[New Monster] Lanternfish



The strange fish swam through the air around Valance’s head then hurried off ahead of the group, illuminating the terrain ahead.

“What sort of ‘deal’ do you get on these things again?” the priest of the Spider God asked Koram.

“Hey, they last longer than torches!” the fighter retorted.

“They are fish that swim through the air. And they glow. How many torches could we have bought with that money?” Valance wondered.

“I am telling you, these are great, we used them in Nalaj when I was a kid rooting around in back-alleys,” the fighter said.

“In addition to looking for monsters and other villains, we have to herd these things?” the cleric asked.

“Just wait a couple of days, you will thank me for getting them,” Koram said confidently.

“I am sure,” Valance snorted sarcastically.


No. Enc.: 1d8 (2d20)

Alignment: Neutral

Movement: 90′ (30′) (Fly)

Armor Class: 8

Hit Dice: 1d4 hit points

Attacks: 1 (bite)

Damage: 1d3

Save: MU1

Morale: 8

Hoard Class: Nil

X.P.: 15

Sold to intrepid adventurers in the market stalls of Nalaj and Drumifor, the lanternfish is more a utility item than a creature. These semi-transparent magical fish swim effortlessly through the air and can be found in small schools in deep forests or near underground realms. About the size of a small rabbit or chicken, a lanternfish is docile and easily domesticated, to feed one of these creatures one needs to only expose them to a torch or lantern for an hour and this will “charge” the lanternfish for up to six hours, the animal feeds via the light and people who cannot see in the dark use the ambient light cast by the lanternfish to see. One must be careful not to expose these magical animals to the light of the sun, though, for the sun is too bright and will easily kill a lanternfish, causing it to burn up in 1d6 rounds.

These easygoing, semi-intelligent creatures are perfect for adventurers who are trying to conserve resources and can almost be considered pets of treated well. However, if a pack of skyfish (q.v.) is within 60′ of the lanternfish the latter will become like piranha, attacking anything in sight, biting mercilessly. The light cast by a lanternfish is roughly equivalent to a torch.

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2 Responses to [New Monster] Lanternfish

  1. ze Bulette says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a lanternfish type of monster for awhile now – I like that idea of feeding them with your torch and that they can turn against you under certain conditions.

  2. bat says:

    Hey, thank you, Rob! I always like throwing a little difficulty in whenever I can with magic items so that they are not abused.

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