Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bludkumph - Undead Gnomes - (Swords & Wizardry Monster)

Art by Bruno Balixa

Bludkumph - Undead Gnomes

Hit Dice: 4 (18 HP)
Armor Class: 5 [14]
Attacks: 2 claw (1d4) or by weapon type
Saving Throw: 14
Special: Two successful claw attacks means the target is held. Make a bite attack immediately for 2d4 damage and save or target is paralyzed for 2d6 rounds.
Move: 9 (can move at 18 for 1 round every 1 turn {10 rounds})
Alignment: Chaotic
Number Encountered: 2-8 (rarely 2d20)
Challenge Level/XP: 5 / 240

Bludkumph are the product of raids on Gnomish habitations by ghouls and ghasts. Gnomes have a touch of the "fey" to them, and when feasted upon by the undead, they do not go quietly to their graves. Instead, they rise as relatively intelligent undead, seeking revenge for their state of restlessness among the living. Bludkumph eat their prey, preferably alive and paralyzed.

Gnomes bitten by a Bludkumph have a 25% change of rising as one of the same upon their death, even if said death is months or even years later. Only a Remove Curse spell cast before the gnome's death can fully remove the chance of them rising as one of the undead.

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