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(TFT) medusa lizards (fwd)
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>>>>> Forwarded message from "Patrick Keleher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"It was a little smaller than a man and vaguely human in shape. It had
a tail, pointed ears, and a hooked beak, and was covered all over with
reptilian scales... It squatted on the deck like a dog." -- L. Sprague
deCamp, THE TRITONIAN RING.
Graeme Davis offered an adaptation (for AD&D) of deCamp's medusae in
Pegasus #12. His version is enough different from deCamp's that I've
developed two varieties, the domesticated and the feral. Originally
intelligent beings, the medusae were enslaved by the Mnoren and selectively
bred as a servitor race. These domesticated medusae are still kept be
contemporary wizards. Some have escaped (freed when adventurers killed
their masters?) and in the wild have reverted to bestial creatures.
Domestic: ST:13 (1 hex) DX:10 IQ:7 MA:6 HS:2
Feral: ST:27 (4 hex), 54 (7 hex) DX:10 IQ:4 MA:6 HS:3 (dorsal plates
in addition to the scales.)
Attacks against medusae are at -1 to the attacker's DX. Medusae
themselves have three physical attacks and one special attack. The Physical
attacks are: 2 claws for D6-2 (domestic), or 1/2D6 (1 to 3, feral), and a
bite for D6. The special attack is a hissing scream which acts as a Freeze
spell; the special attack can be used once every 9 melee turns. Feral
medusae use the scream for hunting, moving in for the kill only after their
prey is paralyzed.
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