Friday, September 19, 2014

BTU Monster Preview: The Devil Vigilante (CR 13)

One of the things I've been having fun doing is working in homages to different anime and manga concepts, not all of them hentai. So far, I've mangaged to work in riffs on everything from Kiki's Delivery Service to Legend of the Overfiend as monster book entries. I want to do for anime something similar to what Green Ronin's Freedom City campaign book did for mainstream superhero comics, put out a very deep setting full of homages and in-jokes that remains a viable, workable setting on its own merits. I think I'm doing pretty good in that regard.

Today, here's a preview of the Devil Vigilante. Up top is an image of a great Devil Man toy, representing the character who inspired this monster. Slightly below, Amanda Webb's inks of the monster entry inspired by Devil Man. Finally, take a look at this critter's stat block.

Devil Vigilante (CR 13)
Medium CN Half Orc Barbarian 1, Rogue 1, Hentai Hero 12
XP 25,600
Init +2 Senses Darkvision 60 ft, Perception +11         
Languages Abyssal, Japanese

AC 17 Touch 17 Flatfooted 14 (+2 DEX, +1 dodge, +4 class)
HP 1d12 + 13d8 + 42 hp (113 HP)
FORT +12 REF +12WILL +5
Defensive Abilities Ferocity, Trapfinding 
Weaknesses Repelled by Faith (see text)

Spd 40 ft Flight 80 ft (average)
Melee +16/+11 wounding, outsider bane devil claws (1d6+2 slashing, 10 ft reach, 20/x2)
Sneak Attack +1d6

Str 19 Dex 15 Con 15 Int 11 Wis 12 Cha 11
Base Atk +10 CMB +14 CMD 26
Feats Dodge, Extra Rage, Fly-By Attack, Greater Sunder, Hentai Hero Plus, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Mobility, Power Attack, Toughness
Skills  Acrobatics +6, Fly +16, Intimidate +17, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +7, Knowledge (local) +7, Perception +11, Stealth +12
Hentai Hero Talents Devil Claws II, Devil Claws I, Devil Claws Plus (x2), Wounding Claws, Devil Guts II, Devil Guts I, Cannibalistic Regeneration 
Gear necklace of protection from evil

Environment any urban (Japan)
Organization always solitary- always  
Treasure standard (including gear)

Special Abilities
Cannibalistic Regeneration (SU)
The Devil Vigilante is filled with a surge of pleasure and adrenaline when he slays an Outsider or Undead creature with a challenge rating at least equal to his own. By reducing such a target to 0 HP or fewer, the Devil Vigilante regains 20 HP; this healing cannot raise the Devil Vigilante’s HP past its full normal total.

Devil Claws (SU)
            As a free action, the Devil Vigilante can transform his hands into natural weapons. While transformed into Devil Claws, the character cannot use his hands to manipulate objects or carry weapons. Returning his hands to their normal shape is a move-equivalent action. Devil Claws are considered outsider bane, wounding weapons, as well as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Devil Guts (SU)
            The Devil Vigilante gains a cannibalistic hunger for the flesh of oni, which drives him to stalk and kill Outsiders and corporeal Undead. By consuming at least a pound of flesh and blood from an Outsider or corporeal Undead slain within the previous hour, the Devil Vigilante heals his injuries and salves his wounds.

            Consuming the flesh of an Outsider or Undead in this manner is a full round action which provokes attacks of opportunity. Once an victim’s flesh is consumed, the Devil Vigilante receives one of the following benefits, chosen by the character at the time of consumption.

  • Instantly recover a number of Hit Points equal to 2x the Outsider or Undead’s Hit Dice.
  • Receive the benefit of a Nullify Poison spell, as cast by a 10th level cleric
  • Receive the benefit of a Remove Disease spell, as cast by a 10th level cleric
  • Receive the benefit of a Remove Curse spell, as cast by a 10th level cleric
  • Receive the benefit of a Lesser Restoration Spell, as cast by a 10th level cleric
  • Receive the benefits of an Atonement spell, but only if consuming a good Outsider or Undead creature.

Rage (EX)
            The Devil Vigilante can rage for up to twelve (12) rounds per day.
While raging the Devil Vigilante gains a +4 morale bonus to STR and CON as well as a +2 morale bonus to WILL Saves. He takes a -2 penalty to Armor Class. He receives 2 HP per Hit Dice (28 HP), but these disappear when the rage ends and are not lost first like temporary HP. The Devil Vigilante cannot use any CHA DEX or INT based skill checks, except for Acrobatics, Fly, Intimidate and Ride, nor any ability that requires patience or concentration.

            The Devil Vigilante can end his rage as a free action and is fatigued after raging for two rounds per round spend in the rage. He cannot enter a new rage while fatigued or exhausted. If he falls unconscious, his rage immediately ends, placing him in peril of death.

            Repelled by Faith (SU)
            The Devil Vigilante cannot bring himself to harm those of great fait- even vile faiths. The Devil Vigilante suffers a penalty on ranged and melee attack rolls (though not area effect attacks) against a target equal to that target’s ranks in Knowledge (religion), if any.

            He never knew his parents, but knew his father was a monster, both literally and figuratively. A father who crawled from some blood-soaked abattoir of the Tatakama and left him with nothing except a face full of ugly, a soul black with rage and a cock that hardened too easily at the thought of raping something beautiful to death. Somehow, he beat down those urges, suppressed them, controlled them behind a mask of steely self discipline and purpose.

            The Devil Vigilante takes the sky after the sun sets over Akihabara, a batwinged shadow on the smog-hidden moon. He protects ordinary humans, even though he doesn’t really like them, and can’t really understand their mundane, pathetic little lives. He’ll tear a rampaging oni or prowling ghoul limb from limb because giving voice to the fury in his blood feels good and makes him feel at least a little bit heroic, a little less like a monster. If doing so saves some drunken salariman, so be it. If there’s collateral damage, so be that, too.

            The Devil Vigilante is a possibly mixed-race, fiercely ugly Japanese man with a burly laborer’s physique. Cheap tattoos and scars cover his burly arms and chest and he dresses in thrift store left-overs and steel toe workboots, unconcerned with fashion. When he invokes his demonic power, his clothing shreds, and his musculature grows even more pronounced, shredding his clothing. His orc-like cock stands proudly erect, his legs twist into something gargoyle like and enormous batlike wings grow from his clavicles, their ebony wingspan stretching nearly 30 ft. His face becomes even more hateful, more predatory when he hunts.


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