Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DCC Monster: The Songbird

"It would crush its own bones to follow prey down a narrow tunnel."

It doesn't have a name. Garvin was experimenting and came up with a liquid that makes people into something wrong. He kept the first one in a cage, waiting to see how long it took for the creature to die without nourishment. 9 weeks.

It kept running full speed at the bars, beating itself into a pulp, snapping its bones. Then it would lay on the floor, its breath too fast, pulse racing, as the bones and tissue knotted back stronger, more malformed, before it tried again. Garvin reinforced the cage after the first one died - it had almost bashed its way through using only muscle and bone.

Garvin ran so many tests on the first three. He knows the easiest way to kill them, to make them dormant, to transport them. He thinks they are beautiful. He is proud that he invented something so special.

Like other monsters, it doesn't have a name. Sometimes villagers will find a body ripped apart, smashed to pulp, a surprised look on what remains of the face. The people don't know what happened. There are no survivors to talk to. Each village has its own theory, its own name for this.

Only Garvin knows. He calls them Songbirds, because of the sound they make when they look with their ears.

Songbird: Init +8; Atk crush +8 melee (1d4+5) or bite +8 melee (1d10+5); AC 15; HD 6d8+6; MV 40'; Act 2d20; SP blitz, echo-location, regeneration, fearlessness, exceptional strength, immunity to mental effects, SV Fort +6, Ref +6, Will N/A; AL C.

blitz - the songbird attacks ferociously without warning. If it approaches within 40' unnoticed, players must succeed on a DC 14 Int check or be surprised.

echo-location - the songbird has no eyes and senses its environment by echo-location, emitting a singsong call. The songbird tracks prey and other creatures by sound, and has exceptional hearing.

regeneration - the songbird regenerates 1d8 hp/round, one round after taking damage. Acid and fire attacks do not regenerate. The songbird will regenerate even after death, unless it is decapitated or suffers massive damage. Knowledgeable players may spend one round to dispatch a songbird, ensuring it does not return.

fearlessness - the songbird has no concept of fear. It never checks morale, and fights until death. The songbird will use its body as a weapon or ram if appropriate. It would crush its own bones to follow prey down a narrow tunnel.

exceptional strength - the songbird receives a +5 to grapple and other strength checks. The songbird attacks with its crushing hands and vice-like bite.