Warhounds (Dacia)
Briton Warhounds
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Dacia
Type War Animals
Soldiers in each unit 96 dogs, 24 handlers
Attack skill 12
Charge bonus 4
Hitpoints 1
Armor 2
Defense skill 1
Shield bonus 0
Special abilities Frighten nearby enemy; Combat bonus in woods or snow; Fast moving
Cost 610
Upkeep 40

Warhounds are bred for a savage nature and great size, but then hunting men is only a little more dangerous than hunting wild boar! The beasts are muscular and powerful. Originally bred for hunting large prey, they are now trained to hunt and attack men. Warhounds are usually unleashed on an enemy to break a line and unnerve opponents. Few men are able to stand steadily in the face of a snarling and partially-starved beast. The dogs are trained to bite and hold on, dragging down their human targets, and hamstringing horses.

Their handlers are brave, foolhardy and not easily intimidated: many have fingers, hands, or even chunks of limbs missing!