Thursday, September 24, 2009

[Thundarr Thursday] Savage Menagerie: Surfent

No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d6)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60' (20')
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 5
Attacks: 2 (bite, constrict)
Damage: 1d4, 2d8
Save: L2
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: VI

The surfent (AKA "fur serpent") is a 10-foot-long python-like snake. The surfent, however, is covered in a soft spotted fur. It also has a set of insectoid-like antenna on its head. The antenna gives the surfent the mutation of echolocation, giving it a +2 to hit bonus in combat.

Unlike other snakes, surfents are very aggressive and will actively enter combat. Its primary form of attack is through a bite. Upon a successful hit, the surfent will deal 1d4 hit points of damage. A bitten character must them make a save versus poison. Failure means they will die in 1d10 turns (class 12 poisonous venom with delay). Surfents also use their incredible size to wrap around and constrict a victim. If successful, it will crush a victim for 2d8 hit points of damage. The constriction continues on subsequent rounds.

Surfents are usually found in muddy/swampy areas. They are often used as guardians by wizards, and a pit of surfents acts as a handy way to dispose of troublesome meddlers.

Mutations: gigantism, echolocation

NOTE: This creature is inspired the episode “Harvest of Doom” from the classic Ruby Spears post-apocalyptic cartoon “Thundarr the Barbarian.” Stay tuned each week for “Thundarr Thursday”!

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