Monday, 23 March 2009

The Fighting Fantasy Cover Monster Bestiary (V)

An occasional series which stats-out and re-imagines the creatures found on Fighting Fantasy book covers.

Number 5: Gwillick and The Eater

Gwillick is a diminutive, scrawny being, probably human, who roams the wilderness and ruins of the Eastern Wastes, alone save for a companion who he calls 'The Eater'. This is a dinosaur, who Gwillick apparently managed to tame some years ago. Armoured like a stegosaur and with a similarly powerful tail, it is carnivorous, with a mouth full of shark-like teeth.

Gwillick is a cannibalistic, sociophathic murderer, who has never been able to fit into society and has long given up trying. The Eater is probably the only living being he has ever met whose mentality is anywhere close to his own: vicious, mean, unsubtle and voracious. Together they hunt for human prey, who they devour together.

Gwillick will generally try to kill and eat anybody travelling the Wastes who he believes is weaker than himself (and The Eater), and will avoid or try to bargain with those who are stronger. He has a practiced eye and is reasonably good at judging his own capabilities, and the DM should take this into account.

Gwillick carries a magical sword, which is an ego weapon (+2) with an Intelligence of 8, and the ability to detect magic and find secret doors. Gwillick stole it years ago, before his self-imposed exile from human society. The sword was the family heirloom of a Baron who Gwillick was employed by as a dog handler. The Baron died (apparently of consumption, though poison was suspected) and Gwillick was never seen in the region again; nor was the sword.

Gwillick the Cannibal

Armour Class: 4
Hit Dice: 6*
Move: 90' (30')
Attacks: 2
Damage: By weapon (Sword +2)
No. Appearing: 1
Save as: F6
Morale: 7
Treasure Type: V
Intelligence: 10
Alignment: Chaotic
XP: 500

The Eater
(Medium Armoured Land Dinosaur)

Armour Class: 1
Hit Dice: 9*
Move: 90' (30')
Attacks: 1 bite/1 tail
Damage: 1d6/2d4
Trample Damage: 2d8
No. Appearing: 1
Save As: F5
Morale: 6
Treasure: Nil
Intelligence: 1
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 1,600

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