Dark Sun



Activity Cycle:Night
Intelligence:See below
Alignment:Neutral evil
No. Appearing:1
Armor Class:3
Hit Dice:2
No. of Attacks:1
Damage/Attack:By weapon
Special Attacks:Intelligence Drain
Special Defenses:See below
Magic Resistance:Nil
Size:T (1)
Morale:Elite (13-14)
XP Value:270

Psionics Summary


Telepathy Sciences: mind drain, mind link; Devotions: contact, daydream, ego whip, invisibility, intellect fortress.

Psychometabolism Sciences: nil; Devotions: displacement, enhanced speed, heightened senses.

The tchowb is a particularly deadly little creature that delights in draining intelligence from those smarter than itself.

A tchowb is a tiny, humanoid creature with a leathery, gray skin. It has beady, red eyes and a purple ridge along the skull. It is hairless, and its head looks entirely too large for its small body.

A tchowb ordinarily does not speak any language, but it does gain the ability to speak one of the languages known by its victim for every three points of intelligence it drains.

Combat: A tchowb will never seek a face-to-face confrontation if it can possibly be avoided. With its powers, it is usually able to avoid such a fight. The tchowb has a 40% chance to move silently and a 38% chance to hide in shadows. The tchowb has a number of other powers that help it seek its prey, which is anyone with more intelligence than it possesses.The tchowbs favorite method of attack is to sneak up on a party or caravan camped for the night. It attempts to get close to one of the sentries and tries to make psionic contact. If the sentry has a psionic defense, the tchowb tries to use an ego whip to force contact with the sentrys mind. If both fail it is likely to break off the attack, either moving on to another sentry or waiting until a different sentry takes the watch.

Once contact is established, the tchowb uses daydream to make the sentrys mind wander. It can then slip into camp to prey on sleeping victims. If it is discovered, either by the sentry or by those in camp, the tchowb uses one of its two unique psionic powers, enhanced speed, to flee. Enhanced speed allows the tchowb to move at a rate of 36 and costs 3 PSPs per round to maintain. It will also use displacement to aid its escape. If it is not noticed, the tchowb moves in to drain a victim.

The tchowb can drain victims using its other unique ability, mind drain. This is very similar to mindwipe, but with two important differences. It does not require the contact devotion. It does require a round of physical contact, however. The drain is painless and usually unnoticed by the victim, especially if he is sleeping.

When a tchowb touches a victim, the victim is allowed a saving throw vs. spells, with a -4 penalty if he is sleeping. Failure means that he feels nothing and the drain continues uninterrupted. If the save is made, the victim has a terrible nightmare. This may cause him to wake up. A surprise roll is made; if the victim is not surprised, he wakes up screaming. If the potential victim was not asleep, a successful saving throw means he has a terrible feeling that something bad is about to happen to him. At this point, the tchowb fades into the background and continues his draining.

For each round of draining, the victim loses one point of intelligence permanently. The tchowb gains one point of intelligence, but the gain only lasts for one day. Even if his victim wakes up, the tchowb can keep using his mind drain until sated. A tchowb is not sated until his intelligence reaches 24. Since the tchowbs normal Intelligence is 4, this can be quite devastating for a character. When a victims intelligence reaches 2, the tchowb is no longer interested in him, since he is now a drooling idiot.

The mind drain can be kept up as long as the victim is within 30 of the tchowb. The drain can only be broken if the tchowb is forced beyond that range or if the beast takes any form of damage. A successful physical attack will stop the tchowbs mind drain immediately. A successful psionic attack will stop the drain and cause the tchowb to lose all the intelligence points it has gained from its current victim. Unfortunately, these points are not psionically funneled back into the victims psyche; they are simply lost. A victim drained by a tchowb can only have his intelligence restored by mental surgery, heal, or restoration.

Habitat/Society: A tchowb is a solitary creature because it doesnt like anyone or anything except the feeling of power it gets from becoming smarter. A sated tchowb is a genius and uses its newfound intelligence in whatever manner best suits it.

Ecology: The tchowb can be found in cities, on the trail, or almost anywhere that intelligent beings gather.

Last Modified: January 27, 2014, 23:16:19 GMT

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