One of the adventure hooks that our DCC group is considering investigating is the reports of a “golden bear”. We aren’t sure if it’s just a bear with yellowish fur or a mystical bear with literal golden fur, but we’re pretty sure that it’s a bear. A bear in the woods. Perhaps one of many bears in the woods.
With goblins and bandits and cultists and wizards and whatnots, it’s pretty easy to underestimate a bear. But you really shouldn’t. In fact, just the other day, John C. Wright was remarking about how scary bears are.
Worst case scenario, we end up having fight lots of bears while looking for the one bear in particular. How bad will it be? I don’t have DCC in front of me, but I do have some Bear stats for comparison.
Black Bear: AC 7, HD 3+3, Attacks 3 1d3/1d3/1d6 + 2d4 Hug
Brown Bear: AC 6, HD 5+5, Attacks 3 1d6/1d6/1d8 + 2d6 Hug
Cave Bear : AC 6, HD 6+6, Attacks 3 1d8/1d8/1d12 + 2d8 Hug
Black Bear: AC 6, HD 4, Attacks 3 1d3/1d3/1d6
Grizzly Bear: AC6, HD 5, Attacks 3 1d4/1d4/1d8
Cave Bear : AC5, HD 7, Attacks 3 1d8/1d8/2d6
AD&D Bears’ B/X cousins don’t get the hug attack (generally an instant kill against low to mid level characters), but are still ferocious. As DCC leans towards 3e, I’m guessing the Hug is in. Any one of these by itself would maul a 2nd level character regardless of system. They move fast, are hard to kill and can tear you apart like you were nothing.
Don’t mess with bears! They are not your friends, they are not people, and they will kill you.
I was going to include a video at the end showing some bear attacks, but frankly a lot of them were just too freaking gruesome and horrible.