Thursday, September 24, 2020

Grognard's Grimoire: Talpus

Talpus (Demon of the Third Shell) (Old School Essentials)

A talpus by Jason Sholtis
AC –4 [23], HD 10*** (45hp), Att 2 × claw (2d4), 1 × bite (2d6), 1 × gore (1d6), THAC0 11 [+8], MV 90' (30'), SV D6 W7 P8 B8 S10, ML 9, AL Chaotic, XP 3500, NA 1d3 (1d6), TT

The hulking talpus resembles a nightmarish mole, With its immense claws, it burrows through the earth, creating the labyrinthine tunnels it calls home. This demon delights in surprising (1–4 on a six-sided die) prey on the surface and dragging it back to its lair underground, where it cruelly torments it before consuming it. 

The talpus is a demon of the Third Shell and thus susceptible to ordinary weapons. It has the following spell-like abilities, usable at will: cause fear, continual darkness, detect invisible, fear, and wall of stone. It can also summon another talpus with a 35% chance of success.

The Book of Black Blood states that talpi hail from the same Demon World as the chthonii, but, if true, this common origin has done nothing to foster amity between them. Demonologists quickly learned to keep the two demon races from coming into contact with one another, lest they shatter their bindings to do battle (and then turn on their erstwhile summoner). 

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