Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 55 STR 45 20- Lift 51.2 tons; 11d6 HTH Damage  15 DEX 15 12- OCV: 5/DCV: 5 30 CON 40 15- 30 BODY 40 15- 8 INT -2 11- PER Roll 11- 5 EGO -10 10- ECV: 2 30 PRE 20 15- PRE Attack: 6d6 2 COM -4 9- 20 PD 9 Total: 20 PD (8 rPD) 12 ED 6 Total: 12 ED (8 rED) 4 SPD 15 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 17 REC 0 60 END 0 73 STUN 0 Total Characteristic Cost: 174 Movement: Running: 0" Leaping: 0" Swimming: 6"/12" Cost Powers & Skills 30 Bite: HKA 2d6 (4d6 w/STR), END 3 8 Thick Hide: Damage Resistance (8 PD/8 ED) 18 Heavy: Knockback Resistance -9" -12 Only Swims: Running -6" 4 Aquatic: Swimming +4" (6" total), END 1 27 Sense Water Currents: Spatial Awareness (Touch Group), Increased Arc Of Perception (360 Degrees) Skills 4 +2 OCV with Bite Total Powers & Skill Cost: 79 Total Cost: 253 75+ Disadvantages 15 Physical Limitation: Animal Intelligence (Frequently, Greatly Impairing) 10 Physical Limitation: Huge, up to eight times human size (Frequently, Slightly Impairing) 5 Physical Limitation: Reduced Leap, cannot leap (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing) 15 Physical Limitation: Very Limited Manipulation (Frequently, Greatly Impairing) 15 Psychological Limitation: Always hungry, goes out of its way to find food (Common, Strong) 118 Experience Points Total Disadvantage Points: 253
Ecology: An afanc lives in lakes, usually deep lakes. They prey upon fish as well as things swimming in their lake and animals close to shore. The afanc is usually a solitary beast.
Rumors abound about the afanc. Some say is a giant beaver, not a worm (An argument supported by the fact that the modern Welsh word for beaver is very close to afanc.). Others say that the afanc is invisible and can kill with its gaze. It is also said that the afanc guards treasures at the bottom of its lake.
Personality/Motivation: Normal animal motivations. The afanc seems to be constantly hungry and is active at all times.
Powers/Tactics: The afanc will lie in wait near the surface of its lake, waiting for any possible prey to approach. It will then rear up and lash out to bite at a target. If wounded or hard pressed, an afanc will retreat back under the water's surface.
Appearance: The afanc is a large worm-like creature. It doesn't have any visible eyes, and its mouth is filled with large, sharp teeth. A fully gown afanc is a good 60' long and over 6' wide.
Designer's Notes: The afanc is a creature I first encountered in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series. There, it was presented as a more traditional lake monster. This version is taken from GURPS Fantasy Bestiary.
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