“What is that?” Chalk asked Valance, spying the odd little bipedal creature that was looking around with beady little eyes. An imposing scimitar like blade seemed to sprout from between its eyes.
“Well, you see, I won this dice game down in the Lower Quarter…” the priest of the Spider God began.
“What is it?” the wizard asked again, watching the creature as it began poking through their rations.
“I am not sure, it is called a bladehead. You see, Vinga Draj was running out of coins and he thought his luck was going to turn, so he wagered his ‘pet’, so to speak. I was thinking of calling him Vingy after his former master,” Valance replied.
Chalk rolled his eyes as Koram appeared at the door.
“Whoa! What in the eleven hells is that?” the fighter asked.
“It is a long story for such a short creature,” Chalk replied. “Suffice it to say that sometimes Valance doesn’t know if he is actually winning or losing at his dice games,” Chalk answered.
The Scholar of Wexos then appeared with an armful of scrolls and various magical curiosities.
“Ah, a bladehead, I do hope that you have house-trained it,” the illusionist said.
Koram seemed to spot something on the floor.
“Apparently not,” the fighter said, pointing at a small greenish puddle on the floor.
No. Enc.: 1d6 (1d12+6)
Movement: 180′ (60′)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 2
Damage: 1d6 (bite) or 1d12 (head strike)
Hoard Class: VI
Bladeheads are short, strange reptilians creatures that lurk in dismal bogs, in hilly territory or deep in the underground world. Gray mottled skin acts as a camouflage in some areas (-1 to detect) if the creatures stand still.
The weirdest part of these creatures is their heads, which have a hard, “blade” of bone that extends from just above the nose to about a foot higher than the creature’s head and sweeps back, looking like a scimitar is jutting from between the creature’s eyes. Bladeheads use this bony protrusion in combat, usually running like a battering ram at opponents or leaping at them from above and aiming this natural weapon at an enemy. If the blade is broken the creature still has a nasty bite it can deliver with its rows of shark-like teeth.
Bladeheads are not necessarily evil, but they are territorial and very protective of what they would consider a threat to their lairs. However, it has been told that bladeheads at times, for whatever reason, leave their small villages and strike up with an adventuring band. Usually they are treated somewhere between pet and goblin in this capacity.