This is the place where I'll be posting some new things and some tidbits about Harvesters and the land of Wheat Hollow. Harvesters is an anthropormorphic game using Troll Lord Games' Castles & Crusades rules system and is available from their website.
NO. ENCOUNTERED:1 - 8
ATTACK:Bite (1d3) or by weapon type
XP:5 + 1/hp
Woodchucks, otherwise known as ground hogs or whistle pigs,
are the largest of the marmot family. They tend to be rather heavy set and
stocky. They have brown fur with slightly grayish tips, a black nose, and small
rounded ears. They also have large front teeth. They like to make their homes
by burrowing into the sides of an open hilly area near trees and brush. If it
strikes their fancy, they will build a small mud hut instead going underground,
but this is pretty rare. They feed mostly on green, leafy plants and nuts, but
will eat insects as well. Despite their roly-poly appearance, they are good
swimmers and tree climbers. They keep a constant lookout and can be quite
aggressive to strangers - often challenging others to a fight, but not to the
death. If danger is sighted, they will give out a warning bark or whistle. Although
roaming is not in their nature, woodchucks will sometimes get the adventuring
bug and will go off looking for riches and whatever comes their way.
Besides Brian Jacques' great series of Redwall books, there is another fine series of books by M.I. McAllister, The Mistmantle Chronicles. The main character in the series is a special squirrel that goes by the name of Urchin. There are five books in the series at the moment - the first being, Urchin of the Riding Stars (pictured).
Here's a quick synopsis: "The Queen and King are threatened when their son is murdered and intrigues their court, and a wicked pair in disguise attempt to seize control of the island, introducing a regime of culling and forced labor. Urchin will have to take down Captain Husk and Lady Aspen in order to save the island. Urchin soon realizes that he will have a very special role to play in the dramatic battle to save Mistmantle and Captain Crispin."
In the next couple of weeks I'll be posting a brief synopsis of the other books. Be sure to check them out! I think you'll really enjoy them!
Lion Frequency:Very Rare
NO. ENCOUNTERED:1 - 8
HD: 8 (females) to 10 (males) (d10)
ATTACK:3 (2 claws (1d10)/1 bite (1d12))
or by weapon type
INT:Average to High
XP:500 + 8/HP - 1050 + 10/hp
Lions are the undisputed kings of the savannahs and plains,
often travelling in prides of 6 to 8 animals to patrol and govern their area of
control. The male is easily distinguishable by his mane, whereas females do not
possess them. Second to tigers in terms
of size, they are just as formidable and much feared by all the lower animals. Their
main source of food is larger animals (i.e. wildebeests, zebras, gazelles), but
will take smaller animals as well. Most prides are nomadic; but, if a superior
lion comes forth, he will establish a kingdom covering many miles, often
combing several other prides (up to 20 – 30 cats) and will subject smaller cats
to be their servants and caretakers. Like other cats, they are expert stalkers
and blend in well with the grassy plains due to tan fur (CL 4). They often use
the claws and teeth, but prefer to use larger weapons for combat (i.e.
two-handed sword), which can use one-handed with ease due to their great
strength (+3 to damage).
Their roar can cause great fear in their enemy. Any critter hearing this roar
will have to make a save versus their intelligence or be struck dumb with fear.
If the save failed, the creature will be frozen with fear for two to five
rounds (1d4+1). If the lion attacks in this time, it will negate the effect.
Sorry, we haven't been around much lately, have we?!
Well, as you can see, we've been gone on a long excursion to the northern parts of Lake Lotor and we've found many a good treasure up there on an icy island full of strange new, dastardly creatures. Although dangerous and cold, it was well worth the trip! If all goes well, we will be able to bring that adventure to you in the future!
I think Mr. Holloway did a fine job is capturing our return, didn't he!
I hope everyone had a fun time and are feeling better, rested!
Here's a little something to get the new year going. I hope you enjoy it! (I hope to have an illustraion of it soon).
Cougar (Mountain Lion) Frequency:Rare NO. ENCOUNTERED:1 SIZE:Large HD:8 (d10) MOVE:12ft AC:15 (or by armor type) ATTACK:3 (2 claws 1d8, 1 bite 1d6) or by weapon type SPECIAL:Stalk/pounce SAVES:Physical INT:Very ALIGNMENT:Neutral to Evil TYPE:Animal TREASURE:6 XP:450 + 8/hp
These cats are commonly called cougars, but also go by other names such as panthers, mountain lions and pumas. Their fur is most commonly a tawny color, but can be found with variations of black, silver-gray, or reddish. They are commonly found in the mountains, plains, and swamps. They prefer to live on the outer fringes of civilization in wide open places. They are very dangerous and powerful foes. Even for their large size, they are adept at moving quietly and unseen (CL 4). They prefer to sneak up and pounce upon on their victim. They are comfortable at using their natural weapons (bite & attack) or using weapons and armor. If they have a small keep or castle, they will often have other cats serving them (i.e. lynx and bobcats) along with lesser creatures that are used as slaves. They fear and will avoid open confrontation with jaguars unless they have strong group of fighters with them.
Just wanted to wish everyone the best for the Holiday Season!! Yes, I have been overly delinquent in my duties of posting on the blog. Shame on me! Progress is ever so slowly being made on the artwork for the new module, Lost Fang's Gold. A sneak peak will be provided as soon as it's available. I hope to post a couple of new creatures/critters on the blog in the very near future. I'm finally going to have a few days off for the Christmas break and I am looking forward to it!
Sorry about not posting more from our gaming sessions! It's summer-time and finding time to do all the things I'd like to do and post more just don't seem to be agreeing. Also, I don't want to give away too much - I have to leave something for the rest of you to discover once the adventure is released. At this point, it's waiting for the artwork to finished mostly. I'll be posting some as it becomes available.