Monday, January 30, 2012

New Monster - Fenris (Norse Wolf)

We're now up to "F" on our Monday monster entries.  This big, bad wolf is enough to strike fear in the hearts of even mid-level adventurers.  They make Wargs look like pound puppies!  Give it a look.

FENRIS (Norse Wolf)                                                             

FREQUENCY:
Rare
NO. APPEARING:
2-7
ARMOR CLASS:
5
MOVE:
15”
HIT DICE:
6+1
% IN LAIR:
15%
TREASURE TYPE:
B
NO. OF ATTACKS:
1
DAMAGE/ATTACK:
3-12
SPECIAL ATTACKS:
Amputation, Fearful howl
SPECIAL DEFENSES:
Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE:
Standard
INTELLIGENCE:
Low
ALIGNMENT:
Neutral Evil
SIZE:
L (6-8’ long)
XP:
475 + 8/hp

Fenris are huge, intelligent, vicious wolves of the Northlands.  They are the dominant form of cold weather predator and are greatly feared. 

Their primary attack is a vicious bite with massive, razor-sharp teeth.  In addition to delivering 2-12hp of damage, any natural 20 means a victim’s limb has been amputated (DM’s, roll randomly or determine based on your whim or mood).  Fenris also have a horrifying howl that they can unleash once daily, which causes fear to all opponents within earshot.  Anyone failing their saving throw will run in fear for 2-7 rounds.

Fenris often have exquisite treasure in their lairs, as they are intelligent enough to recognize good treasure and avaricious enough to target victims and kill for it.  Conversely, their lush pelts can fetch up to 2,500 gold pieces, meaning they are sometimes hunted for their pelts by brave (foolhardy?) trappers.

3 comments:

  1. Very cool, are all the creatures in the Northlands that tough? I like your blog. It's always cool to see someone blogging about B/X stuff.

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  2. Thanks Pierce! B/X is my favorite edition, so I fiddle with it the most.

    I imagine most of the Northlands creatures are pretty hearty for sure. Have you seen that series of posts over on B/X Blackrazor about a northern campaign? Pretty cool.

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  3. I thought Fenris was a child of Loki who got to chase the Sun, er, uh, Moon; and eat them at the end of the world. Fenris gets to eat Odin, too.

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