Monday, June 29, 2009

Monster: Musalces

Blame for this one, if blame there be, is placed upon Eliyes ~

Next up, catsquirrels.


Armour Class: 7
Hit Dice: 4+3*
Move: 210' (70')
Attacks: 2 hooves + 1 gore
Damage: 1-4/1-4/1-10
No. Appearing: 1-2 (1-4)
Save As: F3
Morale: 10
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 200

At first blush a musalces resembles an ordinary moose. A closer inspection, however, reveals the musalces' steel grey coat with white "stockings", its slightly leaner frame, and the elaborate -- and fiendishly sharp -- points of its palmate antlers. Not that it would be terribly hard to recognize the musalces long before a visual confirmation; the wind rushing through its antlers produces a surprisingly musical tone. Unlike mundane moose, both sexes are antlered.

The musalces also "sings", a deep basso melody that reverberates and strikes an unnatural fear into predators -- including sapient hunters -- that come hunting it. All those hearing the musalces' song must save vs. charm or be forced to flee from the creature; those who successfully save are nonetheless at -3 to to-hit and damage rolls, shaken by the fear of the beast. Only if its song fails to send an adversary packing does a musalces enter melee, using hooves and sharp antlers to inflict 1-4 and 1-10 hit points of damage respectively.