Here are some creations from my recent one-shot AD&D game with my brother and my son:

Wind-Up Warrior

FREQUENCY: Very rare
NO. APPEARING: 2-12
ARMOR CLASS: 4
MOVE: 6″
HIT DICE: 1+1
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-3 or by weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: M
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Wind-up warriors are clockwork machines with the fighting ability of first level fighters. They can wield any melee weapon or can strike with empty metal hands. They cannot employ missile weapons but can use shields to improve their AC by one.

A large winding key sticks out of the back of wind-up warriors and one round spend winding it animates the machine for five combat rounds. It will follow simple orders to the best of its ability until its spring winds down. If no new orders are issued while winding it again, it will continue to follow previous orders if possible. Otherwise it will stand motionless (50%) or attack randomly (50%). Orders can be issued only by the winder. New instructions can be given before the spring runs down. Due to their nature, instructions must be simple but clear. If the chance for confusion exists, the DM must roll to see what action the wind-up warrior takes.

Wind-up warriors are non-intelligent and are thus immune to anything which affects the mind. They are relentless and fearless and will not deviate from their mission for any reason. They are immune to magical holds, paralyzation, petrification, and similar effects, but they can be physically damaged by magic. Fire and heat cause only half damage. They cannot be healed or repaired.

2 Comments to “Wind-Up Warrior
–Monday Monster”

  1. bat says:

    Very nice. Silent, unmoving, then snapping into action.
    I love all of the details, too. Great post!

  2. I dig it, LK! I picture them painted like nutcrackers and faintly chiming “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” as they move for some reason. Xmas in July, I guess 🙂