Friday, May 31, 2019

OSR: Brotherhood of Broken Chains: Rank and File

[The following is a compilation of a series of documents transcribed by Interrogator-Lord Marwen of Soliko, agent of His Imperium, the Emperor of Joyous Exultation, Lord Marzan's prayers be upon him.  The information contained within should be recognized as the opinions and thoughts of a law-breaker and do not in any way reflect the opinions, thoughts or desires of His Imperium or the agents of the Emperor or his loyal subjects.

All subjects detailed below are considered outlaws and law-breakers under Imperial Law.  All agents of His Imperium, if they encounter one of the individuals below should make all efforts to seize them, so that they may be brought before a Justice of His Imperium to receive due punishment.  Additionally, if any subject of His Imperium possesses the sufficient strength or skill with arms to apprehend one of the criminals, they should be awarded just compensation by an agent of His Imperium. 

For further research, consult File E137-a-2  in the Imperial Archives for more information on the Brotherhood of Broken Chains' leadership and supposed history or File E137-b-56 for information on a particularly relevant group of criminals.  So says the agent of His Imperium.]

                                      photo of Frank "Paddy" Slavin

Jem, Son of Jacobi

Jem is a human male with a splendid build and manly features, including a bristling mustache.  He is a scrappy, talented fighter, though he is not nearly as strong as he thinks he is.  I sense great potential in him though.  If allowed to bloom, he will grow into a fearsome fighter.  Until then, however, I have left in the care of some stronger Brothers, in the hopes that he survives long enough to prove some use to my organization.

Jem's story is unusual, but also quite simple.  He was a rich man's son in the Young Kingdoms, being educated in music, philosophy and rhetoric.  One day after finishing his lessons, he was returning home with his fiddle when three ruffians attacked him and broke his fiddle.  He flew into a rage and counter-attacked, and to the surprise of everyone involved, the battle ended with the three ruffians sprawled across the ground.  Jem had an unbelievable talent for bare-knuckle brawling, a fact he took full advantage of.  Jem left his old life and began spending all of his time participating, training for, or recovering from fights.  He fought fellow brutes on the street for pride or reputation, he fought people who insulted his family's honor, he fought for money, it didn't matter to Jem.  As long as he got to experience the thrill of battle, he didn't care about the reason why.

That was why he accepted an offer to fight a champion in an underground fighting ring for a substantial prize, if he won, which the recruiter assured him that he could win, even if the last dozen opponents sent against the champ were left strewn about like split firewood.  Jem either believed the recruiter's slanted words or he didn't care.  Either way, he fought the Champion.  Yet that Champion was no ordinary brawler; he was my brawler.  The Champion was so impressed by Jem's potential and obsession with battle that he recruited Jem to come join us.  Since then, Jem has been working for me, traveling wherever I need him to go, fighting my battles and striking down my foes.  Every time he is assigned a mission, I always assume that this is the last mission that he's ever going to go on.  So far, Jem has yet to prove me right.  For the sake of my organization, I hope to continue to proven me.      

Weakness:
Jem is a fighter.  He lives for battle.  If there is something an opponent could do to make himself stronger, Jem will allow them to do it.  He also has a habit of sparing people when striking ruthlessly at their weakness is the smarter decision.

Statblock:

Jem, Son of Jacobi
HD 1  AC 15  Atk(+2) Punch 1d6
Mor 11    Saves 8 or less is a success

Jab: As a free action on his turn, Jem may make a Jab attack against someone.  This attack only does 1 damage on a hit, but it automatically imposes a -1d6 penalty on anyone who attacks him back.  If Jem makes a Jab attack on his turn, he may make 1 Jab attack on each other person's turn until his next action. 

Hard to Kill: Unless his opponents kill him in some way that leaves him totally, unequivocably dead, then Jem survives.  So unless he is decapitated or bleeds out in front of you, he's still alive.

I'm you, but stronger: Every time Jem fights someone for the second time, he's always stronger the second time.  What doesn't kill him literally makes him stronger.

Tactics:
- Throw jabs, check out how strong an opponent is
- Attack that person
- Never give up

Status: Temporarily Inactive.  Jem bit off more than he could choose last time he was out on a mission and ended up getting nearly run through by a spear.  He is currently in the infirmary, in the loving arms of the Brotherhood's physicians.  If he manages to survive that, recovering from his injuries will be a cake-walk.

                                                            by rumminov

Killane [Kill-aine]/Enallik [En-Ah-li]

Killane is a Cherub, one of the rarer races in this world.  I had personally seen and talked to a Cherub before, but only once, so it was a pleasure to meet not only one, but two.  This is a privilege I understand most will never have, so I relish it as much as I can.

An agent of mine found Killane wandering in the desolate foothills around the Gates of the South, a rootless scavenger with no companions.  When the Agent attempted to greet this skull-faced stranger, Killane fled.  The agent pursued and questioned him, and Killane revealed that whenever he went to sleep, people around him would die.  The agent wisely took Killane's advice and left him, but then reconsidered and stalked the Cherub from a distance.  Later, when the Cherub laid down to sleep, the Cherub woke up.  This was when that particular Brother learned something new about Cherubim, they are not one but two.

The other Cherub was named Enallik and she demonstrated an undeniable talent for subterfuge, deception and cold-blooded murder.  The Brother followed her, watching her ambush a passing traveler and then feast on his corpse, drinking his hot blood, staining her skull-like face bright red.  The Brother, upon seeing this horrific display, did the only logical thing: he offered her a job.

When Enallik was brought before me, I questioned her on her motives.  I wondered if she was driven by greed or revenge or hatred, but it was nothing so simple.  Enallik revealed, albeit indirectly that she had a complete disregard for the well-being of others, regarding them as nothing more than tools, and an adolescent sense of superiority, as if she knew everything.  A female after my own heart.  Her immaturity was a flaw, but I sensed a great opportunity in recruiting her.  And while training her, as well as keeping her noble "brother" under control has been difficult I am confident that if she survives, Enallik will grow into a splendid member of the Brotherhood.       

Weakness: Enallik and Killane share a weakness- the other.  Whenever Killane goes to sleep or vice versa, his or her opposite wakes up and gains control of the body until he or she goes to sleep.  This is quite the problem, because Enallik and Killane are opposites in terms of their hours as well as their ideologies.   

Statblock:

Killane the Cherub
HD 2  AC 12  Atk Dagger or Fog Burst
Mor 8    Saves 10 or less is a success

Fog Burst: As an action, Killane can create a blast of fog that hits someone in the face.  Anyone targeted by this must save. On a failure, the creature targeted can do nothing b ut cough and stagger away.  On a success, the creature gets -1d8 to his next attack roll made against Killane. 

Cloud Clone: As an action, Killane can create a clone of any other creature he can see, including himself.  This clone is under Killane's control but it can sound, look and smell like the person it is emulating.  However, the clone is insubstantial and if attacked, it dissolves into smoke.

Sight Beyond Sight: As a free action, Killane can activate his Sight Beyond Sight.  Sight Beyond Sight allows the user to see invisible creatures or objects, to see through illusions, and to see things as they truly are.   

Tactics:
- Watch from a distance
- Use Cloud Clone to distract and determine who is the strongest
- Avoid fighting good people

Enallik the Cherub
HD 2  AC 12 Atk (+1) Improvised Weapon 1d6 or (-4 unless against helpless target) Bite 1d12
Mor 11    Saves 10 or less is a success

Blood Points: Enallik has 1d6+1 Blood Points at any given time.  She uses them to power her abilities.  When she runs out of Blood points, she can no longer use her special abilities.  Biting allows her to regain a number of Blood Points equal to the amount of damage dealt.  She can also drink blood from other sources, as long as it was spilled less than a minute ago.  

Regeneration: If Enallik spends 1 Blood Point as a free action, she regains 1d8 HP.

Superhuman Strength: If Enallik spends 1 Blood Point as a free action, she can increase her melee attack bonus to +4 and her damage bonus to +4.

Sunlight Damage: Enallik takes 1 damage per round that she is exposed to sunlight.  While in direct sunlight, she also cannot use any of her powers.

Tactics:
- Separate your opponent from the group
- Pretend to be weak
- Lure your opponent close
- Rip their throat out
- Flee, then repeat as necessary

Status: On leave.  Killane and Enallik both agree that they will not return to active duty until Jem, Son of Jacobi is fully recovered.  I have agreed to this, but I have also ordered another Brother to spy on them.  Cherubs are highly intelligent creatures who seem endlessly preoccupied with constantly scheming against their counterpart, as well as against anyone else. Additionally, my Cherub expert informs me that if a Cherub agrees with their opposite, this is only because the two are trying to manipulate someone, usually each other, into doing something.  They may be able to defeat each other, but they will not beat me.

                                           by Folda
Big Byron Illuzo

I never for a second thought my organization would play host to a Hoba, but fate has a way of making fools of us all.  Big Byron is one of the Hoba, the so called Little People, only rising to a normal sized creature's abdomen, with long, twitching ears, paws instead of feet and a long, vulpine tail.  He is rather like much of his people, clever, quiet and darkly mischevious.  How he came to work for my organization is a long story and a complex one.  Perhaps this is why I have difficulty recalling some of the details.  I must make a note to speak with Byron

Byron never distinguished himself to my organization, except in the Brightvale job.  Or was it during our operations
near the cliffs of Helia?  Regardless, he was never so great that I felt the need to promote him.  However, he was good enough that I gave him his own team.  I figured, even if he did turn out to be an incompetent, the team he was leading is so small it couldn't possibly do any harm.  And besides, I never liked Alvi of Taqib anyway.  The man was power-hungry and ambitious.

Weakness: Big Byron is actually small.  It's a joke.  If you can get your hands on him, he can be easily overpowered, as he is so much weaker than most people.

Statblock:

Big Byron Illuzo
HD 3  AC 15  Atk Cat o' Nine Tails 2d4 against armored targets, save for half (2d6 against unarmored ones)
Mor 8   Saves 11 or less is a success

Hard to See: As a free action, Byron may make himself hard to notice.  This is sort of like invisibility, but you still see him.  Instead of him being actually invisible, creatures must save when they first see him.  On a failed save, a creature will just automatically overlook him for whatever reason their subconscious can conjure up.  On a successful save, a creature notices Byron as normal.  Creatures may receive penalties to this initial save if Byron is doing something normal, inconspicuous or hard to notice; they may also receive bonuses to this save if Byron is doing something easily noticeable or immediately important, such as attempting to stab the creature in question. 

Bite Me: As an action, Byron may force one person to save.  On a failure, that person must attack him next round.

Parry: Once per round, as a free action, Byron may reduce any source of physical damage that could be parried with a whip by 2d4.  He may also choose to not reduce the damage but instead cause it to pass over him and strike whatever is behind or adjacent to him.

Tactics:
- Position yourself so you are between two opponent
- Bait an opponent into attacking you
- Use 'Parry' to make sure they hurt their own

Status: Active.  I forget what he is currently assigned to do, but that's what bureaucrats are for.  Check with them before you finish this entry.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

OSR: Adventuring in the Lands of the Handsome Men (part 2)

You can find part 1 of this series here.

Here is a short list of locations you might encounter while wandering in the lands of the Handsome Men.
                                                      by Azot2019

The Enchanted Wood

It's an enormous forest, full of giant, hundred foot trees that form a tight canopy overhead.  Sunbeams occasionally pierce the trees, but it's still quite shady underneath the canopy.  Besides these tall trees though, there is very little plant growth.  The ground underneath is empty of all undergrowth and small trees, with the exception long grass, ferns and moss.  The spaces underneath the trees resemble a vast park, an excellent place to have a picnic.

You can see colorful birds flitting through the trees and distant songs filling the air.  If you sing a tune and do it well, the birds will pause, then sing back to you.  You can also see herds of fallow deer, monkeys and brightly colored frogs if you look closely enough.

Danger Level: 1 [Daytime]

Travel Table
1d6

1- Encounter.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.
2- Omen.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.  You do not encounter the creature, but instead see a sign of that creature.
3- Difficulty.  You have some difficulty on your travels.  Someone has the chance of being bitten by a snake, for example.  Here the difficulties are 1d4 [1= Stumbling into poison ivy; 2= Getting Lost; 3= Finding a poisoned pie 'carelessly' left outside on a stump (the poison makes whoever eats it shrink to 6 inches tall); 4= Stumbling upon a Elfman, who is guarding his Handsome Man master.  The Elfman will want to prevent you from going forward, as if the Handsome Man sees something as disgusting and unwashed as you, he or she would probably either vomit or transform into his War Face and rip your heads off.]
4- Foreshadowing or Hint.  Give the players a piece of information about what they are doing in this forest, unless they're just exploring to explore.
5- Friendly NPC.  They meet Thom Hammond, a guerilla painter.  He sneaks into these woods to paint the beautiful scenery.  He knows 1d3 of the creatures on the Encounter table.  He avoids fighting them, but he has seen some of them.  He can also tell you about the rumor of the golden egg and Sir Nightingale.  He doesn't realize that these two are related.
6- Chance of Treasure.  You find a dead woman partially concealed in a patch of wild flowers.  She is wearing a crown of blue winter roses.  When you take off the crown of roses, the woman transforms back into a man.  The crown of blue roses is a magic item called Leanna's Favor.  Anyone who wears this may, as an action, transform themselves into a beautiful woman.  During this time, they have the Physical/Temporal stats of this new body, which are 10 in all categories.  You keep your own Spiritual/Mental stats.       

Roll 1d6 upon entering or traveling through this area for at least an hour.  If you roll 1 or less, you have an encounter.

                                            from Bioshock Infinite

Encounter sub-Table
1d4

1- Sir Nightingale.  A giant, flying bird monster covered in scales of glittering bronze, polished to a high sheen.  Sir Nightingale cannot speak but is highly intelligent and vicious.  His objective is to protect the forest and punish those who violate the law.  He is very dangerous but easy to avoid.  If he spots you though, you're unlikely to ever lose him. 
2- 1d3 Tall Striders.  Humanoids wrapped in snow white armor with ribbons fluttering off their arms.  They have long, artificial limbs made of polished wood, glass and metal that are about twenty feet tall, enabling them to walk high above the forest floor.  The Tall Striders' job is to patrol the forest and check those who are passing through.  They will confront someone and demand they identify themselves and present a reason for being in the wood.  If they don't have a valid reason, the Tall Striders will order you to leave.  If you refuse, they will pelt you with arrows.  If confronted with an opponent they cannot beat, however, they will flee and summon Sir Nightingale.   
3- 1d10 Zombie Deer.  There weren't enough deer in the woods, according to the Handsome Men.  So a group of Necromancers were hired to teach the local Handsome Wizards how to create Undead out of animal corpses.  The probject was a success, and now 50% of the deer in this wood are Undead.  These Undead deer are acting under orders to act like normal deer, but if they see anyone not sufficiently pretty or glamorous, to attack them.    
4- 1d20 Crows.  These Crows, like all of their kind, can talk.  Crows cannot speak a direct lie, but they can lie by omission and cleverly misspeak.  As long as they do not speak a direct lie, they are fine.  Since Crows love to make mischief, they will fly over to anyone they see to talk to them and beg for scraps.  The Crows do know a lot, but much of it is gossip, idle speculation, or strange things the Crows overheard from someone more sensible.  The Crows want a bribe of food.  If you do not give it to them or if you attack them, the Crows will fly away, and alert a Tall Strider of your presence.   

Sir Nightingale
SHP 7  AC 12  Atk (+0) Diving Slam 3d6 or Wing Slash 1d6/1d6 + Beak 1d8
Mor 11    Saves 11 or less is a success

Damage Threshold 7: Sir Nightingale have a Damage Threshold.  He only takes damage from sources if the amount of damage equals or exceeds his Damage Threshold.  If a source of damage cannot equal or exceed the Threshold, instead ignore it, as if it did no damage.

Flyer: Sir Nightingale can fly, but if he lands, he must spend at least 1 round on the ground before he can lift off again.

Diving Slam: Sir Nightingale, if flying, can fly down and crash into someone.  If this hits someone, it does 3d6 damage to them.

Tactics:
- Fly down and ram the first person who looks dangerous
- Finish them off
- Take off and repeat
- Only break this pattern if someone manages to hurt you

Tall Strider
HD 2  AC 14 (9 if legs) Atk (+2) Arrow 1d6 or Incendiary Arrow 2d6 fire
Mor 7    Saves 7 or less is a success

Long Legs: Tall Striders are walking around on long, artificial stilts.  If you manage to get close enough to them, you could try to damage the legs.  Each leg has 1 HD, AC of 13 and can only be hurt by something that could hurt a small tree.  Daggers or arrows won't work, unless they are very special daggers or arrows.

Fast Walk: Tall Striders can walk faster than a normal man can run.  If you are not superhuman or magically enhanced, the Tall Striders will be able to run away from you.

Incendiary Arrows: Tall Striders can fire Incendiary Arrows.  These arrows explode into cones of fire, doing 2d6 damage to the person they hit and anyone immediately adjacent to them.  The Tall Strider will only resort to Incendiary Arrows if particularly threatened.  They will also shoot them up into the sky to work as flares, to signal Sir Nightingale.

Tactics:
- Ask for papers or fire a warning shot
- Incendiary Arrow
- Retreat, let them burn   

Zombie Deer
HD 1  AC 10  Atk (+0) Kick 1d6  
Mor 12  Saves 7 or less is a success

Undead: Undead do not feel pain or get tired.  They are immune to poison and disease.  They do not need to eat, sleep or breathe.  Any spell that says "Undead" in its title or description is talking about something like this.

Sunlight Vulnerability: Undead take 1d6 radiant damage for every round they spend in sunlight.

Already Dead: Unless decapitated, cut to pieces, burnt to ashes by sunlight or reduced to zero HP by a magical attack or weapon, the Undead has an X-in-6 chance of their body knitting itself back together and recovering from the damage they took, where X is equal to the number of HD they have.

Fake Fur: The Zombie Deer are covered in magically grown skin and fur.  As long as they are at full HP and their flesh isn't damaged, they are immune to sunlight damage.     

Tactics:
- Attack fearlessly in a swarm
- Gang up on the first opponent
- Charge to your death

                                                      by gerezon

At night, however, the Enchanted Wood becomes a much more dangerous place.  Locals and sensible people will warn you to stay out of the woods after dark.

Danger Level: 3 [Nighttime]

Travel Table
1d6

1-3: Encounter.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.
4: Omen.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.  You do not encounter the creature, but instead see a sign of that creature. 
5: Friendly NPC.  You meet 1d4 Ravens, sitting on a bush.  Ravens can speak, but are often silent, and can only speak lies.  This is common knowledge.  If you bribe the Ravens with fresh meat or an eyeball, the Ravens might be willing to tell you something useful.  Just remember, when a Raven speaks, it always means the opposite of what it says.  
6: Chance of Treasure.  The treasure is the same as the Daytime table.  However, at night, the woman's corpse (2 HD Undead) animates and walks to a nearby clearing, where 1d6 2 HD skeletons have also awakened.  The woman's corpse and the skeletons will then   begin dancing to music only they can hear and continue till predawn.  At such time, they will find places to hide and go back to sleep, reverting to dry bones until the sun has set once more.  The skeletons and the woman's corpse will continue dancing unless attacked or interrupted, in which case they will attack with suicidal courage.

Roll 1d6 upon entering or traveling through this area for at least an hour.  If you roll 3 or less, you have an encounter.

Encounter sub-Table
1d4

1- Sir Nightingale.  As on the Daytime Encounter Table.
2- 1d8 Zombie Deer and 1d6 Dead Hands.  The Dead Hands are the animated skeletons and corpses of those who dared to enter the Enchanted Wood without the permission of its masters, or those who committed a fashion faux pas.  They wander the Enchanted Wood by night, walking or riding on the backs of Zombie Deer.  They carry spades, rakes and pitchforks which they use to care for the grounds and bury unseemingly things.  They also use these to assault those they meet on the paths at night.  They might beat you to death, or they might just beat you within an inch of your life, then bury you alive.      
3- Dogboy and 1d6 1 HD Madmen (as Dead Hands, but without Undead traits).  DOG is a creation of humanity.  Some say it is a God.  Others say it is a dilution of the wild spirit of Wolves, taming and forcing the inexplicable power of the universe into something understandable and tameable.  Some say DOG is just a bunch of selectively bred wolves.  Regardless, all agree, for DOG to walk on two legs, to speak, it is an abomination.  The Handsome Men love Dogboy, but no one else does.   
4- The Verdant Strangler.  A monster that perfectly camoflagues against the long grass and sparse greenery.  Very difficult to see, especially at night.  It has long, green tendrils which it sends out to grab people and wrap around their feet or throats.  It then hauls them toward it, where it seizes them with its delicate hands and strangles them.  If it can't do that, it sprints away into the woods, dragging them behind it. 

Dead Hands
HD 2  AC 11  Atk (+1) Spade 1d6
Mor 12   Saves 8 or less is a success

Undead: Undead do not feel pain or get tired.  They are immune to poison and disease.  They do not need to eat, sleep or breathe.  Any spell that says "Undead" in its title or description is talking about something like this.

Sunlight Vulnerability: Undead take 1d6 radiant damage for every round they spend in sunlight.

Already Dead: Unless decapitated, cut to pieces, burnt to ashes by sunlight or reduced to zero HP by a magical attack or weapon, the Undead has an X-in-6 chance of their body knitting itself back together and recovering from the damage they took, where X is equal to the number of HD they have.

Tactics:
- Target the most vulnerable person
- Let someone else take the risks
- Retreat if someone is too strong

Dogboy
HD 5  AC 13  Atk Barbed Spear 1d6 + grapple/1d6 + grapple or Bite (-4) 1d8
Mor 11    Saves 8 or less is a success

Don't turn your back on the body: Dogboy is a hideous freak, a true monster.  The thing about monsters though is that they are not easily killed.  If you do not kill it 100%, chop off its head or burn it to ash or something like that, Dogboy lives.  If there is a chance, he will live and will return to destroy you.

Bite: Dogboy can make a Bite attack to substitute one of his spear attacks.  However, his bite attack gets -4 to hit unless it is against a helpless or restrained target.   

Barbed Spear: If you get hit by Dogboy's spear and take at least 1 point of damage, you are impaled by his spear and are grappled.  You can free yourself by taking 1d6 damage as you rip the spear out of your flesh.  If you don't choose to do this, however, you receive a -4 penalty to do anything and Dogboy can make bite attacks against you as if he had a +0 modifier.

Tactics:
- Hook someone with your spear
- Drag them away from his friends
- Rip their throat out with your teeth

Verdant Strangler
HD 4  AC 12  Atk Tentacle 1d8/1d8 or Grapple/Grapple + Bite 1d10 or Strangle
Mor 6    Saves 10 or less is a success

Camoflague: The Verdant Strangler can camoflague itself incredibly well.  When standing still in greenery, it gets +4 to any Stealth checks, and at night, against creatures without magical vision, this bonus is doubled.

Hit or Miss: The Verdant Strangler, if it attacks with its tentacles, can choose to do no damage and instead grapple someone.  Each tentacle can move up to 15' away from the body and has 1 HD and AC 16.

Strangle or Bite: The Verdant Strangler, if it has someone near its mouth, can either bite or Strangle them.  If it bites them, it must make an attack roll.  On a success, it does 1d10 damage.  If it strangles someone, this requires no attack roll, but does 1d6 CON damage.  If the amount of CON damage taken equals or exceeds someone's CON score, they die.  If they are removed from the Verdant Strangler's grip, they regain their CON at a rate of 1 point per minute, until it has reached its normal.

Tactics:
- Attack from stealth
- Use your tentacles to grab someone and move him away from his allies
- Quietly strangle him, if possible
- Only bite or attack with tentacles if escape is required


The Solar Guidestones

They are a circle of 12 standing stones, each one as thick as a steer's body and taller than two men standing on each other's shoulder.  Their inward faces are covered in the Handsome Men's Prime Cipher and have jewels set into specific locations.  In between these stones is an altar, a flat piece of freshly cleaned stone.  This whole complex constitutes a Handsome Man shrine and this one is the site of many religious ceremonies for the locals.  The whole arrangement sits on a hill and is frequented by many people.

Besides the Perfect Ones, who are the Priestly class for the Handsome Men, many people come to this site to try and commune with the All-Mind or to participate in religious festivals.  During the day time, there is a 4-in-6 chance a small gathering resembling a cross between a community picnic and an open air flea market will be found gathered around the Guidestones.  On other days, with the exception of a few mystics or Knights, you will find the Guidestones unattended to.      

Danger Level: 1 [Daytime]

Travel Table
1d6

1- Encounter.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.
2- Omen.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.  You do not encounter the creature, but instead see a sign of that creature. 
3- Difficulty.  You have some difficulty on your travels.  Someone has the chance of being bitten by a snake, for example.  Here the difficulties are 1d4: [1= Being propositioned by a Morcai woman (refuse at your peril); 2= A hawker chasing you down and asking you to purchase one of the turtledoves he brought; 3= Someone realizing how gross you are and advising you leave and take a bath; 4= Being asked by an Elfman participate in a ceremony].  
4- Foreshadowing or Hint.  Give the players a hint about what they came here for, assuming they aren't just stumbling around. If they are, give them a hint on where they could go next. 
5- Friendly NPC.  You meet Gamella, a Goatling woman who is an assistant to one of the Perfect Ones.  She is wandering around, speaking to people about their faults and assuring people that their is nothing wrong with them and that they are fine the way they are.  She will affirm your vices and flaws in a clever way.  If you seem particularly virtuous or wicked, she will ask you to come back tonight, after sunset. 
6- Chance of Treasure.  You find an expensive and enchanted steel ring that has fallen on the ground. Briefly afterward, you find an Elfman and 1d3 of his Brothers (a Frogfolk, an Oxmen and a Goatling) searching for a steel ring.  If you give it to them, they will reward you.  If you keep it, you will have to hide it or be accused of stealing.  The ring's magical power is that it can change shape into a rapier and back into a ring as a free action.   

Roll 1d6 upon entering or traveling through this area for at least an hour.  If you roll 1 or less, you have an encounter.

                                           by Taylor Stark on Deviantart

Encounter sub-Table
1d4

1- 1d3 Elfmen Monitors.  These Elfman are the servants of one of the Perfect Ones and are wandering through the crowds of worshipers, checking all to see if they match the standards of cleanliness.  If there is anyone too dirty, smelly or ugly they will be asked to leave.  If they refuse, they will be seized and dragged out of their, under the pretense that the Elfmen want to "Help you with your wardrobe".  There is a 50% of these Elfmen is a Handsome Wizard.
2- Escaped Perfect One.  The Perfect Ones are among the most beautiful and magically gifted of the Handsome Men, and thus the ones selected to try and commune with the All-Mind.  Perfect Ones take their jobs very seriously, spending all their time in meditation, practicing yoga and communing with higher spirits, in the hopes of achieving a direct connection with the All-Mind.  To help them in their quest, Perfect Ones are assigned many Elfmen handlers, who try to keep them away from anything gross, unpleasant or unpalatable.  But sometimes, they fail or make a mistake, and the Perfect Ones are accidentally allowed to roam into areas that haven't been vetted beforehand.  As such, upon seeing the real world, a Perfect One has a 50% of knowing nothing of the world outside and being immensely interested in what they see, or an equal chance of being highly cynical and ignoring all these things.  If the Perfect One sees anything ugly, violent or gross, they will respond in a similar way, with a 50% of transforming and trying to destroy the ugly thing, or fainting at the sight of it. 
3- Escaped Ascension.  She is a 1d8 (1= Elfman; 2= Goatling; Lizarian; 4= Frogfolk; 5= Oxman; 6= Morcai; 7= Crocoling; 8= Jelly-Eye) wearing a beautiful dress of silk, a headress of flowers and a veil of white over her face.  She was going to be ascend today, but she is having second doubts and is running away, albeit in a very relaxing way.  The Perfect Ones haven't noticed that she is gone, but the Elfman have, and are frantically pursuing her, albeit in a very relaxing way.  If you talk to her, you might be able to convince her to go back and ascend.  If you do, she will thank you and go back to the altar.  Then, as the ceremony is finished, one of the perfect ones will cast a spell on her and she will be disintegrated in a flash of white light.  Afterwards, everyone will cheer and sing and hope that the girl manages to join with the All-Mind, and if she cannot that her next life be enjoyable.  The Escaped Ascension is a 1 HD Commoner with no abilities.  
4- A Demon of Temperance (Angel of Self-Control) + 1d3 Penitents.  The Demon is here to tempt people to indulge in their desires, though it has one specific target in the crowd.  So far, it has escaped direct attention, but there is a sense of tension in the air as people feel it go by.  Something is about to happen, everyone can tell, though few people know exactly what it is.  The Penitents are creatures the Demon previously tempted and have cast away their old ways, now determined to walk in the ways of righteousness.  The Penitents are disguised, but not that well, and you might be able to notice a strange tattoo or piercing before everything goes down.   

Elfman Monitor
HD 2  AC 12  Atk (+2) Velvet Baton 1d6 or Sanitizing Blast
Mor 7    Saves 8 or less is a success

Sanitizing Blast: As an action, the Elfman may fire a blast of stinging white light.  This light does 2d6 damage to any living creature.  Any creature reduced to zero HP by this blast is reduced to dust.

Tactics:
- Be polite
- Fire a warning shot
- Focus your fire on one target

Escaped Perfect One
HD 2  AC 12  Atk (+1) Handsome Fist 1d6/1d6
Mor 11  Saves 10 or less is a success

Transformation: The Perfect One can transform.  The Perfect One will only transform where no one can see him or her.  If the Perfect One chooses to transform, have him or her roll as many spellcasting dice as he or she wishes, then update his or her statblock as per the example below.

Transformed Perfect One
HD 2+[sum] HP  AC 12+[dice]  Atk (+5) Natural Weapons 1d6+[dice]/1d6+[dice]
Mor 11  Saves 10 or less is a success

Spellcasting: The Perfect One has 7 spellcasting dice and 7 spells prepared.  His spellcasting dice burn out on a 5 or 6.  The spells he has prepared are Anti-Gravity, Bloody Feast, Call Previous Self, Flesh Point, Hail to the King, Pain is the Curse of Living and War Face.

Chaos: If the Perfect One casts a spell with 2 or more spellcasting dice, he has a 2-in-6 chance of invoking Chaos.  If he does invoke Chaos, roll on the table below.

Chaos of the Perfect One
1d6

1- There is an explosion of glitter emanating from the Perfect One, getting all over everything within 30'.
2- The Perfect One loses the ability to speak anything but compliments for 1d10 minutes.
3- The Perfect One starts glowing as bright as a torch for 1d10 minutes.
4- The Perfect One is surrounded by music as Orchestral Accompaniment for 1d10 minutes.
5- The clothes and armor the Perfect One is currently wearing disintegrate, vanishing in a shower of glowing sparks.
6- The Perfect One suddenly has 3d6 adorable animals, ex: kittens, appear around them.  These animals start running around, causing trouble, and generally making a nuisance of themselves.

Tactics:
- Run away
- Hide
- Transform
- Once transformed, target the most hideous creature for destruction

A Demon of Temperance

Appears as:
- Whatever your greatest desire is.  If you are consumed by the desire for sexual pleasure, the Demon looks like whatever you would find most appealing.  If you love money, the Demon looks like a weak person loaded down with treasure and coin.  This means that the Demon looks different to groups of people, though within a group, it looks the same. 

True Form:
- The Demon is made of glossy crystal of various shades of green, making it camoflague well against forests and grass.  It is humanoid with four arms and one eye.  It is bald headed and when it fights, glowing words fill the air and red flames hover over its head.

Statblock:

Demon of Temperance (Angel of Self-Control)
SHP 5  AC 13 Atk (+4) Fire Blast 1d10
Mor 10  Saves 12 or less is a success

Damage Threshold 5: All Outsiders have a Damage Threshold.  They only take damage from sources if the amount of damage equals or exceeds their Damage Threshold.  If a source of damage cannot equal or exceed the Threshold, instead ignore it, as if it did no damage. 

SHP: Stands for "Super Hit Points".  All Outsiders have a number of Super Hit Points equal to their Damage Threshold.  Each time the Damage Threshold is equaled or exceeded, they lose 1 SHP.  When they lose them all, they die.

Host: All Outsiders need a host in order to enter our universe.  The host can be willing, or they can be possessed by the Outsider.  See 'Possession' below.  Any damage done to the Outsider is also done to the host.  An Outsider can leave a Host if it wishes, but if it does, it can only remain in our universe for X rounds, where X is equal to its Damage Threshold.

Possession: If an Outsider has abandoned or currently does not have a host, it can attempt to take over the body of someone nearby.  To do this, as an action, the Outsider makes a mental attack against someone.  They must make a save.  This save should only be conducted once per day, not before every attack.  If they failed their save, for the rest of the day, they take 1d6 CHA damage from the Outsider's mental attacks.  On a success, they take half damage from each mental attack.  If this CHA damage ever equals or exceeds someone's CHA score, they are possessed, and the Outsider takes control of their body.

If the person the Outsider is attacking does not possess a CHA score, instead calculate their Charisma score equal to their Morale+1 per class level they have.

Finally, if someone doesn't resist, the Outsider can possess them as a free action.

Shape-changer: When inside a Host, the Outsider can change their host's body at will.  This does not change its stats, but it can change the host's shape, appearance, scent and everything else about them.  These changes can go away when the Outsider leaves or they can be permanent, Outsider's choice.

Demonic Gifts:
As an action, the Demon of Temperance can blind someone.  This person may save on his turn.  A successful save ends the blindness.  The Demon may also make a fire attack if it chooses this option.
As an action, the Demon of Temperance can stun someone.  This person may save on his turn.  A successful save ends the stunning effect.  The Demon may also make a fire attack if it choose this option. 
As an action, the Demon of Temperance may curse someone.  This does not permit the Demon of Temperance to do anything else. If you cannot determine what the Demon of Temperance wishes to curse someone with, roll on the table below:

I curse you to...
1d6

1- "Be consumed by your lusts."  The Cursed, whenever they see someone he finds attractive, must save or take an action to begin pursuing that person.  Even if he is rejected, the Cursed will still spend every spare moment he can find moping over the object of his affection, until he finds someone else to pine over.  This cursed is broken by swearing and maintaining an oath of celibacy for at least 1 year. 
2- "Be blinded."  The Cursed is blinded.  This curse is broken by the Cursed defeating someone who can see and is stronger than her in single combat.
3- "Love money."  The Cursed becomes obsessed with money and will not part with it for anything less than an emergency.  At any other time, the Cursed must succeed a saving throw to part with any amount of money.  This curse is broken by the Cursed using his wealth to benefit someone else with no benefit to himself.
4- "Never be full."  The Cursed is never full, no matter how much food she consumes.  She will constantly think of food and be constantly weakened from her hunger.  This curse is broken by the Cursed consuming a food that will cause her to never be hungry again.
5- "Covet your neighbor's life."  The Cursed begins to covet the objects, people and status of his neighbor's life.  This does not mean that the Cursed wishes to have similar things as his neighbor- he wants the same things, to steal them from his neighbor.  If the Cursed has the chance to acquire the things in his neighbor's life, he will do so.  This curse is broken by the Cursed getting someone else to steal from him. 
6- "Despise your reflection."  The Cursed begins to hate her reflection, as it always seems prettier, more effective or just better in some unspecific way.  She will destroy anything that displays a reflection, or render it unable to do so.  Seeing her reflection or some depiction of her will fill her with anxiety, despair and soul-blackening rage.  This curse is broken by the Cursed painting a portrait of someone truly loathsome in the same style as the Cursed sees herself.

Tactics:
- Tempt those you can, get them to give in
- Render Righteous Judgement through Curses
- Do not kill if you can avoid it


                                          by Vanderkrul

If you happen upon the Guidestones at night, however, things are quite different.

Danger Level: 2 [Nighttime]

Travel Table
1d6

1-2: Encounter.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.
3: Omen.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.  You do not encounter the creature, but instead see a sign of that creature. 
4: Difficulty.  You have some difficulty on your travels.  Someone has the chance of being bitten by a snake, for example.  Here the difficulties are 1d4: [].  
5- Friendly NPC. 
6- Chance of Treasure. 

Roll 1d6 upon entering or traveling through this area for at least an hour.  If you roll 2 or less, you have an encounter.

Encounter Table
1d4

1- 1d4 Moondrop Knight.  A group of Crocolings in white and gray silks, wearing swords and hung with charms and tinkling bells.  They are Knights, looking for anyone who looks weak, strong or sufficiently impious.  If you seem to possess any of these properties, they will attack you.  They have a 50% of withdrawing after another creature dies.  They will depart amicably, if you let them.  They might fight to the death though.
2- 1 Transformed Perfect One + 1d3 Elfmen.  Not all Perfect Ones have War Faces.  Some are totally unaware of the concept.  Not this one, though.  This Perfect One has a War Face, along with the violent impulses to use it.  This Perfect One is currently (50%) looking for a sacrifice which escaped or lying in wait for someone to pass by, so the Perfect One can defeat them and offer them up as a sacrifice.
3- Escaped Sacrifice + 1d6 Elfmen.  She is a 1d8 (1= Elfman; 2= Goatling; Lizarian; 4= Frogfolk; 5= Oxman; 6= Morcai; 7= Crocoling; 8= Jelly-Eye) who is bleeding from a dozen small wounds, has damaged leather restraints around her wrists and ankles and is wearing nothing at all.  She is fleeing from the Perfect One who was going to sacrifice her, as she somehow managed to escape.  If she is caught, the Perfect One will rip her heart out with bare hands and drink her blood, before feasting on her corpse.      
4- An Angel of Need

Moondrop Knight
HD 2  AC 11  Atk (+3) Sword 1d8
Mor 9    Saves 8 or less is a success

Parry: Once per round, a Moondrop Knight may reduce any damage taken by 1d8.  This can only be against something that could be parried with a sword or defended against with conventional, physical armor. 

Quickdraw: Moondrop Knights are exceptionally fast.  They can draw their swords and act before anyone who does not possess superhuman reflexes.

Tactics:
- Face people in duels
- Pair off and fight 1 v 1
- Target those who cheat or fight dirty

Transformed Perfect One
HD 2  AC 12  Atk (+2) Bow and Arrow 1d6+2/1d6+2
Mor 11  Saves 10 or less is a success

Transformation: The Perfect One can transform.  The Perfect One will only transform where no one can see her.  If the Perfect One chooses to transform, have her roll as many spellcasting dice as she wishes, then update her statblock as per the example below.

HD 2+[sum] HP  AC 12+[dice]  Atk (+5) Natural Weapons 1d6+[dice]/1d6+[dice]
Mor 11  Saves 10 or less is a success

Spellcasting: The Perfect One has 9 spellcasting dice and 9 spells prepared.  Her spellcasting dice burn out on a 5 or 6.  The spells she has prepared are All Journies Begin and End with a Single Step, All Things Adjacent, Airy Water, Flux Shield, Light, Orchestral Accompaniment, Stone to Mud, Venomous Fluid and War Face.

Chaos: If the Perfect One casts a spell with 2 or more spellcasting dice, she has a 2-in-6 chance of invoking Chaos.  If he does invoke Chaos, roll on the table below.

Chaos of the Perfect One
1d6

1- There is an explosion of glitter emanating from the Perfect One, getting all over everything within 30'.
2- The Perfect One loses the ability to speak anything but compliments for 1d10 minutes.
3- The Perfect One starts glowing as bright as a torch for 1d10 minutes.
4- The Perfect One is surrounded by music as Orchestral Accompaniment for 1d10 minutes.
5- The clothes and armor the Perfect One is currently wearing disintegrate, vanishing in a shower of glowing sparks.
6- The Perfect One suddenly has 3d6 adorable animals, ex: kittens, appear around them.  These animals start running around, causing trouble, and generally making a nuisance of themselves.

Tactics:
- Hide and observe, looking for a suitable target, seek those exceptionally beautiful, talented, ugly or wretched
- Transform and hunt, pursuing them in the dark
- Attack from surprise
- Keep your retinue back, so they

Angel of Need (Demon of Desire)

Appears as:
- Whatever your greatest desire is.  If you are consumed by the desire for sexual pleasure, the Demon looks like whatever you would find most appealing.  If you love money, the Demon looks like a weak person loaded down with treasure and coin.  This means that the Demon looks different to groups of people, though within a group, it looks the same. 

True Form:
-  Is a humanoid covered in gold, iridiscent scales.  Has three arms and five eyes, along with a glittering cresh of clear bone atop its head.

Statblock:
SHP 7  AC 12 Atk (+6) Laser Vision 1d6/1d6/1d6 heat
Mor 10  Saves 14 or less is a success

Damage Threshold 7: All Outsiders have a Damage Threshold.  They only take damage from sources if the amount of damage equals or exceeds their Damage Threshold.  If a source of damage cannot equal or exceed the Threshold, instead ignore it, as if it did no damage. 

SHP: Stands for "Super Hit Points".  All Outsiders have a number of Super Hit Points equal to their Damage Threshold.  Each time the Damage Threshold is equaled or exceeded, they lose 1 SHP.  When they lose them all, they die.

Host: All Outsiders need a host in order to enter our universe.  The host can be willing, or they can be possessed by the Outsider.  See 'Possession' below.  Any damage done to the Outsider is also done to the host.  An Outsider can leave a Host if it wishes, but if it does, it can only remain in our universe for X rounds, where X is equal to its Damage Threshold.

Possession: If an Outsider has abandoned or currently does not have a host, it can attempt to take over the body of someone nearby.  To do this, as an action, the Outsider makes a mental attack against someone.  They must make a save.  This save should only be conducted once per day, not before every attack.  If they failed their save, for the rest of the day, they take 1d6 CHA damage from the Outsider's mental attacks.  On a success, they take half damage from each mental attack.  If this CHA damage ever equals or exceeds someone's CHA score, they are possessed, and the Outsider takes control of their body.

If the person the Outsider is attacking does not possess a CHA score, instead calculate their Charisma score equal to their Morale+1 per class level they have.

Finally, if someone doesn't resist, the Outsider can possess them as a free action.

Shape-changer: When inside a Host, the Outsider can change their host's body at will.  This does not change its stats, but it can change the host's shape, appearance, scent and everything else about them.  These changes can go away when the Outsider leaves or they can be permanent, Outsider's choice.

Demonic Gifts:
- The Angel of Need has a CON of 19(+4) and is absurdly tough
- The Angel of Need can cause someone's desire for a specific thing to vastly increase.  As an action, the Angel of Need can force someone to save.  On a failed save, that person feels an incredible urge to indulge his desire for one particular thing.  Every round they do not indulge that desire, the person takes 1d6 WIL damage.  If the amount of WIL damage taken ever equals or exceeds the person's WIL score, the person will abandon all other things to indulge himself.  He will also gain the Conviction, "I will indulge [the increased desire] whenever I can. This increased desire will usually be something to do with the base desires a person already has; for example, someone consumed by sexual desire might be consumed by the desire to know the Angel of Need or someone else, while a person consumed by a desire for money might desire the gold ring one of their companions is wearing
- If someone has taken at least 1 point of WIL damage from the Angel of Need's ability, the Angel can cause that person, as an action to take 1d8 damage and for the Angel of Need to regain 1 SHP.

Tactics:
- Get this people to loosen up
- Spare anyone who has a little fun with you
- Kill those who think themselves too moral to engage in your game


The Roaring Falls

There is a sparkling, flowing river that passes through this area of the Handsome Men's territory.  It is very pretty, but locals will warn you not to drink from it, if the sparkles weren't enough to give that fact away.  The river is just a tiny bit poisonous, the water must be thoroughly filtered before it is safe to consume.  Luckily, the villages near it are given purification tablets by their generous Masters.  However, any person passing through without one of these should exercise caution and not drink from the water.

That being said, if you follow the sparkling river for a while, you will eventually come across the Roaring Falls.  Here water plunges from a great height to slam into the water below, throwing up clouds of mist and casting rainbows through the air.  At sunset the view is especially spectacular, as the setting sun strikes the sparkly water and makes the whole stream resemble a stream of jewels from a container being poured out onto a table.  It is a breath-taking sight.

Danger Level: 1   

Travel Table
1d6

1- Encounter.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.
2- Omen.  Roll on the Encounter sub-Table.  You do not encounter the creature, but instead see a sign of that creature.
3- Difficulty.  You have some difficulty on your travels.  Someone has the chance of being bitten by a snake, for example.  Here the difficulties are 1d4: []. 
4- Foreshadowing or Hint.
5- Friendly NPC.
6- Chance of Treasure. 

Roll 1d6 upon entering or traveling through this area for at least an hour.  If you roll 1 or less, you have an encounter.

Also, unlike all other places on this list, the Roaring Falls does not get any more dangerous by night.  It is in an isolated area, so the day/night cycle doesn't affect it as much.  That being said, if it is night, roll on the Night Encounter Table, and vice versa if is Day.

                                                  by Nicholas Lancret
Day Encounter Table
1d4

1- The Considerate Creature.  It resembles a great, hairy creature covered in red hair with a wide, square muzzle.  The Creature can talk though and is quite civil and well-mannered.  It will tell you that it is actually a person transformed into a loathsome beast by a Sorcerer, but a kiss from a good hearted soul will transform it back to normal.  It is actually lying about this.  If you kiss it, it will attempt to eat you.
2- 1d6 Bathing Maidens*.  A group of comely young women bathing in the water.  They are Elfmen and very attractive.  If you reveal yourself to them, they will beg you not to tell their Masters about this, as being naked where other people can see you in Handsome Men society is a crime** severe enough to merit flogging.   Note that some of these Elfmen are actually just naked girls with no combat experience, but a few of them are disturbingly talented.
3- A baited hook.  A lone 1d8 (1= Elfman; 2= Goatling; Lizarian; 4= Frogfolk; 5= Oxman; 6= Morcai; 7= Crocoling; 8= Jelly-Eye) is riding along on a beautiful horse, carrying a large idol of gold.  The idol is at least as long as a man's arm and thick around as a petite woman's waist.  The idol is undoubtably worth a huge sum.  However, the rider is not alone.  Behind him or her, there is a group of 1d8 other people of the same race, also on horseback, concealing themselves nearby.  If the first rider is attacked, this other group will emerge and join the fray.   
4- A "sleeping man".  A Handsome Man and his retinue have happened upon a corpse.  The Handsome Man is pretending not to understand why the corpse is "sleeping" here and why it is not waking up, even after being prodded with a stick.  The Handsome Man will enquire of you why this is.  If you acknowledge the terrible truth at any point, the Handsome Man will run away, assume his War Face and rip you apart.

The Considerate Creature
HD 3  AC 14  Atk (+2) Claw 1d6/1d6 or Bite 1d8 + grapple
Mor 7    Saves 9 or less is a success

Cursed: The Considerate Creature is cursed to only be able to eat those creatures who kiss it.  This curse is broken by getting the creature to fall in love with someone and kissing them. 

Bite: When the Considerate Creature bites someone, that person is caught in its mouth and can only free themselves by using their action to make a successful STR check.  Additionally, the Considerate Creature may do 1d8 damage to the person as a free action each round.

Tactics:
- Talk to people, tell them you are a human and ask them to kiss you
- Then try to eat them
- Run away with the person you are trying to eat in your mouth

Bathing Maidens
HD 1d4  AC 11  Atk (+1) Folding Swords 1d6
Mor 8   Saves 8 or less is a success

Tactics:
- If threatened, pretend to be helpless
- Lure your enemies close
- Attack from surprise  

Riders
HD 2  AC 16(13 Unhorsed)  Atk Lance 1d12 or (+2) Trample 1d8+1
Mor 8     Saves 8 or less is a success

Breakable: If a character makes a successful action to hit the lance away or the Cavalryman rolls maximum damage, he must save or break his lance.

Trample: When a successful Trample attack is made, the target must save or be knocked prone.  If someone is knocked prone, the Cavalryman can immediately make a Lance Attack as a free action against them.

Horse: The Horse has 1 HD, AC 12, and the same morale and saves as its master.

Tactics:
- Ride down the most heavily armored
- Attack the fallen
- Retreat if your horse dies or your lance is broken
Handsome Man and Retinue


Night Encounter Table
1d4

1- The Impolite Incandescent.  A beautiful, glowing creature made of blazing glass wrapped in sheets of multi-colored flame. The Incandescent is actually terribly rude though.  It also hates to be troubled by other people, so if you attempt to speak to it, it will ignore you or insult you with the foulest language imaginable.  If you can match it in perversity, it will grant you a boon, either in the form of the Compact of Combustion or a bottle of magical flame.  Of course, if you attack it, it will burn you alive.
2- 1d6 Undead Bedwarmers.  They look like beautiful women, but they are actually ravenous Undead.  They will walk down to the pool and start stripping off their clothes while doing their best to be sexy to lure you close.  Then they drag you into the water and try and drown you.
3- The Face in the Fog.  A cloud of mist will fall across the players and they might be able to glimpse a face in the distance, but it will quickly disappear from view.  Then, after letting the tension build and build, have the Fog-Breather start picking off the players one by one.
4- Red Banquet.  A transformed Handsome Man is currently eating the same corpse as [above].  His retinue are similarly altered, having changed out their cute outfits for something more appropriate.  The Handsome Man will invite you to join.  If you seem weak or refuse impolitely, the Handsome Man will try to eat you too.

The Impolite Incandescent
HD 3  AC 12  Atk (+0) Burning Fist 1d6 + 1d6 fire or Fireball 3d6
Mor 10    Saves 9 or less is a success

Immune to Heat and Fire Damage

Burning Aura: The Incandescent is surrounded by an aura of flames.  The only place not constantly wrapped in flames is her ankles and feet.  Anyone who touches her takes 1d6 fire damage and is set alight, taking a further 1d6 damage a round until they take an action to put out the flames.

Glowing: The Incandescent glows in the dark and is constantly surrounded by the sound and smell of fire.  She fails all attempts at stealth, unless her opponents are so distracted that they won't notice the light, smell and sound of an approaching walking funeral pyre.

Fireball: The Incandescent can fire off a ball of flame that explodes, striking one target and everyone within 30' for 3d6 fire damage, save for half.  She can do this every 1d4 turns.

Tactics:
- Avoid direct conflict
- If that is impossible, open with Fireball
- Run up to the ranged combat guy or the Wizard and hug them
- Use the burning corpse as a shield to avoid the melee combatants

Undead Bedwarmers
HD 2  AC 10  Atk (+2) Claws 1d6/1d6
Mor 12   Saves 8 or less is a success

Undead: Undead do not feel pain or get tired.  They are immune to poison and disease.  They do not need to eat, sleep or breathe.  Any spell that says "Undead" in its title or description is talking about something like this.

Sunlight Vulnerability: Undead take 1d6 radiant damage for every round they spend in sunlight.

Already Dead: Unless decapitated, cut to pieces, burnt to ashes by sunlight or reduced to zero HP by a magical attack or weapon, the Undead has an X-in-6 chance of their body knitting itself back together and recovering from the damage they took, where X is equal to the number of HD they have.

Tactics:
- Target the most vulnerable person
- Let someone else take the risks
- Retreat if someone is too strong

Fog-Breather
HD 6  AC 10  Atk (+4) Tentacles 1d4/1d4/1d4 or (+0) Bite 1d10+6 + (+4) Tentacle 1d4
Mor 8    Saves 11 or less is a success

Flyer: Fog-Breathers can fly.  They get +4 to any initiative rolls on a d20.

Tentacles: Fog-Breathers' tentacles can independently attack up to three targets.  Additionally, each target that is damaged is grappled by the tentacles, and the Fog-Breather can lift them up into the air as a free action.  Each Tentacle has 1 HD, AC 16 and can do 1d4 damage to a grappled person each round as a free action.

Fog Producer: Fog-Breathers can produce thick clouds of fogs that are virtually impenetrable. 

Tactics:
- Fly around out of range, hidden by objects or fog
- Breathe a cloud of fog
- Pick off those at the edge of the group, pulling them up to your mouth to eat

                                            by Russia Cornacchia

*Most of my groups are primarily male, so I am working off that assumption.  If you want a bunch of male swimsuit models instead, go right ahead. 

**It is often joked that Handsome Men only have sex fully clothed and blind-folded.  This is almost true, when the Handsome Men are trying to be Handsome.  When they aren't, on the other hand... 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TwK: America's Got Guts

There is a TV show that plays on small, local networks at an odd time.  It has short, brief seasons.  Few know of its existence, and even fewer have seen it.  Those who have describe it as a reality show, but a most odd one.

The contestants are always scared, concerned, confused, or openly salivating at the thought of the next challenge.  Sometimes they are a combination of all of them.  The challenges are always strange, and usually violent, sometimes even gory.  Witnesses have reported seeing contestants receive horrific injuries on this show, and some have even seen people die, or so they say.  The show is never pulled down, despite any other television programming that would display this would likely be off the air faster then you can say 'FCC regulations'.

Witnesses say they've seen people mangled, injured or even die, but they also claim to have seen stranger things.  Things that should be impossible without tons of special effects.  Witnesses report strange, alien creatures, contestants performing feats no human should be able to do, and things that are quite clearly not human.

The show's name seems to change every so often, as well as the premise.  But among certain isolated groups of perverts, psychopaths and Those who Know, the show is called America's Got Guts.

                                                       from Running Man

What is the premise this season?

1d6

1- Survivor Knock-off: Every week contestants have to complete a  new challenge based on some vague theme.  Ex: The contestants are on an island and must complete challenges based around survival such as- finding food, starting fires, etc;  Or half the contestants are superheroes and the other half are supervillains.  At the end of each episode, if no one died during the challenges, one person is voted off the Island (note: may not actually be on a island).

2- X's Apprentice: The contestants work in teams at the behest of some master craftsman- though unlike the Apprentice, none of these careers are safe.  Examples from previous seasons include Thief, Prostitute, bounty hunter, Repo Man, Lawyer or serial killer.  Each week the contests are given certain challenges each week.  Then, at the end, whoever X is, they pick a winning team and a losing team.  Then at the end of each episode, one member of the losing team is fired.  Depending on the show, being fired can either mean being sent home, being mutilated and stranded, or disappearing in the middle of the night and never being seen or heard from again.

3- Office Assassination: All the contestants are in a concealed location.  They have a supervisor.  The goal of the whole show is simple.  Whoever kills the supervisor first wins.  However, the Supervisor is not only protected by certain rules, but is also quite powerful himself, and would be quite difficult to kill.  Those who try and fail in their attempts enough times are fired by the Supervisor (if they're lucky).  If they're really lucky, he kills them in the middle of their first attempt. 

4- Single's Mixer: A rip off of the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  The twist is that the person everyone is trying to impress is inhuman, evil or insane (sometimes all three).  At the end of each episode, the 1 contestant the person finds most unappealing is sent home.  This may seem like the most safe option, but in reality, it's full of back-stabbing (literal and metaphorical), betrayal and intrigue.

5- Running Man.  Contestants are let loose into a fenced-off area and must make it to the Safe Zone hidden somewhere in the area.  If they make it there, they will be safe.  However, there are studio hired killers called Stalkers also prowling the course, with permission to kill anyone they encounter.

6- Survival Game.  It's a battle royale.  Everyone is dropped into a confined area, weapons are randomly distributed across the area, and only one person can be the winner.  The last one standing wins. 

                                            from Total Drama Island

So you want to be famous

But why merely investigate this show, when you could play as the contestants?  This is the perfect start for a Those who Know Campaign.  Imagine the pitch to the players, "You're contestants on a reality show, but it's run by Satan."  Essentially, it's the Hunger Games but with less melodrama and more people being forced to cannibalize each other to please the studio audience.  
 
Now, as for the contestants themselves.  They are elected through means unknown to even them, eager recipients of mysterious talent calls or those lazy or disinterested enough to sign the contract before they knew what they were agreeing to.  Most of the contestants then, once they got on the show, were spoken to by the Producers, who encouraged them to act in a specific way.  Essentially, all of the Contestants are role-playing as a stereotype.

Remember though, this is an act.  All the Contestants are much more nuanced than their stereotypes, but when they are being observed, or think they are, they will maintain character.

Contestants
1d20

1- The mean girl.  She's pretty, but bitchy.  Says something like "I'm not here to make friends."  Cut-throat, but basically useless in a fight. 
2- The dumb, but nice bimbo.  She tries, bless her heart.  She's also a total knockout, and really nice.  Basically useless in most circumstances, but no one really holds it against her (except for the girls).
3- The ethnic stereotype.  He/she's black, or Puerto Rico, or something else like that, and he/she's going to let you know at every opportunity.
4- The effete, sophisticated, but asshole European.  This contestant will constantly dress nice, act sophisticated, and pretend to be knowledgable on all things cultured- from ballet to classic music to fine wine and etc.
5- The charming psychopath.  Seems like a nice person, but is actually intensely manipulative.  Plays everyone around them. Likely to be nice and helpful in the early game, and vicious in the late game.
6- The psycho girlfriend.  She's very clearly in love with one member of the crew or another contestant.  She stalks that person and makes him or her creepy gifts.  This may not actually be an act.
7- The chubby, awkward guy.  Neckbeard personified.  A little portly, dresses terribly, probably likes anime, MLP, or something else cringy and weird.
8- The nerd.  He's a an 80s nerd stereotype.  Awkward, likes video games, bad with girls, glasses, kind of smart, etc. 
9- The hippy.  Can be a guy or girl.  The Hippy constantly talks like he or she is high, is always super chill, wears flowers in his or her hair, etc.  What people in their 60s think potheads are like. 
10- The nice guy.  He's just nice.  A gentleman to all the ladies and a good friend to all the guys.  Incorrigibly optimistic.  Doesn't realize how screwed he is. 
11- The girl next door.  A nice, pretty girl.  Someone you feel comfortable around.  She realizes how dangerous the situation is.
12- The rural hick.  Speaks with an exaggerated southern drawl or midwestern accent.  Acts unsophisticated and marvels over modern conveniences.  Constantly tells ridiculous, funny stories of what it was like back home.
13- The bad boy.  Spiky hair, leather jacket, piercings or earrings.  Obeys rules only grudgingly, and constantly postures.
14- The goth girl.  Pretends to be sad or depressed all the time.  Writes poetry.  Never wears anything but black.
15- The manic pixie dream girl.  High energy, super positive, endlessly sunny.  Not in touch with reality.   
16- The LGBT.  This person is the show's LGBT representation.  They can belong to any identity group that is not common; regardless of what it is, it doesn't matter.  The most important thing is that they bring up their identity constantly, and it seems to be their primary character trait. 
17- The Hipster.  As goth girl, but more pretentious.  Thinks he's better than you, though won't say it.
18- The artist.  Creative, romantic, possibly insane.  Likely has wild mood swings and behaves irrationally.
19- The political radical.  He or she has some "taboo" political opinion.  Perhaps he doesn't believe the State of Israel is legitimate, or she really hates people who engage in "degenerate" activities.
20- The Stepford Smiler.  Seems normal, overly normal, but is actually quite damaged.  Hide behind a mask of false cheer.

Of course, all the Contestants are real people, and their characters are just that.  So to reveal what dark secret the Contestants have, roll on the table below.

                                            from Kaiji: Ultimate Gambler

The Contestant's Secrets
1d20

1- He or she actually signed up for this, as wasn't kidnapped or coerced into participating.
2- He or she is actually a monster wearing human skin.
3- He or she has an evil split personality.
4- He or she is a hitman looking for one of the other competitors on a mission to kill them.
5- He or she is on some kind of drugs to keep themselves normal (mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, etc).
6- He or she is addicted to some illegal drug
7- He or she is actually a serial killer, and are planning on killing someone here, though probably someone that won't be missed.
8- He or she knows a secret about someone important on the show.
9- He or she are not actually the real contestant, but someone who looks like them.  The real contestant will show up soon, and reveal the mix-up.
10- He or she is immortal.  For some reason, he or she cannot die.  He or she will try and conceal this fact at first, and will destroy anyone who threatens to reveal him or her.
11- He or she are secretly favored to win, and multiple producers are protecting them in subtle ways.
12- He or she found a secret route to the prize, and are going to try and steal it.  There is a 25% that the Producers know about this "secret" route, and it is actually a trap, unbeknowest to the contestant.
13- He or she are cursed to meet some ironic end.  He or she will die soon, probably in some kind of freak accident.  When he or she does, don't be near them, or you might be swept up in the maelstrom.  
14- He or she are actually an Understudy and have strange powers.  He or she isn't a mere Human.
15- He or she is actually related to an important NPC the Players know or have heard of.
16- He or she is actually a genius, and are playing along, and probably pretending to be dumb.  In truth, however, he or she is actually brilliant.
17- He or she is a slave of a Mage-Master and have armed backup on speed dial.  The Mage-Master wants to claim the Reward, but their master is not stupid enough to risk themselves in the contest.
18- He or she is a con artist.  He or she will pretend to be a good person and agree with all your opinions.  He or she want to use you to get through the challenges and exploit you.  But in the end, he or she does plan on double-crossing you.
19- He or she are actually a great person, morally speaking.  He seems too nice for it to be true, but it's no act.  She is a human after God's own heart.  A modern day Saint. 
20- Destiny is on his or her side.  When it comes down to luck, he always make it out okay.  Only significant intervention by an outside party can cause her to end up suffering misfortune.  If the players or producers never act against them, he or she end up charming the audience and winning the whole thing. 

                                                  by savedchicken.tumblr.com

Other characters to be aware of...

The Personal Assistants (PAs)

The PAs spend most of his or her time running around, assisting Contestants, staff and Producers by fetching coffee, dry-cleaning clothes and doing any number of other errands.  There is only one PA at a time, but who the PA is will shift almost daily, as the job has an immensely high fatality and turnover rate.  PAs are often killed, either accidentally or on purpose. This is an occurence so common the Producers barely notice it, and the staff pretend not to, as they don't want to face the ugly reality.   

The Producers

The Producers are a band of psychopaths, competing for prizes beyond comprehension, serving the showrunner.  Contestants at first will usually be divided up into teams based on some theme and one Producer will be assigned to each one.  These Producers will then compete against each other, plotting to see one of their Contestants be the last one standing.  They will use any means to do this, but they will usually not defy the Will of the Executive Producer, who is the highest Producer and last winner, and they will never defy the Showrunner.

The Showrunner

While defying the Executive Producer is possible, if you keep your crime secret, nothing escapes the eyes of the Showrunner.  No one knows what he or she or It looks like, but they always speak in glowing tones about the Showrunner and always assure each other that the Showrunner is doing a great job.  Those who speak ill of the Showrunner or defy the orders it gives either lose the competition or vanish and are never seen again, except in pieces.

                                            by Li Van Saathoff

The Reward

This is what everyone is competing over, the prize of prizes, the boon to surpass all others.  Everyone will usually be informed of this on day 1, to bait them into staying.  Tell me, what is it?

1d6

1- Conditional Immortality.  The winner of the Show will be granted immortality and will cease to age, as well as healing from any injury, as long as a specific condition is not fulfilled.  Example conditions include such things as having your head chopped off or being killed by a man who has lost everything but his life.
2- Daemonhood.  The winner of the Show will be made an Outsider through a blasphemous ritual.  The winner will gain the powers of an Outsider, though the downsides will be included as well.   
3- Dominion.  The winner of the Show will be given the throne of a major nation in the world.  Even if this nation has an elected or pre-existing government, the winner of the show will be able to override them.
4- 1 magical Wish.  The winner of the Show will be granted a magical Wish.  Anything within the Showrunner's power will be granted to him.  And while the Showrunner cannot overwrite physics or resurrect the dead, there are few limits to what he or she or It cannot do.
5- 1 Hour.  The winner of the Show may be granted 1 hour's conversation with any person they wish to speak to, whether that person is living, dead, missing or otherwise. 
6- Rethreading Fate.  One event from the past the winner wishes changed will be altered.  If you wish someone who is alive to be dead or vice versa, it will be done.  If your preferred candidate did not win the last election, it will be done.  The changes will occur for everyone, but will always choose the simplest route.  If the easiest way for someone to not be alive is to teleport you into their bathroom with a gun, that is what will occur.  If the simplest way your preferred candidate to win the last election is through massive voter fraud, that is what will be done.  

                                                    by Steve Ferris  

Sunday, May 19, 2019

OSR: Constructs

I decided to do a post on Constructs, because why not.  This will be a post for referring to all my Constructs on this blog, but it does not cover any sapient artificial creatures, such as Warforged, Brass Men, Terracotta Men, or etc.  Those are a different animal and will be covered via separate rules.

That being said, let's talk about Constructs.

                                                         by Irvast

1.  Constructs don't have souls, minds, or free will.

A Construct doesn't choose to do anything.  Even if it speaks or talks and seems to be a free-willed moral agent, it is not. Constructs aren't bothered by this however.  In fact, nothing bothers a Construct because there is no one to bother.

This also has some benefits.  For example, Constructs cannot have their minds read, as they have no minds to read.  They are also totally immune to magically induced fear, charm or any spell or ability that would seek to influence someone's mind.  They are also immune to normal emotional or logical appeals or any form of persuasion, actually.

2.  Constructs follow pre-programmed orders or are manually controlled.

Autonomous constructs can seem intelligent, but they always are just following lists of orders. 
Constructs cannot be bought, seduced or reasoned with.  They will follow orders until they stop functioning.

Alternatively, if a Construct has not been pre-programmed, it is manually controlled.  The method through which Constructs are usually controlled is through a Control Egg, a small sphere of metal or stone inlaid with magical circuitry.  Generally, whoever holds the Control Egg controls the Construct.  Almost all Constructs have Control Eggs.  Some do not, but this is rare, as without one, it is very difficult to reuse a Construct. 

3.  Constructs cannot be killed, but they can be broken. 

You can't kill what was never alive.  You can break it, however.  Additionally as long as a Construct's frame is still intact, it can be repaired.

4.  Repairing a Construct is much easier than building a new one.


Building new Constructs is basically impossible.  The necessary knowledge of how to do so was lost in the The Deluge.  All Constructs are hold overs from pre-Diluvian times.

This is just for my Nukaria setting.  For Those who Know, I would refluff the Constructs here to be a blasphemous fusion of electronics and sorcery and simply make it really hard to create one.   

With that, let's get started.

Base Construct Statblock
HD X  AC Y  Atk Varies
Mor 12  Saves Varies

Construct: Constructs do not need to eat, drink, sleep or breathe.  They do not possess minds to read or influence with magic, so they ignore all charm, fear or other spells that affect the mind.  They do not get scared or tired.   

Programmed: Constructs are programmed to do specific things.  Some of them have sophisticated programming, others very simple programming.  They will follow these pre-programmed instructions no matter what.  If observed, the pattern should be obvious.

Control Egg: Constructs have a special magical device tied to them.  This device enables whoever holds it to control the Construct.  This is called the Control Egg.  The holder of a Control Egg usually controls the Construct, unless there are special circumstances, such as the Control Egg only responding to certain people or types of people.  

Tactics:
- Follow orders
- Be predictable
- Have no concept of fear or self preservation

Some Constructs:

                                            by Kate Clark
Mockeries

Mockeries are strange creatures, the lowest form of Construct.  Mockeries are false men or animals, created out of cloth and stuffed with sticks or straw, with charms added to the mix.  Then magic is breathed into their false lungs and they leap about, capering and doing as they are told.  Mockeries look like stuffed version of whatever they originally were, usually with masks stitched onto their faces to make them more approachable.  Mockeries are generally cheerful and pliable, eager to please.  They also tend to be dull, with little intelligence outside their usual field of expertise.

The exception to these rules are the Bare-faced Mockeries, which are universally disturbing and disturbed.  Bare faced Mockeries are known to systematically patrol empty complexes, killing any person they find and feasting on their corpses, their false stomaches full of rotting meat, the scent of blood and corruption proceeding ahead of them.

Types of Mockeries
1d6
1- Mock-Soldiers.  Dressed in ancient, patched military uniforms and carrying barely functional weapons, these soldiers endlessly fight against each other in pointless battles, then retrieve the "Dead" to be repaired, so they can do it all over again.  Alternatively, they may be guarding an abandoned fort, waiting for an enemy that is never going to counter-attack or endlessly fortifying a stronghold against an assault they are sure is to happen any day now.  Instructions: To follow orders, attack the enemy, defend allies.   
2- Mock-Workers.  These Mockeries were straw hats and coveralls, usually along with gloves over their burlap fingers.  Mock-Workers work whatever task they are assigned.  They harvest wheat and stack the sheaves in warehouses, unconcerned with the fact that it rots and no one ever comes to retrieve it.  Or maybe they mine coal and bring it down to the harbor, always surprised that the person they are supposed to be selling it too is never on time.  Instructions: To work their task, to listen to bosses, to never complain.       
3- Mock-Managers.  Dressed in tacky suits and hats, these Mockeries often look more like Orzane (pigmen) with tusks and perpetually smoking (but never burning) cigars, incense-like smoke curling over their rotund bellies full to bursting with straw and small coins.  Mock-Managers exist to manage lesser Mockeries and keep them on task.  They are rarer, as designing a supervisor that needs supervision itself is not actually that good an idea.  Instructions: To keep the workers on task, to collect small coins, to constantly gripe about being behind schedule. 
4- Mock-Constables or Mockstables.  Mockstables are the peace keepers you remember from childhood, big and bold authority figures who seemed so smart and intelligent, uniform always pressed, buttons shining in the sun.  They are also the peace keepers you remember from your adolescence, slow and plodding, but endlessly patient and impossibly perceptive.  Lastly, they are the peace keepers you remember from adulthood, never on time and tragically limited.  Instructions: To enforce the law, detain law-breakers, keep the peace.
5- Mock-Lion.  These Mockeries resemble giant stuffed lions with silly hats and for the male lions, mustaches.  These giants are used for a variety of reasons, but mostly they are used as substitutes for real lions in wildlife displays, to watch children or to promote reading among the same.  Instruction: Pretend to be a lion unless talked to, then speak and act like a decent creature.         
6- Mock-Dragon.  These Mockeries resemble Dragons as depicted in happy stories told to children.  They have chubby bellies and pastel scales and breath clouds of colorful smoke or bubbles.  Mock-Dragons are mostly used as a status symbol, as oversized toys, or as actors in any play that needs a dragon and doesn't just want to build one out of sticks and cloth.  Instructions: To hoard useless artifacts, to huff and puff, to be nice to children.

Statblock Changes:

HD: 1 (2 if Bare-faced)

AC: 11

Attacks: (+0) Weapon 1d6 (1d6/1d6)

Saves: 7 (9) or less is a success

Abilities:

Flammable: Mockeries take +1 damage from fire per damage die, as they are made almost exclusively of flammable materials.  All Mockeries are programmed to fear and avoid fire for this reason.

                                           by Cryptcrawler 
Oozes

The difference between an inert substance, such as Green Slime and an Ooze is quite obvious.  Green slime, after all, will only dissolve you into goo if you step into it, or it falls on you, or etc.  It does not move, except in rare cases.  An Ooze is obviously different.  Oozes pursue creatures and seek to dissolve them.  Despite these differences, however, there seems to be a connection between the two of them, yet few know what that connection is.  This connection is actually simple.  Oozes are actually Constructs.

Oozes are created in labs.  First, the acidic base that composes the Ooze is created.  This acidic base is like that of green slime, though it varies in color.  The reason for the difference in color is based on the chemicals initially used to create the base.  Now, the base is immobile, with no ability to move or do anything.  Then, an Ooze Control Egg, alternatively called an Ooze Egg, is used on it.  Ooze Eggs come in two types.  The first type is the Partitioned type.  This type of Ooze Egg comes in two parts.  One part you hold, the second you submerge in the acidic base.  This second part sends magical signals throughout the Ooze, allowing you to command it.  This Ooze Egg is the more common type, as it allows control over larger Oozes and is simply easier to repair.  The second type of Ooze Egg is called the Broadcast type and has no piece you insert into the base, instead simply broadcasting a signal to all the acidic base within an area, then permitting control of that amount of base.  These are must harder to sabotage the Partitioned type, as there is no second piece to destroy.  That being said, Broadcast type Ooze Eggs consume large amounts of energy, so unless the user has access to a large power source, this permanently limits the size of the Ooze the user can control.  It also means that if the Ooze moves outside of the range of the Ooze Egg, it will automatically become immobile once more.   

Types of Oozes:
1d6
1- Gelatinous Cube.  Very hard to notice, as it is almost clear.  Beware of an ancient structure with no debris in the halls and suspiciously cleaned floors.  These Oozes patrol specific areas, gobbling up anything in their path.
2- Rainbow Ooze or Prism Ooze.  These Oozes transfer magical energy through them, refracting it and directing it against a random target within range.  This only applies to spells with one target.  If it an area-of-effect spell, it just affects everyone within range, with the exception of the Ooze. 
3- Fafernacky Pudding or Caramel Ooze.  These small Oozes are magically delicious!  If you smell one, save or try to eat it. This is bad, as despite the delicious smell, eating one of these Oozes will still result in a hideous death.   
4- Flying Fusion Ooze.  IT'S ALIVE!  ALIVE!  Some madman thought this would be a good idea, and it was.  For him and precisely no one else.  This Ooze has no acid, but instead fuses any two creatures trapped inside it into one hideous abomination.  It also flies, because of course it does.   
5- Black Pudding.  Take a normal Ooze, then dissolve enough material into it to render the usual brightly colored base colored black, as well as expanding it so there are several tons of the stuff.  That's what a Black Pudding is.  They usually fill whole rooms or levels of dungeons.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  
6- Velvet Ooze.  Primarily used as a sex aid and barely dangerous at all.  A Velvet Ooze has no acid and is used by salacious nobles and those who can afford it for forbidden pleasure.  You can feed it sugar to make it grow larger, but they're most convenient when you can keep one in a snuff box.

Statblock Changes:

HD: 1d6+1

AC: 8

Attacks: (+2) Pseudopod 1d8 acid + Engulf

Saves: (7+HD) or less is a success

Abilities:

Ooze Egg: Oozes have a 50% of having half an Ooze Egg in their bodies.  If so, if this Ooze Egg is removed, the Ooze collapses and returns to being a pool of acidic base.  This pool will still dissolve you, but only if you touch it.  If this is not the case, the Ooze is being animated by a Beacon type Ooze Egg, which is projecting a sphere of magical energy.  If the Ooze moves beyond this sphere, it automatically deanimates.  The Ooze will not move beyond this sphere unless forced to.

Hard to hurt: Oozes take no blunt, electrical or acid damage.  They take half damage from fire, ice and sharp damage.  Anything that dehydrates can hurt them severely, however, and salt damages them as well.    

Gelatinous Body: Oozes can fit through incredibly narrow spaces, such as under doors, through cracks, pipes and etc.

Engulf: If a creature is struck by an Ooze's pseudopod he or she is grappled.  That creature must then contest the Ooze in a contest of STR.  The Ooze has a STR score equal to 10+HD.  If the creature wins, nothing happens, and on his turn, he can take an action to try and free himself with a STR check.  If the Ooze wins the contest, the creature is sucked inside it.  Creatures inside an Ooze take 1d6 acid damage a round and can still attack the Ooze, though any damage done by non-Quick weapons will receive a -4 penalty.  If an Ooze is killed, they can rescued.

Acid: Oozes and the acidic base that they are created from can dissolve organic material, metal and most other substances.  However, it cannot dissolve plastic, glass, porcelain or anything enchanted or super-hardened.   

Golems

There are two views of the Ancients, those who lived before the Great Deluge.  One is that they were great, as the relics and ancient ruins that survived the disaster that destroyed them demonstrate a sophistication and level of development that we have only recently returned to under the Orzane and the merciful reign of His Imperium, the Emperor of Joyous Exultation, Lord Unquaro's prayers be upon him.  Others, however, say that the Ancients were fools, morally corrupt, arrogant or perhaps all three or some combination thereof, as they either brought the disaster upon themselves or they failed to evade it, despite all their power and wisdom.  In these arguments, many things are discussed or brought up, but one of the primary pieces of evidence for the first camp is the Golems.

Golems are widely cited as evidence for the Intelligent Ancients argument as Golems are the height of wisdom.  No artificer, living or dead, has replicated the amazing work of any of the surviving Golems discovered.  Golems are supreme in their craftsmanship, power and durability.  One of the most famous Imperial Artificers, Ser Barent of Tyzos earned his initial fame for repairing a damaged Golem and restoring it to partial functionality, a feat not yet matched by any known scholar.           

Common Types of Golem
1d6
1- Stone.  Resembles a statue, until it begins moving.  Widely believed to be the most ancient form of Golem.  There primary purpose seemed to be as guardians, but of what, no one can say.
2- Metal.  Metal Golems are terrifying, surging masses of blades and barbs.  No one doubts what their purpose was.  Metal Golems were clearly weapons of war.   
3- Flesh.  Flesh Golems were initially thought of either as some primitive form of necromancy or some failed attempt at immortality.  However, there is no soul in these bodies, only the surging elemental forces of magic.
4- Wood.  Wood Golems are one of the rarest kind, as they are the most fragile.  Some speculate that the Wood Golems were crafted by some ancient equivalent of the Handsome Men, but this hypothesis tends to fall out of favor and then be reintroduced every so often, generally around the time the Empire is at war with the Handsome Men.
5- Armor.  Armor Golems or Golem Armor is a Metal Golem that is not solid, but has a hollow interior.  It is believed that it is intended for the controller to climb inside the Golem and ride around in it, to use it as an enhancement of their own capabilities.  
6- Crystal.  Crystal Golems are actually the most ancient Golem, according to some scholars, as crystals are known for their ability to conduct magic very well, much better than stone.  Crystal Golems also tend to reflect magic back at those who cast it on them, so maybe it is not the most ancient type.  No one knows what Crystal Golems were used for, but most speculate that it had something to do with magic. 

Statblock Changes:

SHP: 1d4+3

AC: 10

Attacks: (+3) Slam 1d8/1d8

Saves: 12 or less is a success

Abilities:

Damage Threshold X: All Golems have a Damage Threshold equal to the number of SHP (Super Hitpoints) they have.  They only take damage from sources if the amount of damage equals or exceeds their Damage Threshold.  If a source of damage cannot equal or exceed the Threshold, instead ignore it, as if that source did no damage.

                                           by Charles E Downman
 Artificial Eyes

Artificial Eyes are a relatively unknown type of Construct, as for the longest time, they were assumed to be some form of jewelry or something like that.  Even when their Control Eggs were discovered, it was difficult to determine what these Constructs were meant to do.  Eventually, it was discovered, however, and the information was then suppressed.  The secret is that these small, metallic orbs can fly through the air and observe things.  What they see through their artificial eyes can be seen by the Control Egg's holder.  As such, the Imperial Cult of Silence has been aggressively purchasing as many of the Artificial Eyes as they can, along with concealing the truth of their existence and function. 

Being caught with an Artificial Eye is not enough to get you in trouble, unless you know what it is and how it works.  If you are ignorant, the Imperial Cult of Silence will be more than willing to take it off your hands, they will even pay you a tidy sum for the privilege.  However, if you do know what an Artificial Eye does and how to work it, you will be in serious trouble.

Statblock Changes:

HD: 1

AC: 16

Attacks: Electrified Body 1d4 lightning

Saves: 8 or less is a success

Abilities:

Flier: Artificial Eyes can fly and hover.  They get +4 to any initiative checks.

Video Feed: Artificial Eyes transmit video information to the holder of their control egg, usually in the form of a holographic display, but it could also be in the form of a display on a video monitor or something else.


Hostile Isolators

Hostile Isolators are an unknown type of Construct, found exclusively in abandoned techno-dungeons.  The reason there is so little information about them is because of their function- they are intended to isolate and contain intruders in a functioning techno-dungeon and prevent them from proceeding any further.  They are highly effective at this task, trapping intruders and would be grave-robbers inside, waiting until the intruders either die of natural causes or the Hunter-Killers catch up to them.

Statblock Changes:

HD: 5

AC: 13

Attacks: (+3) Restraining Pins 1d6 DEX

Saves: 9 or less is a success

Abilities:

Swarm: Hostile Isolators are individually tiny, but travel in large clouds.  These swarms resemble a school of steel fish swimming through the air or a swarm of glass locusts covered in blinking lights flying toward you.  Treat the swarm as one creature.  Any attack that could only target 1 creature does 1 damage and area-of-effect spells deal full damage automatically.  Torches or open flames swung through the swarm do 1d4 damage.

Restraining Pins: If someone is surrounded by Hostile Isolators, they will be fired upon by the Restraining Pins.  These are tiny needles that do 1d6 DEX damage to someone and paralyze their nerves.  If the DEX damage taken ever equals or exceeds someone's DEX score, they fall down and cannot move.  The points of loss DEX can be restored by pain-stakingly removing the needles shot into someone, with each one requiring a successful DEX check or 10 minutes, concentration and a steady hand.

                                                      from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Hunter-Killer Drones

Hunter-Killers are a minor form of Construct that is known about, though hard evidence is hard to come by.  This is because of their terrifying appearance and tendency to slaughter anyone they can get their blades on.  Often times Hunter-Killers are mis-identified by people who don't know any better, described by panicked witnesses as "Steel-skinned demons who spit fire and death" or "Undead abominations with the flames of the netherworld in their bellies".  Hunter-Killers deserve their dangerous reputation, but thankfully are quite rare, as Hunter-Killers tend to either break down from the constant wear and tear or attack everyone in a group until they are destroyed.  That being said, if you encounter a Hunter-Killer, say a prayer and fight like your life depends on it, because it does.

Statblock Changes:

HD: 3

AC: 14

Attacks: Wrist Blades 1d8/1d8 or Shoulder Cannon 2d6

Saves: 10 or less is a success


Silicon Surgeons

These terrifying constructs are wind mills of blades, lasers and other dangerous looking implements.  Most would assume they are engines of war or instruments of torture, yet nothing could be further from the truth.  The Silicon Surgeons are Constructs designed to heal people.  Anyone who is taken below one will be diagnosed and treated to the best of the Surgeon's ability.  Many of these Medical Constructs are damaged or lacking in vital supplies and thus, barely function, but even these damaged models can prove to be life savers for the critically injured.  A Silicon Surgeon is worth its weight in gold and possibly even more.      

Statblock Changes:

HD: 1

AC: 10

Attacks: (+6) Vivisection 3d6 sharp

Saves: 7 or less is a success

Abilities:

Medical Instrument: Anyone who goes under a functional Silicon Surgeons has any Horrible Wounds removed and is automatically brought back above 0 HP.  Any lasting damage, such as an amputated limb or lost appendage, as long as it is recent, will be repaired as well. 

Limited ability to harm: Silicon Surgeons can only harm someone directly in front of or under them.  All others are beyond the reach of their artificial limbs.

                                                from a misleading Surrogates movie poster
Life Model Duplicate

For the Artificers who fall into "the Ancients were morally corrupt" school of thought, no piece of evidence is more damning than the so-called Copulation Statues, strange devices found in many ancient techno-dungeons.  The statues seem strange but ultimately harmless at first, resembling vague humanoid shapes with no features or appearance, just constructed out of some kind of clear, gel substance with an internal skeleton made of metal or some other substance.  Almost no one knows what these Constructs actually do, so theorizing about their intended purpose is rampant.  However, one thing is known.  If a drop of blood is spilled on one of these "Copulation Statues" the statue will change shape, shapeshifting to look exactly like whoever's blood was spilled on them.  The scholars I mentioned above claim that this power was developed so women did not have to please their husbands by performing the marital duty of copulation, or possibly so that degenerate acts could be undertaken without scrutiny.  This is plausible, at least to some, though some scholars take it too far, claiming that the only reason there are no Ancients left today is because even if some of them managed to survive the Great Deluge, they were too busy using their statues to actually rebuild their civilization.

However, this is not what these Constructs are meant to do.  Anyone who has this Construct's Control Egg can tell you this. These Constructs are only controlled manually, and allow the controller to look and see and experience things through the Construct's artificial body, even from a great distance away.  There are only a small handful of individuals who know this and they are all keeping this information to themselves, for obvious reasons.       

Statblock Changes:

HD: 2

AC: 10

Attacks: as Controller

Saves: 7 or less is a success, unless it is a mental save, then use the Controller's saves

Abilities:

Shape-shift: If a Life Model Duplicate is not currently being controlled or if the Controller wishes it so, the Life Model Duplicate, if it touches a drop of blood, can alter its appearance to perfectly resemble the creature, as long as that creature is humanoid and possesses no strange features, such as a levitating crown of fire, large wings or etc.