Bakra-do motioned with his hands to be quiet; he had seen something up ahead. Chalk and Koram came to an abrupt halt. The three adventurers crept through the tall grass and spied a group of strange badger-like creatures capering about on the bank of the Jade River, some were fishing, some were singing and some were cooking around a small, inviting campfire.
Koram sneezed. The creatures all stopped what they were doing and looked in the direction of the adventurers.
“Idiots!” Bakra-do muttered.
“Hey, he did it, not me,” Chalk said, pointing at the fighter.
Slowly Bakra-do stood up with his hands raised in the air. He said something that Chalk and Koram didn’t understand and the weird beings eyed them all. Then the tension broke and one of the things waved them over and smiled.
“We are lucky,” Bakra-do said with a grimace, “tonight the mujina allow us to dine with them. Had they decided we were a threat, they would have scampered off into the forest and harassed us all night.”
No. Enc.: 1-6(1d12)
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2
Damage: 1d8 (bite or claw) or by weapon
Hoard Class: XV
A mischievous and seldom dangerous creature, the mujina is part shapeshifter and part practical joker. In its natural form this little monster looks like a large badger that walks upright and usually has some sort of clothing on. When cornered the mujina can offer a vicious bite or claw attack and they have been known to use weapons.
The most unnerving aspect of the mujina is their ability to shapechange into almost anything that is earthbound (they cannot turn into flying creatures of any type). Some change into the shapes of monks or peasants, some look like teapots or umbrellas, just about anything that you can imagine. With this ability the mujina often sneaks into villages and towns and observes the inhabitants. And of course, they also help themselves to something to eat or a few loose coins or the occasional shiny object. This ability is always “on” and the mujina can shapechange so fast when it wants to that the creature is -2 to hit with ranged or melee weapons.
Many times quiet adventurers spot these creatures at play; fishing on the bank of a slow moving river or telling tales around a crackling campfire. As soon as they notice onlookers half of the pack will scurry away and hide, waiting to see how the encounter goes and whether they should appear with claws out or if their little party just got a bit bigger. Mujina bands love to entertain and share stories with gentle travelers and can be fun to be around.