Shan Gui



Climate/Terrain: Remote mountains
Frequency: Very Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Blips and Goats
Intelligence: Low (3)
Treasure: A
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1
Armour Class: 0
Movement: 0.01"
Hit Dice: 50
No. of Attacks: 1 (Bite or missile)
Damage/Attack: 2d20 or 1d10
Special Attacks: Nil
Special: Nil
Magic: Nil
Size: G
Morale: Unsteady (5)
XP Value: 35,000

Shan Gui translates as Mountain Monster. These creatures have developed from a race of hill giants to become permanent dwellers on the tops of mountains. They have grown enormously and taken a form which makes them indistinguishable from the tops of mountains.

They start out by digging a hole in the top of the mountain where their stumpy body and stumpy legs fit. Their heads fit as a cap on the mountain, hiding the body. Their arms are shaped so that they appear to be ridges down the side of the mountain, ready to capture prey.

A typical Shang Gui is three to four hundred feet tall with three arms, two hundred yards long. Their mouths are one hundred feet across and lined with teeth twenty feet long. Their eyes are also disguised to appear as stone. They have three eyes set in an equilateral triangle on their head.

Shan Gui have the persona of a five year old. They will go for anything they can get, become very afraid of something if it looks like beating them and cry when their prey escapes.

Combat: Shan Gui fight by grabbing what they want with their powerful arms. They do not crush their prey but pick it up and place it in their mouths. They then chew their prey.

They have developed a secondary attack form. They can fire up to two projectiles per day from their sides with a strong blast of air up to two thousand feet into the sky. These projectiles explode at a distance set by the Shan Gui when it fires the projectile. This attack is used to strike at blips to cause them to slowly sink to the ground where they can be grabbed and eaten.

Habitat/Society: Shan Gui live in remote mountainous areas. They usually live solitary lives as a high density of them would quickly consume all the local food supply. Every thousand years they combine in groups of four or five to reproduce. This can take up to ten years.

It can take them two years to dig the hole for their mountain abode so they are infrequent movers. They only move when the food supply has been low for twenty years. As a result it is often difficult to detect that a Shan Gui has been in the area by looking for major earth works. A character could tell that there have been Shan Gui in the area by looking for sawn off mountains with small lakes in them.

Ecology: They feed on goats and blips. In general they save their explosive attack for large blips or winged blips as only these blips are large enough to warrant the energy spent. While they have no trouble with their goat or small blip supply, they do have difficulty with goats and small blips because they are so small compared to their mouths and occasionally escape between the cracks between their teeth.

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02 January 2001