Monday, October 27, 2008

Archaic Game Material of the Week

From the Fiend Folio (1982):

FLIND
FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING: 2-24
ARMOUR CLASS: 5
MOVE: 12"
HIT DICE: 2+3
% IN LAIR: 20%
DAMAGE/ATTACK:
      1—6 or 1—4 –
      see below

SPECIAL ATTACK:
      Disarming – see below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Average
ALIGNMENT: Lawful evil
SIZE: M(6½' + tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
      Attack/Defense Modes: Nil
LEVEL/X.P. VALUE:
      Normal: II/35 + 3 per hit point
      Leader: III/60 + 4 per hit point

Relatives of the gnolls, these beasts are powerful humanoids 6½' tall which always attack at +1 hit probability due to their strength. Most of their characteristics and behavior patterns are similar to those of gnolls which regard flinds as higher beings (the charisma of a flind is at least 16 in the eyes of a gnoll). A large group of gnolls will sometimes be led by one of several flinds. (For details of gnolls, see ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MONSTER MANUAL).

The normal flind usually attacks with a club which delivers 1—6 hit points of damage. 25% of a group encountered will instead carry chain linked iron bars which they use in attack, moving so swiftly with these devices that they gain two attacks per round. If either attack hits, the victim will receive 1—4 hit points of damage and in addition must save (as against wands) or his weapon will have become entangled with the chains and he is disarmed.

This disarming device – the flindbar – can be used by any character with both strength and dexterity of 13 or better, providing he practices with it and selects it as a weapon of proficiency.

Leader types (one for every 15 flinds encountered) are 3+3 hit dice, have 17 strength and high intelligence, with 18 charisma so far as gnolls are concerned. Leaders all use the flindbar in melee.

Flinds speak the same tongues as do gnolls and are on friendly terms with orcs, hobgoblins, bugbears and ogres. However, they dislike trolls and will not cooperate with them.

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