Lamprey’s are one of the most “nope” creatures in nature. If you don’t know why, a quick glance at their mouth should be enough to educate you. They’re one of the biggest aquatic pests in Lake Champlain and the mere sight of them is usually enough to creep people out. So clearly we had to create an even more terrible version for our Weekly Beasties series.
The Landprey, as its name suggests, is basically just a lamprey that can hunt on land. Except it’s bigger too and has fun abilities like a harpoon tongue and blood thinning venom spray. We wanted to make it a terrifying and challenging monster and we don’t think the finished product disappoints.
Huge beast, unaligned
Armor Class 18 Hit Points 180 (5d20 + 15) Speed 50 ft., swim 30 ft.
STR 22 (+6) DEX 10 (+0) CON 20 (+2) INT 2 (-4) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 6 (-2)
Senses Blindsight 40 ft., Passive Perception 14
Proficiency Bonus +3
Challenge 10 (10,000 XP)
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 2d8 + 7 bludgeoning damage. The Landprey strikes a single target with its head or tail.
Draining Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 2d12 + 7 piercing damage. The Landprey uses its tongue to harpoon its prey. After the Landprey wins a grapple, the targeted creature (Medium or smaller) will be pulled into its mouth. They then suffer a 3d6 damage per round until they break free. If the target is Huge or larger, the Landprey will pull itself onto the creature so it can latch onto its flesh and drain fluids. It will remain there until the creature can shake it free by winning another grapple.
Bleeding Spray. Ranged Area Attack: +9 to hit, reach 50 ft., area 20 ft. The Landprey sprays a cone of venom from its mouth. Absorbed quickly through the skin, it thins an affected creatures blood so that it clots more slowly. Have all creatures in its path perform a Reflex DC. If they roll above a 16, they should be moved to a safe space outside of its cone of effect. If they roll below a 16, they suffer an additional 1d6 of bleeding damage whenever they’re successfully attacked. These effects last for 10 rounds. The Landprey can perform this attack once every six hours.
Found in deep woods and dark waters, the Landprey is a ravenous beast that drains its victims of their bodily fluids. Fast-moving and powerful of body, its gullet is a horror filled with hundreds of dagger-like teeth.
Lacking any capacity for emotion or mercy, the Landprey’s only care is to feed. Whether it chooses to live on land or skulk beneath the water, its days are an endless hunt for prey. If, in your wanderings, you find a trail of shriveled corpses, beware. It could be a sign that a Landprey is near.