Harvest Dancer

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Harvest Dancer

Postby James » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:40 pm

Harvest Dancer
The harvest dancers are created by farming populations that follow the Way of Red Grain. Dancers are made to protect farm lands and rural country-side from thieves and invaders. It is believed by their creators that they also bless the harvest and produce a greater yield from any crops they protect. Local inhabitants are never attacked by their Harvest Dancers, though the reason is unknown.

From a distance, Harvest Dancers appear to be a humanoid shape wildly dancing with lunging and flailing movements. As one draws near, it becomes clear that it is a scarecrow-like manequin made completely of tightly sewn cloth. The design and sewn face varies by crafter. The feet are weighed within by large lumps of poisoned meat and vegetables, and the movement is due to the rest of the construct being filled by a large swarm of flighted, stinging insects.

Dancers lurch toward trespassers leaping into the air and from side to side. Their entire body is a weapon and the construct flails against an enemy with hundreds of tiny, poisoned stingers protruding from the cloth. The worst attacks, however, occur only when the cloth has been torn by their enemies' weapons.

Skill Cap: 8
Combat Skill: 8
Location: Fields
Intelligence Class: Animal

Strength: 4, d4
Melee: 8

Agility: 13, d12
Dodge: 10
Acrobatics: 8

Intelligence: 2, d2
Wilderness: 7

Intuition: 6, d6
Perception: 8

Endurance: 8, d8
Grit: 8

Willpower: 8, d8
Autonomy: 6
Intimidate: 8

Charisma: 2, d2

Cunning: 6, d6

Max Life: 50
Critical State: 30

Surprise Attack: +1
Intuitive Def: -1
First Impression:Very Bad

Attack Type: Stinger
Skill level: 8
Equip: +1
Bonus: (+4 Deadly Cloud)
Total: 9 (13)
Die: d12
Speed: Fast
Range: 1
Damage: 2d4 + poison
Amp: 3

Armor: (5 when freed from construct)
Resilience: 0

Passive Abilities:
Finesse: May use Agility die for Melee attacks
Resilience: Does not lower skill die when entering critical state
Elusive: -2 instead of -4 while dodging melee.
Vigilance: Due to thousands of eyes, has no blind-spot.
Entangle: +2 bonus to grapple attempts
Chaotic Movement: +2 bonus to dodge
Swarm Insides: All damage with bladed weapons deals only half damage
Active Abilities:
Lurch: May make a 7 m horizontal or 3 m vertical move as a VS action
Poisoned Sting: Wounds cannot be healed magically for 3 rounds and bleed profusely. Extra 1d4 damage per round per sting, Grit vs. Grit. Medic vs Grit to staunch
Escape: If dealt more than 15 damage by blades, cloth rips and insects empty the construct
Flying swarm: Armor increased to 5, half damage from bladed weapons
Deadly Cloud: When free of confines of construct, may engulf an occupied space, granting +4 to attack and unable to be parried.
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Re: Harvest Dancer

Postby Maugh » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:02 pm

Cool. Great visual.
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Re: Harvest Dancer

Postby marlin » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:04 pm

Ooh, the broad farmlands of the Tag clanhold would certainly have had these if I'd read about them sooner!

The staunching of the Poisoned Sting is a particularly nice little dynamic.
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Re: Harvest Dancer

Postby James » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:19 pm

Wow! You proved it, I did say 'stauch.' I have been wanting to use these since I first came up with the idea, clear back when I was DMing D&D. Just never had a party in the right setting.
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