Monday, March 28, 2011

Xhuul Bestiary: Man-Catcher


MAN-CATCHER

NO. ENCOUNTERED: 1-6
SIZE: Medium
HD: 2 (d8)
MOVE: 50ft, 20ft (climb)
AC:15
ATTACKS:Head Pincer (2d6), Tail Pincer (1d8)
SPECIAL: Pincer Grab, 360 Vision
SAVES: P
INT: Animal
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
TYPE: Vermin
TREASUE: None
XP: 20+2/hp

These man-sized insects are aggressive creatures that haunt forests and jungles, always in search of food. Their name comes from the large pincher above their head which looks like the man-catcher weapon used in some arenas. The pincher is used in the same way, to hold prey, crushing it, while repeated strikes with its tail pincher eventually kills their quarry. The Man-Catcher has eye-stalks which allow its eyes to look in any direction, thereby making it impossible to be suprised or attacked from behind.

Pincher Grab: When the Man-Catcher attacks, it's first action is to grab it's prey with it's head pinchers. A successful attack on its target does 2d6 damage and the target must make a successful save vs STR or be held immobile in it's pinchers. Each round thereafter, the pinchers squeeze like a vice doing 1d6 damage automatically. Each round, the target can try to make another save vs STR to break free.

Tail Pincher: A target held by the head Pincher, allows the tail pincher a +3 to hit that target.


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2 comments:

  1. I like it, especially in "swarm" of six of them :D

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  2. @Omlet: Yeah it could get very dangerous. Be interesting to playtest these critters in a game to see the results. Six just might wipe out a party of equivalent HD, but thats life in the howling wilderness of Xhuul.

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