Friday, 17 April 2015

Creature Feature: Dragonhawks

Following on from the Windryder post from a couple of weeks ago, heres a closer look at the gigantic birds they use as mounts.

Dragonhawks

These huge birds are native to the Continent of Alyeska, there are very few sightings of them outside the Continent. In addition their remains, both fossilized and recent, have only been found in Alyeska which makes them amongst the oldest known species to inhibit the Frozen North.

They call the Bastion Peaks and the other lofty heights of the Central Highlands their home, a place that has resisted the encroachment of Man. The only harmonic relationship they have with another species is that they have with the Windryders, an almost symbiotic relationship as many have commented on. A Windryder and their mount bond at an early age during a ritual thats called 'The Choosing', a young Windryder must go alone and unarmed into a Dragonhawk nest. There the Windryder must then present themselves, if the Windryder has a dark mark on their heart then the Dragonhawk mother will be openly hostile and the Windryder could face exile from their tribe. Though if the Windryder proves to be good of heart then the Dragonhawk mother will, warily, let them approach the nest. Then the Windryder must settle down next to the nest and wait, eventually one of the younglings will choose the Windryder and the bonding process begins. Though if one of the younglings from the nest choose the Windryder after the sun has risen four times, then the Windryder must find another nest.

Only a portion of the Dragonhawk population serve as companions and mounts to Windryders, the rest are for all intents and purpose 'wild'. Wild or 'tamed' alike they are still big birds and tend to require bigger prey to feed upon like elks, goats, bison and, much to the ire of farmers, livestock. For the larger prey a Dragonhawk tends to pick it up with its claws and then drop the unfortunate meal from a great height, though this tends to be with cattle sized prey that could give the Dragonhawk problems whilst in the air.

Man is the Dragonhawk's only real predator, the wealthy tend to pay large sums of money to acquire Dragonhawk eggs. The pirate gangs that plague the Bastion Peaks try to capture hatchlings with the intention of clipping their wings and forcing to fight one another. The Windryders tend to deal very harshly with poachers attempting to do either.

(Stats based upon the Roc found in the Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion)

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6(A), Spirit d6, Strength d12+8, Vigor d8
Skills: Fighting d8, Intimidation d10, Notice d8
Pace: 8; Parry: 6; Toughness: 14
Special Abilities:
*Bash: Dragonhawks have incredible lift, and can pick up large creatures in order to drop them from a great height. It takes a full round for the Dragonhawk to properly grasp a potential meal, which is a Fighting attack against a 'Parry' of 2. With a raise, the dragonhawk lifts the creature into the air and ascends 6" per round afterward. After five full round rounds it drops its prey, the prey then suffers damage according to the height.
*Flight: Dragonhawks have a Flying Pace of 16", with an Acceleration of 4" and a Climb of 6".
*Huge: Characters add +4 when attacking a dragonhawk due to their great size.
*Size +8: Dragonhawks are huge creatures with wingspans over 120'.
*Talons: Str+d6.

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There is now an Events Page on the blog listing forthcoming events that Utherwald will have a presence at, also we like to announce that we'll most likely be attending ExiliCon in Cambridge on July 11th.

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