Black Stuff – D&D 4th Edition

Let me introduce the Gelatinous Cube’s Irish cousin


Black Stuff – Level 7 Elite Brute

Large natural beast (blind, ooze) XP 500
Initiative +4 Senses Perception +3; tremorsense 5
HP 170; Bloodied 85
AC 18; Fortitude 19, Reflex 11, Will 11
Immune gaze; Resist 10 acid
Saving Throws +2
Speed 2; see also engulf
Action Points 1
Slam (standard; at-will)
+10 vs. Fortitude; 1d6 + 4 damage, and the target is immobilized
(save ends).
Engulf (standard; at-will) ✦ Alcohol
The black stuff attacks one or two Medium or smaller targets; +10 vs. Reflex (automatically hits an immobilized creature). On a hit, the target is grabbed and pulled into the stuff’s space; the target is dazed and takes ongoing 6 damage until it escapes the grab. A creature that escapes the grab shifts to a square of its choosing adjacent to the cube but is intoxicated for a number of hours equal to the number of rounds they remained within the stuff. The black stuff can move normally while creatures are engulfed within it.
Foam Head
Due to the creamy foam found on top many adventurers walking through a dark dungeon do not see the black body hanging below.(Perception DC 25) or until it attacks. Creatures that fail to notice the black stuff might walk into it, automatically becoming engulfed.
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Skills Stealth +5
Str 16 (+4) Dex 12 (+4) Wis 11 (+3)
Con 17 (+5) Int 1 (–3) Cha 1 (–3)

Black Stuff Tactics
Black Stuff tend to stand in corners gentle swaying but when they move they never go in a straight line. Staggering one way and then another with no real direction is it’s general mode of travel so it is very hard to predict it’s movements.

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That Mythical Beast. Gary Gygax 27 July 1938 – 4 March 2008

I just thought I should share a quick memory. Back in the summer of 1989 my friends and I had had just started our journey into the world of roleplaying. We were playing Rolemaster but I was reading Dragon magazine on the side and really fancied trying Dungeons and Dragons but it would be another few months before we would get the chance.

Gary Gygax

As the year drew on my friend was given the old D&D set for his birthday and I sat telling them about everything I’d read. The one thing we always found strange was that our GM rarely gave us more than orcs and dragons to fight against but with D&D there were loads more to choose from with just as many unfamiliar tongue twisting names. Every day we played we would pick a new monster and the GM would find a way to fit them into the story somehow.

There was one monster we could never find in the books though. I’d seen the name mentioned in Dragon a few times when reading about D&D but the stats always eluded us. That monster was of course the Gygax. We could never find any pictures of the thing either so our imaginations ran wild. We thought of it as a giant Hydra like monster that could level whole towns in a second. Before long our GM drew up stats himself and for the rest of the year we ran a game where the culmination would be taking on the Gygax to free the kingdom and either win the princess’ heart or be rewarded with enough beer to drown in depending on which character you talked to. It was immense.

It was about 4 years later when we found out that the Gygax I had seen mentioned in the magazine was actually Gary Gygax and not some monster that had been made up for the game. I blame it on being from Scotland where most surnames start with Mc or Mac. We just didn’t stand a chance of beating our imaginations into submission.

Other thoughts and memories can be found at Unclebear’s website

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