Monster Monday-Shadow Hunter

ShadowHunter“What was that?”

“Keep your voice down. What was what?”

“Something moving in the shadows, it was fast. I’m gonna go check it out.”

“Don’t move the torch. No one ever leaves this place, we don’t want to get caught.”

“Caught by whom? We–” Avery fell silent and Corin turned to see a dark figure dragging him into the shadows. He ran, but they had already blocked his escape.

Shadow Hunter

Health Points: 4d6+20

Spell Points: None

Attack: 2 Fore Claws, 1d8, speed: MoveSpeed/24

Dexterity: 20

Strength: 16

Speed: 32-1 per 20 average lux, minimum of 4.

Armor: 1 1 1

Special: Stealth VIII, Powerful Ultraviolet Vision

Description: Shadow hunters are among the most primal creatures of darkness. They are pitch black themselves, with bright eyes capable of seeing in the darkest shadow. Their living in darkness is not a preference, but a necessity. When exposed to visible light, their reactions and movements slow considerably. For this reason they hunt in the shadows, only moving to the fringes of the light to bring in prey wary of the dark.

Due to their dependence on darkness, shadow hunters live almost exclusively indoors or underground. They are intelligent enough to extinguish lights, careful to do so when there is no sign of threats. The light does not pain them, but they are aware it slows them (or at least that other creatures seem faster in the light). Sometimes packs of shadow hunters are clever enough leave lights in strategic locations to draw in prey.

If desperate, shadow hunters sometime stray forth and hunt at night. Even a full moon does little to slow them and they may even venture into settled areas looking for prey. Similarly, if their habitat is threatened, they will spend their nights looking for an ideal space to live, moving from cave to cave. Whole villages have been killed by displaced shadow hunters wanting to use their homes to hide from the light.

Shadow hunters are very dangerous foes, but if detected, they can be defeated with a little planning and care.

As a player, how would you fight a pack of shadow hunters? Would you be checking the shadows for such dangerous enemies? Would you throw away stealth to prevent a shadow hunter ambush? As a Master Weaver, would you use them? How? Comment below to share your thoughts.

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