Saturday, April 11, 2009

Why, that's a Speed Demon!

The final comments are in from last week's "Weekly What the Heck". The result is the jamuzavdu or speed demon, a creature that moves very fast, in short bursts.

I'd like to thank Ripper, mthomas768 and Scott for their ideas, all of which have been mashed together to create:
Jamuzavdus delight in spreading misery and confusion across all the planes and worlds they come in contact with.

Level 7 Skirmisher
Jamuzavdu (Speed Demon)
XP 300
Medium elemental magical beast (demon)
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +5
Contagious Speed aura 10; allies that start their turns in the aura gain a +4 bonus to speed and can make a single basic attack as a free action during their turn.
HP 80; Bloodied 40
AC 21 (25 against opportunity attacks); Fortitude 19, Reflex 20, Will 18
Speed 10; see also quick lick and short burst
mNasty Lick (standard; at-will)
+12 vs. AC; 1d8 + 4 damage, and the target is dazed until the end of the jamuzavdu's next turn.
MQuick Lick (standard; recharge 6)
The jamuzavdu moves its speed + 4. At any two points during its move, the jamuzavdu makes a melee basic attack at a –4 penalty. The jamuzavdu cannot use this power while immobilized or slowed.
Short Burst (move; encounter)
The jamuzavdu shifts 6 squares.
Need for Speed (immediate reaction, when an enemy ends its move in the jamuzavdu's contagious speed aura; at-will)
+7 vs. Will; the target slides 4 squares in the same direction it was moving. If it passes through any squares containing difficult terrain or other creatures, it must make a saving throw at the end of the movement or fall prone.
Alignment Chaotic evil Languages Abyssal
Str 16 (+6) Dex 19 (+7) Wis 14 (+5)
Con 16 (+6) Int 7 (+1) Cha 9 (+2)

Jamuzavdu Tactics
A jamuzavdu races around the battlefield, letting its contagious speed aid its allies and hinder its enemies.

Jamuzavdu Lore
A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.
DC 20: A jamuzavdu moves very fast, in short bursts. That sort of movement superimposes the creature's blur on top of itself, creating an image of a creature with three eyes, a fiendish grin, and 10 legs. This creature also has the ability to share its speed with an ally or enemy.

Encounter Groups
Jamuzavdus are sometimes found in packs of demons or backed by the demonic cultists that summoned them into the world.
Level 7 Encounter (XP 1,600)
* 2 jamuzavdu demons (level 7 skirmisher)
* 3 evistro demons (level 6 brute)
* 1 harpy (level 6 controller)
For the first time in months, no one provided even the seed of a name in the comments. Everyone can thank my wife and I for the silly one we got.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Well done, though. That's a terrific writeup for such an off-the-wall creature.

Captcha: reedl. That sounds like a monster. Or possibly a polearm.