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Hyaenodons are the ferocious primeval cousins of the smaller hyena. Looming, shaggy-furred creatures nearly the size of a horse, hyaenodons are truly formidable predators to be reckoned with, due both to their size and to their bone-crushing jaws. Gnoll clans find these creatures particularly useful as mounts and guardians.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 18

HyaenodonCreature 3

Source Bestiary pg. 211
Perception +9; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +12, Stealth +8
Str +5, Dex +3, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -2
AC 19; Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +7
HP 45
Speed 40 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +12 [+7/+2], Damage 1d10+5 piercing plus Knockdown and bonecrunching biteBonecrunching Bite A creature that is critically hit by a hyaenodon must succeed at a DC 20 Fortitude save or become wounded 1 as the creature’s bones or cartilage are crushed by the beast’s jaws.Drag Single ActionSingle Action The hyaenodon makes a jaws Strike against a prone enemy. If it hits, in addition to dealing damage, the hyaenodon Strides up to 10 feet, dragging the enemy along.Pack Attack The hyaenodon deals an extra 1d6 damage to any creature within reach of at least two of the hyaenodon’s allies.

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Source Bestiary pg. 211
Hyenas are pack-hunting scavengers known for their unnerving, laughter-like cries, and they aren’t above supplementing their carrion diets with fresh prey.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Hyena Legends

The hyena’s intense cunning, combined with its unnerving laughter, has caused hyenas to become associated with all manner of evil—hyenas are claimed to rob graves, steal children, and wield sinister supernatural powers. Though normal hyenas are no more malicious than any other natural predator, their unearned reputation often causes witches, warlords, and ill-natured creatures to seek out hyenas as pets or guard animals. The fact that gnolls in particular have a special preference for hyenas, considering the animals to be close relatives, does little to improve the animal’s already-poor reputation.