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Hoary Muntjac

This beast might at first be mistaken for a large, shaggy reindeer, although it lacks antlers. Its fanged, bloodstained muzzle, however, belies first impressions.

Hoary Muntjac CR 3

Source Flight of the Red Raven pg. 27
N Large magical beast
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent, track heat; Listen +4, Spot +4*

Defense

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, -1 size)
hp 30 (4d10+8)
Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +3
Immune cold

Offense

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d8+4) and 2 hooves +2 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft., Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks hibernal breath (DC 14)

Statistics

Str 18, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 6
Base Atk +4; Grapple +12
Feats Improved Initiative, Track
Skills Hide +0 (+4 in snow), Listen +4, Move Silently +1, Spot +4 (+8 cold, +12 severe), Survival +2 (+6 cold, +10 severe)
Languages none
SQ shoveler, track heat

Ecology

Environment cold mountains
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3-8)
Treasure none
Advancement 5-12 HD (Large)

Special Abilities

Hibernal Breath (Su) Once per day, a hoary muntjac can exhale a 15-foot cone of icy mist as a standard action. Characters caught in the cloud take 2d4 points of cold damage and are fatigued. A DC 14 Fortitude save halves the damage and negates the fatigue. Creatures that don’t breathe and creatures that don’t sleep (including elves) are immune to this ability, as are other hoary muntjac. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Shoveler (Ex) A hoary muntjac can move over snow or ice at its normal speed and heavy snow at half-speed (instead of one-quarter).

Track Heat (Ex) A hoary muntjac gains a +4 racial bonus on Spot and Survival checks in cold weather (below 40º). This bonus increases to +8 in severe cold (below 0º).

Description

Hoary muntjac are a carnivorous offshoot of the deer family. Owing to the bloodstains often seen on their muzzles, they are also known as red-nosed elk.

The body of a hoary muntjac differs little from that of a reindeer or elk. Its head, however, is that of a wolflike predator, with forward-facing eyes, sharp ears, and long canines. The hoary muntjac’s stubby antlers are barely noticeable amid its thick fur, which is more akin to a shaggy wolf ’s pelt than a deer’s hide.

Hoary muntjac hunt in packs but squabble over food once caught. Hoary muntjac prefer warm meat but can survive for short stretches on mountain scrub.

Environment: Hoary muntjac roam mountain and sub-arctic terrain. In contrast to most animals, hoary muntjac hunt primarily during the snowy season and estivate when the spring thaw comes. Their heat tracking allows them to find prey both active and torpid.

Typical Physical Characteristics: Hoary muntjac stand about 5 feet at the shoulder, although a truly monstrous bull might reach 7 feet. They weigh 500 lb.