Sobolan (Rat Folk)

(Patrick Murray AKA Rumtap Inspired by Romanian folklore)

Basic Information

A sobolan lair will contain up to 50 of the creatures and yield an average treasure hoard, larger numbers in a lair attract too much attention from humans. From this lair they will send out small raiding parties of 4 to 12 sobolan to steal food and treasure from farms and villages.

Appearance

Throughout the tunnels and caverns in the mountains of Hudristania the scurrying of rats can be heard. Wait quietly in the shadows and you may see the rat emerge, at first you may think it is a giant rat but as it comes closer you see it is much larger, about three quarters of the size of a human. It walks on its hind legs and carries a sword and shield. It sees you clearly in the dark and comes at you fast and deadly.


Known or Supposed Origins

The origin of the sobolan is unknown; some legends say that a mad sorcerer crossbred giant rats with humans long ago in a strange experiment. Others say that a were-rat was cursed by an evil hag to remain in rat form forever. The truth remains a mystery.


Special Abilities

Like the rat the sobolan prefers to hunt with stealth and their leaders develop skills similar to an assassin. All sobolans that make a successful stealth roll will gain surprise on their opponents. Their claws also make them good climbers and they all have the climb ability. Their noses also mean they can track a quarry with ease. Due to its small size the sobolan cannot use two handed weapons and prefers small weapons such as daggers and short swords. They also favour crossbows for ranged combat. Sobolans also wear scraps of leather and metal as armour and carry simple wooden shields. The sobolan also train giant rats to act as war dogs and there is a 40% chance that a raiding party will also have 1-2 giant rats with them. Any encounter with a sobolan will give a 5% chance of contracting Black Death.


Geographical Distribution

Although originating in Hudristania the sobolan has, like all rats, spread their pestilence to other countries across Legend.

Average Statistics For Sobolan Raider

ATTACK 12 usually short sword or dagger or crossbow
DEFENCE 6 Armour Factor 2 Armour scraps & shield
MAGICAL ATTACK N/A
MAGICAL DEFENCE 3 Movement: 12m(25m)
EVASION 4 Note: Reflexes never less than 14
Health Points: 1d6+3 Rank Equivalent: 1st



STEALTH 17 Vision: darksight
PERCEPTION 8 Skills: Surprise on a successful stealth roll, climb, track.


Average Statistics For Sobolan Raid Leader

ATTACK 16 usually short sword or dagger or crossbow
DEFENCE 7 Armour Factor 2 Armour scraps & shield
MAGICAL ATTACK N/A
MAGICAL DEFENCE 6 Movement: 12m(25m)
EVASION 4 Note: Reflexes never less than 14
Health Points: 1d6+6 Rank Equivalent: 4th



STEALTH 21 Vision: darksight
PERCEPTION 11 Skills: Track, pilfer, armour piercing, shock attack, climb.


Notes

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