Habitat: Only rarely found outside of sprawls
Range: North America
Identification: These large dogs stand about a meter at the
shoulder and can weigh in excess of 75 kilograms. Their short fur
is generally uniform in color, though it may vary from black or
dark brown to a pale grey. Thy are lean and well-muscled animals
with large paws ending in claws that may be over a centimeter in
length. Their faces have a disquieting metahuman-like appearance.
Habits: Gabriel hounds are nocturnal predators. They often
dwell in abandoned buildings, junk yards, dark alleys, and empty
lots—any location where prey animals are likely to be found and
metahumans are unlikely to disturb them. Their preferred prey are
smaller urban animals, including raccoons, devil rats, and pigeons.
Generally solitary hunters, these dogs depend upon stealth and
excellent night vision to identify and capture prey animals. When
hunting, a gabriel hound will often maintain an illusion spell that
gives it the appearance of a metahuman moving on all fours.
On some occasions, particularly when the moon is full, gabriel
hounds congregate in packs of fie to fifteen members. In these
cases, a pack will eschew their stealthy ways, becoming far more
aggressive and letting loose loud howls and barks into the night.
Packs can attack anything that moves, including metahumans
and small vehicles. Numerous casualties have been confirmed on
such occasions, and most cities will issue warnings through the
GridGuide network when packs are sighted.
Gabriel hounds breed opportunistically in the same manner
as domestic dogs. Litters of fie to nine pups are born two months
after mating. Pups achieve their mature size after six months.
While caring for young, a mother is extremely territorial, attacking
anything that approaches her young. Many times, the father
hound will also assist in defense of the den