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03-03-2015, 01:10 PM
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With both trepidation and excitement, our judges evaluated the multitude of monsters they received for this contest. Now you too may see an unedited sampling of the creative entries we received as a part of the fifth monster contest that Kobold Press has run. Without further ado, we have living wicks from Ben Wertz. Come look at the first of our six finalists. (Yes, SIX of them!)Living WicksLiving wicks are obedient wax statues brought to life by an enchanted wick that runs from the nape of their neck to their lower back. When new, a living wick looks and moves like a slightly stooped human, but as the wick burns, the wax features melt and the statue takes on a twisted, hunchbacked appearance.
Cheap and Disposable. Because living wicks are wax constructs powered by flames, they do have a predetermined lifecycle and are typically formless lumps in about fourteen days. Proponents of these particular constructs, however, claim that a living wickís affordability more than makes up for its inevitable obsolescence. Individuals looking to quickly construct a building or fortification, without the use of paid labor or necromancy, find living wicks to be both obedient and efficient, as do those that need to field a large army for a single battle or limited purpose.
A Versatile Construct. Living wicks are interesting in that they are only active when their wicks are lit and only respond to the telepathic commands of whoever did the lighting. This makes it easy to transfer living wicks between owners, even those not well-versed in the use of magic. This has caused some aristocrats to develop a fondness for the constructs, particularly there utility as eye-catching servers at dinner parties. Living wicks used in this capacity are often ornately carved and look nothing like basic, featureless models. Following the party, the living wick can be extinguished and stored until the host has need of it again.
Controlled Burn. The amount of magical energy contained within a living wick, paired with the manner in which it is released, gave the constructs an unintended affinity for self-destruction. Should their controller every demand it, all living wicks have the ability to suddenly release the magic contained within their form, engulfing themselves and anyone nearby in white hot flames. This is seen as a terrible liability for those that use living wicks as butlers or servants, but less scrupulous types see it as an asset, especially those seeking to destroy incriminating evidence or anonymously attack their enemies.
Living Wick
Medium construct, unaligned

Armor Class 10
Hit Points 14 (4d6)
Speed 20 ft

STR********************** DEX********************** CON********************* INT*********************** WIS********************** CHA
10(+0)****************** 10(+0)****************** 10(+0)****************** 5(-3)********************* 5(-3)********************* 5(-3)

Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, unconscious
Senses sight 20 ft. (blind beyond the radius of their light) passive perception 10
Languages shares a telepathic link with the individual that lit their wick
Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Controlled. Living wicks cannot move, attack, or perform actions when they are not lit. Living wicks only respond to the telepathic commands of the individual that lit them.
Light. Activated living wicks produce light as a torch.
Melting. A living wick loses one hit point for every 24 hours it remains lit.
Actions –
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d6) bludgeoning damage
Consume. A living wick can be commanded to rapidly burn through the remains of their wick creating a devastating fireball. All creatures in a 20-foot-radius sphere centered on the living wick must make a Dexterity saving throw. A target takes Xd6 fire damage on a failed save, where X is the number of hit points the living wick had before it was commanded to consume. A successful save reduces the damage by half. The fire spreads around corners and ignites flammable objects in the area that arenít being worn or carried. Using consume destroys the living wick.
Watch for a poll at the end of the week so that you can help decide which of our final entries becomes the next Monarch of the Monsters!



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