Saturday, August 20, 2011

Madling Island part 2.2: Encounters in the region South west of Ssaur:

The move is over at long last, so (semi) regular posting will now resume. I want to thank everyone for their feedback on the maps I've been posting.


Anyway, lets get on with it!

Critters:


Icyopteryx

AC: 7 [12]

HD: 2

Attack: Beak

Special: Dive 2d6 on first attack.

Move 15 (fly)

X.P. 60

These large birds (wingspan 15 feet) travel in hunting groups of three. During the summer months Icyopteryx primarily nest and hunt in the mountains; however, during the winter and during freak summer snowstorms, they will descend to the lower elevations in search of prey.

Icyopteryx hunt in groups of three (known as triads) and will not hesitate to attack large prey animals. They have an uncanny ability to see and navigate during the heaviest weather and will often accost prey during the peak of a blizzard.

Special Dive: prior to the first round of attack Icyopteryx will climb high and then dive, adding the benefit of inertia to their strike and therefore doing double damage.



Na-Mammoth:

AC 4 (16)

HD 6-8

Attack: Gore 1d6/ Trample 1d6

Special: Breath Weapon

Move 12

Xp 1600-2000


Na-mammoth are large mammal like creatures, which live year round on the Wasted Plain and in the Dire Hills. They are omnivores and will eat virtually anything. A Na-mammoth can breath 40 foot cone of fire, 15 feet wide at its base, twice daily. During winter months this ability is often used to soften the turf in order to access buried plant food .

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the na-mammoth is it’s life cycle. These creatures have a unique form of asexual reproduction. Every spring, the na-mammoth gives (live, pseudo-vaginal) birth to one of the humanoid creatures known as mammoth men. Mammoth men are born full grown, but despite their name, and their brutish hairy appearance, these creatures are actually sexless. Mammoth men and na-mammoth work in concert to find food. Mammoth men take their nutrition directly from the na-mammoth, drinking a milky blood-like secretion from pseudo-mammary arrangements on the na-mammoth’s underside.

When the Na-mammoth dies, the mammoth men eat its corpse. Over the next several days they work in concert to spread their excrement over a small section of tundra. The high acid content of their dung softens the earth. Once this task is complete, the creatures engage in a horrific orgy of violence, during which, they kill and eat one another. The final survivor burrows its way into the softened earth, and generates a mucus sheath around its body. After this, it hibernates for 6 or more months and transforms; a fully formed juvenile na-mammoth emerges from the earth at the beginning the following spring.

For game purposes, each na-mammoth is accompanied by one mammoth man per hit die.



Mammoth Men

AC 10[9]

HD 1+1

Attack: Club 1d6/ Tusks 1d6

Move: 5

XP 100

The larval form of Na-Mammoths, these creatures are roughly humanoid in appearance, although they sport thick coats of coarse hair and large upward thrusting tusks. They are possessed of a rude intelligence, but have no culture or language and exist only to gather food for the Na-mammoth that spawned them.





Next time: I haven't a clue, really, but, possibly, a more detailed look at Madling Isles.

3 comments:

  1. Very cool creatures. Looking forward to more frequent posts!

    If you are sticking with 1d6 for damage you could skip listing 1d6 by default ie just "Gore/Trample" and use a plain # when you have multiple dice "Dive 2" or "Dive 2d"... or even stay away from multiple dice and use a "x2" instead. I think it would be pretty dramatic for Grax Iré Lord of the Waste to have "the air catches fire. x20 damage..."! (the bell curve really kills the fun on 20 dice)
    ~V~

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  2. Indeed, this is quite amazing! :) Can't wait for the continuations.

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