I can imagine the look of incredulity on the faces of a group of world savvy PCs as they see the scabrous and rotting head of the beast breach the surface of the ocean, zombies and skeletons spilling from it's jaws to attack their ship. RAAAAAWR! Go to Comment
Oh, and to be overly technical, wouldn't it be a Necrocetacean? A Necronautilus
would be an undead squidlike thing with a shell.. :)
But it is a cooler name and this did not affect my vote at all... Go to Comment
The Captain scowled. "You ask what it is we hunt? 'Tis a great whale, but pale and bloated in death! It be no natural beast, but an evil that travels the seas, with death itself riding within! As long as sinew clings to bone, I'll give chase, for I'll ne'er rest 'til I have destroyed the thing that is...
Ewww. The Undead. But undead sporting a rather unexpected ride. I guess I would remove the crew chamber as well, unless that's where the necromancer hangs his(her) hat and plots a course for destruction.
In nature, for instance, a rhino has flies and ticks etc, that live on the hide and live off the blood. Rhino will visit and lie in ponds where turtles will clean the underwater portion of the ticks and a species of bird will clean the the top of ticks and other parasites. What if where the characters camp there were a species of animals that lived off wounds of the creatures. PCs camp. Anybody with wounds on there body are soon covered with small rodent - insect - shadows - whatever. Would immediately see it as a threat I would imagine. But perhaps one of the wounded didn't wake up when it happened, and when they did finally wake they were completely healed. Perhaps somebody was warned of something attacking them but they were able to notice that the wound was actually getting smaller instead of larger. Or maybe they successfully beat the creatures off them and don't notice an improvement, marking this place never to rest at ever again....later learn that villagers send their wounded there but they keep it a guarded secret because they don't want all the attention or traffic and what comes with such a special gift. Could turn into something more too if characters decide to start blabbing about it.