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Inspired Encounter: Kython Hive Mother

I certainly took my sweet time writing an encounter for Fighter Week, but here it is, better late than never. I was inspired by the Kythons from the Book of Vile Darkness. I wanted to use them to make a multi-stage battle that highlights a fighter’s skill at using a variety of weapons. The creature is resistant or immune to certain damage types in certain stages of the battle, meaning that the fighter will have to switch between weapons to take it down. Meanwhile, the boss and her goons are resistant to a lot of energy types which make them difficult for mages to deal with. The rest of the party will certainly have their hands full keeping the mobs off of the fighter.

Kython Hive Mother (CR 15)

An evil aberration of fiendish origin and a breeding vessel for the Kython, cruel creatures invented by fiends trapped on the earth.

This creature is treated as a complex boss encounter with 3 stages.

The battle begins with 4 adult kythons (see below) defending the hive mother. The hive mother initially appears as a colossal tower of chitin and scaled flesh fringed with spines.

Stage 1: Armored Swarm

The hive mother has no movement speed, and mostly just shifts and pulses. She has a thick exoskeleton of armored chitin that is largely immune to most damage. She has four wedges of this armor surrounding her that are being forced closed by muscular action. Some of the muscles are exposed near the top of her colossal form, 60 ft. high. Each of the four muscles has about 20 HP and is resistant to bludgeoning and slashing damage, but vulnerable to piercing damage. Once all of the muscles have been reduced to 0 HP, the armored plates will return to their natural open position, exposing its underbelly.

Armor Muscle (x4): 20 HP, 19 AC. Immune: Acid, Cold. Resistant: Fire, Lightning, Bludgeoning and Slashing damage from nonmagic items.

Actions:

  • Spawn (recharge 5-6): During this stage, its armored wedges will periodically lift and release 2d6 Juvenile Kythons (see below) to defend itself. I… would advise against crawling inside the armor because you will likely get trapped inside and have to take on her tentacle attacks (see stage 2) each round.

Stage 2: Exposed Tentacles

After the armored plates have been disabled, the hive mother’s underbelly becomes exposed. This, however, only makes her more dangerous. Her egg sacks are visible. If any of these four sacks are dealt 15 or more slashing damage they will spew out a dozen or more eggs, 1d4 of which are mature enough to fight and are treated as kythons.

The hive mother has four barbed tentacles that it uses to defend itself. Each tentacle has 30 HP and is resistant to bludgeoning and piercing damage but vulnerable to slashing damage. It uses its tentacles to keep melee attackers away from its egg sacks.

Tentacle (x4): 30 HP, 17 AC. Immune: Acid, Cold. Resistant: Fire, Lightning, Piercing and Bludgeoning damage.

Actions:

  • Multiattack: The hive mother can make up to 4 tentacle attacks on its turn. If the hive mother has less than 4 tentacles, it can only make a number of attacks equal to the number of remaining tentacles.
  • Tentacle: Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 30 ft., one creature. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) slashing damage and 10 (2d8) poison damage. When a creature is hit by a tentacle attack, the creature must make a DC 18 STR check or be pushed 20 ft. away from the hive mother.

Egg Sack (x4): 15 HP, immunity to bludgeoning and piercing damage. If destroyed, 4d4 Broodling Kythons (see below) emerge.

Stage 3: Endoskeleton

Once the tentacles have been destroyed, the hive mother begins to defend herself with what would be considered her actual body: an eyeless, reptilian torso covered in spines with a gaping toothed maw and four clawed arms. Its chitinous hide is resistant to piercing and slashing damage, but it is affected normally by bludgeoning damage which can crack its armor or damage it internally.

Endoskeleton:

Large Fiend

AC: 17, HP: 100, Speed: 0 ft.

STR 17; DEX 15; CON 16; INT 10; WIS 14; CHA 11  

Saving Throws: DEX +2, CON +4

Resistances: Fire, Lightning, Piercing and Slashing damage.

Immunities: Acid, Cold.

Senses: Blindsight 30 ft.

Immobile: The endoskeleton has disadvantage on DEX saving throws as it cannot move from its space, leaving only its disruptive field, claws, and whatever is left from its tentacles to defend itself.

Actions:

  • Multiattack: The hive mother’s endoskeleton can make one Poison Spray attack and four Claw attacks. The endoskeleton can use its Summon Kythons ability instead of its Poison Spray ability if it has recharged.
  • Poison Spray: Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 45 ft., one creature. Hit: 21 (4d6+9) poison damage. A creature hit by this attack must make a DC 18 CON save or become poisoned for 1 minute.
  • Claw: Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (2d8+4) slashing damage.
  • Summon Kythons (recharge 5-6): The hive mother screeches, calling 1d4 Adult Kythons from deeper in the lair. This ability only takes

Field of Disruption: The endoskeleton can project one of two auras and may switch between them as a bonus action.

  • Field of Despair: A blue miasma. Attackers within 30 ft. have disadvantage on all attack rolls against the endoskeleton or other kythons.
  • Defensive Field: An aura of purple static. The endoskeleton gains +2 AC and immunity to spells of 3rd level or lower.

Here are the stats for the various kythons that spawn throughout the encounter. Double their HP totals if you want to use them outside of this encounter.

Broodling Kython (CR 1)

Small Fiend

AC: 13, HP: 18, Speed: 20 ft.

STR 13; DEX 15; CON 12; INT 7; WIS 12; CHA 9

Saving Throws: DEX +4, CON +3

Resistances: Fire, Lightning.

Immunities: Acid, Cold.

Senses: Blindsight 60 ft.

Actions:

  • Sting: Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 2 (1d4) piercing damage and 8 (3d4) poison damage.

Juvenile Kython (CR 3)

Small Fiend

AC: 13, HP: 45, Speed: 30 ft.

STR 15; DEX 15; CON 14; INT 10; WIS 13; CHA 9

Saving Throws: DEX +4, CON +4

Resistances: Fire, Lightning.

Immunities: Acid, Cold.

Senses: Blindsight 60 ft.

Actions:

  • Multiattack: The Adult Kython makes three attacks, one with its Bite and two with its Claw.
  • Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4+1) piercing damage and 10 (3d6) poison damage.
  • Claw: Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 7 (1d6+3) piercing damage.

Adult Kython (CR 5)

Medium Fiend

AC: 15, HP: 66, Speed: 30 ft.

STR 17; DEX 15; CON 16; INT 10; WIS 14; CHA 11  

Saving Throws: DEX +5, CON +6

Resistances: Fire, Lightning.

Immunities: Acid, Cold.

Senses: Blindsight 60 ft.

Actions:

  • Multiattack: The Adult Kython makes three attacks, one with its Bite and two with its Claw. Alternatively, it can make one Mouth Launcher attack if it has successfully recharged.
  • Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 6 (1d4+3) piercing damage and 14 (4d6) poison damage.
  • Claw: Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) piercing damage.
  • Mouth Launcher (recharge 5-6): Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 15 ft., one creature. Hit: 7 (1d6+3) piercing damage. A creature of medium size or smaller hit by this attack must make a DC 15 STR saving throw or be dragged into its mouth. A creature that fails their saving throw is dealt damage automatically by the kython’s claw attacks and bite attack.

mr309k  asked:

I just thought of something. If Harry started writing the album a couple weeks after his birthday, wouldn't that land around Valentine's Day? And what did he write first? Sweet Creature. He was thinking about love and wrote about his sweet creature. This sappy little fucker. I can't.

That’s not the worst part.

Here’s Harry’s tweet shading Taylor on his birthday:

Two posts from RBB/SBB’s twitter account, just before it shut down:

Remember how RBB/SBB changed their Twitter icon to Grace Jones, at the moment she said, “This has gone on long enough?”

So we know that RBB/SBB, i.e. Harry and Louis, were protesting against BG, because BG was a hell that had been insanely drawn out and was killing both of them. 

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I Love You, and Only You (Newt x Reader)

Originally posted by trechos-of-books

Request:   Can you please make a one-shot where the reader is dating Newt but she thinks he still has feelings for his ex (Tina)? Lots of fluff!  - @blackrose22-0

Aghhh I got way off track with this one but I really liked it

H/H: Hogwarts House

I/H: Ilvermorny House

Y/N/N: Your nickname


When Tina broke up with Newt (yes, that’s right.  Tina broke up with Newt.  Not the other way around) for some muscular Auror guy, he was heart broken.  He refused to interact with anyone but his creatures for a week.  You, being his best friend, tried to coax him out of his case.  Eventually he gave in, and allowed you to hold him while he clung to you and cried on your shoulder.  When you lifted his head up to look at him, he looked right into your eyes, studying you carefully.  His gaze fell down to your lips, making your eyes widen a bit.  Newt leaned forward and pressed a sweet kiss to your lips, although you pulled away rather quickly.

“I-I’m sorry… that wasn’t right…,” Newt said quietly.

You thought for a moment.  “But it felt so right,” you said, crashing your lips back onto Newt’s.

He responded immediately, bringing his arms down to your waist.  You wrapped your arms aorund his neck and pulled him closer, deepening the kiss.  Newt’s tongue lightly brushed your bottom lip.

You both pulled away breathless.  You spent a good fifteen seconds staring at each other until Newt finally realized something.

“It was you… it was always you… never her.”

You smiled.  “I’m glad you finally noticed,” you replied and kissed his nose.

Ever since that day, you two never mentioned Tina again.  However, you worked for MACUSA, so her name would occasionally pop up somewhere.  

It was around Christmas (deal with it), and MACUSA was holding a Christmas party.  You were very excited to attend with Newt, until you realized something.  Tina was sure to be there with her Auror boyfriend.  It hadn’t crossed Newt’s mind, and you didn’t want to worry him, so you didn’t bother to tell him.  You wanted to have a good time with Newt rather than worry about his ex.  You had thought about just not going, but since you were the personal secretary to Seraphina Piquery, you didn’t exactly have a choice.

As you were applying the final touches of your makeup, you thought of something that made the color drain from your now-rosy cheeks.

What if Newt still has feelings for Tina?  I mean, she was the one to break up with him, so is it possible he still has the slightest bit of love for her?

You set down your lipstick and took a deep breath.

I’m not going to let these crazy and absurd thoughts ruin tonight.

So you walked out of the bathroom, left your apartment bundled in a warm coat and your H/H or I/H scarf, your arm linked with Newt’s.

As you entered MACUSA headquarters, you quickly scanned the crowd to see if Tina was present at the moment.

Thankfully, you couldn’t spot her anywhere.  However, Newt noticed your worried look.  “Are you okay, Y/N?”

“What?  Oh!  Yes.  Yes, I’m fine.  Just zoned out a little.”

“Okay.  But, let me know if you want to leave, alright?” he said, unlinking his arm from yours and entwining your fingers together.

“Of course, love.”

You and Newt weren’t the kind of people known as ‘social butterflies’.  You both preferred to sit at a table and observe the scene.  Occasionally some of your friends would come over and wish you a merry christmas, but not much more than that.  You and Newt enjoyed each other’s company, clearly being the most adorable couple there.

But your smiles faded as soon as you saw her.

There was Tina, bright-faced gripping the arm of who had to be her boyfriend.  You didn’t know his name, but he was tall, well-built, and really handsome (but to you, nobody could ever be more attractive than your Newt).  Tina was laughing with him and some of their fellow Aurors.  

Newt saw your face drop.  “What is it, Y/N/N?”  he looked to where you were staring, and his smile faded too.  Newt took notice that your facial expression wasn’t just disgust, but also worry.  Newt took your hand in his.  “Why do you look so worried, dear?”

You turned to look at him.  “Do you… do you still have feelings for her?” you asked, your face turning into one of sorrow.

Newt looked at you shocked and surprised.  “What?  Feelings for Tina?  Good heavens no!  Why would you ever think such a thing?”

“It’s just… it’s just, you were so heartbroken when she broke up with you, that… it wouldn’t surprise me if you still loved her.”

Newt leaned over the table and took your face in his hands.  “Y/N, listen to me.  She hurt me.  More than anyone ever has before.  But you were the one that stuck by my side when it happened.  You showed that you loved me more than she ever had.  More than anyone has, really.  If Tina didn’t truly love me, then I’m glad she left me.  You’re the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.  A gorgeous lady that loves me for me.  I love you, and only you.”

You grinned, and a tear of joy slipped down your cheek.  “I love you.  So much.”

“I love you too.”

You both leaned in and kissed, which quickly turned into a heated make-out session.  Luckily, Tina turned around just at the right time to see it.


Please let me know what you thought of it and what I could do better next time!

harry said he wrote sweet creature a couple weeks after his birthday last year…… which was right after f was born and after the rbb account was deleted…… i’m just…… oh my god

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Rest In Peace Plaid.

The Trawl

We dredged something up from deep underwater. It turned out to still be alive. Partly alive. Something like alive.

I wanted to explain how it looked, but every time I thought about how to describe it I got the worst mental block. Everything went foggy and my head started to hurt. Even when I remembered how it spilled out onto our deck with thousands of dead fish, I was overcome with a sensation of nausea that left me gasping for air.

That’s why, once it stopped thrashing - yes, that’s how it moved - by thrashing; I remember how it knocked over a bunch of equipment - I asked one of the guys to start taking pictures. Not a single one came out right. They were all blurred beyond repair and dotted with multi-colored splotches. So all I have is my memory. While I couldn’t picture how it looked, I knew it was nothing like I’d ever seen before. Nothing like any of us had seen.

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