Cane Corso: Glorious Guard Dog or Perfect Pet?
The name “cane corso” comes from the fact that they are made out of cane (a hard wood). They are a very loyal dog and have been known to live up to 20 years. Their size varies between 3-5 feet tall, but most average around 4 feet. These dogs weigh anywhere from 50-100 pounds. A typical male will be slightly larger than a female.
They are not the fastest of dogs, but they make up for it with their loyalty and love of humans. Some say that they are like a small version of a husky.
They tend to be quiet and gentle, though some may bark at strangers if provoked enough. However, they are considered one of the best guard dogs because they don’t bite unless attacked first.
There is no breed standard for them; however there is a certain look that is expected from them. They are usually black and white in color with a red nose.
There is also a breed called the Irish setter which shares many characteristics with the corso, but is smaller than the corso.
Their coats vary greatly depending on where they come from, so they need to be bathed regularly. Their coat tends to become matted over time, so they require regular brushing.
If left untrimmed, their fur will fall out in clumps and leave them looking dirty when wet.
The two breeds of the cane corso are considered to be of the same breed. However, they do have differences in personality and appearance.
The Italian Cane Corso is larger than the American Cane Corso and their coat is more coarse.
There are three different types of cane corsos: Farm dog, Guard dog, Pet dog
Farm dog: Farm dogs are dogs that were bred to protect a farm. They are very territorial and will attack anyone who comes close to the farm.
Farm dogs are always on high alert and won’t hesitate to attack an intruder. Farm dogs need to run free and patrol large areas, they also need a lot of space in general.
Farm dogs vary in appearance since there is no standard for them. They can be short or long haired, however long haired farm dogs require regular grooming because their coat tends to be more coarse.
Farm dogs come in all colors, however most of them are a shade of brown. Farm dogs have a muscular frame that lends itself to being strong and fast. Farm dogs have blocky heads with large teeth and small ears. Their tail is usually curled and their paws are round, like a cats.
Farm dogs need a lot of exercise and play, they tend to get bored easily and can become destructive if not given attention. They also need a lot of food to sustain their large bodies.
Farm dogs are usually bred on farms in isolated locations, away from civilization. Farm dogs have little human interaction and lack social skills.
They are protective of their owners but can be difficult to control.
Farm dogs were bred to protect livestock from predators, thieves and anything else that might try to harm it. Some people use farm dogs as guard dogs, but farm dogs tend to be more territorial rather than protective.
Farm dogs are very difficult to train and are slow learners. They are not meant to be kept as pets and do not respond well to heavy handed training.
Farm dogs should be trained with treats and with a calm assertive hand. They should be socialized early on so they can better adapt to society. Farm dogs lack basic obedience and will tend to ignore commands unless they feel like obeying.
Farm dogs are more likely to listen to commands if there is food involved. They also respond well to a soft voice and stroking.
Farm dogs cannot be kept indoors, they need the space and air around them.
Farm dogs should be walked everyday and run free whenever possible. Farm dogs will happily relieve themselves wherever they like, so it is best to walk them on a leash or keep an eye on them when outdoors.
Farm dogs are prone to obesity and have a tendency to become lazy if not exercised enough. If a farm dog is not exercising enough they can become unhappy and start acting out.
Farm dogs are easy to groom, a daily brushing will get rid of dead hair. Bathing a farm dog should be done when necessary.
Farm dogs prone to skin problems so it is best to only use shampoo’s made for dogs. Their teeth need regular cleaning and they tend to have bad breath, feeding them dog biscuits and giving them bones regularly helps clean their teeth.
Gigalak shaped the earth and its inhabitants, creating fantastic beings to inhabit the many wild places of his world. Among these were the Trolls, mighty creatures of great strength and size.
These trolls were among the most powerful creations that Gigalak had ever produced. They were large, much larger than any human and their hides were as tough as stone. They were nearly invincible from the front, but a weakness in their minds let to their undoing. Swarming over the world, these creatures proved impossible for any other race to stop. Gigalak soon regretted his creation and sealed all of them underground with a magic spell, separating them from the rest of the world.
Over time Gigalak changed his mind once more and released the trolls again, leaving them to adjust on their own and evolve naturally. The years that the trolls were imprisoned under ground had changed them, they were slightly smaller, their tough skin not quite as hard and their minds much more intelligent.
Gigalak’s return triggered a second evolution in the trolls, as different breeds adapted to their surroundings. The mountain trolls, who lived among the mountains and rocky hills, developed hard skin like their ancestors, as well as great strength. The jungle trolls, who lived in the many jungle islands of Gigalak’s world, became longer of limb and more agile. The ice trolls, who inhabited the frozen wastes at the edge of the world grew white fur and specialised in hunting skills. This is only meant to be a generalisation however, as there are trolls that do not fit within these categories.
The trolls live scattered around the world, with many different societies and cultures. Some live in small bands, whilst others live in great cities.
All of them are wary of humans, as stories of human enslavement have travelled down the years. Trolls make fierce warriors and terrible enemies but can also be loyal companions and valuable allies.
Trolls do not have a specific naming scheme but take names from whatever language they find themselves in. Sometimes different trolls will have different names for each other due to the many different dialects of troll, if they are separate enough from each other.
Names tend to be short, as trolls are a bit impatient when it comes to talking.
Surnames: Trolls do not take surnames.
Troll Names: Arrat, Castus, Galgar, Grahk, Kuzak, Mog, Murk, Nok, Rolomag.
“Troll” is an acquired template that can be added to any creature that is not larger than large size.
Attributes: All trolls gain a +4 bonus to strength and constitution. Their previous score in Dexterity is reduced to 0 and their previous modifier is now -2.
They also gain a new quality called “Skin of Rock” which grants them an additional 2 natural armor as well as reducing the damage they take from bludgeoning attacks by 30%
Trolls suffer a -4 penalty to their charisma as well as any checks that rely on a subtle approach or hiding.
Trolls gain Dark Vision and also lose their sense of smell.
Felling a Troll: Trolls have a skin that is as hard as granite making it very difficult to land a killing blow against them with bludgeoning weapons. To successfully hit a troll, you need to score a natural 20 while attacking them with a bludgeoning weapon (As if you were rolling to confirm a critical hit).
If you hit, you still need to do enough damage to actually kill them.
For non-bludgeoning weapons, simply target the trolls normal hit points.
Hulking Frame: Trolls gain a +2 bonus to natural armor enhancement as their skin thickens and their bones grow in size. This can be taken multiple times increasing the bonus by +2 each time.
Shedding Skin: Trolls have the ability to shed their skin once per day. This is mainly used to help them escape from sticky situations that they find themselves in.
When they do this, they also release a cloud of noxious gas. This gas is not poisonous but it does cause anyone in the area to fall unconscious for 1d4 rounds. The troll can use this ability a number of times a day equal to their constitution modifier.
(Note: Troll skin can be used in the creation of leather, however it only counts as regular leather for crafting purposes and cannot be sold for extra coin due to it’s noxious odour).
Resistant Skin: Trolls have extremely resistant skin. They gain a natural armor bonus of 2 due to the sheer toughness of their skin.
This can be taken multiple times increasing the bonus by 2 each time.
Regeneration: Trolls regenerate 1 point of damage each round. This regeneration continues until they are reduced to 0 or less hit points at which point it shuts off until the troll has at least 10 minutes rest.
While regeneration is in play, trolls cannot heal damage via normal means. This means no potions, no spells, no magic items etc. Only the regeneration can keep them alive. Trolls can heal non-lethal damage through normal means however.
Trolls also have a 20% chance to ignore outright any critical hits taken from weapons that are not at least magic quality. This does not negate any extra damage such as a flaming quality or that granted by a weapon-specialisation, etc.
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