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Old 04-07-2019, 04:26 PM   #1
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Default [Monster] Man Eating Cows

Man Eating Cow (aka Lucifer's Own Herd, aka Fell Cattle)
Dire Animal
Long-horned cattle with hides patterned like a big cat's, and an appetite for flesh to match.
ST: 20
DX: 12
IQ: 4
HT: 12
HP: 24
Will: 13
Per: 12
FP: 12
Speed: 6
Move: 12
SM: 1
Dodge: 10
Parry: 12(F)

DR: 3 (Eyes: 0 Skull: 6 Feet: 6)
Charge (16): This is an all-out attack overrun (Exploits 40) on every target it can hit in a line. The first target also gets the horns (below), with extra damage based on the total distance charged – +2 (1-4), +4 (5-6), +6 (7-9), +8 (10+). Roll the slam damage contest as usual - targets that lose get tossed 1d/2 hexes to the back of the cow by the horns, requiring an acrobatics -2 (+plus relevant shock penalties) roll to land upright, with an additional 1d-2 falling damage otherwise. Subsequent targets in line are subjected to regular slams at 2d-2 (plus charge bonus) crushing damage. The horns can be blocked or parried but the 2d slam will still apply and they count as a 20 lb weapon on charges.
Horns Like Sickles (16): 2d+3 imp. C,1. Count as a weapon (2 lbs) with a fencing parry.
Hooves Like Hammers (16): 2d crush. C,1. Can attack to the rear at -2
Teeth Like a Saw (16): 2d cut. C. Counts as a grapple.

Traits: Bad temper, bloodlust, combat reflexes, high pain threshold, quadruped, temperature tolerance (both) 2, wild animal.

Skills: Brawling-16

Class: Dire Animal.

Notes: Horns are worth $100, hides are worth $40, but both are easily ruined by battle. Very edible, if not quite beef.

Man eating cows were created by an evil farmer (now deceased) out for revenge against those who had wronged him. The Guild of Upstanding Gentlemen and Entrepreneurs has started hiring the cows and their herdsmen as guards. Others have escaped to the wild. Orcs and other wild tribes have adopted them as war beasts. Things might be said to be getting out of hand.

The wizards' guild is both vigorously pointing at these beasts as an example of non-wizards creating unholy abominations against nature, and carefully destroying all evidence of the consulting contract they had with the original evil farmer.
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The more cynical among you may claim this is just a slightly silly 're-skin' of a Kardakan. Shout all you want, I will not be cowed.

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Old 04-07-2019, 06:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: [Monster] Man Eating Cows

[reads thread title] Man eats cow? That's not news...


Looks good, only missing a theme song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2klh2cTa_Q

Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
An old cowpoke went riding out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw
A'plowin' through the ragged skies and up a cloudy draw
Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
Their horns wuz black and shiny and their hot breaths he could feel
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the riders comin' hard and he heard their mournful cry
Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, and shirts all soaked with sweat
They're ridin' hard to catch that herd but they ain't caught them yet
They've got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
On horses snortin' fire, as they ride on, hear their cry
Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

As the riders loped on by him, he heard one call his name
"If you want to save your soul from hell a' ridin' on our range"
"Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride"
"A-tryin' to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies."
Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky




Of course the "Ghost" Herd, the Devil's Herd, are but Man Eating Cows that can fly and curse those that fall before them to forever harry them as ghost herders...
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:15 AM   #3
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Default Re: [Monster] Man Eating Cows

Was it the suns cattle or the suns horses that ate men? I can't remember. Regardless, I think that's good enough precedent to have these be the cattle of a major figure, and hand the PCs a quest to rustle up some death cattle without harming them :)

Cross with Aurochs for something terrifying 3000+ pound foul tempered beasts.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:29 AM   #4
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My dad used to sing me Ghost Riders in the Sky as I was falling asleep. . .
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Cross with Aurochs for something terrifying 3000+ pound foul tempered beasts.
You don't even have to go extinct with it, cross it with a guar for big beefy boi.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:23 AM   #6
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You don't even have to go extinct with it, cross it with a guar for big beefy boi.
The is DFRPG. If we want to make some SM +6 carnivorous cows to graze on major metropolitan areas no one will stop us.

Bwa.

ha.

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The is DFRPG. If we want to make some SM +6 carnivorous cows to graze on major metropolitan areas no one will stop us.
The Necrosuarus is coming at Town with his Undead Giant Dire Carcharodontosaurus Wrecks* and an army of Skeletal Utahraptors† what are the heroes to do? Why drive a herd of Giant Dire Guar‡ Hell Cattle into their path and "Let them fight".






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‡ Contract Gwar to ride them into battle for even more Metal Album cover goodness.
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The Necrosuarus is coming at Town with his Undead Giant Dire Carcharodontosaurus Wrecks* and an army of Skeletal Utahraptors† what are the heroes to do? Why drive a herd of Giant Dire Guar‡ Hell Cattle into their path and "Let them fight".
"What could possibly go wrong?"
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Good enough to go in my mega dungeon.


Who/what would be an appropriate herdsperson for them?
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Who/what would be an appropriate herdsperson for them?
Looks up to the song... clearly it's Ghostrider, in the sky.
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