Saturday, 23 February 2013

Were-Moray Eel

It's been a while since I've posted any Yoon-Suin stuff. It's ticking away.

Were-Moray Eels are a type of Lycanthrope encountered in the coastal regions of Yoon-Suin, particularly in and around the Topaz Isles. They often live alone or in small groups, and shun other human contact, but their strength and power occasionally leads them to dominion over brigands and sea raiders. They typically have three forms: human, giant moray eel, and a hybrid form in which the facial features and torso take on the appearance of the eel but arms and legs are retained. At the top of the food chain, they accumulate toxins from reef creatures, so their bite is cripplingly poisonous: if the victim does not succumb to Lycanthropy, he may well die from catastrophic diarrhea.

Were-Moray Eel

HD: 5+3*
AC: 5
Move: 120 (60'), Swim 150' (50') in eel form
No. Att: 1 in human form; 2 in hybrid form; 1 in eel form
DMG: As weapon +2; As weapon +2, bite 1d6; Bite 1d8+1
Special: Hit only by silver or magical weapons
Save As: Fighter 5
Morale: 8

Poisonous Bite: Anyone bitten by a were-moray, in addition to his Lycanthropy check, must save versus poison. Failure results in sickness and continuous diarrhea; he can only move at half rate, and loses 1 point of CON per day for 2d6 days. If he runs out of CON, he dies. If the 2d6 days expire and he still has a CON score, he survives and regains his CON at the rate of 1 point per day.


  1. That's a neat poison mechanic. It most likely won't kill the character, but they don't know that!

  2. Ha! That's the first ever use of ciguatoxicity in a D&D mechanic if I am not mistaken.

  3. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a moray!

    And just to avoid being completely obnoxious, a lycanthrope's bite combined with poison has some interesting ramifications.

    If the victim is turned and fails their poison save, maybe the poisoning becomes a means for the original were-moray to control the one they spawned. Like if they're not bitten again every couple of days they succumb to the poison. (A la Thufir Hawat in Dune after the Harkonnens captured him. Poisoned and then given a daily antidote to secure his loyalty.)

    Dean Martin songs aside, it's a cool monster.

  4. Is there some kind of hyper-predator that eats the Were-Morays and is EVEN MORE TOXIC?

    1. Dragons. But then the toxin is the least of your worries, really.

    2. If a dragon eats a few of these does it turn into a Were-Moray-Dragon with hypertoxin-shit-yourself-death-breath? And also it hides and leaps out at you? Because that would be fucking amazing.

  5. (A la Thufir Hawat in Dune after the Harkonnens captured him. Poisoned and then given a daily antidote to secure his loyalty.)
    more info about my site