Saturday, February 19, 2011

"C" is for "Cobaltoad"


No. Enc.:  1d4 (1d6)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement:  120' (40')
      Swim:  90' (30')
Armor Class:  6
Hit Dice:  7
Attacks:  2 (1 tongue-lash, 1 bite)
Damage:  1d8 / 1d12
Save:  L4
Morale:  9
Hoard Class:  VI
XP:  2,190

Cobaltoads, the adult form of radpoles, are massive, bluish, lumpy amphibians that grow to the size of Ancient automobiles.  While favoring wet and humid environs, they are also encountered in dryer, rockier climes.  They adhere to even the slickest vertical surfaces with ease.

Ambush predators, cobaltoads lurk near water's edge, in underbrush, or along cave/ruin walls, and Surprise prey on a roll of 1-4 on 1d6.  They lash out with 25' long sticky, clubbed tongues, and on a successful hit they yank humanoid-sized (or smaller) targets into their jaws for a biting attack.  A To Hit roll of a 19-20 results in the victim being swallowed, who suffers 1d8 digestion damage per round.  They can also project radioactive beams [Radiation Class determined randomly].

Cobaltoads secrete a toxin (Class 11 paralytic poison) that not only induces debilitating hallucinations, but also drains 1d8 points of Wisdom for 1d4 days.  Shamans and healers can fashion a topical poultice from this fluid  that grants the user full immunity to radiation damage for 24 hours.  Wearing the poultice for more than three consecutive days permanently turns the user's skin blue.

Mutations:  Dermal Poison Slime, Energy Ray (Radiation), Increased Balance, Reflective Epidermis (Radiation)

"R" is for "Radpole"


No. Enc.:  1d6 (1d12)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement:  105' (35')
      Swim:  75' (25')
Armor Class:  7
Hit Dice:  4
Attacks:  2 (1 tail-slap, 1 head-butt)
Damage:  1d4 / 1d6
Save:  L3
Morale:  7
Hoard Class:  None
XP:  300

Feeding off of algae and vegetation, the amphibious radpoles are found in warm and wet environs—lakes, marshes, stagnant ditches, toxic dumping sites, abandoned sewers, cave networks—and the more polluted, the better.  They stand 3' tall at the shoulder, reach total lengths of 6-8' long, and weigh over 200 pounds.  Radpoles glow with an unholy yellow-green luminescence.

Radpoles emit beams of raw radioactivity [with Radiation Class determined at random per the Radiation Table] from the spiky nodules on their heads, and the higher level their radioactivity, the brighter they glow.

At about 1 year of age, a radpole encases itself in a thick cocoon of luminous green jelly, and emerges in 1d4+1 days as a fully-developed cobaltoad.

Radpoles are a staple food source for glowbras; in fact, some theorize that consuming the radioactive amphibians is key in maintaining a glowbra's own toxicity.

Mutations:  Aberrant Form (Gills and Lungs), Accumulated Resistance (Pollutants), Energy Ray (Radiation), Reflective Epidermis (Radiation)