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Black Poodle

Concept: “Eyes like embers of hell that pierce deep inside you. The BLACK POODLE taunts its victims – attacking only when it is provoked.”
Content:
A cunning, monstrous hound that can induce fight, flight, or freeze responses in PCs
Writing:
Describes sinister behavior alongside stat block and Specials
Art/design:
Gets a lot of aesthetic mileage out of a relatively limited set of elements
Usability:
Definitive proof that poodles are jerks

Black Shuck

Concept: “Prowling the shadows near gallows, battlefields, and other sites of violent death, Black Shuck is a foul omen.”
Content:
A supernatural portent of impending death (yours)
Writing:
An even split between descriptive text and mechanics
Art/design:
Text is also visually split by the central image of Black Shuck
Usability:
Easy to use but difficult to kill, making him ideal to hound your players with

Black Shuck

Concept: “A small town is visited upon by a curious beast that is hell bent on slaughtering the townsfolk. Looks like you sought shelter from the storm in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Content:
A short, isolation-horror scenario
Writing:
Concise and to the point: “The dog must die!”
Art/design:
Easy-to-read columns of text and an illustration (just in case your players don’t understand the concept of giant, black, bloody-mouthed dog)
Usability:
Not a good boi

Black Shuck

Concept: “An aphotic fur that almost seems invisible to the naked eye.”
Content:
A formidable four-legged opponent
Writing:
Quick, concise stat block
Art/design:
Relatively conservative but with an expressive illustration
Usability:
A challenge for lower- and even mid-level scvm; dog biscuits probably won’t improve its reaction

Blaze Marches East

Concept: “A fire-breathing, Colchis-complected horse homunculus; a flock of crows strung to it by a cacophony of clanging cables.”
Content:
This composite monster doesn’t start fights but will most definitely end them
Writing:
Some verse and a paragraph describing behavior; no stats other than damage
Art/design:
An excellent illustration and color-coordinated text blocks
Usability:
A strong motivator to resolve conflicts without violence

Bork Borg

Concept: “Drastically increases the quantity and variety of dog options”
Content:
Dog breeds, dog-related items, an optional dog-based class, rules for dog PCs (with their own optional classes), and a dog-centered adventure
Writing:
Clearly and affectionately written with a clever shift to the dog’s POV in the dog-PC section
Art/design:
Designed for easy reading and navigation with graphic touches like a dog-head border and pawprints across pages
Usability:
Sit. Stay. Good.

Buster Bone-Gnawer, Börker of Shadows

Concept: “An ageless hound protects the Dying World from succumbing to Psalm 6:1.”
Content:
Stats and abilities for, and boons granted by, scvm’s best friend
Writing:
Mostly mechanics but includes some descriptive text to add character
Art/design:
Conventional Mörk Borg layout and design with some trippy artwork and an obligatory femur
Usability:
This good boi is eager to please

Could This Be Dog?

Concept:
“Visions of dog therefore no dog ahead
Ahh dog, let there be dog
Dog, O dog but still no dog”
Content: An adventure with both more and less dog than expected.
Writing: Solid straight-faced delivery of a laughable case of mistaken temple identity. 
Art/design: A vaguely canine dungeon map, with clean navigable two column format, and a turtle-ish flourish.
Usability: Make sure to play up the visual elements to drive home the absurdity of the situation. Decide on the identity of earthbound that best suits your table. Many map design options.

Cü-Síth

Concept: “A large spectral Fey hound”
Content:
A folkloric fairy dogs and some hooks for encountering them
Writing:
Provides lots of background on behavior and intricate rules for its howl ability
Art/design:
Relatively conservative layout and design with enough visual flair to be distinctively Mörky
Usability:
Fairly simple mechanics, lots of lore for the GM to play with 

Demon Dogrider / Hellhound

Concept: “Your growth has been stunted by a dark pact that binds you to a canid companion and feeds its fury.”
Content:
A lance-wielding goblin class with a beastly mount
Writing:
Includes standard class profile (the mount, not rider, benefit from class features) and a stat block for the hellhound
Art/design:
Text heavy, but uses color to organize sections and highlight important information
Usability:
As a composite character, poses certain risks but also provides particular benefits

Hound of Yith and Cath

Concept: “Brave  the canine barbarian's omnicidal feast for flesh and grant it the death it demands - For every second the hound lives without another corpse in its mouth the more drastic its mean to do so grow.”
Content:
A three-headed homicide hound who gets stronger as it gets hangrier
Writing:
Word choice and syntax create a lofty but menacing character
Art/design:
Text balances with and directs attention to the image; stats and rewards are color coordinated for quick reference
Usability:
High HP, escalating armor and damage, and 3+ attacks per round—freakin’ brutal.

Kennels of Karnage

Concept: “A short adventure about saving lost dogs”
Content:
A 10-room dungeon with an additional class, a short solo prequel, variant Misery, and exclusive monster
Writing:
Sharp and full of character
Art/design:
Clearly, cleanly laid out with evocative illustrations
Usability:
Includes death and abuse of animals, but nothing graphic or explicit

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Mendacious Lycanthrope

Concept: “Awakening in the gray dawn, you feel the shift once again. They say it's the moon that does it, but you know the truth, though you'd never admit it.”  
Content: A scvm lying about a serious skin condition.
Writing: Full blooded in theme. With mechanics and prose reinforcing natural tension.
Art/design: Loud and violent. Bursting out of the page whether you’re ready or not.
Usability: A powerful yet high risk class. Monster stats are an invitation to turn on the party.

Mutt Errant

Concept: “Bound by an everlasting curse to collect all of the written knowledge, this damned dog of a man will ask for a tribute of three books or scrolls.”
Content:
A dog-knight with a passion for print—plus a beefy suit of armor, sword, and special
Writing:
A concise stat block and a pair of paragraphs detailing character and behavior
Art/design:
A proficient, clean layout with some really impressive art
Usability:
Mutt Errant may just chew on the books and scrolls instead of reading them, but either way, he’s coming back for more

Punishment Fist Dog of the Rotten Gods

Concept: “More than anything, it wants to: Devour every living thing it seizes.”
Content:
A homicide hound with a fist for a face
Writing:
Standard stat block with quick physical and behavioral descriptions
Art/design:
Text at the top with a pretty Mörky dog at the bottom
Usability:
It's unclear who's being punished here. Probably everyone.
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