Cypher Chronicles, 34-2020

Beasts of Flesh and Steel is coming soon to enliven your 5e gaming table! Our friends at Here Be Dragons Games have a wonderful Kickstarter offering for you. I’ve found something cool to surprise Chas with for Christmas—and you might like it, too! All this and more, in today’s Cypher Chronicles!

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Beasts of Flesh and Steel

Weird and wondrous science-fantasy creatures are coming to your Fifth Edition game! Beasts of Flesh and Steel gives you 140 fascinating, dangerous new monsters with CRs ranging from 1 to 25, conveniently laid out and surrounded by stunning artwork. This is a complete bestiary that brings these monsters alive at your gaming table. Don’t believe me? Check out the nildir below, complete with stats!

Beasts of Flesh and Steel is in the hands of the printer now. Once it is printed and at our warehouses, we’ll have Kickstarter backers redeem their copies, ship the preorders, and then it will be for general purchase. If Beasts of Flesh and Steel isn’t one of your Kickstarter rewards, head over to the MCG Shop and preorder your copy now!

NILDIR

Nildirs are creatures of endless hunger that slip between the folds of reality to hunt literally everywhere for their next meal.

Changed by Planar Travel. Once humanoid, nildirs—also called “planar cannibals”—were exposed to one too many transdimensional transitions, planar bleeds, and perhapseven shocks to their ego. Mutated and hungry, planar cannibals hunt humanoids and other beings with knowledge that seasons the flesh, though anything alive— even recently so—will do. Whatever mind and personality the nildir had before its conversion is gone, even if some memories remain.

Once changed, it is probably impossible that a planar cannibal could ever be returned to its former self, though suitably powerful numenera or magic might succeed.

Its claws are murder-red, its horns corpse-white, its footprints flickering flames across the worlds.

Characters investigating a site of transdimensional activity, or who are traveling by themselves, might be attacked by someone the characters once knew to be a planar traveler, if applicable.

NILDIR

Large aberration, chaotic evil


Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 102 (12d10 + 36)
Speed 30 ft.


STR
19 (+4)

DEX
13 (+1)

CON
17 (+3)

INT
11 (+0)

WIS
10 (+0)

CHA
6 (-2)


Saving Throws Str +7, Con +6
Skills Perception +3
Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages 
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


Transdimensional Halo. A dimensional bleed surrounds a nildir like a halo. Each round, disquieting emotions, sounds, visions, and even physical objects appear out of nowhere and can afflict foes, or at least distract them. All attacks made against the nildir have disadvantage.

Actions


Multiattack. The nildir makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10 + 4) piercing damage. If the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or take 15 (2d10 + 4) piercing damage immediately as the nildir vigorously chews.

Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d10 + 4) slashing damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 14). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained and the nildir can’t claw a different target. If the target is a humanoid, the nildir uses Breach Plane as a bonus action, carrying the target with it to another plane if the grappled target fails a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw.

Breach Plane (Recharge 56). The nildir transfers into an alternate dimension, usually one it has previously visited. It leaves behind flickering footsteps that can be followed for one round if pursuers wish.


Have you checked out Monte Cook’s Diamond Throne RPG on Kickstarter? If not, do yourself a favor, head over and back it. Our friends at Here Be Dragons Games are bringing Monte’s acclaimed setting back into print for the Cypher System, and it's going to be a great addition to your gaming library!
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