Red Steel (Mystara)



Climate/Terrain:Any (prefers jungle)
Frequency:Very rare
Activity Cycle:Any
Intelligence:Average (8-10)
Alignment:Chaotic evil
No. Appearing:1 (1d2)
Armor Class:3
Hit Dice:9
THAC0:11 (8 w/pincers)
No. of Attacks:3
Special Attacks:Acid slime, poisonous breath
Special Defenses:Hit only by magical or red steel weapons, immune to acid and poisonous gas
Magic Resistance:30%
Size:L (12’ tall)
Morale:Champion (15-16)
XP Value:6,000

The malfera is a foul creature summoned from the Dimension of Nightmares, where many bad dreams are bred and released into the minds of sleeping people. A malfera appears only through acts of powerful mortal magic or through the will of an Immortal.

A malfera has a large, elephantlike face and a short prehensile trunk, flanked by large fangs. Its head is topped by large crescent-shaped ivory horns. The chest is a mass of slimy, short tentacles resembling tube worms, and its long, muscular arms end in large, jagged pincers. Its black skin is wrinkled and leathery, much like the skin of an elephant, and it has a prominent weblike network of red veins running all over its skin. Its eyes glow a deep crimson.

Combat: In combat, a malfera attacks with its pincers and fangs. The malfera has an effective Strength of 20 and gets appropriate strength bonuses with its pincers. If both pincers successfully hit a single target, the malfera drags the victim to its chest during the next round, automatically trapping it in the tentacles. The tentacles are coated with a thick, acidic slime which does 2d6 points of damage each round. The victim is entitled to a saving throw vs. poison each round; if successful, the victim takes no poison damage that round.

If the victim has a Strength of 15 or less, the victim can be freed only when the malfera is killed. With a Strength of 16 or greater, the victim can wrestle free with a successful bend bars check. A victim can attempt this only once.

In addition, the noxious, rancid breath of a malfera is equivalent to type J ingested poison with an onset time of 1d4 minutes. Each time the malfera succeeds with a bite attack, its victim must make a successful saving throw vs. poison with a +3 bonus or die. Even if the saving throw succeeds, the victim still takes 20 points of damage.

Malferas are immune to acid and poisonous gas and can be struck only by magical or red steel weapons.

Aside from its combat abilities, a malfera can detect invisibility at will, and it opens all doors as if it had a permanent knock spell.

Habitat/Society: While on the Prime Material, malferas are loners. They are also rapacious and wasteful carnivores. A malfera will often kill intelligent humanoids, eating only the heart and leaving the rest of the body to waste and rot. Malferas also take trophies from their victims.

Ecology: Malferas are not part of the natural world and exist on the Prime Material only at the whim of some powerful creature. Luckily, a malfera must return to its hideous home once it has accomplished its mission.

The malfera is a jungle nightmare, preferring to stalk in hot areas overgrown by jungle. These creatures are firmly entrenched in the myths of the inhabitants of the Orc’s Head Peninsula, especially among the orcs of the Dark Jungle.

For some unknown reason, malferas will never attack wallaras. This may be because malferas are nightmare creatures, and the wallaras are often protected by wallaran spirits, powerful beings that dwell in the Dreamworld.

A malfera may be summoned to the Prime Material by an evil mage using a spell like to the 5th-level mage spell conjure elemental. An evil priest may also summon a malfera by using a variant of the 6th-level priest spell, conjure fire elemental.

Last Modified: June 10, 2010, 12:00:58 GMT

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