Saturday, May 28, 2011

1d8 Cockatrices

Image from Blood & Treasure by Jon Kaufman

Maybe it's the pain killers I've been taking since I had a wisdom tooth was pulled, but here are a collection of goofy variations on the venerable cockatrice. When one of the killer chickens shows up as a random monster, roll 1d8 and replace him with one of his cousins.

1. Cock'a'leeky - wounds from its bite do not heal, save with the application of a cure light wounds spell and holy water. Each successful bite attacks deals 1 point of damage per hour until healed.

2. Cock Robbin' - a cockatrice that can back stab for double damage, move silently and hide in shadows as a 5th level thief. Has a black mask marking on its face.

3. Cockatrice Rex - a cockatrice the size of a tyrannosaurus rex (essentially a t-rex with a petrifying bite).

4. Cockatwice - two headed cockatrice with two bite attacks.

5. Cock'n'Bull - like a chimera, except with the head of a gorgon and a cockatrice (use gorgon stats with an extra bite from the cockatrice head).

6. Peacockatrice - its colorful feathers hypnotize (save or stunned for 1d4 rounds).

7. Poppycock - has a bright red plume, its bite causes a deathless sleep (save or permanent sleep, can be defeated with a remove curse spell).

8. Weathercockatrice - belches a killer fog (cloudkill) in place of the petrifying bite.

Of course, wise adventurers will remember to bring their cockatrice spaniel, a hunting dog immune to the creature's petrifying bite.

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Though I'm not sure I get the last one...

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  2. Play on the cocker spaniel.

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  3. Oh, no I meant the weathercockatrice...

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  4. Ah - well, a weathercock is the same thing as a weathervane. Puns on words including "cock" that aren't profane are hard to find.

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  5. Cock'a'doodle - breath weapon leaves horrifying, disfiguring tattoos on victim.

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  6. Or maybe the bite injects tattoo ink, and multiple bites leave strange designs on the victim?

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  7. Great post! Will use some of these... Thanks!

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