Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Worm Week Continues! New Monster: Carriage Worm

PLASE NOTE: Tuesdays is normally "Illustration of the Week" day, so I hope today's listing lives up to the both the promise of an "Illustration of the Week, as well as a new "Worm Week" entry.

DESCRIPTION
The carriage worm appears as a giant armored worm with overlapping plates, and its head features a sucker like mouth and a pair of optic tentacles. A carriage worm is most active when the ground is moist (e.g., after a long rain) and at night, preferring to avoid the light and heat of day. When burrowing, it's not uncommon for its immense size and length to produce tunnels up to 7' in diameter and dozens of miles long.

At any given time, a carriage worm has 20-30 rider worms (see rider worm) under the folds of its plates and it acts as a sort of "host" for the rider worms who feed from the carriage worm through a series of secretion glands located under its plates. In attack situations, the carriage worm communicates telepathically with its passengers, ordering them to attack the carriage worm's opponent(s.) When the rider worms have successfully paralyzed the carriage worm's victims, they will climb back under the plates of the carriage worm, then the carriage worm will discharge a lubricating sputum from its mouth and devour its prey whole. As the carriage worm's meal is digested, it creates the intoxicating secretion from which the rider worms extract their nutrition.

The carriage worm can "spit" its slippery secretion up to a distance of 10'. Upon a successful "to hit" roll, the worm's target loses 1 point of armor class per digit of the resulting "to hit" roll over the target "to hit" number, until the secretion has been cleaned off.

Rider worm stats to come tomorrow!
Oe/1E STATS
FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 3
MOVE: 6" (3")
HIT DICE: 12
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 + special
DAMAGE/ATTACK: See below
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: L (40-50' long)
PSIONIC ABILITY: See below
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil


BX STATS
ARMOR CLASS: 3
HIT DICE: 12**
MOVE: 60' (30')
ATTACKS: 1 spit + special
DAMAGE: See below
NO. APPEARING: 1
SAVE AS: Fighter: 7
MORALE: 10
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
ALIGNMENT: Neutral

1 comment:

  1. Yuck--in all the right ways. Nice illustration too.

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