Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Bloater

Mulling through the possibilities of Nethacking undead powers, I had a quick idea for a kind of corporeal undead. Maybe it was the very filling Italian meal tonight (what kind of salad bar has three kinds of fried fish anyway...)


The bloater is a zombified corpse at the point of corruption when the body swells with foul gas and ichor. It is all too easy to hit (AC 9 descending/10 ascending) and moves extremely slowly (move rate 3). But it is robust (2+4 HD), attacks with both hands to claw and strangle (2d4 damage) and has a special defense. When hit for more than 4 hp damage, foul ichor sprays out, and the monster rolls an extra "to hit" with an extra +2 against the attacker. Success means the ichor burns the attacker for an amount equal to the amount dealt by his or her own attack, minus 4. Also, the victim must save (Fortitude/Poison) or contract a disease that picks a random ability score and drains 1 point/day until cured.


  1. Nicely done. There needs to be an "ick" factor with undead that is missing be the overexposure of the everyday varieties.

  2. That is good. Maceration is a nasty process. Though corpses with deep punctures to skin don't bloat as much, as the gases leak out. Maybe add that to back story as necessary.

    And what were the fried fish at this salad bar? I'm intrigued.

  3. Spawn: There was a fishcake (granted, mostly potato), some kind of fried whitefish, and fried shrimp.

    The rest was what normal people would call salad. Very weird. Maybe they had a deal with a breaded seafood wholesaler.

  4. This is great! I agree with Trey - there needs to be more "ick" for undead. :)

  5. It's a great concept I'll gladly use, but the picture just seals the deal.