The Esm

The Compendium of Creepier Creeps

Continuing the feature begun with The Hollyshade a few months back, although this creature differs from that one in several respects: It was drawn in a Rhodia DotPad (less pretty, better paper); it’s inspired by reading The Dying Earth, and it’s much cuter. Oh, and it’s statted for B/X, not Basic Fantasy.

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The Esm

Ungainly, unkind and untrustworthy, the Esm is an opportunistic agent of Chaos spawned from demonically-tainted flux stone. Once birthed, the quickly form squabbling warbnds and set off in search of magic items or demihumans—both of which they eat, Esms being wicked metal-human hybrids birthed of magic and driven to cannibalism. In their cowardice, however, they can usually be bartered with.

AC: 7
HD: 1
Attacks: 1d6 Damage (or by weapon), Belch
Movement: 60’ (20’)
No. Appearing: d4+1
Save As: Normal Man
Morale: 7
Treasure Type: R (B)
Alignment: Chaos

The Esm generally fights with his crude weapons. In desparation, he may belch forth a noxious goo dealing d4 damange within a 5’ radius. However, this may (1–2 on d6) kill the Esm outright due to internal bleeding.

1 out of 6 Esms are “mages”, fighting as 2 HD creatures and knowing a single random Level One spell (used more or less randomly).

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