Normally I don’t share fiction I write. The world has enough bad fantasy writers, but I was encouraged to share this piece I wrote after my dwarf ranger died. I really just wrote it as a cap to his story.
Deep in the jungle of Chult Brownleaf’s eye fluttered open as the pain washed over him like a tidal wave. His damaged mind tried to sort out where he was, and what had happened, but like a bird with a broken wing there was simply a flurry of activity with no result.
Bits of debris from the village and the jungle covered his body hiding his shattered form from view. Settling back into the darkness he wished for an end to the pain as a tear rolled down his cheek trailing through the dirt and blood.
Nothing in his life had been easy, so it appeared the same would be true of his death.
The snapping of twigs and the sharp sound of movement snapped Brownleaf to his senses. Something was moving through the bush towards him. Any number of predators would be looking to make a meal of the broken dwarf now.He clawed at the ground but he could do nothing.
A mass of blurry grey entered his field of vision and he felt warm breath blast over his face as something lipped at his collar.
Brownleaf could sense her terrible pain, and her step was wrong. Clearly she’d broken something in the fall. He ran his hands through the coarse hair on her head leaving stains of bright red.
He couldn’t remember his parents, or how he’d come to Chult, or the name that might once have been his. He remembered the lash and the drum that had been his lullabies. The first thing he remembered though was Ash.
She’d found him in the darkness and carried him out into the light. They’d escaped together. They’d learned to survive together. Now Brownleaf supposed they would die together.
A sudden cry, a baby wailing somewhere in the foliage roused him back to awareness and pain. He wasn’t sure how long he’d lain there unconscious. Ash had settled herself behind his head warming him like a great coarse pillow. The screeching baby continued crying and Brownleaf wished for an end to it all.
“Ash…girl…need you to help. Be a good mule for me…one more time girl. Please.”
The mule stood trembling violently on legs that threatened to betray her. Her dark eyes looked down on Brownleaf as she threatened to topple over. Slowly she teetered into the jungle. Shifting aside bits of debris.
After a few minutes flicking her ears she pulled aside a thick branch revealing a goblin baby. Picking up the baby as gently as she could she heaved it onto her back. Ashe looked back at the still form of Brownleaf, flicked her ears, and slowly began walking out of the jungle.
The first thing Brownleaf could remember was the last thing he saw as life left him. “Good girl Ash…loved you so much girl.”
Brownleaf, 14 times a slave finally free rests in the jungle that made him. Unmourned, unremarkable, and unremembered save for a donkey and a goblin girl who will grow up never knowing his name.
For our next entry in the Pokedex and the first Normal-type Pokemon I wanted to go with one of the most recognizable, and arguably most difficult Pokemon to train. Snorlax is a major powerhouse that can go toe to toe with most any opponent, but they have some disadvantages. Trainers my find themselves going bankrupt just trying to keep their Pokemon fed, and it has a habit of dozing off at inopportune times. Snorlax is also the first Pokemon that I’ve armed with hyper-beam which to my mind should be a devastating move.
For a the right trainer Snorlax could be a great companion, for the wrong one it is sure to be a nightmare. With a massive pool of hp Snorlax is more likely to fall asleep than it is to be knocked out by an opponent.
Large beast, neutral
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 402
Speed 20 ft.
Str 20 (+5) Dex 8 (-1) Con 20 (+5) Int 10 (+0) Wis 8 (-1) Cha 10 (+0)
Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning damage dealt by Fighting-type Pokemon.
Skills Athletics +10
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages Pokemon, understands Common but can’t speak
Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)
Chow-Hound: Snorlax has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks relying on smell to detect food nearby.
Drowsy. During the first round of battle Snorlax suffers disadvantage on attack rolls. It must also make a DC 10 Constitution saving throw to avoid falling asleep on its first turn.
Normal-type. When leveling up Snorlas’s HP the trainer can roll twice taking the better of two rolls.
Pokemon. Snorlax can be captured in a Pokeball, from that point on it will act as a companion to its new trainer.
Ravenous. Snorlax requires a massive amount of food every day. Snorlax must consume up to 900 lbs (200 gp vlaue). of food a day to maintain a healthy weight.
Sleeping Pokemon. Snorlax has disadvantage on saving throws made to resist Sleep effects. If Snorlax is the sole target of the Sleep spell it automatically falls asleep disregarding hp totals.
Thick Body. Snorlax has resistance to all types of damage, except bludgeoing damage dealt by Fighting-type Pokemon.
Throws its Weight Around. Snorlax cannot be pushed, pulled, or moved against its will unless it is unconscious or disabled. Magical effects that would move Snorlax effect it normally. Flight spells allow Snorlax half their normal movement speed.
Body Slam: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 56 (6d12+10) bludgeoning damage. All creatures within 30 ft. of the target except for Snorlax must make a DC 10 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save they are knocked prone and take 5 bludgeoning damage.
Hyper-beam: Range Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 100 ft., one target. Hit: 106 (10d10+10) radiant damage. If the target is reduced below 100 hit points by this attack they are killed. Each time Snorlax uses Hyper-beam it suffers one level of exhaustion.
Rest: Snorlax immediately falls asleep regaining 1d20 + its Constitution modifier HP per round. Snoralx can attempt a DC 12 Constitution saving throw to awaken on its turn.
Snore: While asleep Snorlax is capable of using a powerful snore. All creatures within 30 ft. of Snorlax on its turn take 15 (2d8+3) thunder damage.
So, just a quick update on the 5e Pokedex. I’ve been working on this project for a long time now, and it is not yet where I want it to be. We’re not even through the original 150 Pokemon, much less the more recent additions to the Pokedex.
Part of that is because I honestly didn’t expect there to be so much interest in the project, so I’ve set it aside after a few weeks more than once only to be hit with emails from folks looking for more (which is amazing). So I’m going to buckled down and push out the rest of the original 150 by the end of the year. Give yourselves a round of applause because without folks saying they liked it/wanted it this would probably never happen.
I’m also going to try and expand the types to include more recent additions soon too.