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Troglodytes and bone tomahawks

After watching the movie Bone Tomahawk, I decided I should write a varmint entry for the troglodyte for Dungeon Crawl Classics. It’s a perfect fit for the Black Powder, Black Magic setting.

If you’re adventuring in the mines of Brimstone, you may find these guys on just about any level. They can also be found in remote caves beyond Brimstone.

Troglodyte

Init +1; Atk bone tomahawk +3 melee (1d6+3); AC 16; HD 2d8+2; MV 30’; Act 1d20; SP infravision 60’, Throat Whistle; SV Fort +2, Ref +0, Will +1; AL L.


The forsaken tribe of cannibalistic, demon worshipping natives (commonly called troglodytes) can be found in wilderness caves and the tunnels beneath Brimstone. They mark their territory with effigies of slain interlopers. Should these effigies be disturbed, the troglodytes may muster a hunting party to venture into town to capture their next stock of food and breeding selections.

In addition to seeing well in the dark, the troglodytes can hear frequencies similar to canines. They have a mutation, a bone protrusion in their throat, that allows them to communicate over many miles. When first encountered, a troglodyte or group of troglodytes will use their throat whistle to call for aid or warn their brethren. One additional troglodyte per average level of the party will arrive 1d4 rounds later. Reinforcements will not use this ability, as there are no reinforcements for reinforcements.

The bone tomahawks carried by troglodytes are studded with the petrified talons of demons. Troglodytes use sap from the roots of the World Tree, hardened by fire, to fuse the talons to their tomahawks. On a natural attack roll of 20, the victim suffers a devastating wound, and that character’s hit point total is forever reduced by 1d4 HP. Players may opt to permanently reduce their Luck score by an equivalent amount to counter this.


Folklore

Common (DC10): Name, visual description, origin

Uncommon (DC15): Infravision, throat whistle

Rare (DC 20-25): bone tomahawk special damage

Obscure (DC30): Troglodytes all worship Ushtooth the Usurper, an elder brain. Clerics with this knowledge may attempt to turn the troglodytes.