Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Monster of Montauk (Swords and Wizardry Bestiary Item)

Everyone's probably heard of the Montauk Monster by now. I've been meaning to stat the "monster" (a raccoon that washed ashore on Long Island) for quite a while. I'm sure I'm not the first, but I finally got around to it today - basic, but good for helping stock some upcoming low level adventures I need to put together.

Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 1
Attacks: 2 claws (1-2hp), 1 bite (1d4)
Saving Throw: 18
Special: None
Move: 6
Challenge level/XP: A/10A

The Montauk seems likely to be a cross between an owlbear and kobold. Standing about 3 feet tall, they are mangy and very stupid beasts - although fearless, perhaps as a result. Usually encountered alone or as a pair of nesting mates, their sharp claws and beaks can prove deadly to the average human adult. They prefer marshy areas near coastal estuaries and have been observed swimming short distances in lakes and at sea.

I also tinkered around a bit and put this into a pdf formatted for a 4x6 monster index card, with space on it for the hit points of the number of these creatures typically encountered (a bit silly here since there's only two spaces, but I think I like the idea in theory). In retrospect, this should have been designed for a 3x5 card, but it can probably be reformatted during printing and still come out fairly well. You can download the pdf here, thumbnails below...


christian said...

Holy hell! I had never heard of that thing before. Creeepy....

Trey said...

Creey indeed. But hey, Montauk has a lot of (most likely completely fictious) weirdness associated weirdness. It's tied in with the whole Philadelphia Experiment conspiracy theory--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project

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