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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Monster Book: Apes

Here's all the Apes going in the monster book.  Main changes from the Labyrinth Lord books are the heights and weight for each species.

Ape, Albino

NO. ENC.:  1d6 (2d4)
ALIGNMENT:  Neutral
MOVEMENT:  120’ (40’)
ARMOUR CLASS:  6
HIT DICE:  4
ATTACKS:  2 (fists)
DAMAGE:  1d4/1d4
SAVE:  F2
MORALE:  7
HOARD CLASS:  None
XP:  80
AVG. HP:  18

Albino apes are a white sub-species of gorilla.  A fully-grown male stands 5 feet tall and weighs 350 pounds.

Albino apes are adapted to living in a subterranean environment, only venturing to the surface to forage for food at night.  As such, they have lost all pigment.  They will vocalize and act aggressively if other creatures come near their lair, and may attack.  Albino apes may occasionally be found as pets to Neanderthals or Morlocks.

In addition to two fist attacks, albino apes can throw rocks for 1d6 hit points of damage per round.


Ape, Chimpanzee

NO. ENC.:  1d4 (3d4)
ALIGNMENT:  Neutral
MOVEMENT:  120’ (40’)
ARMOUR CLASS:  6
HIT DICE:  3
ATTACKS:  3 (2 fists, 1 bite)
DAMAGE:  1d3/1d3/1d6
SAVE:  F3
MORALE:  9
HOARD CLASS:  None
XP:  50
AVG. HP:  14

Chimpanzees are smaller than most other apes at 4 feet tall, and 120 pounds in weight.  A chimp’s long arms, when extended, have a span one and a half times as long as the body’s height, and a chimpanzee's arms are longer than its legs.

What they lack in size, they make up for with aggression.  They may attack with very little provocation, and have a taste for meat.  However, if caught young, they can be tamed and trained to perform quite complex tasks.  In the wild, they will often make use of improvised tools to obtain food or even scare away intruders.

Chimpanzees live in a wide variety of habitats, including tropical rain forests, woodlands, swamp forests, and grasslands.


Ape, Gorilla

NO. ENC.:  1d4 (3d4)
ALIGNMENT:  Neutral
MOVEMENT:  120’ (40’)
ARMOUR CLASS:  6
HIT DICE:  4+1
ATTACKS:  3 (2 claws, 1 bite)
DAMAGE:  1d3/1d3/1d6
SAVE:  F4
MORALE:  8
HOARD CLASS:  None
XP:  80
AVG. HP:  19

Gorillas are large apes that measure up to 5½ feet tall and can weigh as much as 400 pounds.  Gorillas knuckle-walk using their long arms and shorter legs.  They can stand and walk upright over short distances.

Gorillas are exclusively vegetarian, and will normally only fight when threatened, or to defend their territory.  A typical group of gorillas will have one male silverback and the rest will be females (who are smaller) and youngsters.

Gorillas live in tropical rain forest clearings, wet lowland forests, and swamps - though they cannot swim.  They are able to climb trees, but do not do so very often.


Ape, Man-Eating

NO. ENC.:  2d4 (3d4)
ALIGNMENT:  Neutral
MOVEMENT:  120’ (40’)
ARMOUR CLASS:  6
HIT DICE:  5
ATTACKS:  3 (2 claws, 1 bite)
DAMAGE:  1d4/1d4/1d8
SAVE:  F5
MORALE:  10
HOARD CLASS:  XIX
XP:  350
AVG. HP:  23

Man-eating apes are related to chimpanzees, but are much fiercer and larger than gorillas.  They can grow to 7 feet tall and reach up to 600 pounds in weight.

They have an insatiable desire to consume humanoid flesh, attacking with powerful fists and a bite, and if both fists hit the same target in the same round, the victim suffers an extra 1d8 rending damage.  Man-eating apes (average intelligence 8) are more intelligent than other apes and have sharp senses that give them only a 1 in 6 chance of being surprised.

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