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The Witcher

 It might not be the ideal playmate, but you'll never find a better guard dog.
This heavily armored and mutated hound of the Order is like a small tank on legs. While they obviously don't have a cannon strapped to their back, they are an almost unstoppable force, lunging at their opponents, knocking them down, and ripping open their throats with a single bite. They are always hungry, and as such they always eat their prey after killing it.
 

Bestiary Entry


"During the first stage of research, we performed experiments on animals only. Having bred a mutated hound, we are certain that the potion formulae are suitable and if we administer them to human subjects, we will achieve exactly what we seek."

 

Details


Class: Mutants
Occurence:Armored hounds are trained, and deployed during combat, by hound masters; they attack with extreme ferocity.
Immunities:
An armored hound is immune to fear, and it's resistant to stun attacks.
Weakness:
Sensitive to steel.
Tactics:
They're led by mutated beast masters, and they act as reinforcements to other units.
Alchemy:
Mutagen, beast liver, and beast fangs can be obtained from the corpse of an armored hound.
 

Notes

  • If you choose to fight the frightener instead of Savolla during the prologue, you will encounter an armored hound in the Outskirts.
 

Monsterbook

The Collector's Edition of The Witcher in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, has a monsterbook included, with a characterization of an armored hound, written by Andrzej Sapkowski.
 
 Salamandra – the ominous organization which the witcher must defeat – uses animals in its initial experiments with mutagens. These attemps result in mutated bloodhounds: primitive, vicious creatures that beast-masters lead on chains before unleashing them to wreak havoc.

 A barbaric creation of man indeed
The creature's silhouette was modeled after that of a fighting dog. Its head evolved gradually into a shape similar to that of a pit bull's head. As with other monsters, we strove to make the creature resemble extinct beasts, predecessors of today's predators. The mutation pursued by Salamandra were meant to emphasize the wildest and most primitive characteristics of the bloodhound's ancestors, to some extent reversing evolution.

The crude armor in which the creature is clad underlines its barbaric nature. An armored hound of the Order wears kilograms of steel without noticing their weight or experiencing any discomfort. The armor protects the beast's vital organs and underlines that it is no wild monster, but a creation of man.
 
'Progress', he said solemnly, 'will illuminate the shadows, for that is its purpose, just as, without looking far, the purpose of an anus is to shit. It will ever be lighter, we will fear darkness and the Evil lurking there less and less. There may come a day when we will altogether cease believing that something lurks in the dark. We will scoff at those fears, call them childish, be embarrassed about them! But darkness will exist forever and always. And Evil will persist in that darkness with its fangs and claws, murder and blood. So witchers will always be needed.'
 

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