Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A couple of monsters

Considering Gygax's love for puns, I'm sorta surprised these two monsters aren't already in D&D.  I doubt I'm the first person in nearly 40 years to think of this, but then again, I don't think I've seen either of these ideas presented before (of course, there are years and years worth of Dragon mag. which I've never read...)

Fire Fly
Armor Class: 4 (16)
Hit Dice: 2*
Move: 30 (10), Fly 150 (50)
Attacks: 1 burn
Damage: 2d4
No. Appearing: 3d6 (3d6)
Save As: Fighter 1
Morale: 7
Treasure Type: U
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 25

Fire Flies are 8-14" long giant black house flies that burn with an orange flaming aura, which illuminates an area 5' around the insect.  They are naturally immune to fire.  Fire Flies are not malicious, but they are attracted to strong scents (what humans would consider both good and bad smells), and like to land on the sources of such scents to take a taste.  When they do so, they inflict fire damage upon the target.  Fire Flies will not 'attack' every round.  When they have found a source of a strong scent, they will circle the area at a short distance, then dart in to sample the scent every few rounds (1-2 on d6).  A standard attack roll is still needed by the Fire Flies to hit a target.

Lightning Bug
Armor Class: 1 (19)
Hit Dice: 7*
Move: 60 (20), Fly 120 (40)
Attacks: 1 bite or 1 blast
Damage: 2d6 or 7d6
No. Appearing: 1d4 (1d4)
Save As: Fighter 4
Morale: 8
Treasure Type: B
Alignment: Neutral

Lightning Bugs are 10' long giant flying versions of the normal nocturnal glowing insect.  They have a phosphorescent orb on their abdomen, which lights up at irregular intervals (illuminating a 20' radius around the insect for that round).  The glow does not affect infravision.  If threatened or disturbed, Lightning Bugs can bite with their strong mandibles.  Also, three times per day they can discharge a 60' lightning bolt (7d6 damage, save for half) from their abdomen as the spell.  When the Lightning Bug is killed, its abdomen glands will continue to glow for approximately one week, similar to the glands of a Fire Beetle.  Adventurers can harvest these glands and create up to ten 'torches' from one creature.

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