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Houndings were the first attempt of the Sascrian Wizards to create companion beastfolk who would serve as personal slaves. It was a simple decision to draw upon the domestic dog for source-material and information. What was unexpected was how utterly charming and loveable
Houndings are the most socially adept Beastfolk, and tend to integrate seamlessly into most Human cultures.
Houndings have diverse appearance, depending on the type of domesticated dog they were derived from. The majority, however, are literally hound-ish. Houndings are around the same height as the average Human, but tend to be heavy-boned.
Houndings were designed to be like domestic dogs - they really want to get along with everyone, and the do.
Alignment and Religion
Houndings tend toward the Good. They natrually tend toward cooperation.
Houndings tend to be either filled with wanderlust or complete homebodies. They tend to gravitate toward the Bard class, making the most of their social abilities, or the Ranger, since they are natural, peerless trackers.
Houndings Racial Traits
+2 Constitution, -2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma. Houndings are tireless and charming, but long generations of domestication of the dogs from which they were created has dulled them a bit.
[4pts] Best Friends: As dogs were domesticated, they became the most adept animals at reading Human emotions and at making their emotions clear to Humans in turn. Houndings gain a +2 racial bonus to Sense Motive checks and Humans gain a +2 racial bonus to Sense Motive when dealing with Houndings. Houndings also gain a +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy, Gather Information and Perform.
[1pt] Bestial Nature: Houndings can communicate with domestic and wild dogs at will. They do not, however, speak wolf.
[1pt] Sharp Senses: Houndings receive a +2 to all Perception checks
Note: Dropped Charm, but added racial skill bonuses to make them super-smooth operators. Down to 10pts, so no Level Adjustment needed. This means that Houndings get 5 (count 'em) skill bonuses - basically loads of skills and the Scent ability.