Red Steel (Mystara)

Zombie, Red


Zombie, Red
Activity Cycle:Night
Intelligence:Low (5-7)
Alignment:Neutral (evil)
No. Appearing:1d6
Armor Class:8
Hit Dice:2
No. of Attacks:1
Special Attacks:Deplete cinnabryl
Special Defenses:Spell immunities
Magic Resistance:Nil
Size:M (4-7’ tall)
XP Value:270
420 w/1 Legacy
650 w/2 Legacies

Red zombies are usually formed when a wicked mage or priest uses the spell animate dead to enchant the corpse of an Afflicted person. A red zombie will sometimes spontaneously form when somebody dies from the “red blight”, a form of illness that causes non-Legacy using creatures, or those beyond the limits of the Haze, who wear cinnabryl to lose 1 point of Constitution per day until dead. A person who dies from the red blight and is not blessed during the burial has a 10% of rising one day later as a red zombie.

Red zombies ceaselessly pursue cinnabryl-using creatures. Because the malady that killed them was caused by wearing cinnabryl, they are obsessed with destroying as much of the magical metal as they can. Regardless of the creature’s alignment in life, the desire for destruction warps the red zombie into an evil creature. Their dim intelligence and ability to follow complex orders makes them slightly more useful than normal zombies to the evil mages and priests who animate these creatures. Still, their obsession with cinnabryl makes red zombies difficult to control. While under the control of a priest or mage, a red zombie is allowed a saving throw vs. spell once every four weeks. If the saving throw succeeds, it escapes control and turns on its master.

A red zombie looks much as it did at the moment of its death, except for its dull red skin. It also emanates a bright red glow from the eyes and mouth. Red zombies have terrible mutations as a result of their Afflictions. Even if they do not have Legacies, the curse still warps them horribly.

The Red Curse: A red zombie that was a non-Legacy-using creature in life never acquires any Legacies. However, a red zombie that did have Legacies in life retains them in undeath. A red zombie that was an Inheritor in life will have at least two Legacies, and may have more (DM’s option).

Combat: Red zombies behave much like standard zombies in combat. They are slow and unsteady, so they strike last in the combat round. They claw and gouge the flesh from their victims, eating it as they go. Red zombies prefer to attack creatures carrying cinnabryl. Red zombies are immune to sleep, charm, hold, death magic, poisons, and cold-based spells. A vial of holy water inflicts 2d4 points of damage (as acid) if it successfully strikes a red zombie.

Red zombies also deplete cinnabryl. They do this by eating the raw flesh of their victims. For each point of damage the red zombie inflicts, it depletes one day’s worth of cinnabryl from its victim. A victim struck for 7 points of damage would immediately lose 7 day’s worth (1 ounce) of cinnabryl. In addition, the red zombie gains 1 hit point for each full ounce of cinnabryl that it depletes from its victims. These extra hit points are temporary and vanish when the sun rises the next morning.

A red zombie will keep attacking relentlessly, stopping only when all of its potential victims are dead.

Red zombies also suffer double damage from weapons forged of red steel.

Habitat/Society: Red zombies congregate near sources of cinnabryl and pursue creatures who use cinnabryl. They have the ability to automatically detect this magical metal.

Each red zombie is an individual creature; they rarely act as a group unless controlled by some outside force. They can be controlled by evil mages and priests.

Ecology: Red zombies are not natural creatures, so they play little or no role in the ecological system. They do, however, present a danger to cinnabryl-using creatures.

Last Modified: June 10, 2010, 12:07:26 GMT

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