New Monster – Great Alotian Wagon Eater

16 January, 2020

Is this the lair of a GAWE?Voddick knelt down at the road edge and picked up some splinters of wood and a fragment of metal. “I fear we are not going to find those lost wagons, my friend.”

“Why? Has someone beaten us to them?” Gollaon asked scanning the horizon from horseback.

“No, worse, much worse,” said Voddick shaking his head. “A wagon eater.”

“A wagon eater? Are you joking?”

“Not in the least,” said Voddick. “They are much feared by the Dwarven Clans. They are secretive creatures that rarely emerge from their lairs except to consume abandoned wagons.”

‘How . . . bizarre.”

Great Alotian Wagon Eater
Large monstrosity (chimeric), unaligned

Armor Class 16

Hit Points 115 (11d10+55)

Speed Walk 40ft. Burrow 40ft.

STR 19 (+ 4) DEX 11 (+ 0) CON 21 (+ 5) INT 6 ( -2) WIS 10 (+ 0) CHA 8 ( -1)

Saving Throws Str + 4, Dex + 0, Con + 5, Int -2, Wis + 2, Cha -1

Skills Perception +6, Stealth +4

Damage Resistances bludgeoning from nonmagical weapons (and see Mixed Heritage below)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 30 ft. (90 ft. for wagons), passive Perception 16

Languages understands several but cannot speak

Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Axle-Snapping Bite. The GAWE’s bite attacks score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.

Keen Smell. The GAWE has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.

Mixed Heritage. Due to its unusual heritage, the GAWE has resistance to one type of elemental damage, roll 1d6: 1. Acid / 2. Cold / 3-4. Fire / 5. Lightning. / 6. Thunder

Unsettling to Dwarves. For reasons unknown, the very presence of a GAWE makes dwarves uneasy and nervous. When a GAWE is in sight or within 60′, a dwarf has disadvantage on saves against fear and attack rolls against the GAWE suffer a -1d4 to their total. The penalty to attack vanishes after the dwarf inflicts damage on the GAWE but the disadvanatge to fear saving throws remain.

Wagons are Wondrous. The GAWE has advantage on any saving throw against effects that would prevent it from acquiring a wagon or taking one away.

Multiattack. The GAWE makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10 + 4) piercing damage.

Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.

Coming out only at night, these mysterious creatures seem to exist only to consume damaged and abandoned wagons. Their existence is known primarily from the absence of damaged wagons left overnight when the drivers return to collect them and finding only splinters of wood and fragments of fittings where a wagon once was. Sometimes drag marks are found indicating where the creature pulled the wagon away to consume it. Why these monsters are driven to devour wagons remains unknown. Some scholars speculate that they are some sort of chimeric blend of badger, dragon and something else.

Notes: Actually inspired by a piece of black humor from the Vietnam War.  And, yes, I updated the Chimeric subtype just so it could be part of the GAWE.

Photo “Old Winchester Hill” by HerryLawford is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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