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Monday Monster: Clockwork Hounds

SteamPunkHunter_SmallThey were once the province of the corrupt aristocracy, running down escaped slaves and tracking prey in hunting expeditions. Those days are gone, but the clockwork hounds still tick and hunt. The Praetors of Zobeck seized them during the revolt that established the Free City, and now, they operate only on the command of the secret police, hunting down persons of interest wanted for more aggressive questioning.

Hounds sometimes operate alone, but usually, they are sent into the streets seeking their quarry as a party of three hounds and two huntsmen. Because they are unsleeping and tireless, few can hide from them for long without magical assistance.

Clockwork huntsmen and hounds are painted matte black with mithril trim, occasionally outfitted with armor or barding for added intimidation. Common folk detest them; all but their keepers and commanders shun them. They represent a link back to Zobeck’s darker past and remind all of how it came to its present state.

Clockwork Huntsman Level 5 Soldier

Medium natural animate (construct)          XP 200
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +9; darkvision
hp 62; Bloodied 31
AC 21, Fortitude 18, Reflex 17, Will 17
Immune disease, poison
Speed 6

[mba] Iron Slash (standard; at-will) ★ Weapon
+12 vs. AC; 1d10+4 damage
[r] Net Cannon (standard; at-will) ★ Weapon
Ranged 10; +10 vs. Reflex; the target is restrained (save ends)
[c] Assembly Breach (free; when reduced to 0 hp) ★ Fire
Close burst 2; +8 vs. Reflex; 2d6+4 damage plus 2d6 fire damage

Alignment unaligned Languages
Str 18 (+6) Dex 15 (+4) Wis 15(+4)
Con 14 (+4) Int 3 (-2) Cha 3 (-2)

Clockwork Hound Level 5 Soldier

Medium natural animate (construct)         XP 200
Initiative +8 Senses Perception +9; darkvision
hp 62; Bloodied 31
AC 21, Fortitude 17, Reflex 18, Will 17
Immune disease, poison
Speed 7

[mba] Ratcheting Bite
(standard; at-will)
+12 vs. AC; 1d6+4, and the hound locks its jaws into the target (save ends); when locked on, the hound can hit automatically, using all its actions for the round and dealing normal damage plus an extra 1d6 of damage for each consecutive round the hound is attached.
[m] Whip Tongue (standard; at-will)
Reach 3; +10 vs. Reflex; 1d6+4 damage, and the target is knocked prone and pulled 1 square
Unrelenting Tracker
If the hound hits a target with any attack, it gains a +10 bonus to Perception checks against that target; the hound can use this bonus against a single target, and it lasts until the hound changes targets; the hound can choose to change targets at any time with a successful attack.

Alignment unaligned Languages —
Str 15 (+4) Dex 18 (+6) Wis 15(+4)
Con 14 (+4) Int 3 (-2) Cha 3 (-2)

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One Reply to "Monday Monster: Clockwork Hounds"

John Flemming

March 12, 2010 at 2:56pm

I like the hounds, but the ratcheting bite doesn’t cover what happens if the target simply moves away from the target (Its not a ranged attack so how would it automatically hit?)

I would assume that ‘locks it jaws’ means the target is grabbed. At which point the hound doesn’t need to spend all its actions, simply a minor to sustain the grab and a standard to repeat the attack (which automatically hits a target grabbed by the hound)

Still a great creature :)