Tuesday, November 30, 2010

B/X Predator (Redux)

I am soooo silly…I completely forgot Cook and Marsh ALREADY include the Predator alien in their Expert set! I’ll re-print it here for comparison with my prior post.

[NOTE: This version of the Predator monster is A LOT deadlier due to the requirement of magical weapons needed to hit. I would allow the high-tech weapons (including the alien’s own weapons) to damage the creature; low-tech D&D characters will need to get creative…i.e. like Schwarzenegger…if they don’t have enchanted weapons]

Why do things have to be overly complicated? Jeez, JB!


INVISIBLE STALKER*

Armor Class: 3
Hit Dice: 8*
Move: 120’ (40’)
Attacks: 1
Damage: 4-16
No. Appearing: 1 (1)
Save As: Fighter 8
Morale: 12
Treasure Type: Nil
Alignment: Neutral

Huntsmen from another planet or dimension, these creatures specialize in tracking and killing the most dangerous game they can, as a method of proving their worth and acquiring prestige among their own kind. Prey can be large monsters or PC adventurers, but there must be some element of danger for the predator for the hunt to be worth their while. Unarmed opponents are considered poor sport unless having already proven themselves dangerous to the predator.

Invisible stalkers are large and strong, yet quick and acrobatic; they may climb or move through trees and rooftop environments at their normal movement rate. They are faultless trackers. They can surprise any creature that cannot detect invisible creatures on a 1D6 roll of 1-5.

All stalkers do the listed damage, either in melee or at range (240’). They are obsessed with taking trophies from their prey. Although they prefer to hunt individually, they will rarely be encountered in groups of up to three.


[all right, all right…it’s not EXACTLY the same thing, but it’s pretty close, right? And it’s kind of cool that magic-users can summon the Predator at 11th level…I guess that’s about the time they figure out how to design a sub-space radio, huh?]

: )

2 comments:

  1. Nice reinterpretation. Heh.

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  2. Very nice.

    About a year and a half ago we got stuck in an underdark predator scenario in a 3.5e game. The predator role was played by a cerebrilith - a 9 Hit Die psionic demon - wearing a ring of invisibility. The combination of invisibility and teleport at will made it one hell of a fight. We stumbled upon it in a drow outpost that it had already mostly cleaned out.

    http://www.d20srd.org/srd/psionic/monsters/cerebrilith.htm

    And it looks pretty awesome too

    http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/xph_gallery/33177.jpg

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