Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monster: Hejari

Air Spirit, Hejari
Armour Class: 5
Hit Dice: 6+3****
Move: 180' (60')
fly 210' (70')
Attacks: 2 claws or by weapon
Damage: 1-8/1-8 or by weapon +1
No. Appearing: 1 (1-2)
Save As: F6
Morale: 9
Treasure Type: O
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 1550


Warrior-scholars of the Courts of Air, hejari are lean humanoids with strong, taloned feet and bestial legs, and the heads of fey, white-coated gazelles. From their pale shoulders sprout "wings" of ever-shifting white mist; their talons are tinted sapphire, and their blue-gold eyes shine like lightning. Their manes vary in shades of pale gold, soft grey and platinum, and their long spiralling horns are the pale translucent white-gold of a lightning strike. Contemplative creatures, hejari refrain from throwing themselves into combat unless absolutely necessary and prefer instead to broker pacts that serve themselves and their Court.

When combat is inevitable, hejari attack with slashing kicks of their talons, inflicting 1-8 hit points of damage per successful strike, or else with weaponry, preferring javelins and bows. Far more commonly the hejari will use its mistcage to entrap 1-4 targets in lacy constructs of misty force. These mistcages may be created every three rounds and exist until dismissed by the hejari or the entrapped victim makes a successful Strength check at a -6 penalty; for every round trapped in the cage, a victim takes 1-2 hit points of damage, temporarily loses a point of Dexterity, or receives no impairment as the hejari wills.

Hejari have the spellcasting ability of 5th-level magic users. A magical weapon is required to harm them, and they regenerate 2 hit points per round when in contact with active winds or lightning.

4 comments:

trollsmyth said...

You're just trying to make us drool over your elemental courts idea, aren't you?

It's working! ;)~

I think I need a bib.

I love this critter, and especially the gazelle-ish attributes. Gives them both a slightly demonic feel, but also something elevated and graceful.

taichara said...

@trollsmyth:

*grins* Not intentionally? ;3

(at least I'm still posting elemental widgets, and not trying to hoard them? though the critters from the blog at least would wind up in the document if I do get it off the ground. they would kind of belong there ~)

In fact, I'm a little nervous that anything concrete I write won't measure up to whatever inspiration you're getting from my blogposts --!

I'm glad you like this one, though :3 And it sounds like I got across exactly the impression I wanted, also.

trollsmyth said...

There's nothing to keep you from selling in dead-tree format what you're posting here. The online comics guys do it all the time, and I, for one, would love to have this stuff collected together for easy reference.

And I *won't* like everything you do in such a work, because you ain't me, nor are you "foul and unhinged" in quite the same way that I am. But if you writing fails to fire off neat new ideas I might not have come up with otherwise, I'll eat my hat.

eliyes said...

These things sound gorgeous and eerie.