Miasmoid

(Golden Dragon 1)(c)1984 Leo Hartas. Used with the generous permission of Leo Hartas.

Basic Information
A creation of sorcery, Miasmoids are an excellent source of cheap, handy ready-made henchmen. To conjure a Miasmoid, a spellcaster simply burns a specially-prepared powder, from which issues forth thick smoke that coalesces into a 'solid' figure that can perform menial tasks (GD1 s163). Like it's distant cousin the Golem*, the Miasmoid is a very dim-witted creature that cannot speak - only able to understand the simplest of commands, such as "Destroy them!" and "Kill them!" (you get the picture...). Although the Miasmoid can dish out a significant amount of physical destruction, it can actually be defeated very easily due to it's gaseous origins; high winds or similar air disturbances can tear apart the Miasmoid and render it helpless (GD1 s65).

See the entry on Golems* for an idea of how to approach Miasmoid creation (BES pp64-65). However, Miasmoids are significantly cheaper to create than Golems* - both in time and effort.

Appearance
Miasmoids are restricted to a single form that is selected and bound to the invocation powder while it is being prepared. However, Miasmoids usually appear as hulking muscle-bound humanoids - all the better to pulverise their Master's troublesome opponents (GD1 s163).

Known or Supposed Origins
It is unknown which sorcerer* was the first to create a Miasmoid, but it appears that the secrets to their construction were originally uncovered in the Ta'ashim lands. Since that time the secret has been transported back to Coradian* lands and today it is possible that one might encounter these sorcerous creations even in Ellesland* or Mercania*.

Special Abilities
None.

Average Statistics

ATTACK 18 Fist (d6, 5)
DEFENCE 10 Armour Factor (2)
MAGICAL ATTACK N/A
MAGICAL DEFENCE 7 Movement: 10m(30m)
EVASION 5
Health Points: 2d6+10 Rank Equivalent: 4th



STEALTH 17 Vision: Panoptical
PERCEPTION 9

Note: No official statistics exist for Miasmoids. The above statistics are fan-generated.

Notes

It is possible that with experimentation a sorcerer* may be able to create other variations of Miasmoids but the results of such experiments may well have unforseen complications.

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