Crawling One

From Numenera Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Scan 20190506 (95).jpg

Crawling Ones are insectoid, ultraterrestrial creatures from New Yenth.

Background[edit | edit source]

Crawling ones have purple and grey carapaces, slippery with oil and mucus. Their heads are only vaguely human-like, with mandible-like arms melded with great cleavers hung on a thick, centipede body with dozens of feet, each foot containing its own smaller "foot" shaped like a human hand.

Cruel, crazed, and hungry, crawling ones are the second life stage of the humanoid people of New Yenth called colrathi to live long enough to be transformed into crawling ones, the creatures are rare. When they emerge (usually by colrathi oversight), crawling ones retreat to locations just far enough from colrathi settlements that they can sneak back at night to hunt.[1]

Abilities and Traits[edit | edit source]

Motive:[edit | edit source]

Hungers for flesh

Environment:[edit | edit source]

Anywhere close to large concentrations of people

Health:[edit | edit source]

20

Damage Inflicted:[edit | edit source]

6 points

Armor:[edit | edit source]

2

Movement:[edit | edit source]

Short on land; immediate when burrowing

Modifications:[edit | edit source]

Climb as level 6, perception as level 3, resisting being knocked down as level 7.

Combat:[edit | edit source]

A crawling one attacks with their weird, arm-like mandibles. If they hit, victims are grabbed and held while the crawling one's mouth bites and chews until the victim's dead. It can hold and attack only one creature at a time. Each round that held a creature doesn't escape, it suffers 5 points of damage.

Interaction:[edit | edit source]

Crawling ones retains elements of their former colrathi life stage, including a particularly insidious intelligence. They can still speak, reason, and recall past associates. But they are hateful and noisome, and seem even more interested in destroying their forbears' civilization rather than preserving it. IF more than one congregate, sometimes they talk of future events, such as the coming "reckoning."

Use:[edit | edit source]

A crawling one emerges on Earth via the portal in Yenth, and begins to hunt the abhumans it finds there.

Loot:[edit | edit source]

A few crawling ones carry one or two cyphers.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cordell, Bruce. “Creatures.” Into the Outside, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 141. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-47-6
  2. Cordell, Bruce. “Creatures.” Into the Outside, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 141. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-47-6