The 1000 year cycles of destruction's that send the Stolen World into barbarism have greatly reduced the number of 'monsters' and even natural creatures present on the planet. The devastations have selectively breed only creatures that can truly survive repeated apocalypses. The chimera, with it's draconic origins and highly unique reproductive ability fits that bill.
Chimera are only male but can breed successfully with any animal with a skeleton and occasionally one that doesn't. The smarter the chimera the more picky it will be about it's partner. Sometimes they will breed followers. This behavior is only found in the smartest dragon and kobold headed ones but even among that small group, this is very rare. The juvenile chimera will take on all the characteristics of the female creature. Causing the female to raise it as one of its own. Only one chimera will be born(or hatched). When the creature reaches sexual maturity it goes into stasis for about a month,emerging as a hybrid of the mother and father. They range in size from about a lion to a huge dragon, depending on the mix of genetics.
Decended from true dragons, the chimera of even animal intelligence continue to exhibit the hoarding behavior of their ancestors. Dumb chimera will hoard anything that catches their eye, wagon wheels, pottery, anvils and especially anything shiny. The smarter the creature, the more valuable the hoard.
Pick 3 heads and one body and make your own chimera
1 DRAGON FLY (body and wings,rare) super agility
2 HUMMING BIRD (body and wings,uncommon) Hover
3 SABERTOOTH CAT (head,common) ultimate melee attack
4 RABBIT (body,exotc) fantastic leaping ability
5 GILA MONSTER (head,rare) moderate bite and hold ability/damage
6 LEACH (head,common) blood sucking ability
7 MONGOOSE (head ,rare) moderate melee damage,high bonus to hit
(body,common) major agility bonus bonus
8 COBRA (head,common) poison spit
9 JELLYFISH (body and arms,exotic) paralyzing, painful sting, highly resistance to damage
10 HIPPO (head uncommon) major bite attack
(body, common)swimming ability,thick hide
11 PEGASUS (body and wings, rare) fantastic flying speed
12 KOBALD (head,uncommon) minor intelligence and trap making
13 GOAT (head ,common) moderate charge/melee
14 SHREW (TINY HEAD,exotic) fantastic ferociousness
15 BLACK WIDOW SPIDER (head and body,uncommon) poison ,wall crawling and armor
16 APE (head , common) minor bite and intelligence)
(body,common)humanoid body,manual manipulation
17 BULL(head, common) charge ability, moderate melee
(body,common) extra stamina
18 WOLVERINE (head) major melee, huge to hit bonus
19 Tiger(body) jungle stealth and tracking
20 LION (head) major melee,moderate mane protection to front of creature
21 LYNX (head and body) mountain movement ,minor melee
22 WOLF(head) fantastic smell ability, minor melee
23 AMOEBA (body) cannot be critically hit, engulfing attack
24 ANT(head and body) fantastic strength
25 TERMITE (head) acid spitting
26 DRAGON (head and wings) breath weapon, high intelligence, clumsy flyer
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Ok, i'll say it, this is potentially awesome fun, rolling up the random monstrosities! I'd maybe collate the choices into separate body and head tables, and of course, add MORE of them! :)
12 year old me would have loved this list for hours, perhaps to the point of self injury.
Muro's is right if we put them in a table we could have all three options and perhaps we can put together a random generator.
nice work, interactive posts are fun, we could use more of them.
I plan on using this sub as my low benchmark for the quality of subs I'm going to submit from now on
Don't abandon this one just yet :)
Tables! We want tables!! And more head/body options! Want help?
I'm not much for reworking stufff but since you insisit... sure what kind of help do yoou want to contribute?
How about this give me a few weeks to organize and add and I'll put you on to make the tables? In the mean time if you want too add some parts feel free,Ill put you on as a collaborator
um....how do I do that?
When you edit your sub, I think there should be on the right hand side an option to add collaborator, you either add the person's username or id (not sure whether both works but I think id definitely works, user id can be obtained through author profile, just click on Muro's name from one of his comments).
Hey, look what I found! :)
Actually the chimera thing was my idea, just Scras wrote it up.in a Scras like way.