Converting monsters from Dragon magazine (Part Two)

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freyar

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Quicken SLA (baleful polymorph) instead of Iron Will, maybe? CR 12 is ok. 4600 lb (that's scaling up the lesser, basically)? Languages are good. We also have the lesser sea giant age line in the greater sea giant; I say greaters should live to 400.
 

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freyar

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Rats. Let's stick with Iron Will, then, and work on that psionic variant. Do we want to give it some manifester level as a psion or just psionicize its SLAs?
 

Shade

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There is a 5% chance that any Type II sea giant will be psionic, with 140-190 ability points and randomly determined attack and defense modes. A psionic sea giant will have the following disciplines, all performed at the 12th level of mastery: animal telepathy, body weaponry, clairaudience, clairvoyance, and telepathy.

Hmmm...it might make more sense to simply state that they often advance as psions, since they are advancing by character class anyway.
 



Shade

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Moving on, then, this one is fairly similar...

TITAN, SEA
FREQUENCY: Very rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 4
MOVE: //21"
HIT DICE: 22-28
% IN LAIR: 20%
TREASURE TYPE: A, U, Z
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 punch or 1 flipper slap
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 10-60 or 10-40
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Crushing hug, spells
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Spells
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 50%
INTELLIGENCE: High and up
ALIGNMENT: Neutral (25% evil)
SIZE: L (40'+ 2'/HD beyond 22)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil
LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: X/16,600 + 35/hp

These monstrous beings inhabit the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, although they sometimes swim to lesser depths to hunt for whales or passing ships. Occasionally, a hungry sea titan ventures into coastal waters. In appearance, sea titans resemble tritons - the main difference being their size. The lower body of a sea titan resembles a scaled pair of fish tails in place of legs (with the fins upright, not flat like a whale's), with the upper body of a man. The sea titan has a ridge of small fins along its spine which extend down the creature's back and legs, diminishing before the flippers. The sea titan's fingers are webbed, and they have blue to bluegreen hair, silvery upper body skin, and blue-silver scales.

Sea titans have the ability to summon and control creatures of the sea through charm monsters spell use (by touch, usable five times per day). Sea titans have the additional ability to use as many first- to third-level spells as a 6th-level magic-user (but at the 12th level of ability).

Sea titans feed on larger sea creatures and occasionally on passing sailors. For the most part, however, sea titans do not approach or harass seafarers unless harassed themselves, unless they are evil. An attack on a sea-going ship is performed in one of several ways. The sea titan might batter the ship with its massive arms, capsize the ship by coming up from beneath it, or slap it with a flipper. If the ship is small enough, the sea titan may try to crush it by embracing it in its sinewy arms. A punch from a sea titan delivers 4 points of structural (hull) damage per hit; a flipper slap delivers 2 points. A crush delivers 8 points of structural damage. Sea titans have titan strength (a rating of 25).

Though they have little use for magical items, sea titans do have an interest in treasure and often have a sizable stockpile of gold and silver as a result. Sea titans speak their own language, as well as triton and 2-8 other oceanic tongues.

Originally appeared in Dragon Magazine #116 (1986).
 

freyar

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Well, since tritons and titans are both Outsiders, we should go with Outsider (aquatic). Should we compare an advanced triton to a titan for abilities? (These look Huge to me based on the size or maybe even Gargantuan.)
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
Sure. Increasing a triton to Huge yields...

Str 28, Dex 6, Con 20, Int 13, Wis 13, Cha 11

Compared with normal titan...

Str 43, Dex 12, Con 39, Int 21, Wis 28, Cha 24

...it seems quite a bit on the weak side, eh?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
What if we compromise?
Str 36, Dex 11, Con 32, Int 19, Wis 21, Cha 24?
I went with higher Cha for the SLAs.
 

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