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Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Element of Surprise

Random, silly thought which I have decided to transform into gamable material: A surprise elemental. A being of pure, raw unexpectedness which hails from the elemental plane of Surprisingness (few have been there, but they report that it certainly was not what they expected).

The stats here are for a "large" Surprise Elemental, bigger and smaller versions exist.


Large Surprise Elemental
2,400 XP
N Large Outsider (elemental, extraplanar)
Init +10; Senses: Darkvision; Perception +11
AC: 19, Touch 16, Flat Footed 12 (+6 Dex, +1 Dodge, +3 Natural, -1 Size)
HP: 52 (8d10+8)
Fort +7, Ref +12, Will +4
defenses: DR 5/-, Elemental Traits, Cannot be surprised
Speed: 80 ft.
Melee: 2 Slams (1d8+2)
Special Attacks: Shocking Slam (1d8), Very Surprising, Sneak Attack (+1d6)
Space: 10 ft; Reach: 10 ft
Str-14, Dex-23, Con-12, Int 6, Wis 11, Cha 11
Base Atk +8; CMB +11; CMD 27
Feats: Dodge, Improved Initiative, Mobility, Spring Attack, Weapon Finesse
Skills: Acrobatics +15, Climb +9, Escape Artist+13, Intimidate +9, Knowledge (The Planes) +5, Perception +11

Special Abilities:

Very Surprising: Surprise Elementals cannot be surprised. No matter how prepared anyone is for the appearance of the elemental they are not actually ready for it. Surprise elementals automatically receive a surprise round during which no one else may act, except other surprise elementals. This occurs even if the elemental joins combat already in process, they receive an immediate surprise round then combat is resumed as normal. During this surprise round all other combatants are flat footed.

Shocking Slam: The surprise elemental's fists are very shocking, so obviously they inflict bonus electrical damage.

Savage Worlds

Agility d12+1, Smarts -d8, Spirit-d8, Strength-d4, Vigor-d6
Climbing d8, Fighting-d10, Notice-d6, Shooting-d8
Pace: 6; Parry: 7, Toughness: 5
Special Abilities:
  • Elemental: No bonus from called shots, fearless, immune to disease and poison. 
  • Invulnerability: Surprise Elementals take half damage from all non-magical attacks. 
  • Shocking Touch: Str+1d6 
  • Very Surprising: Surprise Elementals automatically get "the drop" on opponents when they enter combat, they also cannot be surprised. 


Good [+2] Large; Good [+2] Body Of Surprise; Good [+2] Surprising Movement; Expert [+4] Being Unexpected; Good [+2] Shocking Attack; Poor [-2] Large, Poor [-2] Body of Surprise

Body of Surprise: The elemental is composed of raw surprise, this Quality can be used to overcome any attempts to be prepared (defensive spells or powers, screwing with plans, laid traps, etc).

Surprising Movement: The elemental teleports, disappearing and reappearing somewhere unexpected.

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