New Mutant Monday # 77 - Hotter

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d8
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 120’ (40’) Land
                     150’ (50’) Swim
AC: 3
HD: 8
Attacks: 1 bite, two claws, 1 tail
Damage: 2d8 / 1d10 / 1d10 / 2d6
Save: L8
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: N/A

As with many of the creatures that have been discovered in the Pacific North West, these creatures are clearly the result of a genetic engineer with too much time and little supervision on his or her hands.

It was decided that crossing a Horse with an Otter would be a good idea, and the result is a very large, very strong otter with the intelligence of a horse and the playful personality of an otter. Strangely enough these creatures make excellent sea-mounts, but are difficult to control due to their natural nature.

The average specimen is approximately eight to ten feet in length, and weighs in roughly around four hundred pounds. They are immensely strong and capable of carrying three or four times their body weight in the water. They have the sleek furred bodies of an otter but the head of a horse. The eyes have nictitating membranes to protect them from the salt-water of the ocean, and they have huge lungs, which allow them to hold their breath for 1d4 hours.

Many have tried to use them as beasts of burden but really hate this and are more likely to drop or simply untie a load strapped to them, unless they are carefully supervised and monitored. They will take riders, but absolutely will never wear a harness or saddle. The riders have to hold on tightly and, amazingly enough, need to pull the ears of the creature in order for it to change directions. Also, they will never take a rider out of the water. Someone tries to ride them out of the water, and they will attack.

These creatures are pretty ferocious fighters, using their bites, claws and even slapping foes with their tails if they are forced to fight, or are simply angered by someone not bright enough to understand the nuances of using one of these creatures.

They are also carnivores, and live off a diet of fish and shell-fish, but occasionally the herbivore side of their nature will appear and they can live off sea-weed and other ocean-borne plants if fish is not available.

Food is the best way to earn the loyalty of these animals. Keep them well fed and they are loyal as the day is long, and they will gladly fight for those who feed them. Don’t feed them enough (and they need a lot of fish to survive, approximately 25 pounds a day) and they will become aggressive and un-cooperative.

Oddly enough, when they speak, they chitter, squeak and grunt, much like their otter relatives but on a much deeper scale.

Mutations: Aberrant form (chimera, natural weapons), gigantism