Ok, so the DM who I run my druid with allowed me to have a Dire Wolf, but I feel there are some things off, we are o=kicking it Second edition style here but the only information I am running across is 3.5 edition, so my question is....does anyone have any information that could be helpful to me on the dire wolf & leveling her up to the right level she should be? Or if you point out the right books for me to look it up I would be happy to check that out myself, we are gaming tonight so I am really hoping for an answer quickly? Though the DM said not to worry so much about it that we will figure it out tonight, I dont want to waste precious time having us go through that when we could be gaming! Anyone able to help? If you need me to, I can show you what I have for her character sheet now??? any help or advice would be great! I know we rolled her up under 3.5 rules...which doesnt seem hardly fair and feels weird since we are running 2e for this campaign specifically (to be our last 2nd edition campaign) I am also willing to clarify it up some as well if need be
From AD&D 2nd ed Monstrous Manual : 2nd edition Dire Wolf - Int 2-4, Movement 18, Hit Dice 4+4, AC 7, Thac0 15, 2D4 bite. 'The Dire Wolf is an ancestor of the modern species. Though larger in size, they are otherwise similar to their descendants'
To convert that to 5th = Int 4, Movement 45, Hit Points 24 (4D8+4), AC 13, +5 Attack bonus, 2D4 Bite.
I don't recall animals going up levels/gaining powers as their ranger/druid masters got more powerful for 2nd edition AD&D.
However you could go with +1 Attack bonus, +4 Hit Points, and +1 AC for the companion, per 3 levels of the Player Character.
Roleplaying - Dire Wolves would be more savage, would avoid people in town, stay outdoors, and probably hunt on its own, which might cause trouble with the local farmers.
Thank y9ou so much Blake! I am inputting this stuff now. I really appreciate the help that you have given me! It definitely would help, Though the role playing does make sense, I'd like to point out. Its "master" is a Forest Druid with the Beastfriend Kit....She found out injured one day as a Pup, proceeded to locate its pack, but ended up finding out that someone had killed the mama, so she took the wolf, raised it, On numerous occassions she has offered the wolf now that it's an adult freedom from her grasp, giving it plenty of oppurtunity to return the wild as her only intentions were just to protecyt it, care for it, nurse it to health so it could live on its own. The wolf however has such a strong bond with her...that the wolf has remained at her side....and protects the Druid from any harm. The druid is more then just her master, but her friend...and yes, when her or the druid are in dangerm the wolf will be vicious with others. If the druid assures her that the person is her friend or an okay person the wolf becomes fine with it. But also thank you, I am going to the character sheet now to take a look at what can be cone using the stuff you gave me