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[Labyrinth Lord] Shroomlings


No. Enc.: 2d4 (6d10)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 60’ (20’)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 1 – 1
Attacks: 1 (weapon)
Damage: 1d6 or weapon
Save: 0 level human
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: III (XX)

These diminitutive humanoids are either seen as a pest or a boon by those living close to them.  On one hand unchecked these beings can manage to take over whole complexes with their own kind and their fungus farms, on the other hand some rather unscrupulous inhabitants of dungeon areas close by have found that not only is the average shroomling rather nourishing, they also can be rather tasty when fried in butter.

The shroomlings are a unisex race completely different from any of the normal beings encountered. They stand about 3 foot tall, and resemble walking and talking (well… mumbling) mushrooms. They barely, if ever, wear clothing and will only carry the most basic equipment with themselves. Their basic motivation is the feeding of the shroom mother, or if the mother has died or was lost (an all too common occurence) they will try to find a new place to colonize. Wandering groups of shroomlings are either trying to gather food or searching for a new place. Very few of them aspire to more than a life in the community of shrooms, and of those most are clerics of their shroom mother. Their intelligence is rather limited and what they have is often monomaniac to begin with.

Shroom Mothers

Shroom Mothers are those shroomlings that have decided to found a new fungus colony, or expand those of an older one. As the shroomlings are a fungus based unisex lifeform the way to create a shroom mother is for one shroomling to give up it’s humanoid form at a convenient place and sprout. This process takes about 1d6 days. After this, if there is enough food to nourish the new fungus (in some cases other members of the race will provide nourishment) the mother can now produce 1 new shroomling after a week, and then further 1d3 shroomlings once a month.

Sidenote: I looked for pictures of “mushroom people” on Google Image Search for some illustration I could use. By the gods! Do you know how many results I got? Actually I dif not count them. But I will go with “buckets of them”. What attracts people to that concept? The phallic imagery?


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