Converting monsters from Imagine Magazine

Mortis

First Post
SR: 18
Feats: Weapon Focus (ray) + Quicken SLA, Dodge
CR: 6
Treasure: 1,000 gp?
Advancement: 9-12 HD (diminuitive)
Weight: 1/2 pound or 1 pound?

Regards
Mortis
 

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Shade

Monster Junkie
I like all that. Since CL is 10th, Quicken SLA can apply to a 1st-level spell or lower, so light is the only one we can quicken. Do you want to go with that, or try a different feat (like Mobility or Iron Will)?
 

Mortis

First Post
Shade said:
I like all that. Since CL is 10th, Quicken SLA can apply to a 1st-level spell or lower, so light is the only one we can quicken. Do you want to go with that, or try a different feat (like Mobility or Iron Will)?
Probably go with Mobility then.

Regards
Mortis
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
On to Construction

Imagine Magazine said:
The makers of gem hylems are exclusively illusionists of at least 14th level. They take 1 month to create, costing 25,000 gp in the process. The illusionist, assuming there is no magical tome available to enable a short cut to be taken, needs to cast the following spells: major creation, light, fear, confusion, maze, demi-shadow magic, and alter reality. Like their cousins, they understand and obey all commands given by their creator.

It looks like alot of the work has been done for us!

A gem hylem is crafted from a single gem of exceptional quality, and costs 5,000 gp. Assembling the body requires a DC X Craft (gemcutting) check.

CL 14th; Craft Construct, cause fear, confusion, fabricate, light, mirage arcana, caster must be at least 14th level; Price x gp; Cost 25,000 gp + x XP.

*Variant gem hylems replace mirage arcana with their granted spell-like ability as a prerequisie spell.


Shade said:
Treasure: A single gemstone worth X gp

Imagine Magazine said:
On destroying (deactivating) they hylem, a 5,000 gp gem will be left in its place.

Well that answers that. ;)
 



Shade

Monster Junkie
dhaga said:
These guys look done to me. Sweet :)

Not quite... :)

We still need the DC for the Craft (gemcutting) check.

Also, check my math on the market price and XP cost.

A gem hylem is crafted from a single gem of exceptional quality, and costs 5,000 gp. Assembling the body requires a DC X Craft (gemcutting) check.

CL 14th; Craft Construct, cause fear, confusion, fabricate, light, mirage arcana, caster must be at least 14th level; Price 40,000 gp; Cost 25,000 gp + 1,600 XP.
 



Shade

Monster Junkie
Next!

Totems

This group holds a greater potential for DMs to be inventive, dealing with animations in the form of beasts. Transient examples as seen in spells are few, but include: sticks to snakes, live oak; simulacrum is an example that is permanent in effect. As with hylems, there are corresponding magical items, for example, the figurines of wondrous power or Quaal's feather token (bird). Also there exist monsters that possess related powers which can induce temporary theriomorphic animations (see treant and algoid). Permanently animated theriomorphic beings are not particularly numerous in the bestiaries (see homonculus, iron cobra, and necrophidius).

Rock Totem
Freq: Very rare
# App: 1
AC: 2
Move: Variable
HD: Variable
% in lair: Nil
Treasure Type: Nil
# Att: Variable
Dmg/Att: 1-10
SA: Variable
SD: See below
Int: Average
Alignment: Neutral
Size: Variable
Psionics: Nil
Level/xp value: Varies
Save As: Cleric 9
Morale: 12

These are fashioned from rock in the guise of the animal chosen by the creator. They can only be constructed by name-level druids, unless a magical tome is employed. These totems are slightly unusual in the fact that they are intelligent, and can think for themselves and are capable of speech. They are totally loyal to their maker.

The type of animal sculpted can be anything from the range which the druid himself can shapechange into. It takes 1 month to construct such a totem and requires the following spells to be cast: detect poison, shape rock, animate rock, commune with nature, and reincarnate. The only material cost incurred by the druid is the need of 2 jewels (worth 5,000 gp each) for the eyes.

Totems communicate in both common and druidic tongue. They possess average intelligence and wisdom, so that the finished totem mimics the chosen animal in all attributes except mentality. If the creator concentrates upon his totem while it is within 20" he will be able to see through its eyes. All rock totems can detect poison, as a 6th level druid.

A rock totem can only be hit by +3 or better weapons. Furthermore, only a limited retinue of spells can actually affect them: rock to mud will destroy the totem if it fails its save vs. spell, while stone to flesh changes its armor class to that of the mimicked animal. For example, if a druid had created a rock totem in the form of a stag, then the armor class change would be from 2 to 7. This change is permanent unless the magic is dispelled or reversed. All rock totems save as 12th level druids.

Basic: As above (using campaign rules for the creation of the totem), except that passwall is the only spell that will destroy it. Also, the rock totem can neutralize poison three times a month.

From Imagine Magazine #19, October 1984.
 

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