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Converting Monsters from Polyhedron Magazine

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freyar

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I like all of that, but with 2 scimitars and a longbow, do they take a multi-weapon penalty? Maybe we should give them Multiweapon fighting, since they sort of have more than 2 hands.
 

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Shade

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Updated.

I had to swap Str for Dex to meet prereqs for Multiweapon Fighting.

I updated Multidextrous to make it more useful.

Look OK?
 


Shade

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Lizard Man, Venusian
CLIMATE/TERRAIN: Swamps, water
FREQUENCY: Common (on Venus)
ORGANIZATION: Family/clan
ACTIVITY CYCLE: Any
DIET: Omnivore
INTELLIGENCE: Semi-to Very (2-12)
TREASURE: Nil
ALIGNMENT: Any
NO. APPEARING: 2-12
ARMOR CLASS: 7
MOVEMENT: 9, Sw 12
HIT DICE: 1
THAC0: 19
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-6 or by weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Nil
SIZE: M (5-6')
MORALE: Elite (13-14)
XP VALUE: 15

Venusian lizard men are an offshoot of the more common lizard man race of Wildspace.
The Venusian lizard man is relatively short, standing between five and six feet in height. His feet are three-toed and webbed, but his hands are quite intricate, having three fingers and an opposable thumb. The Venusian lizard man's long tail and webbed feet assist him in swimming. When running, the Venusian lizard man prefers to use all four limbs, sliding along on his belly across the damp ground. The skin on his back is dark green or gray-brown, and his belly is usually a lighter shade. Venusian lizard men speak a primitive version of their original language known as Low Lizard Man. Communication between speakers of the lizard man language and those speaking Low Lizard Man is possible, but the possibility of miscommunication is everpresent.

Combat: Venusian lizard men fashion their native weapons from the oma jolima, a reed-like plant of their native world. Javelins, harpoons, spears, arrows, clubs, axes, and maces can be made from the plant. Some Venusian lizard men have acquired firearms from the colonizing Earthmen, though ammunition is in short supply.

The oma jolima plant can also be formed into helmets and other armor. A Venusian lizard man so armored has an effective AC of 3.

Venusian lizard men are particularly adept at water combat. By absorbing oxygen through the belly skin one can stay submerged for as long as an hour.

Habitat/Society: Venusian lizard men live in simple family and clan groups, working as hunters and gatherers in their vast swamps. Some of them have begun to improve their lives, using primitive agriculture to feed themselves, settling into villages with more specialized occupations, but this is still the exception and not the rule.

Earthman colonists, especially those from Germany, have taken steps to tame Venus and its lizard man natives. Some Venusian lizard men have adopted the ways of the Colonials, abandoning their primitive lifestyles for the values and material possessions of the Earthmen.

Ecology: Venusian lizard men are eager to trade their stone and reed items for valuable metal tools and items that won't corrode in the constant rain of their swampy homes.
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Hmm, more lizardfolk. Start with a base lizardfolk? These sound a little less intelligent but better at swimming. What do you think?
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
Agreed.

Shade said:
When running, the Venusian lizard man prefers to use all four limbs, sliding along on his belly across the damp ground.

This gives us a chance at something different. I remember another creature having an ability to run faster on all fours. Must find it...

Shade said:
Venusian lizard men are particularly adept at water combat. By absorbing oxygen through the belly skin one can stay submerged for as long as an hour.

Will hold breath suffice?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Hold breath doesn't seem to last long enough. Maybe if we go to something stronger like

Absorb Breath (Ex): A Venusian lizardfolk can hold its breath for a number of minutes equal to four times its Constitution score before it risks drowning.

Edit: Add something flavorful, like "The Venusian lizardfolk can hold its breath for so long due to its ability to absorb gases directly from water through its skin."
 


Shade

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Added to Homebrews.

These guys lack claw attacks but have a more powerful bite attack. This helps differentiate them a bit from standard lizardfolk. Natural armor is also a bit lower.

Favored class ranger?

Leave Semuanya as deity, since no alternative was given?
 

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