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demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
It looks good as is, although we might want to increase the range.

Mean thought--could we give it the Improved Bull's Rush feat and apply it to the vortex maw?
 

demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
It looks good as is, although we might want to increase the range.

Mean thought--could we give it the Improved Bull's Rush feat and apply it to the vortex maw?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Well, that would give the "DC" a big boost. OTOH, it already has a +31 on the check. Perhaps IBR would be overkill?
 

demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
+31? Yeah, IBR would be gilding the lily there.

EDIT: Wait a minute! Why didn't I see this before? Having the vortex maw pull in everything in a 30ft radius is a little overkill. Not to mention, unlikely. A cone seems much more reasonable.
 




Shade

Monster Junkie
Updated.

Skills: 21
Icthyosaur and Temnodontosaurus have Spot and Listen

Feats: 7
Icthyosaur has Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Great Fortitude, Swim-By Attack
Temnodontosaurus has Alertness, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack

Challenge Rating: 11-12?

Advancement: 19+ HD (Colossal)?
 

demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
Well, Swim By Attack isn't in the SRD, so...

Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Alertness, Great Fort, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (bite)?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Split the skills, demiurge's feats look good, probably CR 12. Advance to 36 HD?

Just realized that ichthyosaurs aren't aquatic. Huh.
 




freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Looks done.

If we didn't just stick to core stuff... It would be a good substitute feat for someone to give this, though. You know, I wonder if this is just convergent design or if WotC is just ignoring their OGL obligations.
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
I'm betting on convergent design, because that feat is such a no-brainer. I'm shocked it wasn't core in 3.5, or even core to begin with.
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
Here's a fictional dinosaur...

Many jokingly call the mythical lake monster "Esmelda." Many stories describe the monster in similar ways, though inconsistencies creep in: "Body longer than two boats"; "long neck like a snake, but a head with jaws like I hear dragons have"; "it had a ridge of plates or spines running full-length along its neck and back"; "its flukes and flippers were the size of our pleasure craft"; "its entire body was like a sea snake, and it could've wrapped the whole boat up and crushed it"; "its eyes were intelligent and it cast a paralysis beam on us that froze us right there"; "it seemed playful, coming up just beneath the boat, popping its head out of the water to eat the net with my day's catch in it." A few folk around the lake swear to have seen this creature, claiming it must be a dragon given its reptilian features and massive size.

"Esmelda" is all too real--but she is not just one monster. The depths of the lake support over a dozen cold/loving waterbreathing reptiles called pythosaurs, which come to the surface only if provoked or hungry. A pythosaur will attack boats as well as sailors.

Pythosaurus (1; 13): AC 4; MV 30; HD 18; hp 72 (ave.); THAC0 15; #AT 1; Dmg 5-30; SA swallow; SD none; SW none; MR none; SZ G (body 120 feet, neck 70 feet); ML Elite (13); Int Animal (1); AL N; XP 7,000, Notes: SA--When attacking any creature under 10 feet tall (L-size), this creature swallows the victim whole on a THAC0 of 19 or 20. Swallowed victims suffer 2hit points damage per round until dead.

Originally appeared in Lands of Intrigue (1997).
 


demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
Colossal. Also, magical beast. My suspension of disbelief sensors go crazy with the water-breathing reptile thing.

Also, then we could actually give them paralysis gaze.
 


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