Sunday, June 3, 2018

SDWC: Race: Gongwarped Fishermen

Known colloquially as Gongheads, Gonks, Gongies, and Fush, Gongwarped Fishermen are mutant fish men that like to inhabit the liquid-veins of Gathox.

Additional Starting Equipment: Port-o-Lung, Freakshow Science Kit
Primary Ability: Intelligence

The Port-o-Lung is an invention that Gongwarped strap to their gills to allow them to convert oxygen from air. It takes up 1 inventory slot and if the Gongwarped is ever separated from their Port-o-Lung the Fish effect below applies to them.
The Freakshow Science Kit is a toolset of scientific instruments that allows the Fishermen to create their Mutant Freaks (see below.) It takes up 1 slot of inventory.

Gongwarped Fishermen begin with two random mutations from their player's favorite mutation table.

Gongwarped Fishermen can't breathe air. They can hold their breath for a number of minutes equal to their Constitution score. After this time they die from asphyxiation.

Team: Freakshow
Gongwarped Fishermen are masters of a pseudo-Frankenstein brand of science. As a result they are very adapt at stitching together Mutant Freaks.

Stitching together a Mutant Freak requires a flesh investment. The Fisherman can chose to take either 1d6, 2d6, or 3d6 Flesh damage. HP lost from taking Flesh damage is lost permanently, but if the Freak dies the Fisherman gains the HP back as the flesh crawls back to its body. The result is also the Freak's Loyalty score.

The Fisherman can invest Harvested Flesh when he rolls Flesh damage. Harvested Flesh is an item that takes up one slot worth of inventory. Harvested flesh can be harvested from fallen enemies at a rate of 1 per Turn up the the creature's HD. Alternatively it can be bought on the black market for 20gp a unit. Investing Harvested Flesh reduces Flesh damage by 1 point per unit invested.

One Fisherman can stitch together a 1 HD Assemblage.

Two Fisherman can stitch together a 2 HD Fresh Meat.

Three Fishermen can stitch together a 4 HD From the Depths.

Four Fishermen can stitch together a 6 HD Stitched One.

The DM has the rest of the Mutant Freak's statistics and special abilities.

by David Lewis Johnson


  1. This is an excellent exploration of the Gongwarped Fishermen!

    1. Coming from you that means a lot! Thank you! And thank you for showing me my favorite setting ever.