Monday, October 24, 2011
Custom Solo Creature: The Giant Crocodile
Set up: the adventurers are entering an actively used mine. As a minor (miner? haha) quest, the mine foreman asks them to try to figure out what happened to one of his miners. The adventurers walk through the mines and come upon a "break room." The room is a part of a cave that ends in a pristine underground river with good drinking water. The room includes bed rolls, a campfire, stools, a make-shift picnic table, etc. Miners often use this room to eat, sleep, etc.
Adventurers will notice that there is an abandoned pick-axe near the shore. As they approach the shore, a gigantic crocodile leaps from the water. If you've seen Crocodile Dundee, you might remember a similar scene involving a water bottle. If the crocodile makes a stealth check against the characters' passive perception, it gets a surprise attack round to open combat. Here's the monster:
When they defeat the monster, adventurers may cut open his gut to find a treasure parcel, which includes a locket bearing the lost miner's name. Returning the locket completes the quest.