Monday, November 21, 2011

Bestiarum vocabulum - Playing with the Forge

Most of you must have heard about the Forge - a very nice and flavorful name generator for fantasy worlds, spells and monsters. Zak, from Playing D&D With Porn Stars, used to create some intereseting creatures a few months ago. My (very delayed) turn...

Snow Sneak Wraith: These are air elementals that have two bizarre passions - their love of sculptures and of their otherwordly taste for fear and dread. Being almost invisible in snow, these wicked elements usually sneak behind their victims and freeze them in horror stricken forms. Use the invisible stalker, but add the cold subtype and a touch attack that deals 1d4 Dex damage (cold-based). Finally, add a frightening gaze attack (when using this gaze at a victim, as an attack action, only the alien three ice-cold eyes of the snow sneak wraith is visible).

Marble Collar Lily: This is a CR 1 hazard. A pearl white lily of incredible beauty, common to deserts, famous for its strange propriety of cooling down the temperate around the place where it grows.  If any character sleeps close to a marble collar lily, he awakens with the plant deattached from ground and entangled around his neck. The plant inserts a weak hypnotic suggestion (Will DC 10) that commands the victim to follow in a certain direction. If the target doesn’t complain to it, it instantly begins to suffocate. The lily is extremely hard and difficult to break (DR 10/adamantine, 20 hps), besides being immune to fire, electricity and cold. All lilies try to guide their victims to caverns that lead to deep and cold caves – and the flower’s gug masters.

Bile Petal Medusa: This beautiful and rare medusa is the cursed offspring of a medusa and a mad druid. Its hair doesn’t possess snakes but moving moss-green flowers that undulate like vipers. The medusa’s gaze doesn’t petrify but slowly changes the target to a human-like tree (or of whatever shape the original target is). Every time the target fails its save against the Bile Petal Medusa’s gaze he suffers 2d6 points of Charisma damage. When he hits 0, he turn to a tree and is considered cursed (if the target loses more than ½ its original Charisma the GM is invited to describe small cosmetic transformations into a plant-like creature). The Bile Petal Medusa doesn’t possess snakes and can’t make bite attacks, but she can spit acid with its flowers, once per round, as a swift action, against a maximum of 3 different targets. Treat these as ranged attacks as rays that deals 2d4 acid damage each. The Bile Petal Medusa is immune to acid and possess CR 6.

Demon-form Eagle: A local plain or similar region is plagued by a horrible eagle-like bird with ugly red feathers and golden cat-like eyes. They’re called miser vultures because of their behavior of fighting to the death for even the tiniest scrap of carcass and for their suicidal taste for humanoids eyes. They’re capable of following travelers for days, shrieking and throwing feces in an attempt to tire their (future) victims. Although they’re such plague and nuisance, the local humanoid tribes have a strong taboo against attacking a nuch’arawang or “demon-form eagle”, as they’re know to the natives.  Legends speak of a cruel and lonely archwizard that lived centuries ago on the plains and – for obscure reasons – took a liking to those abject birds. In order to guarantee their survival the archwizard summoned two or three scores of lesser demons and bound them to nuch’arawang shapes, ordering them to mimic the bird’s behavior. If attacked, these demons were granted permission to kill and devour their victims. Because of the numerous incidents in later years, the natives soon started to evade the birds, considering them “creatures of the gods”, beyond the touch of mortals (as far as its know, that was the most “selfless” act ever perfected by that dreadful arcanist). Use demon stats of your choice, maybe suited (or not) to your party’s level. I recommended vrocks.

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