Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monster: Living Statue, Brass

Living Statue, Brass
Armour Class: 3
Hit Dice: 5**
Move: 120' (40')
Attacks: 2
Damage: 1-8/1-8
No. Appearing: 1 (see below)
Save As: F5
Morale: 11
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Lawful
XP Value: 425

A brass living statue is a magical construct, often of greater than human proportion, cast from alchemically strengthened brass and ornamented with elaborate punched-out traceries that reveal brilliant crimson fires within. Whether humanoid, bestial or other, more exotic shapes, brass statues are inevitably shaped with sharp, ornate "flames" or blades projecting from their bodies. Brass statues carry no weaponry; their flames are weapons enough.

A brass statue attacks by rushing at an opponent or striking with one or more limbs, slashing or impaling its victim for 1-8 hit points of damage per successful attack; if the statue has enough space to charge it will do so, inflicting double damage upon a single target. Fumbling an attack against a brass statue results in 1-6 hit points of damage as the attacker blunders against the statue's flame-blades.

The internal energies of a brass statue flicker and dance, creating rippling crimson patterns that disorient those who view them -- if a save vs. spell is failed, any attackers take a -2 penalty to their to hit rolls. Twice a day a brass statue may expend the lion's share of these energies to create a sphere of injurious magical power 10' in radius around it; this energy causes 1-8 hit points of damage to everything within range, but shuts down the statue's disorientation ability for four rounds.

7 comments:

Chgowiz said...

I like the idea that a construct might emit an explosion of sorts upon death. I think I just updated my Dark Ages constructs...

taichara said...

@Chgowiz:

I like that notion myself, and would like to borrow it! It would make a nifty final-strike for an advanced brass statue. :3

Chris said...

"...elaborate punched-out traceries that reveal brilliant crimson fires within."

Ooooh, shiny, baroque and dangerous. It's everything I love as a DM.

Strike a victory pose Tai', you've earned it yet again. :)

taichara said...

@Chris:

Thank ye muchly! I was happy with this one, I have to admit :3

Rae7910819 said...

Did you adapt it from another idea? A Living Brass Statue sounds terribly familiar to me...

None the less. I like your take on it. And I like the idea it may explode on death. That WOULD be a nifty final strike. And maybe not one some players would expect. Cool. ^^

taichara said...

@Rae7910819:

No, it's not adapted from anything. Animated brass/copper/bronze statuary are fairly common in legendry -- Arabian tales have automatons like these -- however, so the idea isn't unknown ;3

eliyes said...

*rubs hands together* It's Talos, but better! *cheerfully blasphemes?* XD