Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why, that's a Pelicgizard!

I only got one comment on last week's "Weekly What the Heck", but I really liked it so I'm going to run with it. The result is the pelicgizard, a relative of the iguana that attacks with flaming spicy salsa-burps. DMs are encouraged to drink large quantities of their carbonated beverage of choice before introducing this monster. "Off in the distance you see a flash of light, perhaps a fire, and you hear *buuuuuurp*."

I'd like to thank Ripper for his ideas (and the name), which have been mashed together with a couple of my own to create:
A pelicgizard is an offshoot of the iguana family that eats lots of oily Mexican food. The oil is stored in its jaw-sac.

Level 7 Brute
Ravenous Pelicgizard
XP 300
Large natural beast
Initiative +4 Senses Perception +5
HP 97; Bloodied 48
AC 19; Fortitude 21, Reflex 17, Will 18
Speed 6
mBite (standard; at-will)
+10 vs. AC; 2d6 + 4 damage, plus the target is grabbed (until escape). The ravenous pelicgizard cannot make bite attacks while grabbing a creature, but it can use slosh and gnaw.
MSlosh and Gnaw (standard; at-will)
If a ravenous pelicgizard begins its turn with a target grabbed in its jaws, it makes an attack against the grabbed creature: +10 vs. AC; 3d6 + 4 damage, and the target gains vulnerable 10 fire, and any attack that deals fire damage to the target also deals ongoing 5 fire damage (save ends both). Miss: Half damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 fire (save ends).
Alignment Unaligned Languages -
Str 19 (+7) Dex 12 (+4) Wis 14 (+5)
Con 17 (+6) Int 2 (-1) Cha 8 (+2)

Ravenous Pelicgizard Tactics
A ravenous pelicgizard bites until it grabs a target, and then uses slosh and gnaw.

Level 10 Controller
Conflagrating Pelicgizard
XP 500
Large natural beast
Initiative +7 Senses Perception +8
HP 107; Bloodied 53
AC 24; Fortitude 23, Reflex 20, Will 21
Speed 6
mBite and Slosh (standard; at-will)
+15 vs. AC; 2d6 + 5 damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 fire (save ends).
RSpit Oil (minor; at-will)
Ranged 8; +14 vs. Reflex; the target gains vulnerable 5 fire, and any attack that deals fire damage to the target also deals ongoing 5 fire damage (save ends both).
CSpicy Salsa Burp (standard; recharge 5 6)
Close blast 5; +13 vs. Reflex; 1d8 + 5 fire damage, and the target takes ongoing 5 fire damage (save ends).
CBloodied Burp (free when first bloodied; encounter)
The conflagrating pelicgizard’s spicy salsa burp recharges, and the conflagrating pelicgizard uses it immediately.
Alignment Unaligned Languages -
Str 21 (+10) Dex 14 (+7) Wis 16 (+8)
Con 19 (+9) Int 2 (+1) Cha 8 (+4)

Conflagrating Pelicgizard Tactics
A conflagrating pelicgizard prefers to stay back and use spicy salsa burp as much as possible, using spit oil while it recharges.

Pelicgizard Lore
A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.
DC 20: A pelicgizard stores oil in its jaw-sac. This oil is extremely flammable, and creatures grabbed in the pelicgizard's jaws can become covered in it.
DC 25: When agitated, a conflagrating pelicgizard releases a really spicy salsa-burp, which ignites the oil in its jaw-sac and creates a fiery blast.

Encounter Groups
Fire-using creatures love to keep pelicgizards around to make their enemies more flammable.
Level 7 Encounter (XP 1,450)
* 2 ravenous pelicgizards (level 7 brute)
* 2 tiefling heretics (level 6 artillery)
* 1 cambion hellsword (level 8 brute)
Level 11 Encounter (XP 3,100)
* 2 conflagrating pelicgizards (level 10 controller)
* 3 fire archon emberguards (level 12 brute)
This should be a nasty creature to add to any encounter with fire creatures. It should spice things up nicely.


Ripper said...

I like how you made the flammable oil into a vulnerablility to fire.

And yes, this will definitely SPICE up any encounter.

Gregor LeBlaque said...

Thanks. I was pretty pleased with that myself. I think the way it developed was that I had a vague idea of oil-covered creatures being easier to set on fire. Then when I searched my pdf of the Monster Manual for something similar I came across the eye of fear and flame beholder's central eye ray and basically lifted its effects verbatim.

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