Starcursed mass

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starcursed mass XStarcursed mass.png
HP 124-174
HD 12
XP 1334
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 0
MR 100
Attack1 16 (engulf: plain)


Type of Meat None
Resistances rPois+++, rN+++,
rTorm, rRot+++,
rDrown, rWater
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Giant
Type starcursed mass, starcursed mass
Flags Regenerates
See invisible
A mass of stellar detritus that glows with the sickly putrescence of a dying star, forever shrieking soundlessly in a voice beyond mortal grasp. Its form quivers and undulates constantly, dividing spontaneously and then withdrawing when threatened. While the voice of even a single one is unsettling, in chorus, their screams can overwhelm the minds of even the bravest warriors, leaving them stunned and helpless.

“Did you see that star go out?
I seen it burn.

That little star went out,
your little eyes went out.

Our burnt little dreams are hid
up where the stars get lit.”
-Thee Silver Mt. Zion, “I Built Myself a Metal Bird”. 2010.


Useful Info

Starcursed masses are the Lovecraftian equivalents of slime creatures; they divide and combine randomly, though with a tendency toward dividing and displaying no sign of how many individuals have combined into any one mass. Striking them causes them to regroup.

Although their HP rises when they combine, their melee attack damage remains the same. This makes them much less dangerous when united, especially because they have an irresistible shriek attack that deals more damage for every individual mass within your line of sight. When there are 5 or more shrieking together, you may be briefly paralysed each time they do so.

They can be found in the Abyss.

Tips & Tricks

When facing large groups of them, use whatever bolt or area of effect damage abilities you have to force them back together. The individuals have a mere fraction of the HP shown in their stats, so you'll likely kill some of them and drive the rest to regroup into a nearly harmless lump.

History

Starcursed masses were added in 0.12