Monday, October 16, 2017

Session Report 0: Answers to 20 questions for my Players

These are 20 questions and their answers about the Valiant Setting.

What is the deal with my cleric's religion?
You venerate The White God and are a member of the Covenant of the Chalice. You have cathedrals in all cities, and churches in all other settlements.

Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
The equipment list in the player's guide details the items purchasable in villages, towns, and cities. If a merchant lair is rolled as a wilderness encounter, you encounter a small trading post.

Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
Platemail is available to be purchased in cities, but custom platemail is likely to cost much more.

Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
Erasmus the Resurrected. One of the original Sorcerers of Ozborn who entered deep into the ancient goblin keeps beneath Ozborn and studied the ancient hieroglyphs therein.

Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
Ken Heavyheart: Famed duelist who is noted to have killed over a dozen men by single spear strike through their skull.

Who is the richest person in the land?
Likely the King the Highest Jarl, he who seeks to construct a railway across his kingdom.

Where can we go to get some magical healing?
Nowhere outside of ancient artifacts or the replacement of limbs by clockwork prosthetics.

Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
For the first three the Covenant of the Chalice is likley to help you if you are a member. For the others there are no widely known cures, though perhaps a wizard may help you. Outside of entering the underworld and returning with the spirit of the dead there are no known ways to elicit resurrection. Even then such an illicit resurrection is likely to draw the ire of whichever being held claim over the departed soul!

Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
There are a few well know guilds of magic users. The Sorcerers in Ozborn learn magic within a Chained Keep suspended up in the air. The Lodge of the Holy Oak has offices in most major cities and offers to sell scrolls with spells to any who can prove merit. In the city of Jasp near the Volcano is a famed university which allows entry to be taught magic.

Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
The Metiskr information brokers are often found in every settlement and can provide information, otherwise towns and cities will have those experts.

Where can I hire mercenaries?
You can find people wishing to make coin by pernicious deed in almost any village, town, or city.

Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
Likely not, however Knights of the Empire of the Alabaster Crown are known to travel across the lands.

Which way to the nearest tavern?
Towards the Broken November in your hometown of Hammesgard.

What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
You would be heralded as a hero if you slayed any of the following: Lindwyrm, Leshiy, Dragon, Nergal, Winged Whale, Sky Serpent, Khimera, Psuedogiant, Giant Despair, Whirling Straight Leviathan, or any other creature with over 6 HD.

Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
Not now, but two generations ago there was a massive civil war which ravaged the land.

How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
In Vessan, there are many games of strength and skill upon the Etched Plain. Every first of the month knights compete in tournaments within the grounds outside New Rind.

Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
Within Chara are the assassins in the House of Gossamer and Glass. The noble house of Oak is an exclusive organization focused on the welfare of the common man. The noble house of Silver is an exclusive organization which seeks to ensure justice by any means. Most cities have seditious groups and organized criminal factions.

What is there to eat around here?
Generally fish, pork, beef, chickens, or wild game form the basis of most meals. Most people eat bread or porridge as a source of carbohydrates accompanies by cabbage, carrots, turnips, and beetroot. Most sugar comes from sugar beets or honey. Two delicacies are the cherry wine of Svassheim and the Gingerbread Cookies of Tula.

Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
The Eye of Balor was said to have caused the war against Lymos by all other tribes and peoples several generations before your parents time. Surely it must be a valuable treasure to cause such strife.

Where is the nearest hoard of treasure guarded by a monster?
In a dungeon, ask around as there are many of them in these lands.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Watery Depths and Watery Deaths: Coastal and Abyssopelagic Depths Adventuring, Wilderness Encounters, and Bestiary



Author's Notes: Monster Statistics are given in the following notation:
HD – This refers to how many Hit Dice a monster possess and accordingly it’s bonus to hit
Def – This refers to the bonus a monster receives to its base armor class or defense rating 
Dam – This refers to how much damage a monster deals with one of its attacks
Movement – This refers to the distance/speed with which a monster moves a score of 12 being equal to an unencumbered man
Save – This refers to a monster’s chance to ignore magical or mundane effects out of 20. This would be ignorable if your system of choice does not give monster saves if not for a Save statistic of 20 meaning a monster is immune to magic.
Morale – This refers to a monster’s likelihood to flee from combat in 20. Monsters who are able to roll below their morale value remain in combat after first blood drawn, one of their number slain, and the tide turning against them. Adjust accordingly if your system of choice uses a 2d6 roll for morale.

Coastal, Open Ocean, and Abyssopelagic Depths Terrain


So I divide the oceans into three different terrain types. Water hexes adjacent to other terrain type hexes are termed Coastal and represent coastlines, deltas, and lagoons. Water hexes only adjacent to other water hexes are termed Open Ocean hexes and represent the top of the open ocean. Below these hexes are additional hexes which are the Abyssopelagic Depths. These represent the dark bottom of the ocean. If you get here it's assuming your players have access to breath underwater indefinitely and have illumination sources which don't need to be dry. 

A Brief Aside for Oceanography and Images

I use 6 mile hexes and if you go 6 miles out past the shore walking along the ocean floor you descend about 2 .5 miles down. No light from the surface reaches this region and this area is termed the Abyssal Zone. For those familiar with Veins of the Earth, this is the Veins of the Earth of the ocean in real life. I've heard it described as Underwater Vore Hell and I think that's a pretty apt description.. Here is a collection of images of things that live down there.


The Black Swallower can swallow things 3 times its size
The Gulper Eel is a great example of the Pharyngeal Jaw common to the Abyssal Plain
The Big Fin Squid was only recently discovered and flaps it's fins as it swims.

The plains are rather sparse with organisms surrounding hydrothermal vents and corpses of dead whales (which become ecosystems of their own). Abyssal plains are often covered in polymetallic nodules around 3-5 inches in diameter and look really cool.


This is an example of how the floor is covered in nodules
Columbite
Jacobite
Romanechite
Bixbyite
These all look like magic minerals to me.

So the bottom of the ocean is a dark place filled with monsters and beautiful treasures, but there are a few questions on how exactly characters can survive their travels into the depths as most humans don't breathe underwater. There are three factors that need to be accounted for in order to maintain the verisimilitude of your underwater expeditions. 


Oxygen/Pressure


So when I was making a dungeon that was a series of underwater bases I did a little research on exactly how long oxygen tanks last for scuba divers and discovered that the duration is a function of the depth of the diver. Every 10 meters you descend underwater your oxygen time is halved which presents a problem of realistically depicting how long a canister of air would last you in the abyss. This is why in real life you need a specified dive plan to account for your travels, you don;t just dive deep willy-nilly. In my games I simply had air canisters halve their length of oxygen at two arbitrary lengths. An air canister provides 1 hour of breathing, if one is below 1500 ft of water it instead only provides 3 turns/30 minutes of air, and if one is below 2500 ft of water it only provides 1 turn/10 minutes of air. I know several RPG systems make adjustments on oxygen consumption based on the character undergoing strenuous activity, but in my opinion when is a character going to be just calmly holding their breath underwater? It doesn't really make sense and thus activity doesn't modify how long your oxygen lasts. In real life the abyss provides massive pressure and anyone at the bottom of a pool has probably experienced ear/sinus pressure from diving down 10 feet. People in real life need to take precautions from violent decompression or the bends, but that doesn't translate into any fun mechanics. I guess would simplify that characters who move up from the bottom of the ocean and it's surface must merely save or contract the bends. 


Author's Note:  I know no systems which include Altitude Sickness because most travel in RPGs is abstracted into two planes of motion. I see then no game-able reason to penalize player exploration of such areas and likewise would simply ignore the chance of the bends.

In a more high fantasy game, a referee could simply resolve the issue of breathing underwater by different races or magic. 


New Items:

Bathosuit: Keeps water and pressure away from a character. This armor provides no bonus to AC and provides the same penalty to movement/encumbrance as plate-mail. One could conceivably add armor plating to such a suit, but it would double the price and provides two points of armor class. Cost -  240 Silver
Air Canister: Provides 1 hour of breathing and easily attaches to a Bathosuit.. If 1500ft below it instead provides 3 turns of air and if 2500ft below it instead provides 1 turn of air 
Cost -  25 Silver
Gill Graft: Some vile wizards from Balalang lands offer a vile operation which grafts a set of gills into the neck of a character allowing them to survive underwater indefinitely. A character electing to undergo this surgery must save or else die. If they are successful in their save they then can breathe underwater but then encounter problems living in dry places. The exposure of additional muscosal areas to the elements penalize the character on any saves versus exposure to disease or poison with a -3 penalty. 
Cost - 100 Silver and the relatively intact corpse of a 5+ HD creature from the oceans

Visibility

The bottom of the ocean is absent of light and unless characters posses an ability to see in the dark they will be unable to see. Spells which conjure fire or light work as normal underwater providing illumination as they would on land. Often in the depths grow bio-luminescent things whether they be plants or creatures. Any corpse of a bio-luminescent creature encountered in the abyss can be turned into a biological torch which lasts as a number of torches equal to the HD of the creature. Alchemic light sticks are also available for purchase and act as torches but cost ten times what a torch would, are unable to be snuffed out until the chemical reaction runs out by any means. 

Movement

In my games every character has a swimming score equal to their one third of their regular movement scores. This generally refers to their ability to swim across water but would also work for their ability to walk on the bottom of the ocean floor clad in a Bathosuit. I would further say that due to the three-dimensional nature of movement in water, characters can choose to swim upwards moving as if they were flying at the same speed as they walk across the bottom of the ocean in their Bathosuits. One important thing to consider is the inability of characters to rest at the bottom of the ocean. Unless they find a moon-pool which leads upwards into some abandoned undersea base, they will be running out of air. The rules presented here also would work great for spelunking underwater cave complexes or simply exploring the bottoms of cities sunken into lakes.


Author's Note:  I realize that it might sound silly if characters are able to fly underwater, but remember that their movement scores are merely 1/3 of what they would be. other creatures move generally three times as fast as they would due to their aquatic nature so any tactical advantage would essentially be overshadowed by the speed of the creatures. 

Art by David Jernigan


Causes of Watery Death


Wilderness Anecdote Table

1Lair of something
2Spoor of something
3Tracks from something
4Traces 1 of something
5Traces 2 of something
6Monster encounter


Wilderness Coastal/Open Ocean Terrain Encounter Table

12d6 Bandits
2 As Polite Lands Encounter
31d8 Lunatic Sailors
42d4 Foreign Mercenaries
51d4 Ghost
61d8 Selkies
71d12 Giant Isopod
8Manowar
91d4 Echindaspawn
10Giant Lamprey
111d6 Abberant Crustacean
122d8 Winged Squids
131d12 Atavistic Merfolk Raiders
14Dinosaur
15Dire Shark
16Giant Squid
17Whirling Straight Leviathan
18 Roll on the Abyssopelagic Depths Terrain Encounter Table
19The corpse of a (Roll Again)
20Conflict of two (Roll Twice)


Abyssopelagic Depths Terrain Encounter Table

11d10 Drowned
2 1d20 Abberant Crustaceans
32d20 Giant Isopods
4Giant Squid
5Whirling Straight Leviathan
61d8 Echindaspawn
72d10 Atavistic Merfolk Raiders
81d8 Giant Tapeworms
91d6 Goblin Sharks
10Angler Fish
111d4 Bobbit Worms
12Black Swallower
13Oarfish
14Gapemaw Diver
15Aboleth
161d4 Ningen Mauraders
17Barrowhale
18Antediluvian Leper
19The corpse of a (Roll Again)
20Conflict of two (Roll Twice)

Watery Depths and Watery Deaths Bestiary

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Name: Bandit

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6 or 1d6 ranged
Move: 12
Save: 6
Morale: 6

Lair: Crude encampment inside of a cave lit by few torches
Spoor: Poorly made traps now broken
Tracks: Bootprints leading deeper into the woods
Traces1: Corpse with it's throat split, long since looted and now tucked behind a tree
Traces2: Trees with broken arrows embedded in their trunks
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Name: Lunatic Sailor

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam:  1d6
Move: 10 or 6 swimming
Save: 6
Morale: 13

Lair: The remains of a ship softly drifts towards you in the distance
Spoor: Baneful screams are repeated in the distance
Tracks: None
Traces1: A cold fog sits above the water
Traces2: For a brief moment you see two suns in the sky

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Name: Foreign Mercenary

HD: 3
Def: 5
Dam: 1d8 +2
Move: 11
Save: 6
Morale: 7

Lair: A well-crafted ship stands before you. It's sails bear the heraldry of a distant land 
Spoor: A thin strand of smoke floats above the trees here
Tracks: Regimented boot prints lead single file
Traces1: A coin from lands unknown lies forgotten in the dirt 
Traces2: Several trees were felled here, their stumps still ooze sap 
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Name: Ghost

HD: 2
Def: 0
Dam: 1d4 + 200xp drain per point of damage
Move: 0
Save: 9
Morale: 20

Lair: None
Spoor: Colors seem less vibrant here further there is no sound save for the wind
Tracks: A strain of cold air blows distinctly enough to be followed
Traces1: As you breathe out, you suddenly see your breath fog up in front of you
Traces2: A set of two indents like foot steps linger
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Name: Selkie

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6
Move: 12 or 16 swimming
Save: 9
Morale: 11

Deathly Kiss: Three Selkies may give up their actions for a round to attempt to kiss a target. The target must save or else fall in love with a selkie for 1d4+1 days seeking to make her happy and joyous. Selkies usually tell those so enamored by them to kill themselves

Lair: Rows of pale candles line the mouth of this sea cove, each softly waving in the wind
Spoor: The dulcet tones of youthful laughter echo from the rocky shore
Tracks: Wet foot prints leap across many of the gray stones
Traces1: A strand of pale blond hair, wrapped around an empty sea shell slowly shifts with the tides
Traces2: Despite the setting sun, streaks of white gold shimmer out in the sea
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Name: Drowned

HD: 2
Def: 2
Dam: 1d8 + Strength check otherwise held down
Move: 9 or 9 swimming
Save: 12
Morale: 20

Shared Death: if a Drowned start's it's turn holding down a target it may spew the waters inside of it into the mouth and nostrils of the target. If a Drowned spends 2 consecutive rounds spewing waters into a target they must save or die. Targets killed this way rise as Drowned in 1d4 turns.

Lair: The ruins of may have once been a boat or a house lies waterlogged, battered by the waves
Spoor: No sound save for the waves.
Tracks: Sodden footsteps trail the mud here
Traces1: A crude pyramid of small dark stones has been constructed here
Traces2: Clouds converge overhead and begin to pour out rain
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Name: Manowar

This bloated purple tumor sits upon many translucent tendrils and pulsates lilac fluids through its membranes. It is approximately 10 feet in diameter

HD: 4
Def: 1
Dam: 1d4/1d4 + save for poison 1d2 points of damage
Move: 5 swimming
Save: 12
Morale: 12

Poisonous Tendrils: Anyone who attempts a melee attack at a Manowar must save or otherwise come into contact with their tendrils (as being hit by their attack)

Lair: The water here seems clouded by translucent particles
Spoor: Nothing stirs in the water here
Tracks: None
Traces1: A thin translucent sack floats by the size of a fingernail
Traces2: A fish bloated to twice it's size floats by
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Name: Echindaspawn 

Spines the length of your forearm spill outwards from a man-like shape. The figure shambles slowly and a singular watery orb sits on it's face. Each spine the shade of purple or orange the bright figure stands in contrast with the rest of the waters.

HD: 2
Def: 5
Dam: 1d8 + save for poison 1d6 points of damage
Move: 5 or 3 swimming
Save: 11
Morale: 12

Spiny: Those whose roll to hit an Echindaspawn fails by 4 or more take 1d4 points of damage from the numerous spines

Lair: A few spires of dark stones rise out of the water here
Spoor: The waters here barely stir, meekly calm
Tracks: None
Traces1: Several spines, each the length of your forearm, lay forgotten under the waters here
Traces2: Several small orbs of a lilac float cracked among the waves
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Name: Giant Lamprey

HD: 4
Def: 2
Dam: 1d8
Move: 12
Save: 6
Morale: 12
# encountered:

Slimey: Anyone who deals damage to a giant lamprey gains the Slime-Covered encumberance. Slime-Covered gives 1 point of encumberance and takes up 1 inventory slot.

Lair: Fist size baubles covered in slime cling to a rock below the water
Spoor: Slime lingers amongst the water here floating by as an emulsion
Tracks: None
Traces1: Slime covers a rock rising out of the water 
Traces2: The remains of a once large fish meekly float by

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Name: Abberant Crustacean

HD: 2
Def: 5
Dam: 1d6/1d6
Move: 10 or 10 swimming
Save: 6
Morale: 8

Lair: The tide is shallow here, revealing the apex of a coral reef rising out of the waters
Spoor: Soft popping sounds like a man cracking his knuckles can barely be heard
Tracks: None
Traces1: A broken piece of carapace floats on the surface of the water
Traces2: The water here is murky and you can't see far down

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Name: Winged Squids

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6
Move: 10 swimming or 16 flying
Save: 6
Morale: 10

Lair:  A pillar of dark coral rises up past the waves
Spoor:  A few screams are heard in the distance
Tracks: None
Traces1: A cold fog covers the sea here
Traces2: From beneath the waves you see a single glance of an eye staring up at you
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Name: Atavistic Merfolk Raiders

A figure stands before you eerily reminsicent of what a man's ancestor may have looked like had they come from the waters. Rather than a nose two nostrils scar the it's hairless head between two dark orbs. Shark like teeth fill an empty maw and web fingers clutch sharp stones. A set of gills is easily seen along it's pale and discolored neck.

HD: 2
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6
Move: 8 or 12 swimming
Save: 8
Morale: 14

Lair: What appears to be a encrusted spiral formation of coral is barely visible below waves
Spoor: A shrill scream, half muffled by the water reverberates from somewhere deep below
Tracks: None
Traces1: A headless corpse of a man floats along the waves
Traces2: The wind suddenly stops and all is eerily quiet
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Name: Dinosaur

HD: 10
Def: 6
Dam: 2d10
Move: 10 or 10 swimming
Save: 10
Morale: 10

Lair: A caldera of mud sits above the mire, a slurry of trackmarks leading up one side
Spoor: As humid fog hangs a foot above the ground, dark shapes seem to lumber in the distance
Tracks: Gapping holes left by the passage of some massive beast, partially swept by a lengthy tail
Traces1: The stench of hot swamp gas fills your nostrils and makes your eyes water
Traces2: Beneath the waves, bubbles escape from some deep hotspring

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Name: Dire Shark

HD: 8
Def: 4
Dam: 2d6
Move: 7 swimming
Save: 10
Morale: 12

Death Roil: Fights for 2 rounds after they reach 0 hp.

Lair: Thrashing waves emerge from the depths
Spoor: The waters here are murky and reddish
Tracks: Thrashing waves seem to emerge from a single source a deal distant
Traces1: A tall black fin rises out of the waters in the distance
Traces2: A muscle in your neck twitches right when a wave crashes
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Name: Giant Squid

HD: 8
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6/1d6/1d6/1d6
Move: 3 or 5 swimming
Save: 7
Morale: 6

Ink Cloud: If encountered in water a Giant Squid may unleash a massive cloud of ink, those around the squid must save or become blind for 1d6 rounds.

Lair: The vast wreckage of a ship sits skewered among the reef below
Spoor: The waters here seem darker as if stained by some great ink blot
Tracks: None
Traces1: A corpse floats, if inspected it bears massive circular marks
Traces2: Something stirs deep below the waters


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Name: Whirling Straight Leviathan
HD: 10 +30
Def: 2
Dam: Swallows 1d4 Sailors per turn
Move: 9 or 12 swimming
Save: 13
Morale: 20

Primordial: Whirling Straight Leviathans regenerate 10 hp/round

Pinochean Anatomy: Characters swallowed end up inside a Moby-Dick Dungeon. (a post detailing these will be up shortly, but for now feel fee to look at this old post on my old blog)

Lair: A great whirlpool roars amid the foam tipped waves.
Spoor: The waves here flow unnaturally, some vast beast moves below the surface here
Tracks: None
Traces1: A ship floats across in many ruined pieces
Traces2: A low rumble echoes from beneath the wave
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An image break between many monster statistics
Art by  Alex Konstad
Monsters continued

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Name: Giant Isopod

HD: 0
Def: 1
Dam: 1d4 (Per Group)
Move: 8 or 8 swimming
Save: 5
Morale: 12

Lair: A small alcove of a cave is half hidden by the sediment here
Spoor: The sound of some mass skittering reverberates amidst the waters
Tracks: Numerous clawed feet have left their trail here
Traces1: A singular small isopod meekly scampers from one dune to another
Traces2: As you make your way along the bottom of the sea a few chitinous segments are crushed underfoot
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Name: Giant Tapeworm

HD: 3
Def: 3
Dam: 2d4 + attach and deals damage on the following rounds  without needing to make an attack
Move: 4 or 8 swimming
Save: 8
Morale: 10

Lair: An enormous rotting corpse is carried by the waves here, it reeks 
Spoor: The waters here are filled with miasma of death
Tracks: None
Traces1: The skeletal remains of the whale are half submerged in the sediment
Traces2: What was once a ship lies broken and rotted here
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Name: Goblin Shark

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6
Move: 9 swimming
Save: 6
Morale: 12

Pharengeal Jaw: The target of a first attack from a Gobin Shark gains a -4 penalty to its Defense due to the pharengeal jaws of the beast.

Lair: The decaying corpse of a once massive sea-beast lies half eaten 
Spoor: The ripples of something sends ripples through this water-logged deepness
Tracks: None
Traces1: Something in the distance moves swiftly
Traces2: A long tooth is embedded in a pillar of coral here
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Name: Angler Fish

HD: 2
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6
Move: 8 swimming
Save: 7 
Morale: 12

Lair: A low valley gapes before you in the sediment
Spoor: A single light shines bright in the distance of these dark depths
Tracks: None
Traces1: There are almost no signs of life down here
Traces2: A frail translucent skeleton sits here 
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Name: Bobbit Worm

Emerging from the ocean sediment is a ghastly tube with numerous sharp appendages on its end. A trio of red eyes swivel between chitinous folds as teeth gnash.

HD: 1
Def: 2
Dam: 1d6 + attaches draining 1d4 hp of blood per round
Move: 9 swimming
Save: 3
Morale: 18

Lair: The remains of a deep hole lingers, partially collapsed in on itself
Spoor: Numerous translucent skeletons litter the seascape here, each missing a portion of their ribs and spine
Tracks: A compact hole the size of a man's thigh girth is impossible to miss
Traces1: There are only a few metallic nodules down here 
Traces2: The sediment here gives way as you walk upon it, descending down a few inches
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Name: Black Swallower

HD: 2
Def: 2
Dam: 1d4
Move: 9
Save: 6
Morale: 12

Swallow Whole: On a successful attack a Black Swallower swallows a target. The target is immobilized and may continue to attack a Black Swallower from within but only with light weapons.

Lair: The sediment is thicker here and looms in large dunes
Spoor: Something stirs nearby, disturbing the uniform cold of this sopping void
Tracks: None
Traces1: The remains of a creature exploded from the inside lies among the dietrus here
Traces2: A score of black scales have been lost here
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Name: Oarfish

HD: 6
Def: 3
Dam: 1d10
Move: 19 swimming
Save: 11
Morale: 12

Lair: Billowing pillars of smoke eminate from geothermal vents on the ocean floor
Spoor: Red smears of lights undulate and convulse in this wet abyss
Tracks: None
Traces1: Large dunes rise below billowing pillars of black smoke
Traces2: A large circular depression can be seen in the sediment here
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Name: Gapemaw Diver

The ground below you suddenly gives way as teeth the size of your arm emerge from the sediment. A fish with a maw double its size swims with uncanny speed. Numerous spiked fins propel this dark colored fish as it charges you

HD: 3
Def: 1
Dam: 1d10 +1
Move: 9 swimming
Save: 6
Morale: 4

Wide Mouth: A Gapemaw Diver may attack 1d4 targets at once.

Lair: A wide hole marks this section of the ocean's floor. As if a large piece up and left
Spoor: The ocean floor rumbles and shakes as if some great serpent convulses beneath your feet
Tracks: None
Traces1: A massive tooth the size of a man's arm lies broken here
Traces2: There is a noted absence of metallic nodules here
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Name: Aboleth

Four long tentacles writhe from benathe this three eyed fish-like abeeration. A singular glowing lure hangs from it's head, illuminating its uglyness. Four black orifices slowly pulse spewing grey sputum. Shrill sirens fill your ears. 

HD: 11
Def: 5
Dam: 1d8
Move: 10
Save: 16
Morale: 16

Servitude: Every 1d4-1 rounds a Aboleth may unleash a blinding light from it's lure and all within 60' must save or lose 1d8+1 points of intelligence hours. Characters whose intelligence reach 0 become enslaved to the Aboleth. A character enslaved this way serves to aid the Aboleth as best as it can, and are only freed with the death of the aboleth. If an entire party is enslaved this way, then continue treat game as if they have all died 

Lair: A opening into some downward cave can be seen in the distance
Spoor: A soft light glows in the distance
Tracks: None
Traces1: Grey slime is spread out among several stones down here in the abyss
Traces2: What may have once been a native creature in the depths has been cruelly transfigured here
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Name: Ningen Maurader

A pale webbed hand thrice the size of yours grips a vast sword seemingly made out of an unfamiliar shining metal.  Thrice your size the top half of a sniwey man draws the sword upwards as if to bring it crashing down upon your neck. A wide grin with serrated teeth sits below a pair of eyes staring at yours. Iridescent pale scales begin at his waist and glisten at each joint, casting his girth into chiaroscuro.  Gills parallel each other across his throat. 

HD: 6
Def: 5
Dam: 3d6
Move: 13
Save: 11
Morale: 15

Romanchite Sword: Anyone struck by the sword of a Ningen Maurader must save or have the struck limb begin to be slowly covered in heavy coral. Limbs covered this way become immobile in 1 turn. This coral dies in 1d6+1 turns. Characters who attempt to wield such a massive sword deal 1d12+3 damage but suffer a -3 penalty to hit. 

Lair: A tower of pale coral stands among several billowing smoke vents
Spoor: A flash of pale white occurs for a moment in the distance
Tracks: None
Traces1: A large silver scale lies among the debris here
Traces2: A ring of coral pillars has been erected here




Author's Note: These are related to Ningen Wanderers and will hunt you down if you kidnap one.

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Name: Barrowhale

Before you floats the distended and collapsing corpse of some vast whale. Pale green runes repeat along it's flesh as strangely insectile limbs seemingly cast of iron stagger the beast across the bottom of the sea. Two rigid iron pipes distend from beneath the whale's maw, traveling somewhere underneath it's fins. 

HD: 16
Def: 4
Dam: 1d12 
Move: 5
Save: 13
Morale: 20

Occult Construct: When the Barrowhale loses over half of it's original HP, the whale corpse crumbles fully revealing a six limbed iron construct from which two pipes distend into the skull of a whale. The gaping whole of the skull are filled with pale green flame. In this form the Barrowhale gains an additional 4 points of defense and its speed doubles.

Black Tentacles: Every 1d4-1 rounds the Barrowhale summons a large black tentacle from beneath the ground. This tentacle has 2 HD but may attempt to grapple a character attacking as if had 5HD, these tentacles deal no damage and merely prevent the character from moving.  The Barrowhale may summon up to 10 tentacles this way.

Runed Skull: Any character who examines the defeated skull of a Barrowhale may learn the spell Black Tentacle. 

Black Tentacle
R: 10'
T:  single point
D: [dice] turns

A vast tentacle appears and attempts to grapple a target specified by the caster. This tentacle has [sum] hp and attacks as it had 5 HD. Someone hit this way takes no damage but is merely trapped by this tentacle.


Lair: n/a
Spoor: The waters here are stained by some foul ichor
Tracks: Numerous craters repeat in the bottom of the sea here
Traces1: A massive rib lies in the sediment here
Traces2: A wide hole is missing here
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Name: Antediluvian Leper

A giant the size of a castle squats at the bottom of the sea here. Numerous scars and wounds are visible on it's body and a thin rage has been wrapped around two holes, which at some point long ago may have been eyes. Chains as thick as tree trunks manacle the gigant to a massive iron ring. He moves infrequently as if some abused and beaten prisoner, fearful of what may come. As you approach further a psychic scream penetrates your ears, the sounds of desperation and suicide repeat in numerous lamentations. A moment later he convulses and crashes downwards. Then as if struck by lightning his limbs convulse and his body strains against the chain as a golden flaming sigil appears above him. His chest continues pulsating yet again and another psychic scream repeats.

HD: 25
Def: 0
Dam: 0
Move: 0 
Save: 0
Morale: 0

Desperate: If characters are within 100' of the Antediluvian Leper, at the time of the psychic scream (every 1d4 rounds) one must save with a -10 penalty or be overcome with the psychic strength of the Antediluvian Leper and seek to grant him his wish of death and repose. The overpowerment lasts for 1 round during which the character seeks to slay the Antediluvian Leper.

Damned: The Antediluvian Leper is damned to repeat a death by drowning again and again. The angelic sigil over his head reanimates him after his lungs fill with water and if attacked 1d4 Angelic Guardians will be summoned to protect the Antediluvian Leper. The Angelic Guardians have stats as a Nergal (bottom of the page).

Lair: A vast iron ring larger than a castle lies rusting here
Spoor: A vast psychic scream rages, the sounds of desperation and suicide 
Tracks: A light flashes in the distance
Traces1: A sad thought fills your mind.
Traces2: Visions of repeated drowning fill your mind.