Saturday, March 5, 2011

[Savage Menagerie] Octoshark

No. Enc.: 1 (1)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: Swim: 240' (80')
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 15
Attacks: 7 (bite, six tentacles)
Damage: 4d8, 2d8, 2d8, 2d8, 2d8, 2d8, 2d8
Save: L9
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: None

An Octoshark is a viciously violent giant sea creature with the head of a shark and the body of an octopus. It is often confused with the sharktopus, which is thought to only exist in Ancient "B-movies." But whereas the sharktopus is nothing more than the imaginings of a fevered movie director, the Octoshark is quite real in the Mutant Future.

Octosharks are incredibly large, able to use their monstrous tentacles to pull up and out of the water to attack large ships and coastal villages. They are water-breathers, so they cannot stay out of the water for very long before needing to submerge again to breathe. However, they have a voracious appetite and will consume nearly any animal life it encounters. When a favored fishing spot becomes empty, anglers sometimes worry that an Octoshark has nested nearby.

An Octoshark attacks first by trying to grasp an opponent with one of its six tentacles. Because it has so many of them, it is not unusual for an Octoshark to grab and hold multiple victims during combat. Once held, a victim will suffer 2d8 of crushing damage each new combat round. It can also bite for 4d8 points of damage, preferring to bite a captured victim. On a natural 20 on a "bite" attack, an Octoshark will swallow a victim whole. The victim will then suffer 4d8 hit points of drowning/acid damage per round from the creature's stomach acids until he either dies or is able to somehow escape. It is fortunate that an Octoshark has no mutations as the creature is more than a challenge to an unwary party as-is.

Mutations: none

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for clearing up the differences between octosharks and sharktopi. *grins*