Barghests, also known as Hell Hounds, are a type of spirit originally from the Pit.
These spirits appear as a cross between a wolf and a velociraptor. They are dark blue-black in color, and can be identified by their deep, warbling cries. Barghests typically begin life as ordinary canines. When the canine dies, its' spirit travels to the Dreamtime, where it gradually evolves into one of these viscious creatures. They can be found virtually anywhere in the Dreamtime, and are a serious hazard to unprepared travelers.
When in the physical world, they possess stray dogs in order to maintain their connection to the material realm. Barghests are nocturnal, and will stalk lonely roads in search of solitary travelers. They will attack and maul their victims in groups of 3-5. Barghests do not attack non-sapient creatures. Individuals that survive a wound from a barghest are transformed, both mentally and physically, into a subspecies of hell hound known as an Alpha.