology.

No. Enc: 1d6
Alignment:  Lawful
Movement: 120' (40')
AC: 5
HD: 8
Attacks: 1 Bite
Damage: 4d6 & special (see below)
Save: L9
Morale: 9
Hoard Class: None

Foo Dogs are a large breed of canine that is mostly found in the wastes of Asia. These large animals grow to stand about 3 feet in height at the shoulder and can weigh in at 150 pounds. At first glance, there is nothing that reveals the mutant  to be anything but a normal canine, and that has been the downfall of many a would-be thief.

These animals are typically used as guard dogs and companions. These creatures are highly intelligent and are extremely loyal to anyone they bond with. Whenever they are encountered in groups, it is a single pack, and as is the case with all dogs, the pack is led by a single alpha male. In the case of these mutant canines, the alpha isn’t necessarily the strongest male; it is the most intelligent of the pack that is chosen to lead the rest.

These creatures have incredibly long life spans. Other than death due to violence or disease, some of the oldest of their breed have been around since before the end of the elders. As a result, it is speculated that they were created by the elders to be the ultimate in watch dogs.

Females are very particular about the males they mate with. As with the packs, they are drawn to the most intelligent member of the pack. Gestation for the female is 5 months and they give birth to litters of 1d8 pups at a time.

Pups grow somewhat slowly compared to other canines, reaching full maturity in approximately 3 years’ time. Males are capable of reproduction at 2 years of age while the females generally wait until they are 6 or more years old.

The parents encourage their pups to seek out companions to share their lives with, or gather in small packs with other of their kind and find worthy places or individuals to work for as guardians.

The other reason is that even they understand the need for genetic diversity. As a result, they can be found all over the wastes of Asia, and some packs have even found their way onto other continents.

When engaged in combat, the mutant canine employs its main weapon, a powerful bite that has been known to rip through metal, tear doors off hinges and even uproot heavy plants. To make matters worse for any would be opponent; the mutant canine employs neural empathy to read the emotions of the target. If the individual or group clearly means harm or is chaotic in nature, they can employ a special energy attack that is linked directly to its bite. Anything that is chaotic or intends on causing harm or theft will find them