Monday, October 26, 2015

"What's Nuked, Scooby-Doomsday?" — Steam Demon

Steam Demon

No. Enc.:  1d4 (1d8)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement:  120' (40')
—Levitation:  120' (40')
Armor Class:  5
Hit Dice:  8
Attacks:  2 claws
Damage:  3d6 / 3d6
Save:  L8
Morale:  10 / 6 (see below)
Hoard Class:  XIV
XP:  2,560

Steam demons are the nastiest denizens of ruined under-cities and sewers.  The hissing fiends relish wanton cruelty and vandalism, and their ability to channel sizzling, steel-melting electricity through their claws only enhances their destructive might.

Bullies and thugs, steam demons fancy kidnapping surface-dwelling Pure Humans and Mutant Animals just for sadistic thrills.  That said, steam demons are terrified by Mutant Humans of CHA 6 or less and other "frightening" bipeds.  Their Morale drops to 6 upon encountering groups of 2 or more such beings.

Steam demons generate billowing clouds of noxious, fuchsia-hued gas that surround them in a 20' radius.  Anyone caught within suffers the effects of a Class 4 poison per round and a -2 penalty to all To Hit rolls (even if a Saving Throw Vs Poison succeeds on the damage).  And though they sport prominent wing-flaps, steam demons actually levitate, and can only reach vertical heights of 15' above the ground / floor.

Mutations:  Energy-Retaining Cell Structure, Enhanced Vision (Night), Fear GenerationPhobia ("Monstrous Humanoids") [D], Toxic Weapon ("Sulfurous Fumes")

[Inspired by The Scooby-Doo Show episode #10, "A Frightened Hound Meets Demons Underground" (1976)]