Hounds
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A sketch of a hound — taking a picture of a live hound is impractical due to their speed.

Hounds are canine like creatures that vaguely resemble humans, known for their distinctive dog-like barks. They can be mistaken at a distance for a crawling human due to their pale skin, long black hair and toenail like claws, or for a dog if heard from around a corner. They pose an immediate threat to humans if encountered.

Behaviours

Hounds are aggressive to almost any creature when alerted. Likely due to their hair impairing their vision, they do not immediately attack — however, their great hearing capabilities make up for their poor sight, making them extremely dangerous. After being alerted to the presence a human, they will try to tackle them to the ground. They prefer to maul their targets, only using their claws if necessary.

Despite this being the case for most hounds, there are some hounds that are more docile in nature. These hounds are found following certain facelings, and do not attack facelings or humans unless provoked. These hounds often nudge and whine at the faceling they would follow, but get no reaction from the faceling.

Biology

Hounds appear to possess internal biology similar to common household dog breeds, as confirmed by impromptu autopsies conducted by wanderers. Differences include lengthened bones, a stronger heart, and the lack of eyeballs or nostrils. Their bite marks confirm that they have numerous extra teeth.

Their faces (apart from their muzzles) are similar to a faceling's, being replaced with featureless skin.

Their skin has a sparse layer of short blond fur that is hard to notice from a distance. The hair on their head seems to function similarly to whiskers, letting them sense what is in front of them with better accuracy. They have a skeletal and emaciated appearance, with visible rib ridges. The toenail-like claws on their paws can be dislodged easily, explaining their preference for using their teeth.

Survival Guide

Hounds are the result of desolation on dogs, causing them to undergo a long physical transformation before turning aggressive. Desolation takes less time to affect a dog than a human. That being said, dogs should not have almond water in large quantities, as it is unhealthy for them. Dogs in the early stages of desolation can still be tamed and form a bond with humans, leading them to become a more docile hound when the transformation is complete.

When hearing dog-like barks or seeing a crawling human in the distance, the best course of action is to slowly retreat, making as little noise as possible. Do not run or shout as this will alert the hound to your presence.


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