Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Popmasheen [Mutant Future]

This post-apocalypse menace for Mutant Future was inspired by fuzzy childhood memories of an entry in the classic Book of Wondrous Inventions.

No. Enc.: 1
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60' (20')
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 10**
Attacks: 3
Damage: 1d6/1d6/1d6 plus explosive acid
Save: L7
Morale: 12
Hoard Class: special

As the civilization of the ancients progressed, they connected more and more machines to their massive computer network. Even the most mundane appliances were programmed with virtual intelligences. It was only inevitable that, after the Fall, some of these machines would gain sentience and an evil disposition.

The popmasheen is usually found in the hallways of abandoned ruins. This robot resembles a large metal box of black metal with a glowing red front emblazoned with white runes of an ancient tongue. If approached by a creature carrying silver, the robot will speak in an dry, metallic voice “Please insert silver coins.” Close inspection will reveal a slot on the front of the machine, just the right size for a silver coin. The machine will continue to ask for silver coins until the party has none left. It will then remain silent and immobile, waiting a new source of silver.

If attacked, or if it's request for silver is ignored, the popmasheen will wobble forward on it's four stubby feet and attack! A port will open near the bottom of the robot, and the popmasheen will launch cylindrical metal canisters at its targets while droning "Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!" It can attack three times a round, targeting three different targets. If a canister hits, it inflicts 1d6 points of damage. Each canister also has a 1-in-6 chance of exploding, splashing every creature in a 10' radius with brown acid. This acid inflicts 1d8 points of damage each round for 2 rounds. A save vs. poison will halve this damage.

A popmasheen usually holds 1d6x100 sp in its robotic gullet, plus any silver the party fed it.

Mutations: Toxic Weapon, Unique Sense (Detect Silver Coins)

XP: 1140

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