One of my favorite game mechanicians of the d20 era was Erica Balsley. She was a monster gal – did some great stuff for the Tome of Horrors and Creature Catalog and did some neat conversions for Bard Games’ old Atlantis setting. Years ago, I came across a template she wrote for the “Mephit Lord”. The mephit lord template was applied to mephits to make high-powered elemental baddies like the Steam Lord, Smoke Lord, etc. All mephit lords had an attack called a “clutch”, which tipped off their origins …
Now, I’ve long since lost track of that original template – it was on some message board somewhere – but it eventually showed up in the Book of Templates Deluxe Edition. I still have the stats for Heat Lord and Snow Lord, though, and here they are in Swords & Wizardry format.
A fire mephit breathes a 15-foot cone of fire that deals 1d8 damage (saving throw for half). Once per hour it can cast burning hands, and once per day it can heat metal. A fire mephit regenerates if it is touching a flame at least as large as a torch.
• Fire Mephit: HD 3; AC 2 ; Atk 2 claw (1d6); Move 12 (Fly 21); Save 14; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Harmed by magic weapons, breath weapon, burning hands, heat metal, regenerate, summoning.
Ice mephits breathe a 10-foot cone of ice shards that deals 1d4 damage (saving throw for half) and imposes a -2 penalty to AC and attack rolls. Once per hour an ice mephit can cast magic missile and once per day they can chill metal. An ice mephit regenerates if touching a piece of ice of or if the ambient temperature is 32°F. or below.
• Ice Mephit: HD 3; AC 1 ; Atk 2 claw (1d6); Move 12 (Fly 21); Save 14; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Harmed by magic weapons, breath weapon, chill metal, magic missile, regenerate, summoning.
And if you use these guys against your players, make sure you have them do the song and dance first – it will make the TPK that much more satisfying. Nobody likes to get their butt kicked by a song and dance man.
Image from Patrick Owlsley – check out his blog if you love old cartoons!
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I think that's “DnDChick”, a regular poster at the Necromancer Games boards.
That's her. Her old site appears to be down now.
Here is her old webpage on AOL courtesy of Google-Fu and the Wayback machine
Outstanding 5Stone – I'll update the link above.
First, you stinker, you got the answer right away. Roz/Peri. Good job, but you're still a stinker for getting it so fast.
Second … I LOVE this song. Just played it while making more coffee. Great stuff. Thanks for the post. Thanks for the smile. So much enjoyed this video.
Stuff from Atlantis? Where? What?
She eventually took the Atlantis stuff off her website because somebody published a d20 update of the Atlantis setting and she didn't think it was kosher to have her freebie stuff up there.
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