[Monters and...] The 12 Monsters of Christmas

Arc Dream

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The Twelve Monsters of Christmas

A monster a day for Monsters and Other Childish Things. Merry Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas, my monster gave to me
A corpse from a freshly-dug grave.


SPOOKSTER
by Connor Ivey (age 8), with help from Shane Ivey

APPEARANCE: Spookster is a kid-sized skeleton with no ribcage and two extra arms that he stole from somebody else's grave. His spine and parts of his limbs have blue-green zombie skin and sinews and cold blood. His skull has glowing red eyesockets, and his right arm has a charred black wooden hand that's always on fire.

PERSONALITY: Spookster is not too bright -- he doesn't have much of a brain -- but is very protective of his adopted kid. He loves practical jokes, loves fire, loves Halloween, loves scaring people and hates bullies. He really, obsessively hates bullies. I mean he just can't stand them.

FAVORITE THING: Playing pranks.

WAY TO HIDE: Indoors, he crawls along the ceiling -- people tend to instinctively not look up when he's up there -- or in air ducts. Outdoors, he digs a grave for himself with his four bony arms.

BITS AND PIECES

1-2: Cracked bony legs with cold blood and zombie sinew, 6d. Defends,Tough, Useful (walk on walls), Wicked Fast.

3-4: Cracked bony arms with zombie sinew and one charred wooden hand that's always on fire, 5d. Attacks, Burn, Gnarly x3, Useful (soften and melt metal).

5-6: Extra skeleton arms, 7d. Attacks, Gnarly, Useful (dig kid-sized hole).

7-8: Spinal column with cold blood and zombie sinew, 5d. Awesome x2, Tough x3, Useful (attach and detach spare arms and legs; "heals" width – 1 dice on a limb that's been disabled if he can find spare parts).

9-10: Cracked bony skull with glowing red eyesockets, 6d. Attacks, Defends, Useful (raspy voice that can call monsters to life from drawings or TV shows to attack and defend using its skull dice), Useful (glowing red eyes see in the dark).

Tomorrow's monster: Gnarlytoes.
 

skaville

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Please tell Conner that Spookster is a really cool and frightening monster !
And that a GM in Norway is going to use Spookster to scare a bunch of adults :)
 

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On the second day of Christmas, my monster gave to me
Two freaky feet
And a corpse from a freshly-dug grave.


GNARLYTOES
by Shane Ivey

APPEARANCE: Gnarlytoes looks a little different every time you see him. If you catch him from the corner of your eye he's this kind of hunched, oily black furry shape with a long snaky neck that has three crazy round eyes over an even crazier smiling mouth full of odd-shaped teeth. But the next time you see him he's shrunk a little; then the next time he's got just two eyes; then he's got a normal kind of neck; then he's not black and oily at all but more like a regular kid. But he always has the same high, growly voice, and he always has a crazy happy smile that says he knows all about every little thing that you don't quite understand, and he thinks it's the funniest joke in the whole entire universe.

PERSONALITY: Gnarlytoes is happy! It's always kind of hard to figure out exactly why, though, because his explanations don't make much sense. He talks like a bad college philosophy class, but every aphorism is a punchline that only he gets. "If the mechanism of perception is physical, but the understanding of perception is mental, and the mental is entirely internal, then how do you know anything that you perceive is real? Hoo! I know! That's a good one."

FAVORITE THING: Gnarlytoes just loves it when humans try to wrap their brains around concepts that are too big for them. And when humans wrap their brains around, say, telephone poles that are too big for them, that's pretty funny too. Gnarlytoes loves a joke.

WAY TO HIDE: Gnarlytoes changes his shape all the time. He always looks pretty creepy, but he can easily look like a creepy smiling fifth-grader, Youth Scout pack leader or stray dog instead of a creepy smiling monster.

BITS AND PIECES

1-3: Twisty legs with gnarled toes, 8d. Attacks, Defends, Awesome x2, Gnarly x3, Tough x1.

4-5: Gnarly three-fingered hands, 6d. Attacks, Defends, Useful (pilfering secret things and secret thoughts), Awesome x2.

6-8: Hunched shifty body, 10d. Useful (change shape), Awesome x2, Tough x3.

9-10: Snaky smiling face with three happy eyes and big happy teeth, 6d. Attacks, Useful (seeing secrets), Awesome x2, Gnarly x1.
 

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PERSONALITY: Gnarlytoes is happy! It's always kind of hard to figure out exactly why, though, because his explanations don't make much sense. He talks like a bad college philosophy class, but every aphorism is a punchline that only he gets. "If the mechanism of perception is physical, but the understanding of perception is mental, and the mental is entirely internal, then how do you know anything that you perceive is real? Hoo! I know! That's a good one."
I thought it was funny...
 

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On the third day of Christmas, my monster gave to me
Three rare steaks,
Two freaky feet
And a corpse from a freshly-dug grave.


CHO LENG
By Benjamin Baugh

APPEARANCE: Cho is about the height of a ten-year-old girl, but built heftier like an itty'bitty linebacker. Calling her "solid" is a charitable way of saying "horse-faced fatty" but you wouldn't want to say it in her hearing, as she's pretty sure she's a looker. She wears baggy clothes and a hoodie all the time, and can pass for a homely human if nobody looks to close. Her tendency to growl deep in the back of her throat like a panther discourages the kind of close examination which might reveal her stumpy tail, furry limbs, or collection of truly formidable teeth. She doesn't know it, but Cho is an orphan girl from the abominable plateau-dwelling people of the Elder Earth.

PERSONALITY: Grumpy and moody. Cho feels like she doesn't fit in (because she doesn't), and is always trying to get her kid to "ditch these losers and come throw rocks at cars with me!" She has a sharp tongue and isn't afraid to use it. Most people have a sense when they've gone too far and said something too mean, but Cho doesn't. This is in part because she's not really people, but in possibly greater part because, at heart, she's sort of a jerk.

FAVORITE THING: Meat. Rare. Raw. Cho is the opposite of a vegan. She tries to get special meat products that look like vegetables. The idea of eating a plant . . . well, how gross is that? One of these days she's going to bite somebody, and then she's going to realize just what kind of meat she likes best.

WAY TO HIDE: Cho can pass for a regular kid. An unfortunate-looking kid, but so long as she doesn't have to dress out for gym, nobody is going to look close enough to notice the hideous prehuman horror.

BITS AND PIECES

1-2: Devious Brain, 6d. Defends, Useful (figure out how to mess with people), Useful (spot weaknesses), Awesome x2.
3-4: Short Stout Legs, 6d. Useful (chase you down), Useful (pounce on you), Useful (sneak up behind you), Tough x1.
5-6: Horn-Nailed Hands, 6d. Attacks, Useful (unbreakable grip), Useful (delicate touch), Awesome x2.
7-8: Thick Lumpy Body, 8d. Defends, Tough x2.
9-10: Wide Toothy Face, 6d. Attacks, Useful (amazingly mean), Useful (bite through anything), Useful (sniff like a wolf), Gnarly x1.
 

Broblawsky0

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That's a pretty cool concept. I honestly never thought about making a monster that is honestly just kind of a grumpy jerk - the ones I think up tend more to the over-helpful side.
 

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my monster gave to me
Four poked-out eyeballs,
Three rare steaks,
Two freaky feet
And a corpse from a freshly-dug grave.


MR. CUDDLES
by Becca Ivey (age 10), with help from Shane Ivey

APPEARANCE: Mr. Cuddles is a cute little spider monkey, about the size of a Chihuahua, with a long tail and very sharp claws. He can't talk, but communicates with his kid via sign language.

PERSONALITY: Playful and funny, but dangerously competitive. He dislikes most other monsters, preferring to keep all the limelight himself. He really dislikes people and monsters who are cruel to children.

FAVORITE THING: Ripping out the eyeballs of someone who's been mean to a child. Or who has managed to annoy him. Stepping on Mr. Cuddles' tail when he's letting you jump rope over it is one good way to lose your eyeballs. There are plenty more.

WAY TO HIDE: He shrinks and grows a little bit as needed. When he doesn't want to be seen, he crawls into his kid's pocket.

BITS AND PIECES

1-2: Quick sneaky feet, 5d. Defends, Useful (creep silent and unseen), Awesome x2, Wicked Fast x2.

3: Stretchy prehensile tail, 3d. Useful (stretch, grab and swing), Awesome x2.

4-7: Crazy-fast razor-sharp eyeball-grabbing claws, 8d. Attacks, Useful ("My eyes!": a hit that disables the hit location of the victim's eyeballs removes said eyeballs, causing blindness and a freakout check), Useful (put eyeballs back again), Awesome, Gnarly x4, Wicked Fast x5.

8-9: Soft but surprisingly resilient body, 6d. Tough x4.

10: Screechy monkey face, 5d. Useful (stunning screech).
 

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my monster gave to me
Fiiiiive burnt-to-the-point-that-they're-unrecognizable thiiiiiiings!
Four poked-out eyeballs,
Three rare steaks,
Two freaky feet
And a corpse from a freshly-dug grave.


GRIMHOOK THE RAVAGER
by Jon Ivey (age 12), with help from Shane Ivey

APPEARANCE: Grimhook is a firetruck-sized black dragon with long grasping talons and great shadowy wings. His enormous fanged mouth breathes neon-red fire and his eyes glare burning red.

PERSONALITY: Aggressive, hungry, secretive, greedy. Everything that's not his kid or himself is either food, treasure, or kindling. For some reason his kid tries to lump all kinds of strange things into the treasure category so they don't get eaten or burnt -- houses, schools, cars, classmates, teachers....

FAVORITE THING: Burning people that his kid doesn't like or doesn't trust, and eating people that he's set on fire.

WAY TO HIDE: Grimhook folds his wings around himself and melts into his kid's shadow.

BITS AND PIECES

1: Sinewy haunches and feet, 4d.
Defends, Tough x1.

2: Long hooklike talons, 4d. Attacks, Useful (grab, pilfer and tickle).

3: Vast shadowy wings, 4d. Defends, Useful (flight).

4-6: Huge scaly black body, 10d. Defends, Useful (always toasty warm), Tough x4.

7-10: Fire-breathing maw with immense fangs, 7d.
Attacks, Useful (long range), Area x4, Burn, Gnarly x4, Tough x3.
 
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