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by Jamie Baty

B3 26
Small Animal
Hit Dice: 5d8+10 (32 hp)
Initiative: +1 (+1 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 13 (+1 size, +1 Dex, +1 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/-1
Attack: Claw +4 melee (1d4)
Full Attack: 2 Claws +4 melee (1d4) and bite +2 melee (1d6)
Space/Reach: 5 ft. /0 ft.
Special Attacks: -
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +2
Abilities: Str 11, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 12
Skills: Climb +1, Hide +6, Jump +1, Listen +4, Move Silently +2, Spot +4, Survival +3
Feats: Alertness, Multiattack, Track (B)
Environment: Any land
Organisation: Solitary, Pair, Gang (2-5), or Pack (5-20)
Challenge Rating: 2
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 6-10 HD (Small); 11-15 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment: -

This rat-like creature has 6 legs, black fur, and eyes that glow white just before it attacks. Instead of a normal rat-like face, the baric has a duck-like bill. The bill is filled with many rows of small, needle sharp teeth. This tough scavenger has been known to defeat a small pack of wild dogs by itself, and is considered an excellent hunter.
Barics do not form family units, but they can be seen in packs running wild in woods not frequented by humans or human-kind. The strongest baric is the leader of the pack, and their social system resembles that of wild wolves.
Barics are sometimes used for hunting or for pursuing escaped prisoners or slaves. However, due to their unpredictable nature, training and handling a baric is very dangerous. Many have turned on their trainers and killed them before they could be saved.
Barics are approximately 3 feet long and weigh about 40 to 50 pounds. Some males have been known to reach a length of 7 feet and weigh nearly 150 pounds. Females usually give birth to between 2 and 5 pups two or three times a year. Twenty percent of these do not live to adulthood as the males tend to eat them when the females are not around to protect the young.

Barics primarily attack with their claws, followed by a nasty bite. While they are tough scrappers, they will flee if overmatched. They are adept trackers, and may track the party for some time before deciding to attack.

Scent (Ex): This special quality allows a baric to detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.