Biweekly Monster-Coagulant and Blood Golemettes (AD&D)

Coagulant
FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1-4
ARMOR CLASS:
MOVE: 6″
HIT DICE: 2
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-8
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Blood Golems
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: M
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Coagulants are walking corpses with skin a deep, mottled purple. This coloration comes from the clotted blood throughout the body as a coagulant forms exclusively when a creature is killed when its blood vessels large and small throughout its body burst, whether due to magical or mundane causes. They mostly behave like zombies, but are capable of feral undead behavior without commands from a master.

When a coagulant is damaged with an edged weapon (such as an axe or a sword), a blood golemette is always formed. When it is damaged with a piercing weapon (such as an arrow or a spear) there is a 50% chance a blood golemette is formed.

Coagulants are not affected by sleep, charm, hold, and cold-based spells. Holy water vials deal 2-8 damage each and prevent blood golemettes from forming for 1-4 melee rounds.

Blood Golemette
FREQUENCY: N/A
NO. APPEARING: N/A
ARMOR CLASS:
MOVE: 6″
HIT DICE: 1-2 Hit Points
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-2
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Blood disease
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: S (6″ tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

These little creatures are formed from the coagulated blood of a coagulant when a blow releases them from the main body. A blood golemette’s attack has a 10% chance to confer a blood disease (see DMG pg. 14) on a successful hit.

Like coagulants, they are not affected by sleep, charm, hold, and cold-based spells. Holy water vials deal 2-8 damage each and prevent infection (if by some enhancement it survives) for 1-4 melee rounds.

Disease is fun. I like coming up with ways to include it, but geez, a blood disease can really end a character without some place to fall back to and get a cure disease. Let me know if these guys leave an impression at your table.

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