Day 17 - Favorite Animal/Insect/Arachnid
Bears, ants, and spiders are all right up there for me but I think for flexibility, wolves have to be my favorite. I can put a single wolf on the trail of some PCs and drive them up a tree. I can send them into fits with a distant howl. I can even harry them over the course of several game sessions of travel with a relentless pack of these beasts. Just about all climates and terrain can support their inclusion. Very flexible.
Let's not forget, also, that the PCs can never be completely sure that such a beast isn't something a little bit more. Werewolves aren't uncommon in the settings I run. I can also simply be using the wolves as scouts for some other band of creatures. They can also be used as mounts. Yup. For my money, wolves are the animal that wins the prize as a personal favorite of mine.
Artist - Storn Cook
The original D&D 30-Day Challenge meme had a duplication and was a bit more edition-specific than I thought was useful for my purposes, so I made some adjustments and had some folks on the Internet give it the once-over. Here's the result and what I will be doing through the month of June as "CMG Extras."