Saturday, May 30, 2009

Why, that's a Beelion!

The final comments are in from last week's "Weekly What the Heck". The result is the beelion, a sort of miniature manticore.

I'd like to thank greywulf and benpop (with special thanks to benpop for the name) for their ideas, all of which have been mashed together to create:
A beelion looks like a combination of a bee and a lobster, with a vaguely human face. Its innocent face lures enemies into range of its deadly bite.

Level 1 Elite Skirmisher
XP 200
Medium natural magical beast (mount)
Initiative +5 Senses Perception +1
HP 62; Bloodied 31
AC 17; Fortitude 16, Reflex 16, Will 13
Saving Throws +2
Speed 6, fly 8
Action Points 1
mBite (standard; at-will)
+6 vs. AC; 2d6 + 1 damage.
MBee's Frenzy (standard; at-will)
The beelion makes two bite attacks.
CAlluring Gaze (minor 1/round; at-will) * Gaze, Psychic
Close blast 3; targets enemies; +2 vs. Will; the target is pulled 1 square and dazed until the end of the beelion’s next turn.
CLion's Frenzy (standard; recharge 6)
Close burst 1; targets enemies; +6 vs. AC; 2d6 + 1 damage.
MGuided Frenzy (while mounted by a friendly rider of 1st level or higher; at-will) * Mount
A beelion with a rider may shift 2 squares between bite attacks when using bee's frenzy.
Alignment Evil Languages Common
Str 13 (+1) Dex 16 (+3) Wis 13 (+1)
Con 15 (+2) Int 6 (-2) Cha 8 (-1)

Beelion Tactics
A beelion prefers to begin a fight in the air, choosing a landing spot that gives it a positional advantage. It tries to stay in a flanking position with its allies while surrounding itself with enemies to target with its lion's frenzy.

Beelion Lore
A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.
DC 15: Beelions are small but evil predators that are often allied with small humanoids.

Encounter Groups
Beelions are almost always encountered serving as mounts for small humanoids such as kobolds and goblins. Kobold skirmishers especially like to take advantage of the beelion's alluring gaze.

Level 1 Encounter (XP 500)
* 1 beelion (level 1 elite skirmisher)
* 3 kobold skirmishers (level 1 skirmisher)
It probably counts as a triumph that I could actually turn the comment "I don't know what it is but I want one" into a power (alluring gaze).

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