Thursday, September 10, 2020

Grognard's Grimoire: Lucifugus

Lucifugus (Demon of the First Shell) (Old School Essentials)

A lucifugus by Jason Sholtis

AC 0 [19], HD 8** (36hp), Att 2 × claw (1d8), 1 × bite (1d10), THAC0 12 [+7], MV 120' (180'), SV D8 W9 P10 B10 S12, ML 12, AL Chaotic, XP 1750, NA 1d3 (1d6), TT

Looking like an unholy amalgam of man and bat, the lucifugus is one of the weakest demons of the Great Void. Barely sentient, it acts purely on the twin instincts to flee the light and to destroy any Lawful beings it encounters. Consequently, the lucifugus cannot be reasoned with or bribed, though magicians and cultists who know the appropriate black rites (such as those contained in the Book of the Void) may press a lucifugus into temporary service.

Like all demons of the First Shell, a lucifugus is susceptible to damage from ordinary weapons. It possesses the following spell-like abilities, usable at will: continual darkness and detect invisible. Additionally, a lucifugus may summon another demon of its kind with a 10% chance of success.

The Tome of Avowal claims that small numbers of lucifugi descend every new moon, fleeing into the dark places of the earth to set up lairs from which to attack the unwary. True or not, the lucifugus is unquestionably the commonest terrestrial demon, to the point that there are orders of fighting men who dedicate themselves solely to their eradication. 

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