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The Invisible Lake Beast

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Unseen and striking from suprise, this creature is on its way to becoming a legend.

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The creature has never been seen and is only heard as a whisper before it attacks. The attacks are swift, brutal, and clawed. It is a messy eater, leaving a distinctive carcass behind. 

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This is a unique product of a magical catastrophe, and it was actually a bear before.
Loosing much of its cellular structure, it still roughly keeps its original shape. However, it is not only semi-transparent, but also much lighter, up to the point that strong winds threaten to pick it up and dump somewhere else… likely killing it. The bear has learned to stay on the large lake it lived at, light enough to walk it, and holding to the water at the same time. It feeds on fish, as it did before, and occassionaly drowns an unlucky swimmer, giving rise to legends of a terrible invisible beast eating anyone approaching its lake. Be warned that it can move quickly on the lake’s surface, half-running, half-gliding toward its prey… 
The only luck is that it lost some of its strength along with its weight and muscles. It is also now a soft, squishy thing, dangerous only if it is allowed to attack. If faces strong opposition, it will withdraw as fast as it came.



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Voted MoonHunter
October 29, 2005, 19:57
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I edited this one a great deal when I brought it from version 1.0 . I liked the idea before, and I like the idea better now.
Voted Zylithan
November 12, 2005, 3:13
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Re: editing, There are still a lot of typoes or choppy parts to this post. I feel like it could have a lot more details and motivation/plot hooks. What was the accident? Maybe the PCs could be hired to investigate deaths at the lake by townspeople and hired to kill the beast. But later a druid asks them not to kill the beast but to lift its curse so it can be a normal bear again.
Voted valadaar
March 10, 2014, 15:06
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This is interesting and evocative. I have used a similar idea in other submissions - that of reduced solidity.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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