Hippopotamus Group, Large Crushing Bite (d8+2 damage 1 piercing) 10 HP 1 armor Hand, Forceful
The Hippopotamus is a massive, barrel-shaped creature with short legs and a wide mouth filled with formidable teeth. Its thick, hairless skin varies in shades of gray and brown, offering some protection against the elements. Despite its seemingly docile appearance, the Hippopotamus possesses incredible strength and is known for its aggressive behavior.
The Hippopotamus is known to fiercely guard its territory and offspring, creating problems for those who encroach upon its domain. It aggressively defends its space, charging and attacking any potential threats with its formidable jaws and sheer strength. The Hippopotamus is especially dangerous when protecting its young, as it becomes even more aggressive and relentless in its pursuit. Its territorial nature and imposing presence make it a formidable foe, capable of causing significant problems and dangers for adventurers or individuals who enter its domain without caution.
Ferocious Charge: The Hippopotamus can charge with remarkable speed, using its weight and momentum to crash into enemies. Its charge is accompanied by powerful jaws that snap shut with bone-crushing force, dealing significant damage to its target.
Territorial Aggression: The Hippopotamus is fiercely territorial and will defend its space against intruders. It becomes especially aggressive when its territory is threatened, charging at foes and aggressively attacking with its massive jaws. It will pursue adversaries relentlessly, making it challenging for them to escape its wrath.
Wall of Flesh: The Hippopotamus possesses a thick, tough hide that acts as natural armor, offering substantial protection against physical attacks. Combined with its massive size, this formidable defense makes it challenging to harm the Hippopotamus with conventional weaponry.
Acquatic Adaptation: The Hippopotamus is a proficient swimmer and can hold its breath for extended periods. It can traverse bodies of water with ease, and its amphibious nature allows it to launch surprise attacks from rivers, lakes, or swamps.
Move: Surprise Attack from the Water
When the Hippopotamus launches a surprise attack from the water, roll +Dexterity. On a 10+, choose two. On a 7-9, choose one:
- Ambush: The Hippopotamus catches its target off guard, gaining a significant advantage in the attack. It inflicts additional damage or gains a bonus to its attack roll.
- Drag Under: The Hippopotamus lunges at its target and attempts to drag them underwater. The target is momentarily submerged, struggling to breathe and losing their footing, granting the Hippopotamus an opportunity to disorient or incapacitate them.
- Disruptive Presence: The sudden emergence of the Hippopotamus startles and distracts the target and any nearby allies, causing them to momentarily lose focus or become disorganized. The target suffers penalties to their next action or attack.
- Retreat: The Hippopotamus launches its surprise attack and swiftly retreats back into the water, escaping any immediate reprisal. It is difficult for the target or their allies to retaliate effectively against the swift and elusive Hippopotamus.
On a miss: The target manages to evade or counter the Hippopotamus' surprise attack, turning the tables on the creature. The GM will introduce a complication or twist related to the failed attack.
Note: This move allows the Hippopotamus to utilize its aquatic adaptation to its advantage, launching unexpected assaults from bodies of water. It represents the Hippopotamus' ability to capitalize on its environment, catching its targets off guard and creating chaos in combat. The move reflects the Hippopotamus' territorial nature and its capability to surprise and disorient adversaries, making it a formidable and unpredictable opponent.
Instinct: Protect its territory and its young
- Territorial aggression
- Ferocious charge
- Surprise attack from the water
Bush Elephant Solitary, Large Tusk (d10+4 damage 3 piercing) 20 HP 1 armor Forceful, Ignores Armor, Near
The Bush Elephant is a majestic creature, slightly smaller than its War Elephant counterpart, but still towering above most other creatures. It has a robust build, covered in a rough, sandy-colored hide. Its large ears fan out like sails, and it possesses elongated, curved tusks.
The Bush Elephant has a deep affinity for the natural world and acts as a guardian of the wilderness. It is known to defend its habitat fiercely, ensuring the safety and balance of the surrounding flora and fauna. The Bush Elephant reacts aggressively to those who threaten or exploit the natural environment, whether it be poachers, deforestation, or other destructive forces. It charges into battle, using its abilities to trample and incapacitate foes, while also employing its plant manipulation skills to create barriers and protect the natural world. The Bush Elephant's actions often cause problems for those who disrespect or seek to harm the delicate balance of nature.
Trample: The Bush Elephant charges forward with surprising speed and agility, using its sheer size and momentum to trample enemies in its path. Its thunderous charge can knock foes off balance, inflict substantial damage, and create chaos on the battlefield.
Thick Hide: The Bush Elephant's hide is tough and weathered, offering natural protection against physical attacks. It possesses a high degree of resistance to most mundane weaponry, requiring more powerful or specialized means to harm it.
Plant Manipulation: The Bush Elephant has a unique connection to the plant life around it. It can manipulate nearby vegetation, causing vines to entangle enemies, roots to trip or immobilize them, or even summon thorny brambles to impede foes' movements. This ability allows the Bush Elephant to control the battlefield and create obstacles for its adversaries.
Move: Plant Manipulation
When the Bush Elephant focuses its energy on manipulating nearby vegetation, roll +Wisdom. On a 10+, choose two. On a 7-9, choose one:
- Vines of Entanglement: The Bush Elephant causes thick vines to sprout from the ground, entangling and restraining enemies within reach. The affected targets are immobilized or have their movement significantly impeded.
- Root Snare: The Bush Elephant summons roots from the earth to ensnare a target's legs, tripping them and causing them to fall prone. The affected target suffers a penalty to their next action or attack.
- Bramble Barricade: The Bush Elephant creates a barrier of thorny brambles, obstructing the path of enemies. The brambles provide cover and can make it difficult for foes to approach or attack. Healing Verdure: The Bush Elephant channels its connection with nature to release a burst of healing energy. Allies within range are surrounded by rejuvenating plant life, restoring some health and temporarily alleviating minor injuries or ailments.
On a miss, the Bush Elephant's attempt at plant manipulation goes awry or attracts unintended consequences. The GM will introduce a complication or twist related to the manipulation of vegetation.
Note: This move allows the Bush Elephant to tap into its unique connection with plants and harness the power of nature. It provides versatile options for hindering enemies, creating barriers, or aiding allies through the manipulation of nearby vegetation. The move reflects the Bush Elephant's role as a guardian of the natural world and its ability to utilize the environment to its advantage. Instinct: Protect the natural world
- Plant manipulation
- Charge and trample
War Elephant Horde, Huge, Organized Tusks (b[2d6+7] damage 1 piercing) 11 HP 1 armor Reach, Forceful, Ignores Armor, Near
The War Elephant is a symbol of military might and dominance. It is trained for warfare, and its primary objective is to crush any opposition that stands in its way. Whether it is defending its allies or advancing on an enemy stronghold, the War Elephant charges into the midst of battle, wreaking havoc and trampling adversaries. Its immense strength and resilience, combined with its intimidating presence, make the War Elephant a formidable adversary that can pose significant problems for both armies and individuals alike.
Trample: The War Elephant charges forward, trampling everything in its path. Its sheer weight and force cause devastation, knocking aside foes and causing significant damage. The trample can be used strategically to break enemy formations or scatter opposing forces. Iron Hide: The War Elephant's skin is incredibly tough, providing natural armor against physical attacks. It is resistant to most mundane weapons and can withstand a significant amount of punishment before succumbing to damage.
Fearful Presence: The sheer size and ferocity of the War Elephant strike fear into the hearts of its enemies. Its presence alone can demoralize opponents, making them hesitant and prone to making mistakes in combat. This fear-inducing aura can also disrupt spellcasting and destabilize magical effects.
Siege Weaponry: The War Elephant is equipped with a variety of mounted weapons and armor enhancements. These can include enormous tusks capable of goring foes, armored plating that provides additional protection, or even specialized ranged weaponry like ballistas or mounted archers. These enhancements make the War Elephant a formidable siege weapon and a devastating force on the battlefield.
Move: Rally the Troops
When the War Elephant lets out a mighty trumpet call, using its presence and commanding aura to rally the troops, roll +Charisma. On a 10+, choose two. On a 7-9, choose one:
- The morale of allied forces is bolstered, granting them a temporary bonus to their combat abilities.
- Inspired by the War Elephant's call, a select group of allies gains a surge of energy, allowing them to recover from fatigue or minor injuries.
- The War Elephant's powerful presence instills courage and determination, reducing the effects of fear or mental manipulation on allied forces.
- The sight of the War Elephant and its rally fills allies with renewed vigor and resolve, clearing one debility or negative status condition from each affected ally.
On a miss, the War Elephant's rallying call has unintended consequences or attracts unwanted attention. The GM will introduce a complication or twist related to the rally.
Note: This move is designed for the War Elephant to inspire and support its allies on the battlefield, boosting their morale and providing beneficial effects to enhance their combat capabilities or mitigate disadvantages. It reflects the commanding presence and leadership qualities of the War Elephant, showcasing its ability to rally the troops and turn the tide of battle in favor of its allies.
Instinct: Crush Opposition
- Rally the troops
Rhinoceros Solitary, Large Horn (d10+4 damage) 20 HP 1 armor Forceful, Close,
The Rhinoceros is a massive creature covered in thick, armored hide. It stands at a towering height of over eight feet and possesses a large horn on its snout. Its muscular body is built for brute strength, and it exhibits a fearsome and aggressive demeanor.
The Rhinoceros is fiercely protective of its territory and will aggressively defend it against any perceived threats. It will charge at intruders or creatures that encroach upon its domain, using its formidable strength and horn to attack and repel intruders. The Rhinoceros considers its territory as its own and is relentless in its defense, often becoming an obstacle for adventurers or individuals who venture into its domain, causing problems and confrontations.
Charge: The Rhinoceros charges at its foes with incredible speed and force, aiming to impale them with its horn. This charge is a devastating attack that deals substantial damage and can easily knock enemies off balance or even send them flying.
Thick Hide: The Rhinoceros boasts a thick, durable hide that provides natural armor against physical attacks. It is resistant to many forms of damage, making it challenging to harm through conventional means.
Territorial Stampede: When the Rhinoceros feels threatened or enraged, it can summon its kindred from the surrounding area to join it in a stampede. The thunderous sound of their approach can cause panic and confusion among enemies, while the sheer force of the stampede can trample or crush anything in its path.
Stubborn Resolve: The Rhinoceros possesses a relentless determination and an unwavering resolve. It is highly resistant to mental manipulation, such as charms or fear-inducing effects, making it difficult to sway or intimidate.
Instinct: Defend its territory
- Charge and gore
- Summon stampede
- Resist control
Moose Solitary, Large, Cautious Antlers (d10+4 damage 1 piercing) 16 HP 2 armor Forceful, Reach
The moose is an enormous creature, standing at least 10 feet tall at the shoulder. Its body is covered in shaggy fur, primarily shades of brown and gray, allowing it to blend in with its forested surroundings. Its large antlers span several feet wide and are adorned with sharp, pointed tines.
Instincts: The moose, driven by its territorial nature and desire for dominance, seeks to establish itself as the supreme presence in its chosen territory. It relentlessly marks its territory, aggressively defending it against any intruders or perceived threats. The moose will charge at and attack creatures that encroach upon its domain, intending to assert its dominance and drive away potential rivals or challengers. Its actions can disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and cause conflicts with other creatures or even adventurers who venture too close to its territory. The moose's relentless pursuit of dominance can create problems and dangerous encounters for those who unwittingly cross its path.
Charge: The moose can build up incredible speed and momentum. It can perform a powerful charge attack, ramming into its target with its antlers, causing substantial damage. The charge is quick and difficult to evade.
Trample: The moose possesses immense strength and weight. It can stomp the ground forcefully, causing the earth to shake and knocking back nearby foes. This ability can also be used to create obstacles or distractions in the environment.
Nature's Resilience: The moose has a natural affinity with its surroundings. It can blend seamlessly into wooded areas, making it difficult to detect. Additionally, it has a strong resistance to nature-based magic and effects, such as spells that manipulate plants or weather.
Bellow: When threatened or enraged, the moose emits a thunderous roar that can stun or intimidate nearby creatures. This can momentarily disorient foes or create an opportunity for the moose to escape or gain an advantage in combat. Instinct: to dominate
- Charge and Gore
Ginger Group, Tiny, Stealthy, Construct, Amorphous Sharpened candy sticks (d6-2 damage) 13 HP 1 armor Hand, Near Special Qualities: Follow commands of its creator, Vulnerable to antimagic, Adopt persona, Converse fluently
Found in holiday celebrations Gingers are constructs that remain motionless until there is an opportune moment to strike. Gingers are animated gingerbread cookies crafted with potent magic to follow commands from their creator. They follow their last ordder until destroyed. If consumed Gingers can cause sickness. Instinct: Spread holiday fear
- Attack fast and often
- Blend into the scene
- Swarm them
- Poison them
Piranha Ant Swarm Horde, Tiny, Stealthy, Organized Serrated Mandible (b[2d4-2] damage) 3 HP per 1000 0 armor Hand, Messy Special Qualities: Vulnerability to fire, Ignores Armor, Swarm Tactics
About the size of a toddlers thumb the Piranha Ant is often disregarded as a harmless insect. Piranha Ants are not dangerous individually but are deadly as a swarm of thousands that are fearless and can strip a victim to its bones in a few minutes.
With a head larger than most other ants, the Piranha Ants most deadly feature is its serrated mandibles that can tear flesh in chunks. Its body is similar in color to stone and dirt allowing the Piranha Ant to seamlessly blend with its surroundings. The Piranha Ant can communicate with others in its colony. A colony is mobile and can most often be found in large buildings and abandoned structures.
There are several types of Piranha Ants. The most common and most deadly are Workers, these are infertile females who's purpose is to provide for the colony. After an attack the Piranha Ants will eat their own dead leaving only the victims skeleton behind
The Scouts have wings and scour a steading for a likely victim, most often a human living alone. When a victim is found the Scouts Summon the Swarm [Roll 1d20*1000 to determine the size of the swarm]
The Queen is in charge of laying eggs and growing the colony. She will not be found away from the colony.
Instinct: Swarm and Consume them
- Leave nothing but bones
- Attack when they are least suspecting
- Summon the Swarm
Bonetree Group, Huge Stinging Vines (b[2d6+5] damage 1 piercing) 18 HP 3 armor Reach, Near Special Qualities: Poisonous, Immune to mind influence, Blindsight, Resistance to fire
Standing as tall as a hill giant, this tree is pale brown with scores of branches that grow upward from its trunk, its branches are leafless giving it a skeletal appearance. Its trunk is covered in knots and jagged holes. The bonetree can be found in the stinking mire, the river delta and other suitable areas. The bonetree can often be found in glades with others of its kind. Its putrid odor is masked by the decay surrounding it.
When prey nears the bone tree it begins to rattle its branches creating a sound similar to a nest of rattle vipers. Stinging vines lash out of its trunk extending far out into the surrounding area to grasp prey and satiate its appetite.
When struck by a bonetree roll + Con on a 10+ there is no additional effect from its stinging vines. On a 7-9 choose 1
- The Bonetree has ensnared you and you are unable to flee, but can still make normal attacks
- The Bonetree has embedded its stinging vines into your skin take -1 forward to DEX
- The Bonetree poison has weakened you -1 forward to STR
- The Bonetrees poison has inflicted you with the Sickness debility
For each additional hit received by the Bonetree choose an additional effect.
The bonetree’s trunk is charged with mystical energy. When the bonetree is struck forcefully this energy is released in a flash of blinding light causing you to flinch and avert your eyes roll Defy Danger On a 10+ you are not blinded. On a 7-9 take –1 forward to your next attack.
Instinct: Extract elements from bones
- Ensnare all within reach
- Blinding Flash when struck
- Sprout razor sharp spurs from stinging vines
Monstrous Trapdoor Spider Solitary, Large, Stealthy, Terrifying, Hoarder Piercing mandibles (d10+7 damage 2 piercing) 20 HP 1 armor Near, Reach, Forceful Special Qualities: Poisonous (Debility=Weak)
Traveling unawares the ground erupts, a door flaps open and dirt flies in every direction and you are confronted wit a vision of horror. An eight legged creature the size of a horse confronts you with hunger in it's eyes and venom dripping from its fangs.
The Monstrous Trapdoor Spider lives in a burrow under the earth that is lined with sticky web and bulrushes. The chamber is roughly the size of a small cottage.
When bitten by a Monstorous trapdoor spider roll +Con on a 7+ you only take damage. on a 6- you take damage and are inflicted with the Weak debility.
Instinct: Strike at an unwary victim
- Spring from a trap and drag them underground
- Ensnare in a net of sticky web
- Tear their body open and consume them
Blood Fly Swarm Horde, Tiny, Devious, Amorphous Bite (d4-2 damage) 6 HP 1 armor Hand Special Qualities: Endure the desert heat, Immune to Heat and Fire
A cacophonous humming rises above the dunes, a black cloud of flies swarms over every inch of you, biting, and tearing your flesh.
When bitten by a Blood Fly roll +Con on a 10+ you are fine;On a 7-9 choose 1:
- Blood Flies obscure your vision take -1 forward to attack
- Blood Flies fill your mouth and lungs take -1 forward to Dex
- Take additional d6-2 damage and Roll for blood fly infection as below. On a 7+ you are not infected, on a 6- you are also infected with blood fly fever.
Blood Fly Fever:
On a fail you are infected with Blood Fly Fever Mark the Sick Debility until you are cured, you experience these symptoms.
A few hours after the infective bite, a feeling of lassitude, abdominal distress and chills develop followed by fever, severe frontal headaches, muscle and joint aches, flushing of the face and a fast heart rate.
Instinct: Infect with blood fly fever
- Bite exposed flesh
- Swarm them