Thursday, April 16, 2009

Feral halfling subrace; Rockchuckers

Halfling; Rockchucker

Frequency: Rare
No. appearing: 6-60
Armor class: 7
Move: 9
Hit dice: 1-6 hit points
% in lair: 50%
Treasure type: by individual, in lair, k, b
No. of attacks: 2
Damage/attacks: by weapon, or 1-4
Special attacks: +2 with bow or sling, +3 with hurled stone
Special defenses: Save at 4 levels higher
Magic resistance: save at 4 levels higher
Intelligence: Average, but cunning
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Size: S (2 1/2'-3 1/2' tall)
Psionic ability: nil

Inbred, stubborn, and hostile, Rockchuckers are the trash of the halfling world. Willfully ignorant and deliberately difficult, any interaction with them is a trial. Either greatly overweight, or rail thin, Rockchuckers are too lazy to develop their skill with the bow or sling like other halflings. They are, however, deadly with hurled stones which they choose with care from streams.

When hurling stones, Rockchuckers get two attacks per round, and will always target unhelmited characters first.
A natural twenty indicates a successful head shot, and the victim must save vs petrifacation or be, "Brained". This indicates double damage plus the victim is stunned for 1d6 rounds.

Travellers wishing to visit a halfling town may often have to pass through Rockchucker territory to get there. Rockchuckers rarely are active bandits, but anyone who fails to show the proper respect, or offer the proper "gifts" may find themselves running from a barrage of rocks.

Semi-nomadic, Rockchuckers prefer to live along streams, forrest paths, and known game trails. They dwell in small, roofed carts and rickety wagons which they refer to as, "Trailers".
Generally living together in extended, and intertwined family groups, Rockchuckers occasionally gather together in larger numbers for important events. When a large number of trailers is brought together, the event is known as a , "Park".


Chris said...

Chav Hobbits? Yep, I can see it. :)

Max said...

And here I was just shemping some goblins into cave hobbits for an adventure I'm running! I'll be sure to have them throw rocks.

My hope is that some future Extra Special Super Duper Ex-Treme Edition of the LotR expanded edition comes with an editing feature. That way I could cut the shots in FotR were Pip & Merry knock out uruk-hai with thrown rocks. It's always bugged me -- those hobbits were dice cheaters, man.

E.G.Palmer said...

Cave hobbits sounds like a good idea! I like devolving creatures to make them unexpected. I have an idea for primative, Horned goblins. They'll have natural armor like an armadillo and stubby horns like a kobold. I just don't know what to do with them.