Friday, April 8, 2011

The Croucher

Are you tired of dragging the characters through dungeons already?  Maybe it's time to clean house . . .

The Croucher

No. Enc.: 1-12
Alignment: Chaotic (evil)
Movement: 60' (20')
Fly: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 2
Attacks: 1 (drain)
Damage: 1d3 (special)
Save: F3
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: None
XP: 56

The Croucher, or Rabisu, is a demonic spirit that occupies the houses of the living.  They can be found at the thresholds of doors and in dark corners, waiting to pounce on the unwary.  They enjoy scaring people and their pets.

During the night, they will sneak into the rooms of children and siphon off their life energy, causing horrific nightmares and bed-wetting.  They can use this life-stealing ability on adults, but usually only when cornered.  The Croucher gains as many hit points as is drained from the victim.

In their natural state, the Croucher is invisible.  Throwing salt onto the spirit will cause it to become visible for 1-4 rounds.

Oftentimes, Crouchers will be found in groups, each infesting a different part of a house and not interacting with one another.  However, if one of their kind if assaulted, the will swarm the attackers and attempt to drain them of life.

The creatures may be turned by clerics, but for such purposes they are considered to be Infernal.  Crouchers brought to zero hit points will disappear, but reappear 1-8 days later.  The only way to permanently rid a structure of Crouchers is for a cleric to perform a ritual cleansing of the house after 'killing' them all, which involves lighting every corner of the house and throwing a loud, raucous party with plenty of joke telling and laughter.

Based on the Croucher, page 183 of A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits, by Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack.

- Ark

3 comments:

  1. I read the title in my feed as: The Coucher

    The Coucher, or Sofa-surfer, is a demonic spirit that occupies the houses of those who work for a living. They can be found at the thresholds of doors and in dark corners after shows, waiting to pounce on the unwary. They enjoy eating other people's food and, sometimes, that of their pets if it is presented properly.

    During the night, they will sneak into the kitchen and siphon off alcohol from their host's liquor cabinet, causing the host horrific nightmares and social awkwardness when throwing parties. They can use this drink-stealing ability on other party goers, but usually only when cornered or when the guest is inattentive to their drinks. The Coucher gains as many hit points per each 10-25 ml of alcoholic beverage drunk from the victim depending on location.

    In their natural state, the Coucher is invisible. Throwing salted snacks into a bowl will cause it to become audible for 1-4 rounds, or until it finishes snacking.

    Oftentimes, Couchers will be found in groups, each infesting a different part of a house and not interacting with one another. However, if one of their kind if assaulted, the will swarm the attackers and attempt to drain them of their will.

    The creatures may be turned by irate girlfriends, but for such purposes they are considered to be Infernal. Couchers brought to zero hit points will disappear, but may reappear 1-8 days later. The only way to permanently rid a structure of Couchers is for a girlfriend to perform a ritual cleansing of the house after 'belittling' them all, which involves lighting every corner of the house and having a loud, early morning furniture moving party followed by an even louder breakfast, where she and her hot friends laugh and belittle the coucher's natural tendencies and shortcomings.

    Based on the Couchers, or: My Life in the Bigger City with an irate girlfriend, about 20 years ago... :P

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  2. Both the croucher and the coucher are awesome!

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  3. @biopunk - I am still quite overwhelmed by the awesomeness that is the Coucher. It not only beats the Croucher by a mile, but many long years ago, I was the Coucher, until I was exorcised by said girlfriend.

    @David - Thank you you kindly!

    - Ark

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