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Dungeon 197 - Creature Incarnations - Hordelings


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Incenjucar

Adventurer
Huh. I figured that the image with lots of different fiends from the Vile Darkness book gallery was hordelings. Still, nice to see them back. That was one of the most interesting monster entries in Planescape just for coming up with ideas for specific monsters.
 

Shroomy

Adventurer
Huh. I figured that the image with lots of different fiends from the Vile Darkness book gallery was hordelings. Still, nice to see them back. That was one of the most interesting monster entries in Planescape just for coming up with ideas for specific monsters.

They are. In the 4e BoVD, hordelings are swarms of tiny, random demons. The greater hordelings in my article are of course based on the classic version, but they are grown up verisons of the ones in the BoVD.
 

I'm A Banana

Potassium-Rich
Quite cool! I'm guessing the BoVD "normal" hordelings are a lot more homogenous, and if so, these bad boys are going to be my campaign's true hordelings! :)
 

Shroomy

Adventurer
Quite cool! I'm guessing the BoVD "normal" hordelings are a lot more homogenous, and if so, these bad boys are going to be my campaign's true hordelings! :)

Statistically, they are (however they do have some cool mechanics) but they all look different from each other. Here is the artwork from the BoVD for the hordelings.
 

Klaus

First Post
My latest article is up here. Get your dice out and revel in the many, many randomized tables. This article was a labor of love; when I was a kid, I rolled up many types of hordelings using the tables in the 1e MM2.
Behold, it is awesome!

This takes me back to the 2e Monstrous Compendium! I loved rolling in those tables!

Now I want a hordeling statblock generator!
 


Tazawa

Explorer
My hordeling is a small skirmisher with a wrinkled spherical head and a feathered, slug-like lower body. It has a single glowing yellow eye on a stalk. Its three-beaked mouth crackles with electric energy and its four stubby arms ends in fiery claws. Although small and legless, it moves with surprising speed, ambushing its prey from the walls and ceilings of the abyss.
 

Dr_Ruminahui

First Post
These look fun - I'll have to make some up when my PCs face the hordes of the abyss.

Though, one question - when one rolls a telepathic hordeling, it states that they "also speaks Abyssal and one other language 50 percent of the time" - does this mean they automatically speak abyssal and have a chance of speaking another, or that they have a 50% chance of speaking both abyssal and another language (and a 50% chance of speaking no languages at all)?
 
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Shroomy

Adventurer
My hordeling is a small skirmisher with a wrinkled spherical head and a feathered, slug-like lower body. It has a single glowing yellow eye on a stalk. Its three-beaked mouth crackles with electric energy and its four stubby arms ends in fiery claws. Although small and legless, it moves with surprising speed, ambushing its prey from the walls and ceilings of the abyss.

That sounds awesome! Those kind of results are why I wanted to write this article.

These look fun - I'll have to make some up when my PCs face the hordes of the abyss.

Though, one question - when one rolls a telepathic hordeling, it states that they "also speaks Abyssal and one other language 50 percent of the time" - does this mean they automatically speak abyssal and have a chance of speaking another, or that they have a 50% chance of speaking both abyssal and another language (and a 50% chance of speaking no languages at all)?

They can speak Abyssal and have a chance of speaking another.
 

Spatula

Explorer
My hordeling is a glaring, menacing large aquatic artillery demon that shoots depth charges (thunder damage). Its conical head is connected to its rubbery, scaly torso and knobby back by a long, thin neck. It has one small pointed ear, a mouth full of small fangs, two slit-like noses, three horns, and four glowing multifaceted eyes. Two tentacles serve as arms, while four long, clubbed "tails" provide locomotion on land and underwater. It can swim, move through walls (phasing), and it can turn its reeking breath into a cloud of poison gas.

Oh, and it can smell you where you're hiding (truesight)... probably because you're pooping yourself in terror (it's trained in Intimidate!).

What's your hordeling?
 

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Shroomy

Adventurer
My hordeling is a glaring, menacing large aquatic artillery demon that shoots depth charges (thunder damage). Its conical head is connected to its rubbery, scaly torso and knobby back by a long, thin neck. It has horns, one small pointed ear, a mouth full of small fangs, two slit-like noses, and four glowing multifaceted eyes. Two tentacles serve as arms, while four long, clubbed "tails" provide locomotion on land and underwater. It can swim, move through walls (phasing), and it can turn its reeking breath into a cloud of poison gas.

Oh, and it can smell you where you're hiding (truesight)... probably because you're pooping yourself in terror (it's trained in Intimidate!).

What's your hordeling?

That is awesome! However, I can't view the attached stat block; it says the attachment is invalid.
 

Spatula

Explorer
That is awesome! However, I can't view the attached stat block; it says the attachment is invalid.
I was messing with it as I spotted mistakes in the stat-blocks, hopefully you just clicked on it when I was replacing it with a new version. Does it work now?
 


Rechan

Adventurer
What is the lowest level hordelings?

Because I find it weird that hte weakest, littlest demons in the abyss are such high levels.
 

Shroomy

Adventurer
What is the lowest level hordelings?

Because I find it weird that hte weakest, littlest demons in the abyss are such high levels.

The ones in the BoVD are a Level 11 Brute (but that's a swarm) and a Level 11 Minion. These are Level 13 monsters.
 

Rechan

Adventurer
That's what I mean - that's pretty high up there. Pretty sure there are lower level demons out there. Hell, quasits are only level 3.
 

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