Sunday, July 5, 2009

Savage Menagerie: Firewhale

Today's creature was inspired by the animated show "Thundarr the Barbarian," episode 3: "Mindok the Mind Menace" where it appears.

No. Enc.: 0 (1d4)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: Swim: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 8
Attacks: 1 (bite or flamejet)
Damage: 1d20/ 2d12
Save: L3
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: None

The firewhale is a large aquatic creature renowned for its ferocity and ill temper. Firewhales are often used as guardians of underwater domains, islands, and atolls by other intelligent sea-based beings.

The primary method of attack of the firewhale is by biting using its massive mouth of stalagmite-sized teeth. The bite of a firewhale deals 1d20 damage to the unfortunate victim. Also, if a natural 20 is rolled for a firewhale bite attack, the victim is instead swallowed whole by the whale. The victim will suffer 1d6 of drowning damage per round until they are either freed or they have died in the whale’s stomach.

Over the course of time and evolution, the firewhale has developed a flamejet where a whale’s blowhole would normally be. A firewhale can use this flamejet as a secondary attack, spewing a firey stream of magma over 50’. Anyone struck by the magma will suffer 2d12 damage from the initial burn. The magma will cling and burn for 1d6 additional damage for 1d4 rounds. Water will not wash off the magma once contact has been made.

Firewhales are known to attack in packs and have been known to ram watercraft with their horn, overturning any boats that happen to venture into their territory.

Mutations: Unique (flamejet)


  1. Wonderful! That is a topnotch critter! Thank you for posting it!

  2. Thanks! I'm a huge fan of the old Thundarr 'toons and I plan on bring more creatures from under the broken moon to this blog. The show had a bunch of bizarre mutants like this one.
    "Lords of Light!"

  3. I hope to definately see you do more Thundaresque beasties!
    "Demon Dogs!"

  4. Ha! I can guarantee you'll see more Thundarr critters.