Biweekly Monster-Pukwudgie (AD&D)

pukwudgie

A pukwudgie stalks intruders in its swamp.

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1 to 1-4
ARMOR CLASS: 5
MOVE: 9
HIT DICE: 1
% IN LAIR: 10%
TREASURE TYPE: R, S, T, V
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: By weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSE: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 0%
INTELLIGENCE: Exceptional
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic neutral
SIZE: S (2-3′ tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Pukwudgies inhabit thick, dark woods and wetlands where they stalk intruders and play pranks on them. They only attack those that come too close to their lair or that detect and threaten them.

Pukwudgies carry daggers and spears (5′) but prefer to attack with short bow and arrow. They employ various poisons on their arrows, as well as unpoisoned arrows. The first type of poison causes sleep for 1-6 hours if the creature struck fails a save against poison. The second poison causes confusion as the 4th level magic-user spell if the creature fails a save against poison with +4. The third causes 1d4 damage per turn for 1 day unless a save is made against poison with -4. This damage can be reduced by 2 per turn (minimum 0) with a slow poison spell and stopped completely with a neutralize poison spell.

Pukwudgies can cast faerie fire and produce flame twice per day each and pyrotechnics once per day as a level 3 druid. They can also turn invisible at will (gaining the bonus of subtracting -4 from “to hit” dice rolls of opponents unable to attack invisible objects) and mimic voices they have heard to lure intruders away from their lair and into danger. When threatened in melee, a pukwudgie may produce sand from a pocket and throw it, causing blindness in the target if it fails a save against breath weapon.

Pukwudgies are very stealth and surprise on a 1-4, though 75% of the time when they are not surprised, they avoid detection and follow to play tricks.

The pukwudgie fits perfectly into my world. I’m so glad I recently learned of their lore and found that they haven’t received much love from the D&D community. 

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