"A hellhound?" The huge beast's face seemed to writhe in the orange glow of the lantern. Adelaide cringed at her mistake, and with a stab of panic she saw her unstrung bow and quiver beneath his forepaw. "I am no slobbering, softheaded bawling hound, girl, do you see that now?" Adelaide didn't hesitate to nod.
A little scene from the novel in progress (which means it's nowhere near finished, so don't ask) where Nharath regains consciousness after being rescued by Adelaide from a hunter's arrow. Pallanophs from the Nehrannon tribe are known to humans as "hellhounds," since this particular type of pallanoph is, simply put, mean and proud. They'll take whatever they can get their teeth and paws on, and rarely hesitate to take out any humans that may get in their way.
Poor Adelaide, however, feels compelled to help him through his grave injury, and is nearly scared to death for her troubles. However, even a pallanoph from the Nehrannon tribe has a hint of morals, and he grudgingly acknowledges that he repay her this debt... by not killing her.
Also: They're in a hollow underneath the roots of an ENORMOUS tree! I'm still not sure how I feel about the size difference and placement/composition, but it's a deal better than things I came up with 4 years ago. *shudder* That said, critique and feedback (the more solid, the better!) are encouraged.
I'm still working on commissions, of course, but this idea barged in on my productivity in the rudest of ways. My apologies.
And, yet another tedious reminder that I must put here: Pallanophs are not canines. (The next person who claims they are "LIEK WOLVES OHMAIGAWD11!1" will be met with my face of ultimate disapproval.) They are not some sort of ungulate, nor are they any sort of "mixed specie" chimaera. They are their own thing, made as plausible as I can with my knowledge of existing mammalian anatomy. Don't make me do a comparative study to prove my point! (Can you tell this is getting old?)
Characters, pallanoph species, and related concepts © April Schumacher