New Mutant Monday # 83 - Pengale

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 4d4
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’) Land
                     150’ (50’) Swim
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 16
Attacks:  1 Bite, 2 fins or 1 tail slap
Damage: 2d8+4 / 1d12+ 4 / 1d12+4 / 3d8+8
Save: L16
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: N/A

There is no denying that the group known as the Chimerians seem to have a thing for creating Penguin and Squirrel hybrids. Although somewhat similar to the Pengnasher, this creature is the cross between a Penguin and a whale – as odd as that sounds.  Maybe it was created as the ultimate in irony, considering how often Killer Whales would chase and consume the little flightless birds.

Although many of the chimera’s were created to be small, this particular creature is huge, standing at nearly fifteen feet in length, and weighing in excess of two thousand pounds. They are perfectly comfortable in the ocean, and also on land, especially in the colder climates. They are typically found at either pole, but are often found in the temperate climates that are located nearby.

Despite being eyeless, the creatures are far from helpless. They used very advanced echolocation to home in on targets, and are not affected by any sort of attack that would affect those with eyes. They are likewise immune to cold and sonic-based attacks.

When engaged in combat, the creatures will swarm a target, surrounding it and if that is not possible, they will try to flank it while others race ahead in order to try and cut off any possible means of escape. Despite their impressive sizes, these ae one of the few creatures that do not swallow whole (except if the target happens to be small sized or less). They prefer to rip their prey apart and eat it in small, manageable chunks.

They are also extremely loyal to one another, especially mated pairs. If one of the pair is killed, the survivor will hunt down the killer, traveling across both land and sea in order to extract revenge. It will pursue the killer relentlessly until it has gained revenge, or has been killed. Woe to anyone who kills the offspring that have not reached adulthood. If such an event occurs, the entire pod will track down the offender and will kill them slowly.

As stated, these creatures mate for life. They have very long life-spans, and no one knows exactly how long one of these creatures will live. They only mate once every ten years and the female will lay a clutch of 1d3 eggs. These are always laid on land, and are carefully watched over by the entire pack. The eggs take a full year to develop before they hatch, and the offspring take another ten years to reach full adult size.

They are exceptionally curious, and will often flock to areas of activity, swim around fishing vessels, watch titanic battles from afar, and even sometimes just play with those who are in the water, never attacking (unless attacked first). They can be befriended if they are fed (they have a particular taste for venison), and if fed often enough, sometimes an entire pack will ‘adopt’ the feeder as an honorary pack-member, and will protect and watch over the member, even going as far as feeding them in return.

As hard as it is to believe, these creatures have the intellect of the bird, not the whale, and as such are not too terribly bright, but they do understand loyalty and friendship well enough, and if someone has earned that, they will have it for life - barring anything really stupid like killing a mate or offspring!.

Mutations: Aberrant form (chimera – penguin and killer whale), blind, echolocation (modified), gigantism, immunity (cold, sonics).