[New Monster] The Eater of Luck

The Eater of Luck

 

“We knew it was some sort of magical creature, it looked unnatural as it crawled across the corridor before us, slinking and hissing when it saw our small party of adventurers. When it was cornered it lunged at the dwarf, Gristlegut, and dealt the stout fighter a nasty wound. The elf, Verestla closed with her delicate sword and slashed the creature’s arm and it returned a blow that left her face scratched with its wicked claws. I sent a magical blast at the beast which struck it in the chest, it howled in pain and rage and scurried into a dark hole. For the next three days everything seemed to go wrong for Gristlegut and Verestla and monsters appeared to be coming out of the woodwork.”

—From the writings of the wizard Jargemus Veege

The Eater of Luck

No. Enc.: 1(1)

Alignment: Chaotic

Movement: 90’ (30’)

Armor Class: 7

Hit Dice: 3+3

Attacks: 1

Damage: 1d6 (bite or claw and see below)

Save: F4

Morale: 10

Hoard Class: VI

An odd and pitiful-looking creature, the eater of luck is a withered looking humanoid around five feet in height with a sandy brown colored skin and slightly over-sized hands and feet. Small eyes and a toothy maw add a  sinister look to this strange figure, who creeps and slinks about in out of the way places, waiting to pounce on victims. The Eater of Luck sustains itself in two ways. Firstly it is constantly looking for any bit of fortune written down about another, any it finds it devours, which causes the person the fortune was written about to find misfortune and make all rolls at a -2 for three days. Secondly, a successful touch by the Eater of Luck will have the same effect as if this magical creature had eaten a fortune about the person; three days of bad luck, embodied by a -2 on on rolls. In either case those affected by this creature will notice more unwanted attention by the beasts one encounters while adventuring (increase wandering monster checks by one more per each of the three days that one is under the curse of the Eater of Luck).If the creature is killed the effect will wear off instantly and the person will be freed of the three day curse.

 

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6 Responses to [New Monster] The Eater of Luck

  1. Timeshadows says:

    Ooh, very nice. 😀

  2. sean wills says:

    Cool idea, I’ll use this one. I like creatures that affect rolls or stats.

  3. Rubezahl says:

    I dig the idea, I like the concept, especially the devouring written fortune concept… But I just can’t see the creature being as tough as it is… HD 3+2? I don’t know why (probably because I’m weird), but I just don’t see why it would be so resilient to harm. Personally I’d have them far easier to dispatch but perhaps small groups if you want that evil, added threat.

    Maybe just me, but these wretches just ‘seem’ better in subhuman misery if they actually are at near human HD. Again, likely just me, and not to knock an otherwise groovy monster.

  4. bat says:

    Thank you for the comments!
    Normally I see the wisdom of others and adjust my post, probably eight times out of ten. However, this creature is tough because it is unique, possibly some sort of failed demigod that is still falling or the god of a forgotten city that is trying to stay alive by eating the fortunes of others, something that replaces sacrifices to the deity.

    I do not claim that there is always a method to my madness, but sometimes, just sometimes, there is.

  5. Rubezahl says:

    Hey, can totally dig that bat, I guess mentally we’re looking at the same critter from opposite sides. Where I see a fairly pathetic but very amusing pest that hound the early levels you see a more potent creature that ‘almost was’ something far more…

  6. bat says:

    Oh, quite true and you can make these 1HD monsters and have two or three or more attack a group of adventurers, they would certainly do more damage en masse. I like different takes and angles on my posts, these are just ideas for the games of others.

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