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[Labyrinth Lord] Ratmen

Ratmen
No. Enc.: 2d6 (6d10)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60’ (20’)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 1
Attacks: 1 (weapon or bite)
Damage: 1d6
Save: 0 level human
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: II (XX)
Maybe created by some sort of magical accident, maybe the creation of some cruel and dark god, these creatures are a scourge for the world below. They are intelligent and fierce, but they have yet to manage to become a larger power for themselves as the infighting between different tribes, lairs, and towns is as severe as the fighting between them and the rest of the world.
They stand up to 4 1/2 feet tall when and sport a fur  colored brown,white, black, or any shade inbetween.

Thanks to their origin in the world below do have Infravision for up to 90 feet, on the other hand they cannot stand the direct light of the sun as such for more than 1 hour (each following hour they will suffer 1 damage point), and even then they will suffer a -1 on all their rolls due to the uncommon light outside. While this often does not apply to the shaded streets of the cities they still might wear hooded robes that keep them from coming into direct contact with sunlight. Ratmen of note will wear long robes even in their lairs and dungeons while others will go naked or sport only light clothing.

They are proficient natural swimmers and do not have to be taught swimming, they often live in rather moist areas such as caverns, swamps, or sewers.

If encountered in any group larger than 10 there will be at least one cleric or shaman of 5th level present, if encountered in groups larger than 40 there will be at least 1d4 rat ogres held as slaves.

Ratmen, not the most original monster there is, but I wanted to have them in my game, especially in the beginner dungeon I am planning right now. I am sure there were maybe a dozen variations on that theme for Labyrinth Lord and Dungeons and Dragons already, but do you think I found a single one until I was done writing out the stats myself? My Google Fu is weak 😦 Sword and Board has two versions of them… but both do not really fit my view of them. Right now I wonder if I should keep Goblins and Orcs in the world I am planning or if I should just try to replace them by more uncommon monsters like… well, ratmen.

Entry for the current August RPG Blog Carnival: Animals in RPGs

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4 responses to “[Labyrinth Lord] Ratmen

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  3. David September 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Go ahead and replace them with ratmen. I like your version, but then I’ve always liked ratlings – ever since the Quest for the Silver Sword!

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