Friday, February 4, 2011

The Thing in the Well

Rathgar, Nimble, Allianora, and Feris rushed into the room, and slammed the door shut, bracing it with their bodies. "Any ideas?" Nimble asked as the door was slammed into from the other side.  

Feris took a moment to look at the room they just entered. Luckily it wasn't full of more of those damn orcs. There was, however, a well in the otherwise empty room.    

The banging stopped. "What do you think they're doing?" Rathgar whispered.

Everyone was still, trying to hear what the orcs were up to. In the silence of the room they heard a single noise - the clicking of the lock.

"Did they just lock us in?" Feris asked incredulously.  

"Why not, they can always come and get us later." Nimble grumbled.

"Uh guys?" Allianora pointed at the well. A tentacle was reaching up over the lip of the well, and stretching out toward the door. 

The Thing in the Well
Armor Class: -2
Hit Dice: 12** (L)
Move: 0' (0')
Attacks: 6 Tentacles, Bite
Damage: see Tentacle description, 2d8+Special
No. Appearing: 1 (unique)
Save As: C12
Morale: 12
Treasure Type: C
Intelligence: 0
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 2,025

The Thing in the Well Tentacle
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2+2* (L)
Move:  0' (0')
Attacks: 1 tentacle + Special
Damage: 1d8 + Special
No. Appearing: 6
Save As: C12
Morale: 12
Treasure Type: 
Intelligence: 0
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 35

The Thing in the Well is a large tentacled monster that lives in narrow spaces, attacking and eating those that stray within it's reach. It is both a combination terrain piece/monster/trap - a tentacled monster that has rooted itself in a well. While the players can temporarily disable it, it is nearly impossible to kill. Luckily for anyone encountering it, it's rooted in place, and as long as they avoid getting too close to it, they should be fine. I'm picturing the Sarlacc from Star Wars in the middle of a dungeon. Maybe a little smaller. Potentially it could be living in a space between 2 sections of a dungeon, and the only way to get to that section is through the beast. What could be in the long closed off sub-level?

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