Monday, April 4, 2011

VG Meet DnD: The Slasher from Dead Space

[Necromorphs are the reanimated corpses of the dead, reshaped into horrifying new forms by a mysterious curse.]


A humanoid figure staggers forward. It is covered in blood and ripped flesh. From its back jut forth two sinewy limbs which end in wicked scythes of sharpened bone. Its dead eyes stare at you, and suddenly it charges forward while it pulls its shoulder-scythes back for a decisive blow.

Slashers are footsoldiers for the curse. They are created when a human body is tainted by either an Infector (another type of Necromorph) or by spores released by the necromorph growth known as The Corruption. When an intact humanoid body is infected by the curse its body undergoes a wicked transformation. In the case of the Slasher its internal organs, particularly the intestines, are used with some of the host’s bones to produce a dangerous set of scythes that are the creature’s namesake.

Strategies and Tactics

Slashers prowl near the place they were killed looking for more people to kill. If time and the terrain permit they will stalk a victim and then attack from hiding. To begin an engagement they will charge a single opponent, attacking with their shoulder-scythes.


Environment: As a subject of the curse slashers can exist anywhere. However, they are often found in out of the way temples or ancient ruins.

Typical Physical Characteristics: Slashers remain humanoid in form and only slightly shorter than they were in life. A typical specimen resembles a mortal whose skin has been partially flayed, with massive scythe like appendages jutting from its back which curve forward over the shoulders. It uses these natural weapons along with a vicious bite from the remains of its upper jaw to dispatch opponents. The creature tends to be shrouded in the vestiges of the ensemble it wore before its infection.

Alignment: Slashers are corrupted creatures who serve as extensions of an evil curse. As such they are universally evil.

Typical Treasure

Slashers don’t collect treasure, however they can be often found still carrying the remnants of what they had one them when they were infected. Slashers have half standard treasure for their challenge rating, often in jewelry, clothing or other adornments that can be found among the creature’s remains. Alternatively the treasure may be discovered amongst the carnage left in the creature’s wake.

For Player Characters

A spellcaster of 7th level of higher can create a slasher using the create undead spell. Doing so requires the intact corpse of a medium humanoid which has been dead for no longer than two days.

Slasher CR1
Always NE Medium undead
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60ft.; Listen +3, Spot +3
Languages understands creator’s orders; understands telepathic commands

AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 10
(+4 Dex)
hp 10 (1 HD); fast healing 5
Immune undead immunities
Fort +0, Ref +4, Will +3

Speed 30 ft (6 squares)
Melee 2 scythes +3 each (1d4+3) and
bite -2 (1d6+1)
Space 5 ft; Reach 5 ft
Base Atk +0; Grp +3

Abilities Str 16, Dex 18, Con --, Int 4, Wis 12, Cha 6
SQ strategic dismemberment, undead traits
Feats Toughness
Skills  Hide +4, Listen +3, Move Silently +4, Spot +3
Advancement 2-15HD (Medium)

Fast Healing (Ex) Damage dealt to a slasher’s limbs cannot be healed by it’s Fast Healing ability. See Strategic Dismemberment below.

Strategic Dismemberment (Ex) The legs, scythes, and head of a Slasher can all be attacked independently of the main form. They each have a fifth of the Slasher’s total hp and damage dealt to the legs, head, or scythes is taken from the creature’s total hit points and can also not be healed via its Fast Healing ability. The AC to hit one of the legs, head, or scythes is 16 (Slasher’s AC + size bonus). If any of the body parts are destroyed the slasher suffers a penalty: A destroyed leg reduces the creature’s speed by 10 ft (2 squares), when a scythe is destroyed the slasher loses the use of that attack, finally the destruction of the head blinds the creature. If both the slasher’s scythes are removed the creature dies instantly.

Slasher Lore
Characters who have ranks in Knowledge (religion) can learn more about slashers. When a character makes a successful skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from the lower DCs.

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