Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Sasquatch Variations


In a post-Harry and the Hendersons and Bigfoot and Wildboy world, your run of the mill Sasquatch may not pack the fearful punch it once did. In keeping with the season, here are a couple of sasquatch-like cryptids with a twist to move 'squatch back from "gentle giant" to "scary."

Batsquatch: First sighted in 1994 in Washington, batsquatch is an ape-like hominid with purple skin and batwings. (In other words, something like a scarier version of the winged monkeys in the Wizard of Oz). Stat these guys like a yeti, but add winged flight like a gargoyle.


Sheepsquatch: From the hills of West Virginia comes a cryptid also known as "the white thing." It's described as a bear-sized beast covered in thick, yellowish-white fur. It doesn't look much like the usual sasquatch with its low set eyes, goat-liked horns, raccoon-like hands, and a hairless tail like an opossum. I would use giant wolverine stats for these beasties (minus the musk).

Blue Belt Bigfoot: One of the few hairy hominids known to accessorize, the so-called Blue Belt Bigfoot has only been sighted in California and only on a few of occasions. It's essentially a a regular sasquatch (perhaps with a dog-like face) with a glowing blue belt. Sometimes, they travel in groups. I'd probably treat these guys as bugbears (just because) and give the belt some special power--or maybe not (other than the glowing) just to mess with PCs.

14 comments:

Tim Shorts said...

Twisted versions of Mr. Squatch. Sheepsquatch confuses me a bit. Doesn't look like a sheep to me and the description sounds like he would be more bearsquatch.

Blue Belt Bigfoot is great. That name has Dr. Suess begging to write a story about him.

garrisonjames said...

Sheepsquatch is new to me, but it sounds more like a Goatsquatch maybe? Used a version of a Batsquatch in a game a while back...everyone at the table thought it was the winged ape-thing from Howard's 'Queen of the Black Coast,' which was quite a misdirect. These Blue Belt 'squatches sound like fun...wonder what those belts do for them....

Chris said...

I just don't want to know how sheepsquatch came into being.

Batsquatch scares the guano out of me.

Trey said...

Yes, sheepsquatch is a bit misnamed, it's true.

Good connection on "Queen of the Black Coast," James! That slipped my mind.

Porky said...

Blue Belt Bigfoot's Blue Belt (1d6)

1. Camouflage: -1 to hit when against the horizon.
2. Stowage: contains 1d6 ninja stars.
3. Marking: the squatch is the property of a child titan.
4. Fuse: this is a HE squatch!
5. Bandage: if cut or unwound, the squatch must save vs. collapse.
6. That's not blue, it's turquoise.

Trey said...

Awesome!

dave baymiller (baran_i_kanu, DaveB) said...

Ahhhhhh Batsquatch. A classic.

Gus L said...

Skunk Ape? Florida's Bigfoot - I learned of him from Encyclopedia Brown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_ape

garrisonjames said...

There's several versions/variants of 'Skunk Ape' out there--that's a great call Gus! We have some Skunk-apes in one of the adventures into Almas territory...they don't play well with anyone. Nasty things.

Trey said...

The Skunk Ape I've covered before. They also show up in Weird Adventures.

garrisonjames said...

Yep. They're a fun critter and you provided an excellent write-up of the things. One more reason Weird Adventures is worth every penny!

Roger the GS said...

The one eyed Cysquatch built that mysterious stone circle up on Blood Mountain ...

Mystic Scholar said...

Why is Fraz-Urb'lun chasing that woman?

Hehehehehehehe!

Justin S. Davis said...

And leave it to me to mention the Sexsquatch.

You're welcome.