Old West in Shadows: Chupacabra

The goat eating Chupacabra, is a native beast of Mexico and the American Southwest, as they are found in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico as well. The creature resembles nothing more than a miniature dinosaur, of the raptor variety. It has large back legs, a long tail, short forearms which are useful mostly for grabbing on to prey, and a snout. It differs from the image of the aforementioned dinosaur in that its neck is short and wide rather than long and sinuous, and its forelimbs bear vicious talons at least as formidable as its sharp teeth. Few have ever seen one as they are nocturnal creatures, and pride privacy even when invading the areas staked out by men.

As far as identifying the work of a chupacabra, they are known to bring down a single animal of livestock overnight and consume the entrails and internal organs. They gorge themselves at each meal, leaving carcasses with ribs stripped clean to great the morning sun, but this means they feed infrequently as well. They are not greedy creatures and will plague the same farm over and over again before moving on if security gets too tight, or if the only creatures left are too unhealthy to attract their attention. The fact that they are linked to mysterious goat deaths is not an indication that they only eat goats. Chupacabra will go after cattle, ponies or horses, and even lone campers. Their plan is always go for the stragglers.

Chupacabra (Beast)
Abilities (Focuses)
-1 Communication
+1 Constitution (Running)
-1 Cunning
+4 Dexterity (Stealth)
+0 Magic
+1 Perception (Hearing)
+1 Strength (Claws, Jumping)
+0 Willpower
Combat Ratings
Speed 15 Defense 14 Health 22 AR 2 Shock 12
Bite +4, 1d6+1; Claws +3, 2d6+1
: The Chupacabra can frighten even the hardiest of men when discovered. The Chupacabra must make a minor action to prompt a check, but those witnessing the display must succeed at a Fear trigger with a TN of 12 which results in 1d6 Instability damage if failed.
Favored Stunts: Knock Prone and Mighty Blow.
Night Vision: Chupacabra suffer one less penalty due to low light conditions.
Equipment: none.

About Byron D. Molix

I am an information technology professional in Missouri. I've been an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction novels, comic books, pen and paper role-playing games, computer games and console video games for the last two decades. My dream would be to one day make a comfortable living while having the time to pursue writing (novels, rpgs, etc.) as a full-time hobby.

Posted on September 14, 2012, in AGE, Gaming and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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