- Ha! Your beast thinks with his stomach, as usual...
Lion is a minor character in A Plague Tale: Innocence.
He was a French hunting dog belonging to the de Rune family.
Background and Early Life
While not the only dog used by the de Rune family for hunting, he was the preferred companion of Amicia de Rune, likely due to the long-standing estrangement between her and her family.
- He was a good dog.
- Robert consoling his daughter, Amicia
In November 1348, Lion accompanied Robert de Rune and Amicia on a walk through the woods near the estate, happily playing, barking, and following scents. After Amicia completed the "knight's challenge" he caught the smell of a wild boar and lead Amicia to it, who struck it with her sling but failed to kill it. The boar soon ran off with Lion and Amicia in pursuit. Lion had a habit of outrunning hunters, and thus Amicia lost sight of the dog for only a moment. Then she found the boar, not only dead but stripped of its meat down to the bone. She knew Lion could not have done that, and also noticed he had stopped barking.
Searching further, she heard his pained whimpering, and found Lion alive but mutilated and half of his body draped into a dark hole. She caressed his head lovingly before the ground rumbled and Lion was pulled into hole by Rats and was never seen again. Robert, horrified, drew Amicia back from the hole and the two returned to the estate, with Robert determined to start a hunt to find the cause of the problem. Amicia was heartbroken at the loss of her beloved pet. Robert consoled his daughter, telling her that "he was a good dog."
Lion appears to be a large dog with long legs, a heavy snout, and floppy ears. His body is covered in white and brown fur, a white stripe on his face and snout, and a dark patch along his back and rear end like a saddle. His eyes are brown, the color common to most dogs. His fur is short and he has a thin, medium-length tail.
- Hey! I'm trying to tell her something!
- Robert, irritated by the dog's ceaseless barking
Lion was a good hunting dog with a keen nose, but seemed to have little discipline, simply going where the scent led him and losing contact with his hunter in the process. He also liked to interrupt people who were talking with barks to get them to play with him.
Despite his deficiencies, Lion was a well-loved family pet.
- Lion's breed is indeterminate but he has features resembling a cross of a hound and a spaniel.
- A currently existing breed, the Hungarian Vizla, can be traced back to the mid-1300s, was used as a running hound and very much resembles Lion in shape (although the breed exclusively has rusty brown-colored coats).
- Vizlas have very good temperament and are prone to strong attachments, making them very loyal and endearing family dogs, again showing similarities to Lion.