Thursday, January 6, 2011

"F" is for "Frybis"


No. Enc.:  1d6 (2d10)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement:  30' (10')
          Fly:  180' (60')
Armor Class:  6
Hit Dice:  4
Attacks:  1 (peck)
Damage:  1d6
Save:  L4
Morale:  9
Hoard Class:  None
XP:  465

Frybises are regal, brightly-hued creatures that stand 4'-5' tall and have wingspans reaching 8'-10' wide.  Fire seems to dance along their feathers.

They feed exclusively on petrochemicals, congregating and nesting in burning refineries and derricks, abandoned fuel depots, ocean drilling platforms, and waste dumps.  Frybises can detect such chemicals within 3 miles of their location, and are completely immune to the toxic effects thereof.  They see perfectly in hazy, smoky conditions.

A frybis' uniquely-coated beak is designed for piercing metal (due to their food often being sealed in drums, storage tanks, or vehicles), and consequently, the creatures gain +4 on Attack Rolls and +4 Damage against opponents in metal armor.  Frybises also exhale fiery bursts, and merely touching one inflicts heat damage.

Given the scarcity of gasoline and oil in the Mutant Future, frybises are particularly dreaded...and the fact that their mere presence can ignite said scarce resources makes them all the more fearsome.

Mutations:  Energy Ray (Heat), Energy-Retaining Cell Structure (Heat), Reflective Epidermis (Heat), Unique Sense ("Petro-Tracking"), Unique Sense ("Smoke-Sight")