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[Labyrinth Lord] Aerial Rats

Aerial Rats
No. Enc.: 1d6 (1d20)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 40’ (10’)
Fly: 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 1 hp
Attacks: bite
Damage: 1d3, disease
Save: 0 Human
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: None

Either the result of some mad scientist’s early experiments, or some escaped training exercise, these little pests are often found in cities with a wizard school. In some schools it has become an easy first grade experiment in Chimaereology to create something simple, from readily available components. Like a cross between rats and pigeons. (After all, there is only a small difference between them anyway). Unfortunately while aerial rats are cute and simple, they also can fly.

Over time many of them escaped their creators and started to breed. By now they often are the main food resource some of the bigger predators in their environment (magical research facilities and other ominous landmarks with slightly mystical aura) thrive on. They themselves are omnivores feeding on the leftovers and trash in their homes. Due to these dietary habits they are also disease carriers, and if a character is bitten by a one of them there is a 10% chance the character contracts a disease of the GM’s discretion. A saving throw versus poison is permitted. The spell cure disease might cure this infection.
Thanks to the experiments of the apprentices in this art many of the creatures, especially in the first or second generation after their creation, exhibit strange mutations.
These creatures have been called many names, with Airats, Luftratten, or damn-flying-shitbags being the most common. The logical name ‘brats’ for some reason never took hold.

1d6 Random Aerial Rat Mutations

1. Two heads

2. Four wings

3. Fire Breath (1d4 damage)

4. Bright colour

5. Insect Eyes

6. Can talk and will sputter insults at the characters

It’s an old joke to call those pigeons that inhabit the city centres of Germany ‘Luftratten’ (Aerial Rats), because they eat pretty much everything they can reach, carry any disease they can contract, and will try to get food from anyone even looking into their direction. People still like them better than real rats (never saw a real rat in any German city so far) because pigeons are comparatively cute.

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2 responses to “[Labyrinth Lord] Aerial Rats

  1. ze bulette May 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Them’s just good eats, one head or two, two wings or four! Mind you one that hurled insults would most likely go free..

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  2. Pingback: d20 Encounters in the Library of Unseen University « Stuffed Crocodile

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