Sunday, 25 August 2019

Monster: Tendriculos

Monster: Tendriculos

The tendriculos is a carnivorous slitering plant monster that swallows prey and paralyzes it with its corrosive digestive juices. That's a strange one.

Tendriculos [Monster Manual, page 241]

274 points
Attribute Modifiers: ST+16 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [64]; DX-1 [-20]; IQ-4 [-80]; HT+3 [30].
Secondary Characteristic Modifiers: SM+2; HP+20 (Size Modifier, -20%) [32]; Will+4 [20]; Per+4 [20]; Basic Move -1 [-5].
Advantages: Constriction Attack [15]; DR 1 [5]; Doesn’t Breathe (Oxygen Combustion, -50%) [10]; Doesn’t Sleep [20]; Double-Jointed [15]; Extra-Flexible Arms [10]; Immunity to Metabolic Hazards [30]; Immunity to Mind Control [30]; Injury Tolerance (No Blood, No Brain, No Head, No Neck, No Vitals, Unliving) [47]; Night Vision 5 [5]; Regeneration (Very Fast; Bane, Acid or Crushing, -50%) [50]; Regrowth [40]; Sharp Teeth [1].
Swallow Whole [34]: Constriction Attack (Accessibility, Only on SM+0 creatures or smaller, -5%; Engulfing, +60%) [24] + Internal Affliction 1 (Always On, -20%; Aura, +80%; Contact Agent, +150%; Melee Attack, Reach C, -30%; Paralysis, +150%; Reduced Duration, 1/60, -35%) [8] + Internal Corrosion Attack 1d-1 (Always On, -20% Aura, +80%; Melee Attack, Reach C, -30%) [2]. Note: Contact Agent here is an enhancement, because the engulfing attack is considered to be an area attack in this case.
Disadvantages: Bestial [-10]; Frightens Animals [-10]; Hidebound [-5]; Horizontal [-10]; Mute [-25]; No Fine Manipulators [-30]; Restricted Diet (Carnivore) [-10].
Perks: Limited Camouflage (Plant) [1].
Features: Born Biter 1 [0]; No Legs (Slithers) [0].
Creature Type: Plant.
Notes: Weight 3,500 lbs.

Knowing Your Own Strength [378]
Replace ST+16 (No Fine Manipulators, -40%; Size Modifier, -20%) [64] with ST+16 [160]
Replace HP+20 (Size Modifier, -20%) [32] with HP+20 [40]

Typical Stats

9 (unarmed)
Tendril (12): 1d+1 crushing (KYOS: 2d+1 crushing), Reach C-1.
Sharp Teeth (12): 1d+1 cutting (KYOS: 2d+1 cutting), Reach C.
Swallow Whole: The tendriculos can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of SM+0 or smaller size. To accomplish that, it must first bite to grapple (GURPS Martial Arts, p. 115). On the next turn, and each successive turn, roll a Quick Contest: the tendriculos’ ST vs. the victim’s ST or HT, whichever is higher. If the tendriculos wins, the victim takes damage equal to the tendriculos’ margin of victory and is swallowed; otherwise, he takes no damage. Treath being swallowed as pinned (p. B370). This pin is completely hands free. In addition to taking the normal constriction damage, the swallowed victim also takes 1d-1 corrosion damage per second and must make an HT roll every second (unless he has Sealed) or be paralyzed for margin of failure seconds. Victims with abilities such as Innate Attack and Spines can hit the tarrasque automatically while swallowed. The tendriculos gets no active defense against internal attacks. The victim can escape the pin as usual, climbing back up the tendriculos’ throat.
A swallowed creature can cut its way out by dealing enough damage to cripple the digestive tract (the “virtual arm” that is pinning it) – 18 in the case of the tendriculos. The tendriculos has no internal DR. Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.
The tendriculos’ gullet can hold 1 SM+0 creature, 2 SM-1 creatures, 4 SM-2 creatures, 8 SM-3 creatures, 16 SM-4 creatures, 32 SM-5 creatures, and so on.

                Traits: Bestial; Born Biter 1; Constriction Attack; Doesn’t Breathe (Oxygen Combustion); Doesn’t Sleep; Double-Jointed; Extra-Flexible Arms; Frightens Animals; Hidebound; Horizontal; Immunity to Metabolic Hazards; Immunity to Mind Control; Injury Tolerance (No Blood, No Brain, No Head, No Neck, No Vitals, Unliving); Limited Camouflage (Plant); Mute; Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; No Legs (Slithers); Regeneration (Very Fast; Bane, Acid or Crushing); Regrowth; Restricted Diet (Carnivore).
Skills: Brawling-12; Survival (Woodlands)-12; Wrestling-12.
Creature Type: Plant.
Notes: Weight 3,500 lbs.

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