Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gobbling Grout: Attack Spackle (Type 1B)

Gobbling Grout: Attack Spackle (Type IB)
No. Enc.: 1d2
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 12' (4') [along any masonry surface]
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 4+
Attacks: 1 (Acidic-Sting)
Damage: 1d6/minute
Save: F3
Morale: 10

Special: Retains Type I's Suffocation Attack, but can only use it on immobile/unconscious/sleeping victims.

Large, lumpy and ponderous creatures that resemble discolored and slightly bubbling patches of nastiness spattered across walls, ceilings and sometimes floors where the bulk of the curdled mass of these things tends to settle into the cracks, joints and seams of the local masonry. The central mass can be up to a foot or more in diameter, but they rarely gather themselves up into anything more than a couple of inches deep at any given moment, unless confronted by voltaic, actinic or similar effects or open flames. Attack Spackle fear the shock-prods and are often herded and forced into service by wielders of these sorts of weapons and similar devices.

These things will also attempt to sneak up on victims who are either asleep or unconscious in order to suffocate them by slithering down their throat and filling their lungs, just like their lesser brethren the Type I's.

When suitably fed and trained, after a fashion (they are decidedly non-sentient), these odd creatures can be conditioned to stand watch over a specific station and to attack anyone who attempts to pass by without first feeding them. Unfortunately, these things will not distinguish between whomever feeds them, so anyone knowing to give the creature a treat can pass by easily.

These particular sub-types of Gobbling Grout have been successfully integrated into Ochre Jelly solutions in order to produce a denser, darker, more virulent 'Burnt Orange Jelly,' that is so far quite rare, but gaining a serious reputation as a terrifying new addition to the sewer ecosystems beneath Wermspittle.

Unlike the usual Type I's, these bulkier sub-types do not make a good mortar when ground down, and are instead better suited to the formulation of a durable, mold-able paste that hardens into a dense, water-permeable cement that is used in the maintenance and repair of various underground systems.

There are also records of old experiments with the Type Ib Grouts that investigated their potential utility in treating hides, making leather and so forth, but that line of inquiry was cut short during a rampage by a rogue Type IV Grout that leveled the laboratory. Anyone recovering those records would find several competing bidders who remain very interested in learning how to harness these creatures for industrial (and potentially other) applications.

There are other types of Gobbling Grout, at least four distinct varieties are duly noted in the Sewer System Concordance & Cthonic Ephemeris published every October by the Sewer Militia in Wermspittle.

Known Varieties of Gobbling Grout

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