Monday, December 15, 2008

Monster: Briarbones

Armour Class: 7
Hit Dice: 2* (special)
Move: 90’ (30’)
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1-4 or by weapon
No. Appearing: 2-12
Save As: F3
Morale: 10
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Chaotic
XP Value: 30

A briarbones appears to be a skeleton entangled with a delicate green vine adorned with sharp thorns, coiling tendrils and tiny rose-like flowers. It normally attacks with its bony hands, but may carry a weapon. Like normal skeletons a briarbones is unaffected by sleep or charm spells, but it cannot be turned.

The motive force of a briarbones is its vine. When enough damage to defeat a skeleton (one of its Hit Dice) has been defeated, a briarbones will collapse; but if left alone the vine will sink more rootlets into the pieces and ooze a sap that binds the skeleton back together to rise again within two turns with full hit points. The vine must be destroyed to prevent this “regeneration”.

Corpses found – or created – by a briarbones will be seeded with bulbs in order to produce new briarbones.

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