April 9, 2011

Mythic Monsters-Hyter Sprite

This is part of the A-Z Blog Challenge. Herein I will be presenting a new monster that hopefully has not been seen before in any RPG game. These will be drawn from stories and mythologies found in a variety of real-world cultures.

Hyter Sprite

The child fell to the ground in a heap. Blood began to flow from her nose. People stood around not sure what to do. She was the man’s daughter after all and it wasn’t their place to interfere. It was then that a bird darted into the square, landing on the statue therein. Then another bird flew in and landed on a tree. Then another and another, until there must have been over 30 of them. Then the first bird spoke and began to berate the man who had struck the child.
“What type of man would strike a child?”
“She is my daughter to do with as I please,” was his angry response.
It was then the birds took wing and flew straight at the man.

Mostly an English creature, the Hyter Sprite is a type of small sprite. They run sandy brown in color with vivid green eyes. They are able to shapeshift into martin birds, retaining their eye color in both forms; this is the best way to realize you are dealing a Hyter Sprite. They tend to get along with other races, though they care for children in all forms and brook no harm to fall to a child within their region.

-Peck: The Hyter Sprites go for vulnerable spots on their target, such as eyes, fingers, throats, etc. As such each of their beak strikes can be more debilitating than normal.
-Swarm: They travel in large swarms when on the prowl. As such they will become more dangerous and harder to kill.
-Darting Speed: They move quickly and are able to attack and fly during the same attack. This allows them to move in, attack and move out after, all before their target can react.

-A bird lands near the characters and asks for their help. Children have been disappearing from the area and they suspect a ring of kidnappers. Thus far they have not been able to find who is doing it or any of the children. They seek the aid of beings with greater ability to move among the populace. Will they help?

-Someone is poisoning a local pool. The Hyter Sprites in the area have long used the pool as a bathing and watering hole. Someone is trying to kill the Sprites but who is it? It is a local well-known figure in town that fears a public beration by the Hyter Sprites, as he has on occasion beaten his children. He is looking to destroy the Hyter Sprites before they can destroy his reputation.

-If ever the party is responsible for the death of any children (including those of evil races such as goblins, orcs, etc), they will getting an unpleasant visit from a swarm of Hyter Sprites.
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