Friday, 5 April 2019

Monsters: Manticores

Monsters: Manticores

There are several variants of the manticore described in GURPS - one in GURPS Fantasy and a few others in GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 3 - Born of Myth and Magic. I've always loved manticores, they are perfect fantasic, but not too much, monsters. Here I describe four other variants - the D&D manticore that can only flick barbs, a scorpicore from Heroes of Might and Magic III with a venomous stinger that paralyzed its victim, a wingless and poisonless minicore from Might and Magic VII, and the man-eater from Dominions 5 that combines the manticore and the scorpicore and adds some extra scary stuff.

Manticore [Monster Manual, page 179]

212 points
Attribute Modifiers: ST+14 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [56]; DX+3 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%) [36]; IQ-2 [-40]; HT+3 [30].
Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: SM+2; Basic Move +3 [15]; Per+4 [20]; Will+4 [20].
Advantages: Catfall [10]; DR 2 (Tough Skin, -40%) [6]; Discriminatory Smell [15]; Extra Attack 1 [25]; Extra Legs (Four Legs) [5]; Flight (Cannot Hover, -15%; Winged, -25%) [24]; Infravision [10]; Night Vision 5 [5]; Perfect Balance [15]; Sharp Claws [5]; Sharp Teeth [1]; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot) [1].
                Fling Spikes: Impaling Attack 1d+1 (Increased 1/D Range, x5, +10%; Limited Use, 24 per day, -0%; Rapid Fire, RoF 6, +70%; Reduced Range, 1/2, -10%) [18].
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Hidebound [-5]; Horizontal [-10]; No Fine Manipulators [-30]; Restricted Diet (Carnivore) [-10].
Features: Born Biter 2 [0]; Tail [0].
Notes: Size 3 hexes; Weight 1,000 lbs.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.

Knowing Your Own Strength [276]
Replace ST+14 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [56] with ST+12 [120]

Typical Stats
ST:
24 (KYOS: 22)
HP:
24 (KYOS: 22)
Speed:
6.5
DX:
13
Will:
12
Move:
9 ground, 13 air (cannot hover)
IQ:
8
Per:
12


HT:
13
FP:
13
SM:
+2
Dodge:
10
Parry:
N/A
DR:
2 (tough skin)
Sharp Teeth (16): 2d+2 cutting (KYOS: 4d cutting), Reach C.
Sharp Claws (16): 2d+2 cutting (KYOS: 4d cutting), Reach C-1.
Fling Spikes (16): 1d+1 impaling, RoF 6, Range 25/50. Can launch no more than 24 spikes per day.

                Traits: Bestial; Born Biter 2; Catfall; Combat Reflexes; Discriminatory Smell; Extra Attack 1; Extra Legs (Four Legs); Flight (Winged; Cannot Hover); Hidebound; Horizontal; Infravision; Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; Perfect Balance; Restricted Diet (Carnivore); Tail; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot).
Skills: Brawling-16; Innate Attack (Projectile)-16; Jumping-14; Observation-14; Stealth-14; Wrestling-14.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.
Notes: Size 3 hexes; Weight 1,000 lbs.

Scorpicore

237 points
Attribute Modifiers: ST+14 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [56]; DX+3 (No

Fine Manipulators, -40%) [36]; IQ-2 [-40]; HT+3 [30].
Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: SM+2; Basic Move +3 [15]; Per+4 [20]; Will+4 [20].
Advantages: Catfall [10]; DR 2 (Tough Skin, -40%) [6]; Discriminatory Smell [15]; Extra Attack 1 [25]; Extra Legs (Four Legs) [5]; Flight (Cannot Hover, -15%; Winged, -25%) [24]; Infravision [10]; Night Vision 5 [5]; Perfect Balance [15]; Resistant to Poison (+3) [5]; Sharp Claws [5]; Sharp Teeth [1]; Striker (Stinger; Impaling; Cannot Parry, -40%; Long 1, +100%) [13]; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot) [1].
Paralyzing Poison: Affliction 1 (HT; Paralysis, +150%; Follow-Up, Stinger, +0%) [25].
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Hidebound [-5]; Horizontal [-10]; No Fine Manipulators [-30]; Restricted Diet (Carnivore) [-10].
Features: Born Biter 2 [0]; Tail [0].
Notes: Size 3 hexes; Weight 1,000 lbs.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.

Knowing Your Own Strength [301]
Replace ST+14 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [56] with ST+12 [120]

Typical Stats
ST:
24 (KYOS: 22)
HP:
24 (KYOS: 22)
Speed:
6.5
DX:
13
Will:
12
Move:
9 ground, 13 air (cannot hover)
IQ:
8
Per:
12


HT:
13
FP:
13
SM:
+2
Dodge:
10
Parry:
N/A
DR:
2 (tough skin)
Sharp Teeth (16): 2d+2 cutting (KYOS: 4d cutting), Reach C.
Sharp Claws (16): 2d+2 cutting (KYOS: 4d cutting), Reach C-1.
Stinger (16): 3d+1 impaling (KYOS: 5d+1 impaling) plus follow-up poison (resisted with HT; paralyzed for margin of failure minutes), Reach C-2.

                Traits: Bestial; Born Biter 2; Catfall; Combat Reflexes; Discriminatory Smell; Extra Attack 1; Extra Legs (Four Legs); Flight (Winged; Cannot Hover); Hidebound; Horizontal; Infravision; Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; Perfect Balance; Resistant to Poison (+3); Restricted Diet (Carnivore); Tail; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot).
Skills: Brawling-16; Innate Attack (Projectile)-16; Jumping-14; Observation-14; Stealth-14; Wrestling-14.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.
Notes: Size 3 hexes; Weight 1,000 lbs.

Scorpicore Venom
This poison is extracted from the stinger of a powerful scorpicore. The victim must resist with HT or become paralyzed for margin of failure minutes.
Form: Follow-Up Poison.
Cost: $720 (singular); $260 (5-batched).
Recipe: $72; 3 days; defaults to Poisons-3.
Statistics: Affliction 1 (HT; Follow-Up Poison, -10%; Paralysis, +150%) [24].

Minicore

161 points
Attribute Modifiers: ST+9 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -10%) [45]; DX+3 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%) [36]; IQ-2 [-40]; HT+3 [30].
Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: SM+1; Basic Move +3 [15]; Per+4 [20]; Will+4 [20].
Advantages: Catfall [10]; DR 1 (Tough Skin, -40%) [3]; Discriminatory Smell [15]; Extra Attack 1 [25]; Extra Legs (Four Legs) [5]; Infravision [10]; Night Vision 5 [5]; Perfect Balance [15]; Sharp Claws [5]; Sharp Teeth [1]; Striker (Stinger; Impaling; Cannot Parry, -40%) [5]; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot) [1].
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Hidebound [-5]; Horizontal [-10]; No Fine Manipulators [-30]; Restricted Diet (Carnivore) [-10].
Features: Born Biter 2 [0]; Tail [0].
Notes: Size 2 hexes; Weight 700 lbs.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.

Knowing Your Own Strength [206]
Replace ST+9 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -10%) [45] with ST+9 [90]

Typical Stats
ST:
19
HP:
19
Speed:
6.5
DX:
13
Will:
12
Move:
9
IQ:
8
Per:
12


HT:
13
FP:
13
SM:
+1
Dodge:
10
Parry:
N/A
DR:
1 (tough skin)
Sharp Teeth (15): 2d cutting (KYOS: 3d+1 cutting), Reach C.
Sharp Claws (15): 2d cutting (KYOS: 3d+1 cutting), Reach C-1.
Stinger (15): 3d-1 impaling (KYOS: 4d+1 impaling), Reach C-1.

                Traits: Bestial; Born Biter 2; Catfall; Combat Reflexes; Discriminatory Smell; Extra Attack 1; Extra Legs (Four Legs); Hidebound; Horizontal; Infravision; Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; Perfect Balance; Restricted Diet (Carnivore); Tail; Temperature Tolerance 1 (Hot).
Skills: Brawling-15; Innate Attack (Projectile)-15; Jumping-14; Observation-14; Stealth-14; Wrestling-14.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.
Notes: Size 3 hexes; Weight 700 lbs.
  
Man-Eater

561 points
Attribute Modifiers: ST+50 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -40%) [100]; DX+3 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%) [36]; IQ+1 [20]; HT+5 [50].
Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: SM+4; FP+10 [30]; Basic Move +4 [20]; Per+4 [20]; Will+6 [20].
Advantages: Catfall [10]; DR 5 (Tough Skin, -40%) [15]; Discriminatory Smell [15]; Extra Attack 1 [25]; Extra Legs (Four Legs) [5]; Fangs [2]; Flight (Cannot Hover, -15%; Winged, -25%) [24]; Immunity to Poison [15]; Infravision [10]; Magic Resistance 3 (Improved, +150%) [15]; Night Vision 5 [5]; Perfect Balance [15]; Sharp Claws [5]; Striker (Stinger; Impaling; Cannot Parry, -40%; Long 1, +100%) [13]; Temperature Tolerance 2 (Hot) [2]; Unaging [15].
Fling Spikes: Impaling Attack 2d+1 (Increased 1/D Range, x5, +10%; Limited Use, 24 per day, -0%; Rapid Fire, RoF 6, +70%; Reduced Range, 1/2, -10%) [32].
Poison: Affliction 2 (HT; Paralysis, +150%; Follow-Up, Stinger and Barbs, +30%) [56].
Roar: Terror (-3) (Hearing; Magical, -10%) [54].
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Horizontal [-10]; Increased Consumption 1 [-10]; No Fine Manipulators [-30]; Restricted Diet (Carnivore) [-10].
Perks: Fur [1]; Penetrating Voice [1].
Features: Born Biter 2 [0]; Tail [0].
Notes: Length 10 yards; Weight 13,000 lbs.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.

Knowing Your Own Strength [745]
Replace ST+50 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -40%) [100] with ST+23 [230]
Add HP+27 [54]

Typical Stats
ST:
60 (KYOS: 33)
HP:
60
Speed:
7
DX:
13
Will:
17
Move:
11 ground, 14 air (cannot hover)
IQ:
11
Per:
15


HT:
15
FP:
25
SM:
+4
Dodge:
11
Parry:
N/A
DR:
5 (tough skin)
Fangs (18): 8d+1 impaling (KYOS: 8d-1 impaling), Reach C.
Sharp Claws (18): 8d+1 cutting (KYOS: 8d-1 cutting), Reach C-3.
Stinger (18): 10d+2 impaling (KYOS: 9d+2 impaling) plus follow-up poison (resisted with HT-1; paralyzed for margin of failure minutes), Reach C-5.
Fling Spikes (18): 2d+1 impaling plus follow-up poison (resisted with HT-1; paralyzed for margin of failure minutes), RoF 6, Range 25/50. Can launch no more than 24 spikes per day.
Roar: When a creature hears the roar of a man-eater, it must roll a Fright Check at a -3 penalty. If a victim succeeds at his Fright Check, he will be unaffected by this ability for one hour.

                Traits: Bestial; Born Biter 2; Catfall; Combat Reflexes; Discriminatory Smell; Extra Attack 1; Extra Legs (Four Legs); Flight (Winged; Cannot Hover); Fur; Horizontal; Immunity to Poison; Increased Consumption 1; Infravision; Magic Resistance 3 (Improved); Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; Penetrating Voice; Perfect Balance; Restricted Diet (Carnivore); Tail; Temperature Tolerance 2 (Hot); Unaging.
Skills: Brawling-18; Innate Attack (Projectile)-18; Jumping-18; Observation-18; Wrestling-18.
Creature Type: Magical Beast.
Notes: Length 10 yards; Weight 13,000 lbs.

Man-Eater Venom
This poison is extracted from the stinger of a powerful man-eater. The victim must resist with HT-1 or become paralyzed for margin of failure minutes.
Form: Follow-Up Poison.
Cost: $1,440 (singular); $520 (5-batched).
Recipe: $144; 12 days; defaults to Poisons-5.
Statistics: Affliction 2 (HT; Follow-Up Poison, -10%; Paralysis, +150%) [48].


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