Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Savage Menagerie: Carnivorous Cave Deer

No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d6)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 7
Hit Dice: 3
Attacks: 2 (butt, bite)
Damage: 1d6, 1d4
Save: L2
Morale: 5
Hoard Class: None

Certainly one of the more frightening underground dwellers for a future mutant to encounter, the Carnivorous Cave Deer lurks deep in the recesses of the earth, watching and waiting for victims to enter its lair.

Cave Deer attack with a head butt for 1d6 hit points of damage, followed by a toothy bite for 1d4 hit points. Attackers need to be wary when making contact with a Cave Deer since they are hairless and coated with a thick dermal poison slime. This poison is Class 4, doing 4d6 hit points of damage if a save versus poison fails (half damage if the save is successful). A Cave Deer lair is doubly dangerous, as the walls and floors are also coated with this poisonous slime, making it a very dangerous chamber to enter.

Cave Deer have adapted well to the dark recesses of the caverns. They are able to see very well using their thermal vision and night vision mutations. They prefer to lurk in the shadows and recesses, attacking a victim from behind. Cave Deer also have the empathy mutation, preferring to instill blind terror in their victims. While the victim is racing around in a panic (or, better yet, cowering in a corner), the Cave Deer will strike.

Mutations: thermal vision, night vision, dermal poison slime, empathy


  1. Nice. I think this could be a very memorable encounter. Running around in terror in a poison-slime filled cavern with something that looks like THAT stalking you... yikes!

  2. I can see it now...the party is moving through knee-deep mist through a cavern, barely able to see 10' in front of their own faces and WHAM! Out of nowhere, Carnivorous Cave Deer strike the party from a couple of different angles! BTW, where did you get the graphic? It definitely LOOKS like what one could imagine a Carnivorous Cave Deer looking like!

  3. Nice critter. This would make for a very memorable encounter for any campaign!

  4. Great monster you have there. Just the kind of thing I'm looking for to spring upon a group of intrepid characters spoiling for a fight!

  5. Ack! Cave deer? Not nice! Not nice!

    Actually I love it and it is a truly monstrous mutant.


  6. Wow! Thanks for all of the positive comments. I stumbled across the picture above on a random troll through the Web. I designed the critter around the (admittedly eerie) Photoshopped monster.