|Long tongue, fat knife, they scream|
a runnin for their life-ife-ife.
Physically, we notice he has a bird on his head, a blade sticking in his left side, a broken cleaver in his left hand, a full sized one in his right, and a very long tongue. He is very tall and very round.
Cowardly acts and the eating of birds must not be the deeds of a Hero of Storms. If the one being judged displeases the Adjudicator's master, the Golden Crow, the deceased soul will be gnawed upon until nothing but their bones remain.Next we have his weapon, which says this about him:
A large cleaver forged from the soul of the Demon "Adjudicator." It is the Adjudicator's own weapon, and transforms sinners into delicious-looking cuts of meatThis is basically all we have to go on to understand who and what he is before relying on conjecture.
To me, my interpretation of this is:
- The "adjudicator" is actually a meat puppet that isn't really involved in the judgement process; just the execution. The real brains belong to "The Golden Crow."
- The adjudicator is insatiably hungry.
|0||Small Axe (SM+2)||sw+2 cut||2||0U||$281.25||18.75||25|
|0||Hatchet (SM+2)||sw+1 cut||2||0||$250||12.5||20|
Let's change some of his advantages a bit, and give him Injury Tolerance for taking half damage and 4 DR for Tough Skin. He's not exactly undead, so I can change some of those traits too. I feel like he is a bit slower than the corpse golem as well.
|ST: 33||HP: 40||Speed: 6|
|DX: 12||Will: 8||Move: 4|
|IQ: 8||Per: 8|
|HT: 12||FP: 12||SM: +2|
|Dodge: 9||Parry: 10, 10U||DR: 4 (Tough Skin)|
Left Cleaver (14): Reach 2-3, 6d+1 cutting.
Stamp Kick (14) : Reach C-2: 4d+2 Crushing. Failed roll means no retreating backwards.
Tongue Striker (14) : Reach C-5: 5d+1 Crushing.
Traits: Crushing Striker (Tongue, Long 2, Cannot Parry), Damage Resistance 4 (Tough Skin, -40%, Everywhere but Wound, -5%), Doesn't Eat, Fat, Gluttony (6), Extra Attack 1, High Pain Threshold (Everywhere but wound, -5%), Injury Tolerance (Damage Reduction 2 (Except in wound), No Blood, No Brain, No Vitals), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Axe/Mace) Slave Mentality, Unfazeable, Wounded
Skills: Axe/Mace-14, Brawling-14, Professional Skill (Butcher)-20
The only reasonable way to hurt this monster is to attack its wound. If the crow is defeated or stopped, that may also stop the adjudicator.
In terms of CER, this encounter has an Offensive Rating of 42 and a Defensive rating of 58. By aesthetic coincidence, we have a CER of 100, making this a challenging boss for 1 new 250 point character, a worthy foe for about 2 to 4, and fodder beyond that.
Now, for the golden crow. I, being lazy, I'd say take the Macaw familiar from Dungeon Fantasy 5, p.23 and modify it a bit. Increase the IQ to 14. Add to it's skills Diplomacy-20, Detect Lies-30, Law(Tribal)-30, Theology-16, Thanatology -16, Hidden Lore (Demons)-16. Subtract Filch and Fast-Talk. remove limitations from Photographic Memory. It has a psychic link with the adjudicator itself, and if it matters, a Compartmentalized Mind to explain how it operates independently of the adjudicator. The increase in IQ also increases Will and Perception. To its disadvantages add Intolerance (Cowards and Those That Eat Birds). Likewise, to its advantages add Detect (Guilt). If it gets a chance to meet a player character by him or herself, it may try to use a malediction to inflict chronic depression as if effected by Guilt Complex and honesty for 1d days as a quick contest of her Diplomacy versus the target's will, dredging up any past committed sins. In a fight, this is more likely to take the form of hallucination, this is the same quick contest, but if the target fails to resist, she has lucid visions of every terrible thing she has ever done. Class this encounter as a demon likewise.
In terms of CER, the Golden Crow has an Offensive Rating of 29, and a Protective Rating of 8, for a total CER of 37.