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The Hair Beast

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Awakened by a Curse, fed by the cries and anger of children, this creature now roams the world.

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Some say that where the Cursed Lands now are, there was an orphanage with a particularly cruel caretaker. If some child would not obey his commands, he would tear their hair out, and this he would sleep on with much delight. Some say his collection came alive one day, from the pain and hate it contained, some say it awakened with the Curse.

The amorphous beast is composed entirely of hair. For this reason it can be practically invisible against the right background, it can creep through tiny cracks and under doors. Some claim it only strangles its victims, some say it drains life of them, as undead do. No one knows for sure, for few have escaped it, ever. It is said it does not harm children.

The Hair Beast is not harmed through common weapons, and even magical ones seem to have little effect. Fire is the only known protection, as it avoids larger fires, and a torch can harm it a bit. When it does burn (a little), it produces a horrible stench.

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This is a unique magical creature, possibly undead.

Though it is a unique, it might spawn more of its own… if the conditions were right.



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Voted Iain
November 7, 2005, 12:25
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I like this - really creepy and very cool.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 7, 2005, 14:35
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A bit cool, with the Thief-3-ish backstory and all, and a bit silly. I am unsure whether this beast would work if the PCs did not know about its backstory. It would require a lot of skilled GMing, that is for sure.

But as always: You got fresh and original ideas, manfred :)
Voted Zylithan
November 11, 2005, 13:39
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I met a gnome once who had run into this creature. He said it could split into many smaller hair beasts to confuse the party. And as its strength was sapped with magic and fire, it would even "waste" an attack pulling out the party members' hair and adding to itself, to heal or grow stronger. The poor gnome was clearly upset by his experience, so I meant not to make him relive it too long. But curiousity overcame me and I wondered how they fought it off. The gnome smiled and pulled a handful of candles out of his bag. He told me he always carried them with him, in case it returned. The only reason he was still alive was that the beast was terrified of wax.
Voted Murometz
April 11, 2006, 13:55
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Nice! now be on the lookout for the Dwarven Braided Beard Golem
Murometz
September 15, 2007, 1:07
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BUMP, and

I'm making another hair monster and you cant stop me!!! Bwaahahahaha
manfred
September 15, 2007, 9:55
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Thanks for the very nonstandard BUMP! I wish my other old work would attract such an attention. :p
Voted valadaar
September 15, 2007, 10:11
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Neat. The predecessor to the dread Beard Golem!

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