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New Monster – Wood Warrioress (D&D5)

11 January, 2016

These fierce female warriors are not born but grown from seeds, planted in soil fertilized by fresh blood and marrow from cracked bone.  The greater the quantity and the higher the source, the quicker they grow into “adults”, usually it takes two years but it can be done in as little as a season with sufficient viscera and blood.  They are grown by power tree spirits, vicious druidic cults, and others.

They appear as athletic women with skin that resembles sanded wood (complete with grain), their hair has a greenish tinge to it.  When cut, they bleed a deep red sap.   They wear clothing salvaged from where they find it.  Their weapons are made of wood or other materials dug up from the natural world, they prefer massive war clubs lined with sharped stones or teeth, carved and decorated with glyphs and symbols.

Sharper than steel

Wood Warrioress
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A more mythical Manticore for D&D5

20 December, 2015

Something like this but redIt has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), and its voice is a whistle that sounds like a melody from pipes.  The tail is that of a scorpion, curved and ready to strike.   It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.

The Manticore is usually a solitary hunter, though rarely a pack will form under some strange pressure, they prefer to strike from surprise and overwhelm small groups of prey.  A manticore is perfectly willing to flee from superior opposition but will seek revenge if it can.

They can, more or less, understand human speech but they can only communicate in a sort of sing-song nonsense, understandable to other manticora but gibberish to everyone else, but perfect for luring the curious to where they can be attacked.

All Consuming, sometimes when a manticore consumes a magic item, especially a potion or a scroll, it is temporarily imbued with magical powers but these tend to be spontaneous and uncontrolled but can be surprising both to the manticore and its enemies.

Manticore
Large Monstrosity, neutral evil
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New Monster Template – Bloodmade

6 October, 2015

Template: Bloodmade (CR +0 or +1)

Creatures with the Bloodmade template are created through the blood summoning spell, their origin is unknown but they look like normals animals -albeit with red or rusty brown coloration- except for their eyes which seem to be pools of blood. When killed they dissolve into a pool of blood before vanishing.  Only animals can be subject to the Bloodmade template.

A Bloodmade creature’s CR increases by +1 only if the base creature has 5 or more HD.

A Bloodmade creature’s quick and rebuild rules are the same.

Senses gains darkvision 60 ft. and scent

Defensive Abilities gains damage reduction and energy resistance as noted on the table.

Special Attacks
All One Blood (Ex)
Bloodmade creatures (from the same source) have an instinct for cooperation and innately cooperate to their best of their abilities.  When adjacent to their summoner or another Bloodmade, they gain a +1 circumstance bonus to Armor Class and when two of more Bloodmade creature attack the same target, they gain a +1 circumstance bonus to attack rolls.

Blood Anger (Ex)
Bloodmade creature gains a +2 morale bonus to damage rolls, Fortitude and Will saves when they have taken damage equal to half their hit points or more.

Special Quality
Guard the Source (Ex)
Bloodmade creatures will attempt to guard their creator if not given other instructions.  When a single Bloodmade of size large or two or more of size medium or smaller are adjacent to their creator, she gains a +1 circumstance bonus to Armor Class and the Bloodmade can made a single attack of opportunity each round against anyone who attacks their creator when they could have attacked the Bloodmade.

Hit Dice     Resist Acid and Fire           DR

1–4                          5                            —
5–10                       10                         5/magic
11+                          15                       10/magic

Notes: To go with today’s magic item.  Though they can be used interdependently as well, of course.

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Ypisaran Serpentfolk (A to Z Challenge, Y)

29 April, 2015

Ypisaran Serpentfolk

Tea with a SerpentladyThe Serpentfolk are the children of the goddess Ypisara, though she is now only acknowledged as the great mother of their race.  A minor race, they weathered the war of against the gods and the Sundering better than most due to the act of submission and self-sacrifice by Ypisara in exchange for the protection of the Empress, she gave her life willingly to the Dragon Queen.

Since then, her children have thrived, in a restrained fashion, under the protective eye of the Empress who acts as their patron and protector.

Personality: The Serpentfolk are a dedicated and loyal people, devoted to their communities and, in a vague sense, the Empire as a whole.  While each of the serpentfolk is their own person they often think of themselves as part of a chain of community and tend to weight the good of the group over the good of the individual. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Judge, one of the Empress’ Seven Stars (A to Z Challenge, J)

11 April, 2015

the Judge

Quote: Law serves Justice and Justice serves the Empire.
    A perfect legal code is impossible.

Sometimes like thisDescription: In his true, draconic form, the Judge is a large dragon with scales a dark, charcoal grey edged with a dark silver, his wings are darker than his body, nearly black.  The Judge’s eyes are a dark blue flecked with silver. His claws, a deep silver-grey.  His voice is dark and controlled.

The Judge’s usual human form is tall and well built with wide shoulders, dark grey skin and black hair with silver highlights.  His eyes remain the same.  He favors whatever is worn as judicial grab where he is, in the Capital, he favors dark robes with a silver chain of office.

Background: The Judge was one of the first dragons recruited into the Empress’ grant vision and one of the Seven of them who survived the War with the Gods.  He was instrumental in defining the doctrine of Dominae which underpins the Imperial philosophy.

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Giant-Blooded, descendants of the Giants (A to Z Challenge, G)

8 April, 2015

Giant-Blooded

Remnants of a once mighty raceAs I discussed long ago, there are no traditional fantasy monster races in the Sea of Stars, no orcs, goblins or such, but there are a handful of surviving giants.  After the Gods were defeated, the Empress lead the dragons to break the power of the giants before they could organize into a credible threat.  Since then the remaining giants have hid from the dragons in various places at the Edge of the World.

Giants have managed to survive, if not thrive, often by using magics to blend in with the native populace, usually of humans, which naturally led to interbreeding between the two creating the giant-blooded.  Usually this expresses itself in size and strength but occasionally some other powers of giantish blood are inherited.

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Ba’ai’i, The Dark Star (A to Z Challenge, B)

2 April, 2015

Ba’ai’i, the Dark Star, Ruler of the Dark Star Dominion

Darkness given formQuote: “The only thing that matters is power.”

Description: In his true draconic form, Ba’ai’i is a massive four-winged black dragon.  His scales absorb light so completely that it is difficult to make out any details about his form but it causes unease just being around.  His eyes are a dark, molten gold and are the only part about him that is not black.  His voice echoes as if emerging from a distant and otherworldly place.

He is more commonly encountered is his humanoid form, which is a tall (7’/2.13m) black skinned human with dark molten gold eyes.  His skin is not so light consuming as his scales and details can be made out, such as a scar that runs from under his left ear to the base of his throat.  He dresses in the best and most formal clothes for the occasion, favoring military uniforms and ornate robes, with a minimum of tasteful but fabulously valuable jewelry for decoration.  In his human form, his voice only retains a faint otherworldly echo when he speaks.

Background: Older even than the Empress, Ba’ai’i has always sought to increase his personal power even at the expense of others.  He was a late recruit into the Dragon Empress’ plot to overthrown the gods but once committed, he performed admirably.  Seizing prime land, he immediately set about consolidating his power, even going so far as to build churches and cults to himself, as to be the sole ruler and sole god of his Dominion.

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