Yener

(Tom Clare)

Yener, or grave-wolves, resemble large, hunchbacked lupines with oversized heads and ragged, piebald pelts. They roam the forests and hills in packs, chuckling like fiends, and looking for carrion or easy prey. They are craven beasts and attack only when they are confident of success; yener facing odds of anything less that two-to-one are unlikely to molest potential victims.

Yener often nocturnally frequent the isolated abodes of men – sheepfolds, remote villages, forest chapels – where they patiently track the movements of the inhabitants, waiting for a chance to snatch an unwary victim. They are wonderful mimics and may call out in the voice of one known to the inhabitants, repeating an overheard remark, giving excited or fearful cries, or moaning as if in pain. Although the beasts are ignorant of the any meaning in the words of men, they possess great guile and can be very convincing to the unsuspecting. Anyone leaving the safety of their hearth to investigate will quickly be overcome and torn to pieces by the sniggering creatures; the powerful jaws of the yener are capable of splintering ox bones.

The peasantry treat Yener with a superstitious dread. They tell how the creatures lure children away from their homes, ambush lone herds or travellers, and, most foully, dig up recent graves in quest of ripe meat. The Church*, too, sees the Yener as an enemy of God*; the beasts are known to sometimes lair in lonely sepulchres and cemeteries where they can devour the bodies of the shriven dead.

Craven

A Yener that has its health points reduced to 5 or less will probably attempt to escape. There is a 2 in 3 chance of this.

Average Statistics

ATTACK 16 Fangs (d6,5)
DEFENCE 3 Armour Factor: 0
MAGICAL ATTACK N/A
MAGICAL DEFENCE 1 Movement: 12m(25m)
EVASION 3
Health Points: 1d6+6 Rank Equivalent: 2nd

Further Notes

  • Approximates to the Hyena (and, indeed, fosile evidence shows that hyena did live in prehistoric Britain).
  • Mimicry abilities bear some similarities to the Tongue Collector.

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