For my next post in the A-Z Challenge, I will be posting a Sandbox Encounter focused on a dangerous ten-legged felinoid predator. B is for Banth.
Brief Description: The banth is a ferocious felinoid carnivore that prowls hills in search of prey, its protruding green eyes ever attentive to its environment as it hunts. Roughly the size of a horse, this ten-legged beast’s long lithe body is powerfully muscled and almost hairless, having only a great, bristly mane about its thick neck. The beast’s head is predominately mouth, with several rows of long needle-like fangs lining its jaws which open to a point far back of its tiny ears, revealing several rows of long needle-like fangs.
Encounter Groups: These are common encounter groups for this type of encounter.
- Novice (levels 1-3): 3 Banth Cubs, 1 Juvenile Banth. 2d6x5 silver shillings, basic mundane equipment on the corpses of previous victims.
- Seasoned (levels 4-6): 10 Banth Cubs, 2 Juvenile Banths, 1 Banth. 3d6x10 silver shillings, basic mundane equipment on the corpses of previous victims.
- Veteran (levels 7-10): 20 Banth Cubs, 4 Juvenile Banths, 2 Banths. 4d6x20 silver shillings, basic mundane equipment on the corpses of previous victims.
Stat Blocks: The following stats are provided as examples for inspiration. Please adjust as needed to fit your preferred gaming system and style.
- Banth Cub: AC 7 ; HD 2; Atk: bite (1d6); ST: 16; SP: none; MV: 12; CL 2; XP 30.
- Juvenile Banth: AC 5 ; HD 6; Atk: bite (1d8), two claws (1d4); ST: 11; SP: pounce (can make both claw attacks at the end of a charge); MV: 12; CL 7; XP 600.
- Banth: AC 3 ; HD 10; Atk: bite (2d6), two claws (1d6); ST: 5; SP: pounce (can make both claw attacks at the end of a charge); MV: 12; CL 13; XP 2,300.
Encounter Ideas: Here are six different scenarios related to this encounter type.
- The pride of banth are returning to their lair after an unsuccessful hunt.
- The pride of banth are patrolling the region, defending their territory from intruders.
- The pride of banth are chasing another group of creatures.
- The pride of banth have cornered or surrounded a wounded herbivore, which is now defending itself desperately.
- The pride of banth are sleeping after a successful hunt, and do not take kindly to being interrupted.
- The banth are actually of two different prides, and are confronting one another over their territory when the party comes upon the scene.