AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post is a fusion of the information out there on this cryptid found on the shores of Montauk in the Hamptons of New York and the novel “The Montauk Monster” by Hunter Shea. Mr. Shea’s novel adds a very interesting angle to the “official” history of this cryptid. I you like action horror novels, then give him a try! As always, this series looks at the various North American Cryptids as if they were real, tangible beings that have managed to elude scientific observation. Many of the creatures I will be featuring have appeared in other Savage Worlds products. Often times they have been altered and tweaked to fit that particular setting or to make them more interesting or challenging. My interpretation tries to stay closer to the available lore I could find on each.
I hope you enjoy this series and like my interpretations of these wonderfully imaginative creatures!
The first sighting of this creature was in 2008 when the corpse of one washed ashore along the Montauk coastline in the northernmost hamlet of the Hamptons in New York. The creature looked like some unholy combination of a raccoon, a wolf, a sea turtle and possibly a few others.
*Original photo of the carcass found on the Montauk, NY beach.
It’s general form looked like that of a small wolf or feral dog, the front paws look very similar to that of a raccoon’s fore feet and the mouth is like that of a turtle beak but with teeth. A second sighting in 2011 was very similar looking but with a head more resembling that of a wild boar complete with tusks. One other common feature were the large ears that normally laid floppily to the sides but could be stiffened and raised to resemble the ears of a bat when hunting for prey. That year, there were reports of local pets going missing or being attacked by some wolf-like creature with dark grey fur that was mottled or bare in spots, as if it suffered from mange. Some people stated the creature looked like a medium size dog or small wolf, others insist it was larger than any wolf they had ever seen.
These cryptids have proven to be lethal hunters, often roaming in packs of two to four. Their saliva and blood possess an infection that is very harmful to anyone exposed to it.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6(a), Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d8, Notice d8, Stealth d8, Tracking d8
Pace: 8; Parry: 6; Toughness: 7
Thick Hide: Their unusually thick hide grants a +1 bonus to toughness.
Bite: Str +d6
Infected Bite: Anyone wounded* by a bite from this creature must make a Vigor check or suffer another wound. If the Vigor check succeeds, they managed to resist the infectious saliva from infecting them. If the check fails, they must make additional Vigor checks every hour, each failure results in another wound. If they succeed on two consecutive Vigor checks after failing the first, they manage to shake the infection. If incapacitated, they need to make a roll on the incapacitation table at a -4 (rather than the normal -3). *NOTE: Someone shaken, but not wounded has not been infected.
Acute Hearing: Large, bat-like ears give the creature an uncanny sense of hearing and echolocation. They get a +2 bonus to track by sound. They also suffer a -2 penalty to resist negative effects of sound based attacks.
Fleet-Footed: Roll a d10 when running instead of a d6.
Light Sensitive: These are nocturnal hunters and actively try to avoid bright light. They suffer a -2 penalty to all trait rolls when in daylight or equivalent artificial light. They will tend to flee from bright spotlights.
Note: The infected bite and light sensitivity is entirely from Hunter Shea’s novel but I absolutely loved those aspects!
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Until next time,