[New Monster] Siren



The siren sings a lonely song-of all the wants and hungers…

—White Zombie, “Blood, Milk and Sky”


No. Enc.: 1-3 (1d8)

Alignment: Chaotic

Movement: 90’ (30’)

Fly: 180′ (60′)

Swim: 120′ (60′)

Armor Class: 5

Hit Dice: 5

Attacks: 1

Damage: 1d8 (punch or claw and see below)

Save: F5

Morale: 8

Hoard Class: XVIII

These creatures appear as beautiful women that combine aspects of either birds (having wings or clawed feet, usually owl-like and mostly silent in flight), fish (with mermaid-like lower bodies) or jackals (with slightly canine features (lower legs, clawed hands, pointed ears). While each type of Siren is different, they oftentimes work together to bring sailors, pirates and other adventurers to their deaths. The most dreadful aspect of these monsters are their beautiful songs. A single Siren’s song causes all who hear the wondrous melody to make a save versus spells or be hopelessly drawn to the creature, who can then command the listeners to do her bidding (another save versus spells is required to resist this command). A gathering of four or more Sirens can sing a concert that causes all who hear it to make a save versus spells at -2 or be enthralled by the creatures (resulting in another save versus spells at -2 to resist the command). The lure of the siren’s song is most deadly as these strangely beautiful creatures enjoy no better meal than the flesh of humans and demi-humans. It is rumored that if one can play a musical instrument more beautifully than the song of the creature that the siren’s will flee.


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11 Responses to [New Monster] Siren

  1. Timeshadows says:

    Nice treatment. 🙂

  2. Rubezahl says:

    Another entry in the surprising “they haven’t been covered already?” group. Nice treatment as Timeshadow says, though I do wonder at AC3 for nekkid chicks, magical or no… I’d likely have it around 5-6 if not higher, but again that’s me.

  3. bat says:

    Thank you!
    In mulling it over you are correct, Rubezahl, I have changed the AC to 5. AC3 could be a bit overpowering.

  4. Kilgore says:

    I can never understand why guys fall for this. Can’t they think straight for TWO FREAKING SECONDS? Sheesh. It’s embarrassing.

    Hey, see that girl over there? Nice…and she’s got a beautiful voice. Let’s go talk to her…

  5. bat says:

    Well, if you were among a bunch of sweaty men tossing about on a boat for weeks on end, wouldn’t you find it easy to ignore the wings, scales or occasional furry paw?

    Besides, they can try to resist the Charm-like song. I was even generous and gave a save versus the song and a save versus the command, giving a chance to snap out of it.

    • Kilgore says:

      My bad. I was trying to act like a guy claiming immunity and then totally falling for it.

      It’s not that I’m surprised guys keep falling for it. It’s that I’m surprised sirens haven’t exterminated the human race.

  6. Rubezahl says:

    God I must come across as a critical bugger but hey, these things just catch my eye.

    And as far as ‘falling for it’, I have players who either see these kinds of monsters as a challenge or just enjoy the mythic connection and go with it.

  7. bat says:

    You know, Lord Kilgore, many ages ago I shuffled around in Sumatra and without an EPA you sometimes learn to overlook the more minor mutations.

    Rubezahl: nah, you don’t come across as critical at all, I have never claimed to hit the target all of the time.

    One of the parts about the blog that amuses me the most are the posts I find clever that sort of flounder along and then the entries that I cobble together that people think are neat.

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