Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nymphs Part 2: Mountain Nymph

The crystal clear water of the icy pool shimmered and rippled in the still air of the morning. Gradually, the ripples grew in an upward undulation that formed shapely calves, then thighs, and eventually a fully formed woman of surpassing beauty.
Nymphs are loci geniuses that inhabit various natural places. While similar to what are sometimes called “fae”, they more closely resemble elementals of a specific locale. They are inherently tied to the location they inhabit; indeed, their very existence depends on the wellbeing of the environment. And they defend it vehemently.

All nymphs exercise a measure of control over their homes and use this, in combination with their preternatural beauty to ward off attacks. Their beauty is terrible and captivating, and they use this mercilessly to their advantage.

As dangerous as nymphs can be, they are excellent sources of information on the area in which they dwell, and if befriended, they make powerful allies. However, their legendary shyness makes this difficult, and their sadistic impulses make it doubly dangerous!

Mountain Nymph

CER 73 (OR 27 and PR 46)
Mountain nymphs are spirits of place who watch over mountainous areas.  They are closely attached to particular passes, grottos, peaks, etc., and may not stray more than a short distance from them without becoming seriously ill.  They defend their homes fiercely, employing magic to animate the mountain itself, often while dancing about high above.  All mountain nymphs command great knowledge about their environment.
ST: 9                                                       HP: 10                                                    Speed: 6.00
DX: 12                                                    Will: 10                                                  Ground Move: 6
IQ: 10                                                     Per: 11                                                   Climbing Move: 6
HT: 12                                                    FP: 12                                                     SM: 0

Dodge: 9                                                Parry: 10 (Unarmed)                           DR: 5

Punch (14): 1d-1 crushing. Reach C.
Quarterstaff (14): 1d+1 crushing (swing) or 1d crushing (thrust). Reach 1, 2*.
Animated Environment: Mountain nymphs can animate the environment around them to slide or knock intruders from their feet (target takes 3d crushing double knockback no wounding), strike at them (1d crushing or impaling) with rocks from above, or cause the ground to partially swallow a person – treat as Binding 10.
Difficult Terrain: A mountain nymph can cause anyone within their domain to have difficulty maintaining their balance or moving about.  The victim must roll a Quick Contest between his Will and the nymph's Will.  On a failure, the subject suffers a -2 penalty to DX and -2 penalty to Acrobatics, Jumping, Climbing, and Skiing lasting a number of minutes equal to his margin of failure.
Stunning Beauty: By striking even the slightest pose, anyone who sees her must make a Fright Check at -5 and roll on the Awe table.
Threshold Entity: This being doesn’t breathe, drink, eat, or sleep, is immune to metabolic hazards, and is either insubstantial and invisible or substantial and visible.

Traits: Acute Hearing 2; Appearance (Very Beautiful; Universal); Berserk (9) (Special Trigger, harming the wilderness); Callous; Can Be Turned by True Faith; Curious (15); Dependency (Home Mountain; Daily); Dislikes Loud Noises; Divine Curse (Keep to the letter of any promise); Fearlessness 2; Higher Purpose (Protect Home Mountain); Impulsive (12); Odious Personal Habit -1 (Capricious); Perfect Balance; Sadism (15); Sense of Duty (Home Mountain); Shyness (Mild); Super Jump 1; Terrain Adaptation (Mountain); Unaging; Vulnerability (Iron x2).
Features: Affected as Spirit.
Skills: Area Knowledge (Local)-12; Brawling-14; Climbing-16; Dancing-16; Intimidation-17; Jumping-16; Naturalist-12; Quarterstaff-14; Sex Appeal-12; Stealth-14.
Notes: Most nymphs won't negotiate because they are too shy.  Those who do are amiable enough, but dealing with such an astounding beauty is often disconcerting – especially while under the effect of her intoxicating beauty (see above).  Always scars from wounds inflicted by iron.

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