This unusual cryptid was first sighted in 1955 along the side of a road in a wooded area just outside Loveland, Ohio. That sighting described a four foot tall frog walking on its hind legs like a man. There were a few similar accounts of the Loveland Frog during the late 1950’s.
Then in March of 1972, just after midnight, Loveland police officer, Ray Shockey reported seeing an unidentified animal with leathery skin that crouched like a frog as his headlights shined on it. This creature stood erect, like a man, climbed over the guardrail and vanished in a river just down the hill from the road.
Most recently, in 2016 two teens out near Lake Isabella spotted a giant frog that stood up and walked on its hind legs.
The Loveland Frog is a large frog that can walk upright on it’s hind legs. When walking in this manner, it stands three to four feet tall. Their front feet are more human-like than a normal frog and possess opposable thumbs. As a result, they can use tools and melee weapons. These creatures form small groups and work together to build primitive shelter and tools. While generally passive, if cornered or if their young are threatened, the can be truely vicious fighters.
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Athletics d6, Fighting d6, Notice d6, Stealth d4, Survival d6
Pace: 5; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5
Natural Climber: The Loveland Frog gets a +2 bonus to any athletics checks for climbing.
Swim: Pace 8
Some of the stories I came across talked about poisonous frog cryptids. If you would like your Loveland Frogs to be a bit more of a challenge, make them venomous! I plan on introducing these in an upcoming game where the males are larger and stronger (Str D8) and the females have the ability to spit poison.
Poison Spit: (4/8/16) Can shoot poison from a gland in the mouth. On a successful ranged attack, the victim must make a Vigor check or suffer the effects of Mild Poison (see SWADE rules on poison).
Poison Skin: Another option could be to have their skin be poisonous. So anyone getting into melee combat with them must make a Vigor check to avoid either Mild or Knockout poison (see SWADE rules on poison).
Til next time!