New Mutant Monday #102 - Pelieater

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d8
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’) ground
                     150’ (50’) flying
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 6
Attacks: 1 bite (see below) and two wing slaps
Damage: 1d8 & possible swallow, 2d6 and stun
Save: L6
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: Incidenta

Although for all purposes these creatures appear unchanged and look the same as their ancestors, they have mutated into deadly predators, which will eat anything live that they can swallow. These predatory birds average between 4-6 feet in length, and weigh around 10-30 pounds. They typically feed off fish, although thanks to radiation and toxins, they can only consume live prey.

And that prey is no longer strictly limited to fish. They will eat small animals, amphibians, other birds and so forth. However it has been discovered that they have developed the ability to alter their size, growing up to thirty feet in length, allowing them to swallow humanoid sized creatures.

When hunting for food – which they are most of their waking hours, they will attack by biting. Anything small or smaller size will be scooped up in their pouch, and from here it is a grapple check to prevent the creature from swallowing. The bird is shockingly strong for its size, having 18 Strength for purposes of grappling. If the bird successfully grapples three rounds consecutively, the creature has been swallowed alive. Note that the victim suffers the bite damage each round. If swallowed, the victim will suffer 3d6 points of acid damage per round until it has been killed and digested. All items carried must save versus acid or suffer 1d3 condition levels of damage. Any creature so trapped can cut their way out of the stomach, but can only do so using piercing or edged weapons and have to kill the creature in order escape.

If they encounter a humanoid creature, they will use the density alteration mutation and increase their size. Although the AC is reduced, the speed increases and they are able to swallow humanoid-sized creatures with the same results as above, and they will do so gleefully.

If a target proves to be more difficult than they are used to handling, they will use their powerful wings to slap the target. The concussive force from such a blow forces the target to save versus stun or become stunned for 1d4 rounds, at which time the creature will then bite and attempt to swallow. Stunned creatures do not get a chance to resist the grapple check in order to avoid being swallowed whole.

These creatures are always found along the shoreline, never straying more than fifty miles inland in search of prey. They can be found hundreds of miles out to sea, searching for fish or other creatures that they deem suitable for consumption.

Mutations: Density alteration (self), dietary requirement change (live prey), increased physical attribute (strength, modified)