One thing I was just wondering today was why dogs aren’t a part of more adventure parties? I want to write something about how players could use dogs, but I don’t own a dog and haven’t for many years. I don’t think I can just come out and write this up without some input.
Would players get too attached to their character’s dog? Would the inevitable death of a dungeon dog be too disturbing? I’ve seen people react more to a dog being killed in a movie than a person.
It just seems to me that humans have had dogs along on almost every pre-modern endeavor as companions. Any opinions as to what breeds of dogwould make a good dog in a dungeon adventure?
I was thinking:
- A good-sized hunting dog with a keen sense of smell and the ability to stay quiet when needed.
- A dungeon dog would be able to cow low-level enemies or certain species. Kobalds, perhaps? Maybe a modifier to surprise rolls or initiative would reflect a dog’s ability to scout and sense enemies.
- A sniffing dog trained to detect magic would be helpful.