A Cat of Tindalos

A Cat of Tindalos

Friday, June 3, 2016

New Dungeon World Monsters

JackalwereGroup, Small, Stealthy, Intelligent
Weapon or bite (d8 damage)6 HP0 armor
Close, Reach

These demonic jackals have three physical forms (jackal,jackal hybrid, human) they shift between and they often work for Lamia masters to capture slaves or caravans. Other than its size, its statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying isn't transformed. It reverts to its true form if it dies.

Sleep Gaze.

The jackalwere gazes at one creature it can see. The target must roll +Wisdom.
On a 10+ the player is now immune to a jakalware's gaze.
On a 7-9 the player sees, briefly the jackalware's true hybrid form.
On a 6 or less the player falls into a light sleep. 

Instinct: Enslave and/or rob
  • Shapechanger
  • Sleep Gaze
  • Ambush

LamiaSolitary, Large, Magical, Intelligent, Hoarder
Drains Blood (d12 damage)16 HP2 armor

A vampiric half-serpent woman that often manages a band of lesser jackalware thralls. A human drained of blood by a lamia will arise three days after death as a jakalware thrall of a lamia unless the victim's body is burnt or given a proper burial. It’s fairly clear that the Lamia was a precursor figure to the well-recognized vampires and succubae of modern fantasy and horror literature. 

In 1819, the English Romantic poet John Keats composed a poem simply titled “Lamia” that then influenced one of Edgar Allan Poe’s sonnets (“To Science”), which is all to say that there is something about this creature’s origin and character that has continued to capture popular attention over the course of several thousand years. It’s unfortunate that the Lamia’s role in blood-sucking and seducing men has been more or less usurped in popular culture and fantasy by the vampire and the succubus, but at the very least, her essence has survived in recognizable ways in those creatures to this day. 

Instinct: Drain Blood
  • Uses illusion
  • Seduce and drain
  • Summon Jackalware thralls

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