[New Monster] Aquatic Black Centipedes of Jurgess

Aquatic Black Centipedes of Jurgess


“The Black Meat is like a tainted cheese, overpoweringly delicious and nauseating…”

—William S. Burroughs, The Naked Lunch


Aquatic Black Centipedes of Jurgess

No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d8)

Alignment: Neutral

Movement: 60′ (20′)

Swim: 180′ (60′)

Armor Class: 5

Hit Dice: 2

Attacks: 1

Damage: 1d8+2 (bite)

Save: F3

Morale: 8

Hoard Class: Nil

X.P.: 800

The giant black aquatic centipedes that thrive just off the coast of the port town of Jurgess ( a curious town, in which the dead are, strangely enough, thrown into the nearby water after their souls are sacrificed to weird gods) are a deadly surprise for many a wayward fisherman or the odd bather. These twelve foot long creatures are hard to spot in murky water (chance to spot is a roll of 1 on 1d6 on muddy riverbeds) and seem to take a fiendish delight in swarming over their victims and devouring them.

The locals tolerate this as a fact of life. A necessity, if you will.

The innards of the black centipede can be used to make an intoxicating drug, commonly known as “the Black Meat”. This drug is a hallucinogen that strongly affects one’s visually senses and the rational thinking aspect of the brain. Those under its effects are -2 on ALL roles for a 1d6 hour duration, after which time the centipede “meat”’s hold over the imbiber slowly lessens until the person eventually shakes themselves free.

It is in this way that Jurgess often finds so many sacrifices. The drug is offered to visitors in all inns and taverns as a delicacy, often on the house. Those drugged are often unable to defend themselves and wind up sacrificed and then unceremoniously thrown into the water to feed those that they originally fed from.

Natives of Jurgess who go adventuring often carry cured portions of Black Meat to remind themselves of home.

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4 Responses to [New Monster] Aquatic Black Centipedes of Jurgess

  1. Nicely done, comrade!

    I always love a good Burroughs reference. It’s just that in our little geeky corner of the world it’s usually Edgar Rice, not William Seward 🙂

    Personally, I’ve always wanted to run a game set in Interzone, but sadly my players will have none of it. Speaking of gaming Burroughs, have you spent much time looking at Over The Edge? I’m not a huge fan of the system, but damn is the setting yummy.

  2. bat says:

    Thank you very much for the comment, O Venomous One!

    I had a long reply and then Internet Explorer froze, so I will try to conjure it back into my mind:
    At an early age I read The Naked Lunch and came out unscathed, but it does do something to your head. Until recently I had read more W.S. Burroughs over E.R. Burroughs, but I have since evened them out, I believe.

    I did pick up Over the Edge years ago and it was really pretty weird, in a great way.

    Trey, over at From the Sorcerer’s Skull has a setting called The City which reminds me a lot of Interzone (it even has the addictive bug powder). I would love to use that setting with vs. Monsters in which half of the creatures are hallucinations brought about by a variety of substances and half are real.

  3. trey says:

    Catching up (finally) on some back-posts I missed, somehow. Nice creature–it would work well with the City, I think.

    And I like the name Jurgess, but then you, at least to my ear, a flare for naming.

  4. bat says:

    Thank you much, Trey! I had hoped that these might be fished from the strange and disturbing waters outside of the City.

    Thank you for the compliment on names, too. I just run with instinct and hope they stick.

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