Ghul


The Ghul is a humanoid creature, but with the head of a carnivorous beast. Its skin is hairless, save for a massive mane that cascades down its back. It is a scavenger of corpses and skulker in shadows in most parts of the world, but in the deserts of central Gorgamelle they gather in packs and attack even large bodies of travellers. Ghul have savage claws on their hands and feet which allow them to tunnel in soft ground with prodigious speed and they have hands more muscular, but otherwise similar, to humans, letting them climb with ease. They are very fast, extremely tough and enormously strong, and are capable of berserk bloodlust in which they seem to shrug off wounds. They eat their own dead as readily as anyone else's. Ghul have a very keen sense of smell, and are masters of concealment. Sages have debated for centuries over whether Ghul are truly sentient. At times they cooperate in attacks on prey in a way that does not seem animal-like, but they have never been heard to speak - indeed they make little noise at all - except for a low snarling and grunting when they are in bloodlust. Although their hands could easily hold weapons, Ghul rarely use even a rock or tree branch, and they neither wear clothing or build. The commonest legend about the Ghul is that they are descended from degenerate humans who were cursed by the gods for cannibalism, but most sages doubt that they are related to humans at all, but rather to beastmen (q.v.)

STR

25

+30

DEX

17

+21

CON

18

+16

BOD

13

+6

INT

4

-6

EGO

9

-2

PRE

13

+3

COM

1

-5

PD

8

+3

ED

6

+2

SPD

4

+13

REC

9

END

36

STUN

36

Total

81

OCV

6 (±2)

DCV

6 (±2)

ECV

3

POWERS

20

1+1/2d6 HKA, reduced penetration. (2 x 1+1/2d6 HKA with strength)

3

Climbing (12-)

6

+ 3 with smell perception

10

Tracking scent

10

2" tunnelling (through dirt or similar only)

5

Stealth (13-)

5

Concealment (11-)

6

+2 CSL with HTH combat

59

Total powers and skills

140

Total creature cost

50+

DISADVANTAGES

25

Distinctive features - Predator (not concealable, extreme reaction)

20

Berserk (11-/11-) - at the smell of blood

13

Enraged (14-/8-) - when injured

10

Hunted 8- (by adventurers

22

Savage scavenger bonus