Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monster: Shutai


Armour Class: 5

Hit Dice: 1/2*

Move: 150' (50') (special)

Attacks: 1

Damage: Special

No. Appearing: 4-16

Save As: M1

Morale: 9

Treasure Type: Nil

Alignment: Chaotic

XP Value: 6

Strange, small entities, shutai glide swiftly across any and all possible surfaces; living shadow-shapes, like lacy and baroque silhouettes of teardrop cutouts that slide and swarm towards any available targets. Those who find themselves attacked by shutai slowly lose their own shadow and a portion of their own self along with it.

Shutai “attack” by attacking a shadow cast by an individual; as a shutai comes into contact with a shadow, it draws away some of that shadow's substance into its own lacy patterns. This attack inflicts 1-3 hit points of “damage” but does not cause injury – however, if the total of “damage” dealt by shutai should match or exceed the victim's current hit point total, the victim's shadow has been completely consumed. The shadow damage -- if one's shadow is not devoured -- "heals" over the course of an hour.

A shadowless victim is at -1 to all actions and saves and is listless, unable to innovate or act on their own initiative, and must be coaxed into action by others. A shadow may be restored by the same means used to lift curses or cure magical disease. Shutai take damage from spells, and from magical or silver weapons.


Chris said...

Funky little lacework dreamstealers (elegant gothic loli Shadows?). Is that an intentional insomnia reference in the name?

Welcome back btw.

taichara said...


Thank ye! :3

The name is actually a terrible bit of etymological mangling and play, since these critters are practically lacy shadow paisley plumes ...

[obscureEgyptgeekery]Swyt (shuyt), "shade, shadow" + Swt, Swty (shut, shuti), "feather", "plumes"[/obscureEgyptgeekery]


Tomira Eliyes said...

We must keep them away from Chris DeGarmo's shirts. OR ELSE THEY'LL BREED.

archon said...

i am more sure than ever that you are a digger fan. once might have been a conincence, but twice - that seems unlikly.

taichara said...


You can be as sure as you like, but alas reality will continue to decline to agree --