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Big Barda fights an Ash-Crawler from Apokolips next to Mister Miracle

Apokolips Ash-crawler

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

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Ash-Crawlers are repugnant, vaguely octopus-like animals from Apokolips. They reportedly live in the famous Fire-Pits of that accursed planet.

It is said that they gorge themselves on the immense heat there, being immune to heat and flame – and that ash-crawlers sometimes find themselves a home on a major heat source near a Fire-Pit, perhaps because population pressure forced them to leave.

An ash-crawler has the strength of ten men, and its awful tentacles can snare almost anyone – especially as they usually attack by surprise, dropping from a height after silently climbing there. They are also very resilient.

However a determined, knowledgeable and very strong person can wrestle an ash-crawler and drive their hand or a knife through soft flesh and into the tiny brain of the beast – its sole weak point.

Darkseid’s agent Sleez once brought an enthralled ash-crawler with him to Earth, where it served as a guard of sorts in Suicide Slum. The horrible beast was killed by Big Barda.

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Dex: 05 Str: 07 Bod: 06 Motivation: Live, feed, reproduce
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Animal
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: //////
Init: 007 HP: //////

Energy absorption: 25, Extra limbs (x5): 07, Skin armour: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy absorption only against heat
  • Skin Armour is ineffective against melee attacks by Characters who know where an Ash-Crawler’s weak spot is

Acrobatics (Climbing): 06, Thief (Stealth): 03

No Vital Areas, Life Support (consumes heat instead of food and drink)

Misc.: Maximum land speed is 02.

An Ash-Crawler attacking Mister Miracle

Design Notes

This is refurbished, expanded, illustrated version of the Mayfair stats in the Apokolips sourcebook.


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By Scott Maykrantz for Mayfair (original stats) and Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Action Comics v1 #593.

Writeup completed on the 15th of September, 2013.

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