Dark vysan

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Dark vysan
Dark Vysan Colored.jpg
Level 3
Family Vysan family creatures
Body Type Biped
Area(s) Found Coastal Cliffs
Glaise Cnoc Cemetery
BCS Yes
HP 60
Speed
Attack Attributes
Physical Attacks
Ensnare (attack) 54 AS
Pound (attack) 44 AS
Defense Attributes
Armor
None (natural) ASG 1N
Defensive Strength (DS)
Melee 22
Ranged
Bolt 17
Unarmed Defense Factor
UDF
Target Defense (TD)
Bard Base 9
Cleric Base
Empath Base
Paladin Base
Ranger Base 9
Sorcerer Base 9
Wizard Base
Minor Elemental 9
Major Elemental
Minor Spiritual 9
Major Spiritual
Minor Mental
Treasure Attributes
Coins Yes
Gems Yes
Magic Items No
Boxes Yes
Skin None
Other None

The dark vysan is a peculiar beast, dapple gray and extremely bloated with gas to the point that it can float from place to place. Its appendages extend straight out from its rotund body, and its head resembles an overturned kettle. Afraid of bright light, it prefers to inhabit underground passageways, moving slowly from room to room in search of food and treasure.

Hunting strategies

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Other information

Although found in the cemetery area near Ta'Vaalor, they are not undead.

Vysans are immune to fire.

They have a chance of a very powerful cold flare if they land a hit. This flare can have continued flareups for several rounds. An example of a dark vysan's cold flare:

A dark vysan pounds at you with its fist!
  AS: +54 vs DS: +47 with AvD: +43 + d100 roll: +95 = +125
  ... and hits for 14 points of damage!
  Stomach shot lands with a hollow *thump*.
A dark vysan's touch brings the chill of death!
  ... 30 points of damage!
  Freezing blast opens a gaping hole in your chest!

Behind the Scenes

These were originally known as "dark wisplings." Wisplings were the weakest form of elemental in Rolemaster, which is the relevance of their flares. They are made of elemental darkness which inflicts cold criticals. (Darkness is not considered an elemental plane in the modern setting.) Their presence would be unnatural. They pre-date the "Describe" verb by a few years, giving rise to the misleading creature description. Dark wisplings are supposed to be spheres a few inches in diameter. The white vysans were made much later, after the I.C.E. Age ended. The opposing elemental counterpart for a dark wisplings would be light wisplings who inflict radiant and blindness damages.

These are not considered extraplanar beings in GemStone IV, have physical bodies, and do not have elemental energy drawn into soulstones when killed. They would have been what are now considered 1st Echelon elementals. Wyrdlings are the analogous concept. They may be much weaker versions of dark vorteces, which give elemental energy and inflict cold damages, if the dark vorteces were intended to be interpreted as dark elementals.

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