Monday, December 07, 2009

Mutant Monster Monday: Slyeena


No. Encountered: 3-6 (30-60)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 180’ (60’)
Armor Class: 6 (4 in melee, 2 for ranged combat)
Hit Dice: 4+2
Attacks: 1 bite (+1 to hit)
Damage: 4-10 (2d4+2) and special
Save: L2
Morale: 8
Horde Class: None (XIV in lair)
XP Value: 300
Original Stock: African Spotted Hyena

Prowling through blasted ruins or sylvan plains with equal adeptness, the Slyeena’s are hunters without peer.  Organized into clans reaching upwards of 30-60 members, the smaller number of Slyeenas usually encountered are a hunting party gathering food for the cubs and their adult guards back at the main den.  This den area could be in caverns, ruins, or pits dug out in the plains.
Full-grown adults stand 3’ at the shoulder, 5’ in length, and weigh in between 100-120 pounds.  Some clan members can be close to 4’ at the shoulder, 6 ½’ in length, and tip the scales at 200 pounds.  Their coloration appears to be light beige with markings varying by individual.  However, is their neutral state when their mutation, Chameleon Epidermis, is not active.  When hunting, fighting, or scared, their mutation makes them virtually disappear into their surroundings, making them hazy blurs when getting into melee range.  This has earned them the nickname Srea Ark (“Invisible Dog”).  Chameleon Epidermis grants Slyeenas at +2 AC bonus in melee, and a +4 AC bonus in ranged combat.

Slyeenas hunt using their mutations and pack tactics with frightening effect, ambushing their prey from numerous directions while masked by their Chameleon Epidermis.  Using powerful bone-crushing jaws to attack intruders or take down prey, the Slyeena is extremely resistant to disease and toxins, enabling them to consume a wide range of foods.  The multi-axis attack closely mimics Combat Empathy, granting each hunting pack member at +1 “to hit” and an additional +1 damage per die, up to a maximum of a +3 damage bonus per die (8-14 damage/attack) with three or more pack members.

Mutations:  Chameleon Epidermis, Combat Empathy (modified)

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