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A dorsal fin rises up from the back of this immense black-and-white-furred, wolflike beast.
Resembling nothing so much as a killer whale mixed with a wolf, the rarely seen akhlut stalks frigid seas and the frozen lands nearby, shrouded by perpetual blizzards. Legend holds that the first akhlut was born fully-formed in the eye of a polar hurricane, the merciless anger of the elements made flesh. Whether or not the tale is true, the akhlut's Ferocity is certainly as memorable as that of any storm.
While the akhlut appears as a wolf-orca hybrid on land, when it enters the water, its legs and fur Vanish and it transforms fully into the form of an orca. Akhluts are particularly skilled at charging into and out of water, their Transformation between shapes occurring in the blink of an eye.
Each akhlut fiercely defends its hunting grounds from other predators, and especially against other akhluts. While this does reduce the number of dangerous predators in a region, it's unclear whether replacing lesser predators with something as dangerous as an akhlut is actually preferable. Typically, an akhlut considers its territory to be the boundaries of the storm created by its Control Weather spell-like ability, and rarely travels far from this storm's borders.
An akhlut is 22 feet long and weighs 8,000 pounds.
Savage Bite (Ex) An akhlut's bite threatens a critical hit on a roll of 1820.
Shore Storming (Ex) An akhlut automatically transforms into an orca whenever it is fully immersed in Water , losing its legs and fur. Likewise, when an akhlut emerges from the Water , it automatically transforms into its wolf-orca hybrid form. If an akhlut moves from Water To land (or vice versa) on the round before initiating Combat, it gains a +8 bonus on its Initiative check. This initial attack resolves as a Charge. An akhlut has the same statistics in both forms.
Snow Walking (Su) An akhlut can walk on snow or thin sheets of ice as though affected by Water Walk . It only leaves a trail on such surfaces when it wants to.