Friday, July 4, 2008

Gorbel (Fiend Folio)

The gorbel is one of those "weird" monsters in the Fiend Folio (along with other weirdies, like the flumph). Although non-evil, it is mischievous, fickle, irritable, and quick, and is thus still very likely to attack parties of PCs, without reason, of course. DMs of a strange mood or character will enjoy using gorbels to wreak havoc on their players (who have little chance to avoid gorbels through diplomacy or even escape).

The globular, six-eyed gorbel attacks by leaping on its opponent's back (for 1d4 damage). If it successfully hits, it has grabbed its opponent with its claws and cannot be removed (lowering its own AC to 10); every round thereafter, it slashes its opponent automatically (for 1d6 points of damage) until it is destroyed.

If the poor PC party is equipped with only blunt weapons, the gorbel is invincible; otherwise, a successful hit with a good pointy or edged weapon will cause the gorbel to explode, doing 1d4 points of damage to all in a 5' radius.

Gorbel Statistics

Frequency: Uncommon
No. Appearing: 1-20
Armor Class: 3 (10 - see below)
Move: 18"
Hit Dice: See below
% in Lair: Nil
Treasure Type: Nil
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage/Attack: 1-4 or 1-6
Special Attacks: Nil
Special Defenses: Nil
Magic Resistance: Standard
Intelligence: Non-
Alignment: Neutral with chaotic tendencies
Size: S (3' diameter)
Psionic Ability: Nil
Attack/Defence Modes: Nil/Nil
Level/X.P. Value: II/32 + 2/hp

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