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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Word Verification Wednesday - Quider


Will over at Green Skeleton Gaming Guild and I have been tossing back and forth Word Verification Challenges where we design creatures for words we come across on various word verification requests around the internet. This has been a lot of fun and recently, in a bit of email back and forth, he and I decided to make it a regular thing.

We call it Word Verification Wednesday and it will take the form each of us posting a new Mutant Future creature, based on a word verification word we've encountered, every Wednesday. So, without further delay, here is my first offering for Word Verification Wednesday...


Quider
No. Enc.: Solitary
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 100' (40')
Armor Class: 9
Hit Dice: 1
Attacks: 1 (bite or claw)
Damage: 1d6
Save: L2
Morale: 5
Hoard Class: II

Quiders are considering prey by many denizens of the aftermath. They are diminutive and stand only a mere 2-3 ft in height with a bipedal stance. Though sporting what appear to be formidable weapons, these cowardly creatures are loath to even try to use them preferring the safety of a deep dark hole to a confrontation. If not for their insatiable appetite it is likely that these beasts would never poke their heads out. The truth of the matter is that a Quider must spend a good 12 hours a day constantly feeding to sustain itself and its one, singularly unique ability.


A strange mutation of the Quider allows it to transmute mineral contents of the foods and materials it consumes into precious stones. This is accomplished through some strange internal metabolic process that can transform even the most common materials into valuable stones. At any time a Quider is likely to have 1d6 valuable stones or gems inside of its stomach.

Mutations: Increased Caloric Intake x 4, Special - Internal Synthesis.

7 comments:

  1. Man you get one of those for your wife and you're set! Kind of like Caffe Lua but without the coffee ;)

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  2. How funny we both developed creatures with Increased Caloric Intake!!!

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  3. Very cool... Their poop is valuable, nice!

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  4. As I told Bill. i am going to takes these guys and convert them for Dungeonland for my dnd group. They think there is an axebeak and some giant owl in the pool. Oh no, it's a Quider and a host of other fun mutations. On a aside have you ever read or listened to James Axler's Deathlands?

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  5. Armchair General,
    I've read several of the Deathlands books, though I found the earlier books to be better than the later ones.

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  6. Who says the Quider poops out the stones. Perhaps they are used to aid in digestion such as with the chicken gizzard (for those whose knowledge of chickens stops at McNuggets, the gizzard is a muscular sack that contains pebbles the birds have swallowed and is used to help grind up food). A nice hard precious stone would after all be better for this sort of work than some crappy piece of sandstone.

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  7. @bcantwell - You are closer to my original intent for the Quider. I imagined the stones being a biproduct of some strange mutatgenic digestive process. I imagine they would have to expell them at some point.

    -Eli

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