AoC: Beastiary - Vengeful Mummy and Scaleskin Lizard
The folks from Age of Conan have provided us with these two beastiary entries which originally appeared in an AoC newsletter.
The vilest magic and the most dangerous alchemical experiments are carried out by the sorcerers of the Black Ring Citadel. The chambers below have become polluted over the centuries and this has had a strange effect on the lizards dwelling in the lightless sewers below. Whether their evolution has regressed or accelerated is not known for sure but the existence of these hybrid humanoid reptiles is well known…and feared by the Stygian population above.
Their sub-human intelligence is driven by the worship of primitive gods; vile fusions of reptile, insect and slime or tentacled horrors of living madness. However, they are god-like beings that heed the call of their worshippers and bestow alien, shamanistic spells on their most blood-soaked and faithful.
The Scaleskins are blamed for disappearances in the city above but in fact they are content to dwell in the lightless chambers beneath and perform their cultish rites, but to what end is not known. However, anyone foolish enough to trespass in their territory risks a grisly fate, being torn part alive and consumed by these gibbering, howling monstrosities.
The Vengeful Mummy
The Vengeful Mummy
These twisted mockeries of human life are all that remains of the ill-fated victims of the Black Ring's quest for power. Slaves, criminals and those too weak to protect themselves from the dark sorcerers of the foreboding citadel that lurks behind Kheshatta disappear into its black halls and emerge as inhuman monsters.
Whether any flicker of life remains in them or if they are necromantic creations, the dead given unlife by corrupt sorcery, is unknown by the Stygian citizens of the City of Magicians. The truth is the still living victims are possessed by souls risen from hell, but which failed to survive the vile process of reincorporation performed by the sorcerers of the Black Ring.
Now they stand guard in the deepest bowels of the most blood soaked dungeon in all Stygia, below the Black Ring Citadel, the Onyx Chambers…