Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What A Thoul Believes

As promised/threatened, the D&D 4th edition stats for your basic thoul:


Thouls resemble bloated hobgoblins, though there is a distinct trollish character to their stooped posture and scowling faces. Their lumpy skin is a deathly pale green, and their fingers are tipped with dirty claws similar to a ghoul's.

Thouls are often found alongside their more disciplined hobgoblin brethren. The mixture of harsh training and torture at the hands of the hobgoblins, combined with the influence of their own trollish and ghoulish heritage, leaves thouls bestial and merciless.

Thoul Level 5 Soldier
Medium natural humanoid XP 200
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +6; darkvision
HP 68; Bloodied 34
Regeneration 5 (if the thoul takes acid or fire damage, regeneration does not function until the end of its next turn)
AC 21; Fortitude 20, Reflex 17, Will 16
Speed 8

Battleaxe (standard; at-will) * Weapon
+12 vs AC; 1d10 + 4 damage

Ghoulish Claws (standard; at-will)
+12 vs AC; 1d6 + 4 damage
and the target is immobilized (save ends).

Staggering Blow (standard; encounter)
+12 vs AC; 3d8 + 4 damage
Target must be immobilized, stunned, or unconscious. If successful, target is stunned.

Alignment Evil Languages Common, goblin
Skills Athletics +11, endurance +11
Str 18 (+6) Dex 15 (+4) Wis 15 (+4)
Con 20 (+7) Int 8 (+1) Cha 12 (+3)
Equipment Scale armor, battleaxe

A thoul takes advantage of its speed to paralyze vulnerable targets with its ghoulish claws. Once a victim is immobilized, the thoul tries to finish it off with a staggering blow.

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.
DC 15: Thouls are magical crossbreeds of ghouls, hobgoblins, and trolls that possess the ability to regenerate and cause paralysis.
DC 20: Thouls are not undead, and reproduce naturally. They are often found alongside (and mistreated by) their hobgoblin kin.
DC 25: Thouls were created by twisted arcane experiments centuries ago by parties unknown.

I used the DDI Monster Builder for figuring out the basic math, and it's really little more than a modified ghoul, but I think it came out okay for my first try at 4th edition monster design. The Rules Cyclopedia mentions that "there can be thoul spellcasters", so perhaps I'll try one of those next.

1 comment:

  1. Paul, you're just a thoul for love.

    but you should point out in your write-up that thouls make good banditry targets, as a thoul and his money are soon parted.