Friday, October 2, 2009

Monster: Cricipter

Inspired by notions of flying hamster aviaries at yon Tower of the Archmage, as noted by Trollsmyth:


Armour Class: 9
Hit Dice: 1 hit point
Move: 60' (20')
fly 120' (40')
burrow / climb 60' (20')
Attacks: 1
Damage: None (special; see below)
No. Appearing: 1-12 (3-30)
Save As: Normal Man
Morale: 4
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 5

Cricipters are flying hamsters. Flying hamsters with plush golden coats (often with a faintly rainbow undertone) and white bellies, and wings supported on long fingers like a bat's though coated in featherlike fuzzy growths. Cricipters are more gregarious than normal hamsters, and flocks of them can quickly decimate small groves of nuts or fruit -- especially as they breed with nearly the rapidity of the mundane breed.

The bite of a cricipter is painful and distracting (-1 to all rolls for ten turns), but normally does no hit point damage. Strange strains crop up in the breed from time to time, however, some of which are a little more impressive; the DM may occasionally choose to roll on the following table or make up their own strain:

1. Rare coat colour (silvery, colourpoint, black -- ooh, sell this one!)
2. Razortooth (1 hit point damage bite)
3. Tough as nails (AC 6)
4. Breath weapon (breath weapon?! 1-3 hit points damage, type could be almost anything)
5. Intelligence
6. Magic resistant (+2-5 on saves vs. spells)
7. Musky (ewww ... -2 on all actions of humanoids in a 15' radius after cricipter is startled)
8. Magisensor (glows faintly in the presence of magic)


Mothman's Dog said...

Spelljammer gnomes have been tinkering with Giant Space Hamster genetics again, I see...

taichara said...


Wait til they splice some of these strains back into the giant-sized breeds ;3

David The Archmage said...


Glad we could provide some inspiration!

Don't forget about the coordinated dropping of coconuts of doom!

And giant flying hamsters... hmmm

Tomira Eliyes said...

They sound not only cute but also worthwhile (yet a pain in the posteriour) to catch or tame.

Mothman's Dog said...

I think you just convinced me not to sell my copy of the Spelljammer monstrous compendium appendix on EBay after all, or at least keep that particular page...

word verification: nonden - something you really must call one of your creations ;)