Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Oe/BX/1E Monster: Hsigo (Flying Monkey)


This creature from Chinese legend supposedly inspired L. Frank Baum's flying monkeys in his Oz books.

Hsigo

Oe/1E STATS
FREQUENCY: Uncommon
NO. APPEARING: 10-100
ARMOR CLASS: 7
MOVE: 12”/24”
HIT DICE: 1
% IN LAIR: 20%
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-2 or by weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: S (4’ tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

BX STATS
ARMOR CLASS: 7
HIT DICE: 1
MOVE: 120’/240’
ATTACKS: 1 weapon
DAMAGE: 1-2 or by weapon
NO. APPEARING: 10-100
SAVE AS: Fighter: 1
MORALE: 10
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
ALIGNMENT: Neutral


Hsigos are winged monkeys with human faces and dog-like tails. While sometimes found in the wild in forested areas, they are usually bred to act as servants for those that own them (most often high-level magic users.)

The weapons normally carried by hsigos are:
small sword - 40%
club - 30%
morning star - 20%
spear - 10%

For every 10 hsigos appearing as part of their owner’s army, there will be an additional leader with 2 hit dice (attacks and saves as 2 HD monster), carrying a +1 sword. For every hsigo army numbering 50 or greater, there will be a hsigo general with 3 hit dice (attacks and saves as a 3 HD monster), carrying a +1 sword and wearing a magic helmet (-1 bonus to AC.)

1 comment:

  1. Dave: I've always loved the flying monkey of Oz, and felt like they'd make great creatures in the game. I never knew about their appearance in Chinese folklore. Thanks for stating these up! Now, if there were only some nice little plastic miniatures...

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