Thursday, April 7, 2011

[Thundarr Thursday] Notorius NPC: Zogar the Barbarian

Zogar the Barbarian
7th Level Barbarian

STR: 16 --- INT: 14
DEX: 15 --- WIL: 12
CON: 20 --- CHA: 9
HPs: 121 --- AC: 6
Mutations: none

Zogar is a lone barbarian warrior who roams the blasted lands. Friend to no one, Zogar is an angry evil brute who is best left alone. He has, however, made his mark in the world as a ruthless bounty hunter and man-for-hire. It is said that Zogar has never failed in any job given to him. Such is his reputation that Wizards have actually sought him out for his skills in dealing with "nuisances."

Through years of training and survival, Zogar has increased his constitution to almost superhuman levels. He receives a +2 bonus to any save versus poison and a +1 bonus to radiation saves. His strength and skill in combat would normally give him a +2 to hit bonus as well as a +2 damage bonus. However, at some point in the past, Zogar's right arm was replaced with a robotic claw that gives him a +3 to hit bonus and +4 damage bonus. If he grapples someone with his robotic claw, treat it as having a STR score of 19. Zogar also has a highly trained pet panther (MF rulebook, page 65) that will follow his commands and defend him to the death, if necessary.

During an earlier encounter with Thundarr, Zogar was given a powerful power trident by the wizard Kublai. This weapon does 1d10+16 hit points of damage, and it can easily rend and destroy any obstacles in Zogar's way. The trident even stood up to the Sun Sword for a short time.

Zogar will often be encountered by PCs in one of two ways -- either in a tavern during a good old-fashioned brawl (which Zogar has inevitably started) or being hunted by Zogar after the PCs have run afoul of either him or someone who has hired the brute to "deal" with the characters. If Zogar is on the hunt for the PCs, his favorite tactic is to first capture them or trick them into some sort of trap. When incapacitated, Zogar will either taunt them (if their deaths are the goal) or bargain with them for their lives (if he feels he can get a better deal). Zogar, however, cannot be trusted, and he'd likely leave the PCs to their fates even after extorting something from them.

NOTE: This villain was inspired by the episode "Battle of the Barbarians" from the classic Ruby Spears post-apocalyptic cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian." Stay tuned for more from "Thundarr Thursday!"

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