These first eleven or so posts will feature entries on the wandering monster table I'll be using for Ceph and will showcase the fauna that call her skin home.
So without further ado, allow me to introduce the cuddliest entry on the Ceph Wandering Monsters Table, the Cephasites.
Cephasites are alien mollusc-things that pepper Ceph's arms in giant mounds that look like coral reefs of scintillating colors. All cephasites have chromatophores in their skin that they use to communicate with one another and, in the worker's case, use to hunt.
Their society is broken into three castes. They are workers, soldiers, and reproducers.
|A Worker (Art by Tyler Smith)|
Workers are the most numerous caste within a mound and their main job is to feed the soldiers and reproducers, expand and repair mounds, and hunt.
Workers are the only caste of cephasites that PCs will encounter outside of mounds.
HD X AC Unarmored Tentacle dX Movement 40ft
Swarm - Workers hunt in swarms numbering 2d10+10. They have X hit points and roll a dX for damage rolls were X is their numbers. When a swarm takes damage their numbers are reduced by the same amount.
Mesmerize - The workers synchronize their chromatophores and unleash a rapidly changing array of colors when they hunt. Any creature that sees this color array must save versus paralyzation or act as if they had the Confusion spell cast on them until the swarm is neutralized.
The cephasite soldier caste is divided into two members. They are the walkers and floaters.
Soldiers jobs are to defend the mound from intruders.
Soldiers are only encountered inside or nearby cephasite mounds.
|A Walker (Art by Tyler Smith)|
The walker is about three feet tall and looks like an octopus standing with insectile arms. These are its legs and they are as sharp as daggers. Additionally it hides a sharp beak between the folds of its mantle and is capable of projectile vomiting a corrosive acid that it produces naturally.
HD 1 AC Leather d8 Arms d4 Beak d6 Movement 30ft
Projectile Acid d8 - If this attack misses but would have hit the target without factoring in armor, then that target's armor incurs a permanent -1 penalty due to corrosion.
|A Floater (Art by Tyler Smith)|
The floater is about as large as the walker and it looks like a sky cuttlefish. A hollow bone inside its mantle is filled with a light gas that allows it to float. It maneuvers with small air jets and fins that act like wings. The floater hides a sharp proboscis behind its tentacles, which it uses to dive-bomb intruders and drain their blood.
Its brain is more developed than its walker compatriot and its eyes are more acute. Therefore floaters function as a relay network for their mound, interpreting signals from one member and repeating it to another.
HD 1 AC Leather Proboscis d8 Fly 30ft
Dive-bomb - The floater can descend rapidly on its prey to impale it with its proboscis. This requires its full movement speed and when it does it gets +2 to both attack and damage.
Drain - If a floater successfully hits with its proboscis, it latches on to its target and drains 1hp a round.
The reproducer caste is divided into two members. They are the Kings and Queens.
The role of the reproducers is to produce more cephasites. This is accomplished by male cephasites (kings) impregnating the females (queens).
reproducers are only encountered inside mounds.
|A King (Art by Tyler Smith)|
A king is much smaller than his queen counterpart. He's about as big as a worker but lacks any offensive capabilities besides its large mandibles. A king is capable of releasing pheromones that compel nearby soldiers to come to its aid if it comes under attack.
HP 4 AC unarmored Mandibles d6 Movement 30
Pheromones - The king unleashes a cloud of pheromones that attract d6+4 soldiers (50% walkers 50% floaters) in a 150ft area.
|A Queen without her egg sac (Art by Tyler Smith)|
When a queen dies she releases a cloud of pheromones that has an enraging effect on nearby cephasites.
HD 6 AC Leather Mandibles d6 Movement 10ft
Raging Pheromones - Upon death the queen unleashes pheromones that cause cephasites within a 150ft area to go berserk for 24 hours. Under this rage the cephasites act as if the Confuse spell was cast on them and they get +2 to both attack and damage rolls.
Rapid Reproduction - After a round of inaction the queen can produce a swarm of 2d6+8 workers. These workers die after 6 hours of life.