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The Cynocephali

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The Cynocephali are those wretched beings who are cursed to walk the earth after death for the betrayal of those most dear to them. The gods look upon such traitors with terrible anger, and as such, those who do nothing to remedy their betrayal or offset the sin are doomed to an eternal unlife, bearing the head of a dog.

The Cynocephali

The Cynocephali are those wretched beings who are cursed to walk the earth after death for the betrayal of those most dear to them. The gods look upon such traitors with terrible anger, and as such, those who do nothing to remedy their betrayal or offset the sin are doomed to an eternal unlife, bearing the head of a dog.

A Cynocephalus is variable in stature, though they are generally slightly shorter and bulkier than they appeared in life. They have saggy, vein-filled flesh which is unnaturally snow-white, and lack all body hair, save their heads. Their hands and feet are large and flat, and have blunt, thick nails which never grow. They possess hanging, nerveless tails like those of monkeys. But the most distinctive feature of a Cynocephalus is it’s head, which is that of a large and evil-looking emaciated dog, with patchy, stinking hair and glowing eyes. Cynocephali are often described as having the reek of wet ashes or sodden garbage.

Cynocephali are shunned from all the places of the world, and wander the wastelands, seeking the company of those others like themselves. Some Cynocephali travel in large packs, and fall upon those who are unlucky enough to run across them. They feast on the heart’s blood of those they kill, but ultimately are never sated, and constantly seek for a way to undo their former betrayals, though the gods are vengeful, and no Cynocephalus ever finds redemption.

Cynocephali are wounded by great heat and fire, and the touch of jade slays them outright. They are repelled by the scent of roses, but are attracted to the reeks of garbage and filth.



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Voted manfred
December 21, 2005, 6:52
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Very vivid. Like it.

Note that the snow-white colour would make them extremely dangerous in winter.

(Oh, and Undead are usually classified as 'Ethereal', if I remember correctly... not sure if these are Fauna. Perhaps we need to make a clear place for Undead, or their own category.)
Voted Ria Hawk
January 13, 2006, 1:18
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Scary buggers. I like the fact that you've changed the traditional weaknesses of undead. I can also see where it might make it more difficult to fight them. Silver is hard to come by, but jade harder still, and fire is not always practical. I do, however, foresee very large rose gardens in areas plagued by these things, assuming that the climate will support roses. If it won't, then the poor folk are rather toast, aren't they?
Voted valadaar
February 11, 2007, 20:07
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I thought undead would be under 3rd kingdom myself...


Interesting undead - have a very Greek feel to me. Nice job!
angryscotsman93
January 23, 2009, 11:42
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I take it that you took the name from the area of Cynocephali, or the Dog's Heads, where a Roman army crushed the army of one of the empires that formed after the Macedonian Empire fell apart. That's very interesting! I like their description: it certainly sounds horrifying to look upon. If I ever play D&D again, I'm gonna sneak these in somewhere.
Voted Cheka Man
January 23, 2009, 12:30
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5/5 for this new and very interesting undead. D Do executed traitors rise from the dead as one of them?
Voted klauston
January 23, 2009, 19:48
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Very nasty critters. Lots of possibilities here. 5/5.

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