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Fiend-Bred Animal

Source Pathfinder #103: The Hellfire Compact pg. 86

Fiend-bred animals are pedigreed varieties of animals whose bloodlines include an animal-like fiend. The breeders of these creatures typically use a conjuration spell of the calling subschool, such as planar ally or planar binding, to call a suitable fiend to the Material Plane and persuade it to mate with an animal of a compatible species. Most of the male hybrids are sterile, and thus the female hybrids of the first generations are mated with animal males until the new variety breeds true. Thereafter, breeders strive to emphasize trainability while retaining the most desirable traits derived from the progenitor fiend.

Fiend-bred animals are rare and incredibly expensive, and therefore most owners of the breed are nobles or other wealthy individuals. Cheliax has a long-standing tradition of producing fiend-bred animals, and most hell-bred dogs are from meticulously tracked bloodlines with records in official registers. Keleshites, on the other hand, typically record their stygian hot-blooded horses’ ancestries through oral traditions passed down through ensuing generations.

Creatures in "Fiend-Bred Animal" Category

NameCR
Chelish Hell-Bred Dog2
Quillcat1
Stygian Hot-Blooded Horse2

Fiend-Bred Animal, Stygian Hot-Blooded Horse

This dark horse has striking coloring and a ferocious look in its bloodshot eyes.

Stygian Hot-Blooded Horse CR 2

Source Pathfinder #103: The Hellfire Compact pg. 86
XP 600
N Large animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +5

Defense

AC 14, touch 11, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +3 natural, –1 size)
hp 22 (3d8+9)
Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +2
Defensive Abilities shifting trot

Offense

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d8+3), 2 hooves –1 (1d6+1)
Space 10 ft., Reach 5 ft.

Statistics

Str 17, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +2; CMB +6; CMD 18 (22 vs. trip)
Feats Intimidating Prowess, RunB, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Intimidate +4, Perception +5, Stealth +5
SQ docile, smoke resistance

Ecology

Environment temperate or warm plains
Organization solitary
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Docile (Ex) Unless specifically trained for combat (see the Handle Animal skill), a stygian hot-blooded horse’s hooves are treated as secondary attacks.

Shifting Trot (Ex) When taking the withdraw action, a stygian hot-blooded horse treats the first 2 squares it leaves as not threatened by any opponent it can see.

Smoke Resistance (Ex) Nonmagical smoke doesn’t impair a stygian hot-blood’s sight (creatures in smoke do not gain concealment from it), and it gains a +4 racial bonus on Fortitude saves to avoid coughing and choking because of nonmagical smoke.

According to a tale, a Keleshite summoner named al-Aziz Bedaya made a deal with Savu, a nightmare lord hailing from the banks of the River Styx. In the deal, Savu allowed two of his bodyguards to each sire a colt with mortal Keleshite mares. The resulting hybrids— one coal-black with a blood-red mane and tail, the other dark gray with a fiery-orange mane and tail—became the legendary founding specimens of the two strains of the stygian hot-blooded horses. Combat-trained stygian hot-blooded horses fetch prices of up to 1,500 gp apiece.

Other than their unusual coloration, stygian hotblooded horses’ most distinctive characteristics are arched necks, refined heads, and high-held tails. The horses’ meat has the flavor of smoked chili peppers and is considered a delicacy in many cultures, although their Keleshite breeders consider it an abomination to consume such fare. Stygian hot-blooded horses are bred to be fast, spirited war horses. Quieter and more intelligent than most horses, they’re also ideal for raids that require stealth.

Stygian hot-blooded horses stand 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh approximately 1,000 pounds.