Back in 2006 when I made the last listing of all Bloodhound Breeds (wow, is it really that long ago?) I introduced the CaveHounds as a sub breed of the Northern tribes. Back then I only had a vague idea of they would look like. The CaveHounds were the first and only entire tribe to mutate long before the Crystal Forest made its appearance on the Eastern continents.
CaveHounds dwell deep within the mountains where the heat of subterranean volcanoes and hot springs has lead them to grow almost no fur. Living in the dark they have no more use for eyes, but have instead developed a facial apparatus, similar to that of bats.
They are pacifists, which was the initial reason for their retreat into the bowels of the earth. Nonetheless they enjoy occasional exchange with Hounds from the outside world. CaveHounds dig vast tunnel labyrinths through the mountains, so if they don't act as a guide they usually cannot be find by intruders.
They are a very friendly folk, who have a nag for anything that has to do with sounds. They enjoy singing and are in fact skilled singers themselves, who manage to produce ultra- and infrasonic sounds during their songs, that make your skin crawl in a positive way.
Since it usually means death by freezing CaveHounds almost never leave their habitat. If they do so, it is usually to warn others of a grave danger. Living closer to the heart of their home world than their surface-dwelling brothers and sisters, the CaveHounds have a very special connection to Ileyeah and can often perceive signs and hints, that others would only recognize when it's already too late.
Yayyyy! Bloodhound art! I shamefully neglected everything else for this, but this fellow HAD to get out of my head, so badly. It frustrates me that for being a rather simple thing, this entire piece took me way too long, for various reasons. I only wanted it to be a simple sheet really, which is why I didn't spend much time on the colouring. It was mainly as a reference for a friend of mine.
Anyway... it really felt good to be doing something entirely for my own world again and I am very pleased that my little CaveDwellers have finally a face.
Random side note: I am reading Cervantes' "Don Quixote" right now and maybe I am reading too much into things, but it amuses me to think, that it shows in the facial design of the Hounds. XDs