My question would be: which bear would be the most useful for a necromancer who raises one from the dead. Since the bear is dead, temperature, stamina, injuries, aggression, all of that would be rendered moot. So a setting where most of their typical flaws are not factored in.
- Would the polar bear come out on top then, seeing as it is larger and heavier? And could work well as a swimmer, dragging enemies down in the water?
- Would the Kodiak come out on top due to its more defensive build, its thicker layers of padding and longer claws?
- Would the Kodiak come out on top due to its larger size?
The story I am writing is about a Necromancer/Smith combination. He can take dead creatures (Bears for this example) and turn them into his servants. (More akin to an automaton).
They do not rot.
They do not require food, water, air.
He can repair them completely over the course of a few hours/days, depending on the damage.
They are smart enough to follow complex commands and orders.
Think of them as a living weapon that he forged. More like a sword or armor, then a living creature or the undead.
They can be temporarily destroyed. Just like a normal bear. Instead of losing HP, they would lose durability. Decapitation will instantly kill it. Cutting it enough will also kill it, etc.
He would be mostly using them to fight other monsters: from wolves, to goblins, to trolls. Possibly also other humans that have bows/arrows/swords or even rifles.
I would be most interested in their combat capabilities. Defense, offence. Possible specialties (Such as swimming of the polar). In that area, pound for pound, which would be the best bear for the necromancer.