Biweekly Monster-Headless Hunter (AD&D)

HeadlessHunterFREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 10 (by armor)
MOVE: 9″
HIT DICE: 5
% IN LAIR: 30%
TREASURE TYPE: D, S
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: By weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSE: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Very
ALIGNMENT: Neutral Evil
SIZE: M
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Headless hunters are the monstrous results of demi-humans who suffer a crisis of identity so severe that they completely lose their self and seek to assume the identities of others. The transformation occurs then the demi-human kills its first object of envy, taking its head and then its own head. From this moment on, the headless hunter has no memory of which head is its own, but keeps a growing collection of heads to opportunistically employ when it needs a certain self.

Upon switching into a new head, the headless hunter gains access to the head’s memories, voice, and mannerisms. It will often keep the victim’s clothing to improve its disguise when it adopts a new persona. The hunter’s primary use for these personae is to go about as the people it wished it was. Inevitably, this leads to encountering other targets of envy which it feels compelled to add to its collection.

When a confronting a powerful foe, the headless hunter can remove its current head causing anyone watching enough shock that they must make a save against paralysis or be paralyzed for 1d4 rounds.

I got excited about this monster and bumped the monster that was slotted for this week, instead introducing a perfectly inappropriate monster for the week after Valentine’s Day. I believe it was a story someone mentioned about their character’s head being in a jar after being beheaded. Why put heads in a jar, I thought. Because they can be used for something!

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