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Weasel, Dire (3pp)

This brown-furred creature’s slender body bounds forth in a loping gate, mouth open wide and filled with dozens of sharp teeth.

Dire Weasel CR 2

XP 600
N Medium animal
Init +4; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +5

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+4 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 13 (3d8)
Fort +3, Ref +7, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d6+3)

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 19, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +2; CMB +4 (+12 grapple); CMD 18 (22 vs. trip)
Feats Stealthy, Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +6, Escape Artist +6, Perception +5, Stealth +10

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Attach (Ex)

A dire weasel automatically latches onto its target with a successful bite attack. The dire weasel is considered grappling, but the target is not. The target can attack or grapple the dire weasel as normal or, alternatively, break the grapple with a successful grapple or Escape Artist check. A dire weasel has a +8 racial bonus to maintain a grapple.

Blood Drain (Ex)

Dire weasels drain blood each round they remain attached, inflicting 1 point of Strength and Constitution damage.

Dire Weasel Companions

Starting Statistics

Size Small; Speed 40 ft.; Attack bite (1d4); Special Attacks attach, blood drain; Ability Scores Str 12, Dex 17, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 11; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent.

4th-Level Advancement

Size Medium; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6); Ability Scores Str +2, Dex +2, Con +2.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests and hills
Organization solitary, pair, or sneak (3–10)
Treasure none

Voracious eaters, dire weasels prey on all manner of small animals and even Small and Medium humanoids. Dire weasels mostly enjoy grubs, sometimes passing up other readily available foods to root for exceptionally plump specimens. A dire weasel digging for grubs can ruin the ground, making them a true nuisance for farmers and groundskeepers. Kobolds use dire weasels for many purposes. They serve as mounts, companions, hunting beasts, and even sport fighters. Fond of their kobold companions, when used as mounts and spurred into combat, they wade into battle, eagerly rocketing forth into the fray. Like a wolf pack or gang of thugs, dire weasels work together to take down one enemy at a time. Kobolds run competitive fighting tournaments and the ring gets soaked with blood from these furious fights. Kobolds gamble on the dire weasels and rarely does an entrant to one of these brawls emerge scot-free. The relationship between kobolds and weasels is long running, and many believe dire weasels are the result of kobold breeding practices. Kobolds shell out large sums of gold and treasure to claim a pup from the litter of two well-bred weasels. Dire weasel trainers begin their work before the weasel pup’s eyes are even open, talking to them, exposing them to their scent, and petting the baby dire weasel. Dire weasels trained by kobolds often train their noses to be able to easily detect elves or gnomes. The weasels treat these two races with more hostility than any other humanoids.

Usually brown or tawny with a white underside, dire weasel’s coats can run the gamut from fully white to deep black, some have a hodgepodge of colors to their coats like a calico cat . Though typically found in temperate regions, some have been found in faraway lands. In the wild, dire weasels are most active in the warm months and go to den during winters. Keen hunters, dire weasels track their prey by scent. It doesn’t bode well to have a dire weasel on one’s trail.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Midgard Bestiary for Pathfinder RPG, (c) 2012 Open Design LLC; Author: Adam Daigle with Chris Harris, Michael Kortes, James MacKenzie, Rob Manning, Ben McFarland, Carlos Ovalle, Jan Rodewald, Adam Roy, Christina Stiles, James Thomas, and Mike Welham.