Monday, December 7, 2009
2e Tuesday - Fens
No. Enc: 1d10
Fly (bird-form only): 240' (80')
Swim: 240' (80')
Land: 30' (10')
Armor Class: 7 (fish-scale armor)
Hit Dice: 8
Attacks: 1 (tailslap or weapon)
Damage: 6d6 or by weapon
Fens are intelligent fish-men who blast through their underwater world propelled by their powerful tails. They can survive on land for up to 24 hours but move clumsily on their stubby legs. They exude a protective slime that protects them against heat and lasers - they ignore the first five instances that such attacks would have damaged them. On land Fens sometimes wield low-tech weapons such as swords, clubs and spears, but in general they prefer the brutal efficacy of their tailslap in hand to fin combat. Underwater the Fens often use their spears to ram at high speed (doing double normal weapon damage) before engaging up close with their tail.
Interestingly, all Fens possess the ability to transform into a bird of their own size. In bird form their tailslap is replaced with two talon rakes for 2d6 damage each and a beak attack for 1d6. If a Fen stays in bird form for longer than a day it risks permanently becoming trapped in that form, although it will always long for the water and the companionship of its own kind. This leads to poignant moments as the other Fens return to Man-Fish form and slip back into the water as a forlorn giant bird runs up and down the shore...
Mutations: Metamorph, Special (protective slime)
The Fens intrigue me. A Man-Fish makes as much sense as any other mutant hybrid, but a Man-Fish that can change into a Bird? I think the Fens are a sort of swiss-army creature - you could literally run into them anywhere. I think it would be amusing to have a recurring Fen NPC (I am envisioning a big bumbling oaf, good natured but always messing things up) that the PCs keep meeting in the oddest places. They first meet him in the river, then run into him in the forest, and after commandeering a helicopter and flying to a floating cloud city, who do they run into but mister Fen!
(Fens illustration from the Gamma World 2d edition Basic Rules Booklet, bird silhouette added by myself)