Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Supernatural Creature: Shadow Wolves

Shadow wolves are malign spirits created whenever ancient sites held sacred by indigenous nature-worshiping cultures are destroyed, or when a murdered shaman or medicine man invokes a powerful curse of vengeance with his last dying breath. They are composed of elements from both the Ethereal Plane and the Plane of Shadow, appearing to be formed from the very fabric of darkness itself. As a result of this duality in their composition, shadow wolves are only partially incorporeal and thus susceptible to damage from non-magical silver weapons, which normally don’t affect incorporeal creatures. Otherwise, they have all the other characteristics and weaknesses of undead incorporeal creatures.

Shadow wolves are nocturnal hunters and hate all living creatures. Their eyes flash with a crimson red fire when prey is sighted. Shadow wolves can pass through solid objects at will, and appear to blink in and out of reality. Shadow wolves prefer to attack from ambush, using the shadows and darkness to their advantage. When prey wanders nearby, a shadow wolf leaps to the attack. A shadow wolf pack leads its prey into an ambush and then strikes when opponents are completely unaware. Shadow wolves always move silently and have a keen sense of smell, even in undeath. Shadow wolves are usually encountered alone, as a pair, or in a pack (5-12).

ABILITIES
Prowess  3
Coordination  4
Strength  5
Intellect  2
Awareness  3
Willpower  3

Stamina  8
Determination  *

SPECIALTIES
  • Stealth Expert
  • Nature Master - (Track Scent)
POWERS
  • Strike 4 (Slashing) - Bite
  • Life Drain 3 
  • Phasing 7  - Semi-Incorporeal
  • Teleportation 5  - Semi-Incorporeal
QUALITIES
  • Undead
CHALLENGES
  • Weakness : Light
  • Weakness : Silver Weapons (negates Phasing)
Adventure Hook: Shadow Wolves in Grimm City
Officials from Old Ivy University request the heroes' assistance when members of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology vanish without a trace. The missing faculty and students were working at an archaeological dig in a recently discovered natural cavern far below the streets of Grimm City prior to their disappearance. The cavern is in fact the burial place of a powerful Native American Wohakwen medicine man that died centuries ago. Residents in the area report hearing an eerie howling late at night. Perhaps it's something more than just another stray dog...

3 comments:

  1. FYI: I updated the Shadow Wolves poster image above tonight with a newer version. The stats are all the same, just the layout has changed.

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  2. hmmm - I'm thinking with some minor tweaking - this could be a vampire as well

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  3. Funny you should mention vampires - we had a discussion about vampires in ICONS today on RPGNet: http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?611803-ICONS-Dracula-and-vampire-builds-needed

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