Sunday, October 7, 2012

Beast of the Week: Cauldron Born

A few weeks back, I posted my old stats (from '89 or '90) of my version of Lloyd Alexander's Huntsmen of Annuvin.  Here are the Cauldron Born from the same source, the Prydain Chronicles.  Alexander took the idea of the Cauldron of Rebirth from the Mabinogion (The Tale of Branwen), and like his Arawn, the Cauldron and its contents are much more sinister in Prydain.  Originally I'd made these monsters for a high level plane-hopping adventure that was inspired in equal parts by the Prydain Chronicles and Led Zeppelin's Battle of Evermore.  Never got the adventure completed, but did write up my various Aunnuvin creatures for it.  Anyway, here are the Cauldron Born:

Cauldron Born*
AC: 4 (16)
HD: 5**
Move: 60 (20)
Attacks: 1 weapon
Damage: by weapon +2
No. Appearing: 2d6 (2d6)
Save As: D5
Morale: 12
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Chaotic
XP: 425

Cauldron Born are powerful zombies created by an artifact known as the Black Cauldron.  They can be distinguished from normal zombies before combat by the Chaotic holy symbols that are branded onto their foreheads.  They may only be damaged by spells or magical weapons, and both of these always do minimum damage.  They are immune to sleep, charm and hold spells, and to all spells of third level or lower.  Clerics Turn cauldron born as Specials*.  

*If using a rule set other than BECMI/RC, they Turn as the most powerful undead in that ruleset, whatever that may be.

1 comment:

  1. Prydain/Zeppelin/D&D?...only if I get to stay in my sophomore dreamworld a little every day ;)
    (or at least buy the books again)