AUTHOR’S NOTE: This cryptid was among the more difficult ones to look up. There is very little information about it online. At ALL! What I did find I was interested enough in to do a treatment on this elusive beast. Though I did embellish this one more than most and have added details to it that were taken from other feline based cryptids found in colder climates. Enjoy my iteration of the Inuit White Death!
And as always, this uses the most recent version of the Savage Worlds ruleset.
These elusive cryptids are believed to roam the marshy regions ofAlaska, the Yukon, Northern Territories as well as the northern regions of British Columbia and Alberta. There have only been a few sightings of the beasts, though there has been evidence of them passing through an area, typically in the form of mangled corpses and often human ones at that.
These beasts appear to look almost like Siberian Tigers, but more muscular and with thicker fur. Most sightings describe them as having several stripes along their shoulders and upper back. Inuit legends about these beasts say that for every man a White Death kills, a new stripe forms in it’s fur.
The earliest recorded sighting was from fur trappers from out of Anchorage travelling into the Canadian Yukon in the mid 1840’s. Five men set out, three returned with an account of some monstrous white cat stalking them through the snow. The survivors claimed that the White Death killed the other two men and injured a third. That third man had several claw marks across his torso and legs. They said they only survived by making it back to the boats they brought and taking the river system back out of the mountains.
While there have been signs found of this beast’s presence in an area, from missing people being found mangled, to impossibly large feline tracks in snow and mud, there is only one other eye witness on records. In 1972, a doctor who routinely travelled to the remote communities in Alaska and western Yukon was driving ina blizzard to one of the communities when he witnessed what looked to him to be a tiger the size of a horse cross the road with what he thought to be a deer in its jaws. Upon arriving in the town, he discovered one of the men was missing. The man had gotten drunk and headed home, but never made it. The man’s body was found the next day, just a few yards off the road from where the doctor sighted the cat the night before.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6(a), Spirit d8, Strength d12, Vigor d10
Skills: Athletics d10, Fighting d10, Notice d8, Stealth d10, Survival d10
Pace: 8; Parry: 6; Toughness: 8
Low Light Vision: White Death can ignore penalties for Dim and Dark Illumination.
Pounce: A White Death can make a 5’ leap and make a Wild Attack, it adds +4 to its damage instead of +2.
Thick Hide: The dense fur and thick skin of the White death grants it a +1 to toughness.
Fleet Foot: The White Death rolls a d8 for run rather than a d6.
I hope this little beastie can find its way into your home game sometime soon!
Until next time, Cheers!