Saturday, September 24, 2011

Riding Dogs

Last night, I encountered an egregious error in D&D 4e.

...they left out riding dogs, obviously!

Anyway, mounts are in Adventurer's Vault, with a few other mounts scattered throughout other books (the infamous Clawfoot is in the setting book for Eberron, for example).  But there is no longer the classic halfling riding dog.  The gnome wizard in Crux of Eternity was shopping for a mount, and ultimately went with a dog rather than a pony (and since I misquoted him the price, he got one for 33% retail, so who wouldn't buy a riding dog?).  Yet, there are few dogs and no riding dogs in 4e.

You can find statistics for 3e riding dogs here, and you can look for information and prices over here.

So, without further ado:

Riding dogs are a type of mount trained primarily by halflings.  Riding dogs comprise several breeds of largish dogs; St. Bernards, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Labradors, Mastiffs, and the like have all been seen (though, truly, riding dog variations are unique breeds selected and trained specifically for riding).  In rules terms, any Medium-sized dog trained to carry a Small rider will do; some riding-dog breeds have been specifically bred from smaller stock over generations, appearing as large versions of hounds or terriers.

Though the original breeding and training techniques were codified by halflings, riding dogs can be found in any community with a contingent of smaller citizens (larger humanoids may also train them for the express purpose of selling them).

Riding dogs cost 150 gp.  Riding dogs follow all rules for mounts as presented on pages 46-47 of the Dungeon Master's Guide and/or pages 252-255 of the Rules Compendium.

1 comment:

  1. See this riding dog? How much would you pay? 200 GP? 150 GP? FORGET ABOUT IT. Today, and today only, this dog can be yours for the low, low price of 49 GP, 9 SP, 9 CP. It's a steal! And if you call in the next ten minutes, I'm throwing in this dog saddle FREE!

    Yes, that's 49 GP, 9 SP, 9 CP! (local taxes, titles, shipping and handling, and merchant guild fees not included)

    Listen - you're gonna love my dogs.


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