Time waits for no man,
it rolls along, like sands through the hourglass. Tick, tick, tick. All we are
is dust in the wind and nothing lasts forever.
Except gremlins. Always there have been
gremlins, always there will be gremlins. They worm their way into clocks, into
ballistae, into titans' codpieces. Tinker, putter, snip, bang--it all goes
awry. Such is life. Mischievous, mercurial, and prone to misadventure, they
aren't evil, yet they are the demons that haunt our daily lives.
Many solutions to the gremlin problem have
been tried--the wizards chain them up to try to keep them out of the machinery,
but do you really think genies have always changed sex when upgraded? Not a
chance. The result of a gremlin in the works, and no one has been able to
figure out how to change the problem now that it exists. In the dungeon, the
overlords test the new minotaur axes on the gremlins, and the warlocks try new
spells, but there are always more. Barbarians feed them to orcs, beastmasters
let the wyverns poison them, and heretics toss them into the fire lakes. The
necros tried to make skeletons out of them, but the animation always seemed to
go wrong, one leg walking in one direction while the other headed off somewhere
else, perhaps taking the skull with it but forgetting to bring along the neck
bones. And always there are more, mucking up the works and distributing
headaches to everyone, high and low, rich and poor.
Legend has it that there was once a recluse
wizard who actually managed to domesticate the gremlins. This wizard, known to
today's world only as K, lived far to the North, farther even than his other
winter wizard brethren. He was said to be a bit of an eccentric, wearing fuzzy
red pajamas trimmed in white fur, and preferring a red stocking cap to the
traditional wizard pointy hat. But all agree, that if he existed--and the
evidence suggest that he did--he must have been a genius.
What evidence? The santa gremlin, believed to
be a derivative of the common anti-gremlin cry, 'Blast, these gremlins are
Satan spawn'. Santa gremlins are clothed in red, with white trim, and they
command other gremlins or similar lowly creatures to protect them--just as K is
said to have commanded the santa gremlins to protect him. Strangest of all,
they are spell casters, capable of using the ice bolt spell--said to be K's
favorite incantation. Their existence isn't proof positive that K really
existed, but who else but an eccentric half frozen genius at the top of the
world would come up with such a crazy idea?
Why a genius? Because santa gremlins not only
follow instructions, they can also be nice. While they are tough in combat,
capable of casting ice bolts and surrounded by traditional gremlin protectors,
after combat, defeated santa gremlins have been known to give gifts to heroes
as a reward for their victory. Such generosity and good will is unheard of in
traditional gremlins, and only a genius could find a way to develop such traits
in a race otherwise known only for their capricious and destructive natures.
Attacks with Ice
Summons 1 level guards that surround
Can bring a gift after a battle.
* This is a total
growth number in one week, however 2 creatures are available to recruit every