Welcome to Monster Mondays! Today we present the Voyager Roach, a space cowboy’s mount of choice… often the last choice.
Voyager Roach CR 2 (XP 600)
This roach-like monstrosity has an onyx-colored carapace and diaphanous wings folded on it’s back. It constantly drools thick, viscous bile.
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 40 ft. (poor), limited starflight
Melee bite +5 (1d8+3 plus filth fever)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks filth fever
Air Bubble (Ex)
While in an air-filled environment, the voyager roach can slowly inflate a bubble of spit, capturing some air inside. If placed upon its back this air bubble can provide breathable air for one Medium or Small rider for one hour. This air bubble provides no protection against any other void dangers.
Filth Fever (Ex)
A voyager roach can inflict filth fever on a successful bite attack.
Environment space, spaceports
Spaceships are expensive. When budgets are tight, an alternative exists; a filthy drooling, egg laying galactic scourge of an alternative. The voyager roach is capable of flying through space itself, riding the solar winds and eddies to moving between planets and moons while carrying a single rider with them. While technically capable of traveling between stars, most roaches die of old age or starvation long before arriving to their new destination.
While the voyager roaches are proficient at traveling intra-system, they are not without their risks. Notorious carriers of diseases, they also lay eggs at what seems to be a constant rate, usually leaving behind swarms of young on every planet and moon that they visit. It is speculated that voyager roaches are the progenitors of all planet born roaches as they rapidly spread their progeny across the galaxy.
Most trained voyager roaches have been fixed to stop the egg laying and fertilization, but such procedures have a high relapse rate and it’s not uncommon for a voyager roach to regain fertility after a few years of inactivity.
Declared a galactic scourge by the Shaman Knights, and highly restricted by the Infinite Star Legion, use of the voyager roach is often frowned upon, illegal, or considered a killing offense depending on system. Despite this the roaches are widely used, often by those who cannot afford or acquire spaceships of their own, or as emergency escape mounts on larger vessels.
The voyager roach can be taken as an animal companion, vermin companion or mount. Unlike a normal animal companion, it uses vermin Hit Dice to advance. Unlike a normal vermin, a voyager roach can be taught tricks as if it were an animal.
4th Level Advancement