01 April 2019

GROVER

With apologies to Michael Smollin and Sesame Workshop...
Init last
Melee Atk
 • hold back +6 (stops movement for one round)
AC 8
HD 2d4
MV 10-20
Act 2d16
SP zip, damage avoidance, resources
Fort +0
Ref +0
Will -2
AL L

Grover is convinced there is a MONSTER in this hallway, and he does not want to see it, and does not want you to see it either. He is AFRAID of the monster. He will do anything he can to stop you from revealing the DANGEROUS, BIG, SCARY monster in this hallway.

Even though his movement rate is low, he can zip out of sight and back into sight, covering unknown distances while out of sight — usually accompanied with the sound of madly shuffling dress shoes, though you NEVER SEE any dress shoes. He can thus produce resources that are improbable or impossible.

Anyone trying to HARM lovable, furry, old Grover should discover it is a very difficult thing to do... The Judge is encouraged to invent any excuse, even those that are only very slightly realistic, for why an attack on Grover misses it's mark. Grover is very flexible, so maybe he has bent out of the way just as an arrow flies past him. Sometimes he goes from being NEAR to being FAR, just to make a point, and thus melee strikes will miss. He might be nailing up a crude wooden barrier to prevent anyone from revealing the MONSTER at the end of the hallway, and the back swing of his hammer might foil an attack against him. Players should feel free to invent reasons they miss, too.

Anyone playing along with Grover and gently revealing to him that HE is the Monster in the hallway, and not making him feel bad by being embarrassed about the whole thing, should gain 2d3+1 Luck on the spot.

18 December 2018

WYVERN

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Init +2
Melee Atk
 • bite +4 (1d4 + poison)
 • claw +1 (1d6+1)
AC 16HD 4d12
MV 60 fly 120
Act 1d20 + 1d16
SP gaze
Fort +7
Ref +6
Will +3
AL C

Wyverns have an irrational attraction to human females in diaphanous clothing, and are known to spirit them away to remote places and simply guard them. They prevent the women from leaving and ultimately these women weaken and die, unless rescued.

The wyvern's gaze is effective from 30 feet or less. One each round, the individual that the wyvern is looking at must make a Will Save vs. DC 13 or be shaken by visions of their greatest fears glimpsed within the luminous eyes of the wyvern, increasing their fumble range by 3, and removing any AC improvement from Agility.

The poison of their bite creates a fever that presents itself anywhere from 2-4 weeks after the bite. This can be thrown off with a Fort Save vs. DC 14 (call for the roll any time between bite and affliction, for obfuscational purposes). The fever is brought on by any strong exertion, such as climbing a rock face or fighting a battle. The area of the bite will feel as if on fire, and the afflicted character will weaken, only able to act every other round, losing 1d3 hp per round until at 0 hp they are unconscious. After the third day of unconsciousness, they can roll a Fort Save vs. DC 12 to revive and begin recovery (healing hp as normal). Upon failure, they can make a new roll each day thereafter.

A wyvern may be the final life-stage of an ancient dragon, reduced to a wizened body, non-intelligence and irrational behavior.


04 December 2018

SEA GIANT

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Init +3
Melee Atk
 • pike +5 (1d12+2)
Ranged Atk
 • snail cloak +5 (special, 10/30/50)
AC 17
HD 4d8+6
MV 40, swim 100
Act 1d20 + 1d16
SP -
Fort +8
Ref +3
Will +4
AL N

Sea Giants live on the bottom of seas and oceans.

With a wave of their hand, a Sea Giant can cover someone with several hundred sea snails. Each snail leaves a mildly irritating slime on the skin of those afflicted, which in such numbers deals 3d3 damage. Further, anyone failing a DC 12 Will Save must either spend the round shucking off snails (reducing the damage by 1d3 per round) or act with their Action Dice one step down the Dice Chain.

30 October 2018

MARTIANS

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Init +0
Melee Atk
 • tentacle +3 (1d6)
AC 12
HD 3d10
MV 10
ACT 1d24 + 2d20
Fort -4
Ref -1
Will +7
AL C

“A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the cylinder. As it bulged up and caught the light, it glistened like wet leather. Two large dark-coloured eyes were regarding me steadfastly.” — H. G. Wells, The War Of The Worlds

Martians are a strange race of conquerors hailing from, as their name suggests, the planet Mars. The martians are reasonably strong, even though they move sluggishly in Aerth’s gravity, but they primarily rely on their strange fighting machines in war.

Though technologically advanced, over the eons their physical forms have degraded and atrophied into primitive cephalopodic shapes. They are so devolved that they no longer have a proper digestive system, instead simply absorbing their victims’ blood directly into their bodies through the use of glass pipettes.



MARTIAN WAR MACHINES
Init +5
Melee Atk
• 1d10 tentacles +10 (1d12, 20’ reach)
Ranged Atk
 • Heat Ray (Ref Save DC 14, 3d30 damage)
AC 20
HD 10d20
MV 60
SP black smoke
Fort n/a
Ref +5
Will n/a
AL C

The martians travel from planet to planet by launching themselves across space in large canisters, fired from enormous cannons buried underneath the red planet’s surface. The machines they use are large and terrible, standing higher than a church, and weighing several tons. Their machines have three tentacular legs, with dozens of thinner tendrils dangling down and acting as hands or fingers. From the central mass of the machine is a strange hood, in which the martians pilot the machine. And finally, extending on an odd tube, is the martians’ greatest weapon: the heat ray.

Black Smoke
The martians also make use of a strange compound known simply as black smoke. Some martian fighting machines are equipped with this in addition to a heat ray or instead of it. When canisters of the substance are dropped, a black gas spreads about 500’ in all directions (at a rate of 100’ per round), requiring anyone within that area to make a DC 14 Fort Save each round or take 2d16 damage.



Adventure Hooks

• Whilst exploring a network of underground caverns, the party accidentally stumbles across a large metal cylinder, buried in the rock for millions of years. Within the crashed ship, martians wait dreaming in cryosleep…

• The party is transported to Barsoom, the dreamlands of Mars, and must help a clan of green martians fend off invading martians.

• A meteor streaked across the sky the other night, landing in the nearby woods. Strange hammering noises and greenish lights have been emanating from the crash site.

• A sorcereress has recently been employing giant tripodal war machines, things that are clearly not of Aerth. The local lord has hired you to investigate and find out where she is getting the horrific weapons.

• A group of beastfolk have begun worshiping the corpse of a martian as their god, and through their faith have managed to bring it back to life in an undead state. Their “god” is now instructing them in how to construct fighting machines and produce the black smoke. The beastfolks’ early attempts are crude, but deadly.

• In a nearby valley, strange sounds of battle have been heard from the deep woods, and occasional flashes of light have been seen. Deep in the woods, a group of Mi-Go face off against the martians. It is an excellent opportunity to steal some alien technology, and if the party were to help one side or the other, who knows what rewards they may obtain...




Written by Tristan Tanner of The Bogeyman’s Cave — check it out!



23 October 2018

FLESH NIGHTMARE

Init +5
Melee Atk
 • hammer hand +7 (1d6+2)
 • pours down throat (1d4 Stamina)
AC 11
HD 6d12+3
MV 70 special
Act 4d16
SP magic to hit
Fort +3
Ref +9
Will +1
AL N

The fleshy nightmare is a large, hovering sphereoid shape of doughy flesh, roughly the volume of three humans, with a single, human-sized arm protruding from it, a hammer-like shape in place of it's hand

If the creature can close and come into direct contact with a foe, it can pour down their throat, suffocating them. Roll a Strength for the creature on 5d6, reducing this total by 1 for every 5 points of damage the creature has lost or goes on to lose. For every round after the first, the Stamina damage is inflicted. A target that reaches 0 Stamina has suffocated.

While the creature is in sight of someone, it can move up to 70 feet per round. It cannot give up it's Action Dice to extend the range when observed. But if the creature is not within sight, it can change position by 70 per round (140 if giving up Action Dice), without regard to walls and other barriers. It just is hovering in a new location.

Magical items, weapons and spells are required to damage the flesh nightmare.



This monster was created using Monster Extractor V: Deadly Monsters Now! — available through RPGNow.com



BONUS!
BASIC STATS!

Move: 260 feet/turn
Hit Dice: 6+1
Armor Class: 8
Treasure Type: Q
Alignment: lawful evil
Attacks: 4 hammer blows
Damage: 2-7

The fleshy nightmare is a large sphereoid shape of doughy flesh with a human-sized arm protruding from it, with a hammer-like shape in place of it's hand. They can make four hammer attacks per round. They can attempt to smother a victim by pressing into them, doing 1d6 Constitution damage unless the victim is successful at a Saving Throw vs. Turn to Stone. They can only be hit with magic weapons or spells.

Constitution damage will return at a rate of 1 point per turn of rest or negligible exertion. At the referee's discretion, 0 Constitution means death, coma, or other life-threatening state.