Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. - Top - End - #1
    Banned
     
    The Vorpal Tribble's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    The Mindfields
    Gender
    Female

    Lightbulb [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    In The Walls


    What is that sound, the sound of scurrying, the bumps and thuds. There is nothing there, but put your ear to the wall... there is something within!

    The hidden nooks and crannies, the slip spaces, the in between places. They are to be found in all constructions, man-made and natural. Urban and subterranean. For many they are a hiding place, a refuge, a vantage point, a prison. For whatever reason they reside within these places they have a reason not to be seen. Though they may not intend harm the mere suspicion of their presence is enough to instill fear and paranoia. In many cases this apprehension is founded, for who knows what their intentions are or why they are there...


    Sample Creature In the Walls

    Rat Swarm In The Walls

    They must know it was the rats; the slithering, scurrying rats whose scampering will never let me sleep; the daemon rats that race behind the padding in this room and beckon me down to greater horrors than I have ever known; the rats they can never hear; the rats, the rats in the walls...

    Tiny Animal (Swarm)
    Hit Dice: 4d8 (13 hp)
    Initiative: +2
    Speed: 15 ft. (3 squares), climb 20 ft.
    Armor Class: 14 (+2 size, +2 Dex), touch 14, flat-footed 12
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/—
    Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus disease)
    Full Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus disease)
    Space/Reach: 10 ft./0 ft.
    Special Attacks: Disease, distraction, tightfight
    Special Qualities: Cramped quarters, depth perception, find the passage, half damage from slashing and piercing, low-light vision, scent, swarm traits, tremorsense 30 ft.
    Saves: Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +2
    Abilities: Str 2, Dex 19, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 2
    Skills: Balance +12, Climb +12, Escape Artist +22, Hide +18, Listen +10, Move Silently +8, Spot +7, Swim +10
    Feats: Alertness, Stealthy, Weapon FinesseB
    Environment: Any
    Organization: Solitary, pack (2–4 swarms), or infestation (7–12 swarms)
    Challenge Rating: 2
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Always neutral
    Advancement: None
    Level Adjustment: —

    A rat swarm in the walls appears much as any other rats, though these have a sort of learn, feral quality to them. Their eyes are light pink and their colors pale...

    Combat
    A rat swarm in the walls pursues their enemies through the spaces between walls and floors, ceilings and basements, emerging en masse to cover over their opponent should they come near an opening such as a grate.

    Cramped Quarters (Ex): A rat swarm in the walls gains a +20 bonus to escape artist checks. As well, moving through a narrow space does not cost any extra squares of movement.

    Depth Perception (Ex): A rat swarm in the walls always knows how thick the walls surrounding it are and can sense empty space and hollows out to the limit of their tremorsense.

    Disease (Ex): Filth fever - swarm attack, Fortitude DC 12, incubation period 1d3 days, damage 1d3 Dex and 1d3 Con. The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Distraction (Ex):
    Any living creature that begins its turn with a swarm in its square must succeed on a DC 12 Fortitude save or be nauseated for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Find the Passage (Ex): A rat swarm in the walls automatically notices secret or hidden doorways within 5 feet as if they had succeeded on a search check unless it is magically hidden.

    Tightfight (Ex): A rat swarm in the walls does not take a penalty on attack rolls or to Armor Class when squeezing into or through a tight space. Any other creature that would take these penalties have them doubled in regards to the rat swarm in the walls.

    Skills: A rat swarm has a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks, and a +8 racial bonus on Balance, Climb, and Swim checks. A rat swarm can always choose to take 10 on all Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened.

    A rat swarm uses its Dexterity modifier instead of its Strength modifier for Climb and Swim checks.

    A rat swarm has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-

    Creating a Creature In The Walls

    "In The Walls" is an inherited template that can be added to any corporeal creature, hereafter referred to as the base creature. A creature in the walls uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

    Size and Type: A creature in the wall's size and type is unchanged, though it is considered two size categories smaller for the purpose of moving through a tight space.
    Speed: A creature in the walls gains a 20 foot climb speed. If they already have a climb speed they retain the better of of the two.

    Special Attacks: A creature in the walls retains all special attacks of the base creature. They also gain the following special attacks.

    Tightfight (Ex): A creature in the walls does not take a penalty on attack rolls or to Armor Class when squeezing into or through a tight space. Any other creature that would take these penalties have them doubled in regards to the creature in the walls.

    Special Qualities: A creature in the walls retains all qualities of the base creature. They also gain the following special qualities.

    Cramped Quarters (Ex): A creature in the walls gains a +20 bonus to escape artist checks. As well, moving through a narrow space does not cost any extra squares of movement.

    Depth Perception (Ex): A creature in the walls always knows how thick the walls surrounding it are and can sense empty space and hollows out to the limit of their tremorsense.

    Find the Passage (Ex): A creature in the walls automatically notices secret or hidden doorways within 5 feet as if they had succeeded on a search check unless it is magically hidden.

    Tremorsense: A creature in the walls gains tremorsense out to 30 feet.

    Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: Dex +4
    Skills: A creature in the walls gains a +4 bonus to Move Silently and Listen checks. If they have an intelligence score of 3 or higher they also gain a +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (architecture and engineering).
    Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature.
    Level Adjustment: Same as base creature +2.
    Last edited by The Vorpal Tribble; 2009-03-04 at 09:05 PM.

  2. - Top - End - #2
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    DracoDei's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Near Atlanta,GA USA
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    No intrensic psychological effect? I think I actually prefer it that way for some reason...
    Running: Ruceeglaelsktinag IC OOC Active Map
    Power Rangers:"BIG TWIST!!" (working title) IC OOC Active Map:None.
    For everything else (including my homebrew) see: Full list of Homebrew.
    My Homebrew is meant to be used, but, if you do, PLEASE tell me how it goes.
    GenCon from Aug. 14th to 17th. DragonCon Aug 29th to Sept 1st. Both have prep and recovery.

  3. - Top - End - #3
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    watsyurname529's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Nice as usual. I would change the Climb speed so that if they already had a climb speed, it would increase by +10ft.

  4. - Top - End - #4
    Orc in the Playground
     
    Galileo's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    New Zealand
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Can there be wolves in the walls, perchance?

  5. - Top - End - #5
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Insanealien View Post
    Can there be wolves in the walls, perchance?
    It's official. I'm making Sharks in the Walls.

    ....In all seriousness, as usual, Vorpal Tribble works his monster-making genius to its full perfection. Can't find anything that really seems out of place. Good work

  6. - Top - End - #6
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    Magnor Criol's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ominous flowers!
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lappy9000 View Post
    It's official. I'm making Sharks in the Walls.
    "Ugh! What is that smell? It smells like...rotting fish!"
    *busts hole in wall*
    "What the -- why the Nine Hells would someone shove sharks in here!? Augh! This is disgusting! How long have they been here!?"

  7. - Top - End - #7
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    DracoDei's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Near Atlanta,GA USA
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    You talk like merfolk never build houses.
    Running: Ruceeglaelsktinag IC OOC Active Map
    Power Rangers:"BIG TWIST!!" (working title) IC OOC Active Map:None.
    For everything else (including my homebrew) see: Full list of Homebrew.
    My Homebrew is meant to be used, but, if you do, PLEASE tell me how it goes.
    GenCon from Aug. 14th to 17th. DragonCon Aug 29th to Sept 1st. Both have prep and recovery.

  8. - Top - End - #8
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Starscream's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Elyria, Ohio
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Just wait until those fools encounter my latest creation: Fire Elementals in the Walls!***

    Ahaha! Ahahahaha! Ahaha!

    ***Also known as the dungeon's heating system. In the summer months we use air elementals.
    How to Play Rogues Properly:
    Spoiler
    Show
    Like this:

  9. - Top - End - #9
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Gorgondantess's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Not in a human colon

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    They must know it was the rats; the slithering, scurrying rats whose scampering will never let me sleep; the daemon rats that race behind the padding in this room and beckon me down to greater horrors than I have ever known; the rats they can never hear; the rats, the rats in the walls...
    When I first saw this thread, I instantly thought of The Rats in the Walls. Excellent reference, and very cool template; I'll probably end up using it in one of my campaigns sometime. Or, better yet, one of my PCs... I can see it now: half-elf bard in the walls. Hey, where's that eerie music coming from...
    Marceline Abadeer by Gnomish Wanderer
    Spoiler
    Show
    Classic Cthulhu by RTGoodman


    Critical Failures by Strawberries & Captain Happy, respectively.




    Scizor by Mr. Saturn.


  10. - Top - End - #10
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    DracoDei's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Near Atlanta,GA USA
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    That got a laugh from me... in the right sort of silly campaign, that could be great... especially if was varient bard that gave penalties to enemies, rather than bonuses to allies...
    Running: Ruceeglaelsktinag IC OOC Active Map
    Power Rangers:"BIG TWIST!!" (working title) IC OOC Active Map:None.
    For everything else (including my homebrew) see: Full list of Homebrew.
    My Homebrew is meant to be used, but, if you do, PLEASE tell me how it goes.
    GenCon from Aug. 14th to 17th. DragonCon Aug 29th to Sept 1st. Both have prep and recovery.

  11. - Top - End - #11
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Arachu's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Yes, that is true
    Gender
    Male2Female

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lappy9000 View Post
    It's official. I'm making Sharks in the Walls.
    Retriever Demon in the walls!
    Thanks for existing.

    Dragon Hunter avatar by Lerky. Magical Girl by the lovely Astrella~

  12. - Top - End - #12
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Pie Guy's Avatar

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    center of earth

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorgondantess View Post
    When I first saw this thread, I instantly thought of The Rats in the Walls. Excellent reference, and very cool template; I'll probably end up using it in one of my campaigns sometime. Or, better yet, one of my PCs... I can see it now: half-elf bard in the walls. Hey, where's that eerie music coming from...
    Wait, it's possible to read this and not get the reference?

    Anyway, Zombies in the walls!

    Edit:
    "The zombies. The zombies they can never hear. The zombies, in the walls."
    Last edited by Pie Guy; 2009-03-07 at 12:36 AM.

  13. - Top - End - #13
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    DracoDei's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Near Atlanta,GA USA
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pie Guy View Post
    "The zombies. The zombies they can never hear. The zombies, in the walls."
    Ok, sure... but can they SMELL them?
    Running: Ruceeglaelsktinag IC OOC Active Map
    Power Rangers:"BIG TWIST!!" (working title) IC OOC Active Map:None.
    For everything else (including my homebrew) see: Full list of Homebrew.
    My Homebrew is meant to be used, but, if you do, PLEASE tell me how it goes.
    GenCon from Aug. 14th to 17th. DragonCon Aug 29th to Sept 1st. Both have prep and recovery.

  14. - Top - End - #14
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Pie Guy's Avatar

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    center of earth

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    Quote Originally Posted by DracoDei View Post
    Ok, sure... but can they SMELL them?
    How thick is the wall? It'd probably depend on the decomposition of the zombies too.

  15. - Top - End - #15
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Icewalker's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    In the Playground
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    This is quite awesome, as per expected

    I can really see an adventure centered around some kind of demon snake with this template, possibly subconsciously influenced by Harry Potter. Ah well, so be it. This form seems to apply very well to a snake-like being. Or insects for that matter...perhaps some kind of plague scarab infestation in a desert, which live in the walls.
    Quote of the [insert timeframe here]: (Week? Perhaps! Year? Also maybe.)
    "Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds...may then with the fair white wings of Imagination hope to soar further into the unexplored amidst which we live."
    -Augusta Ada Lovelace

    (Kairos avatar by Elrond)

  16. - Top - End - #16
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Athaniar's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: [Template] Do you know what's inside?

    None of you have grasped the true use of this template: Tarrasque in the Walls. Be afraid.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •