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The Wrath of the Jungle Goats


Serpent's Skull


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Allow me to chronicle, for you, my dear reader, the fateful tale of.. the jungle goats.

7th day on the Shiv

The party encounters a single jungle goat grazing docilely in the jungle. The party rogue, myself, one Saul Vancaskerkin Jr, lovingly referred to as Junior, charged the goat and made an unarmed leg drop on the goat for 6 damage. It, however, had won initiative versus the rest of the party and fled into the foliage.

The adventurers assumed jungle goats were a joke and laughed. Oh, what terror we had yet to face... Oh, how naive we were! The horror!

13th day on the Shiv

The Professor, our oracle of lore, and Jal Kondo, our ranger and guide in the jungle, both developed a rash of some sort of strange "snake bite Con damage" disease and we were forced to bed down for almost three days as they recovered from the brink of death. (7 con damage and 6 con damage respectively)

Late in the night, just as first watch was about to change, something stirred in the night. Junior, distracted by the campfire and his tired eyes, stood up from his post while speaking to the paladin of Shelyn, Alexis. Initiative was rolled. A surprise round was initiated.

The jungle goat he had leg dropped charged out of the underbrush, headbutted him in the thigh and then ran away before anyone could react. He did two damage.

The paladin stared blankly. "What?!"

19th day on the Shiv

After the rest of the party, save the Paladin, came down with the "'actual disease' disease," it happened. As Junior babbled and refused to speak in any language but Aklo with his mindfire-induced 6 intelligence and Jal Kondo manacled himself to a tree while exclaiming he had a hat with a 7 intelligence, the goats came.

Suddenly, six goats blew through the camp traps, ignoring them with their pure brute force, true juggernauts of battle, avatars of war. They exploded into the camp, headbutting, attacking, the bloodlust overtaking them. They had come again for vengeance. They bleated in their bleary language cries for human blood.

All of the jungle goats were slain, save one, that Junior punted into the underbrush. The same that he, unbeknown to him in his disease-addled fury, had faced so long ago in the clearing of the Shiv, before they had all lost their innocence to the fury of the jungle goats. Again, knocked unconscious due to nonlethal damage, its heart burning with revenge was the only thing keeping it alive. It was able to crawl its way into the network of tunnels under the Shiv that it had constructed long ago in his ancient jungle goat civilization (or just a really good stealth roll or that whole 'we forgot about the unconscious goat' thing) and disappear, plotting to return once more, to end things once and for all...

21st day on the Shiv

Our heroes came around a pack of dense foliage to find...

The Jungle Goat.

He stood there, majestic. Grazing on foliage. Unaware. A mistake that would cost him his life.

Junior won initiative. He charged across the field, reckless. The time of the sacred duel had come. Forgoing drawing a dagger for distance, he did the only thing he could think of-- a leg drop. The past and future came full circle as it struck true and mighty and was able to knock the goat unconscious in one swift blow. It fell for the last time there, upon the grass of the clearing, its lust for death and maiming finally eking away with the last of its breaths.

And so the vendetta was settled in blood.

The Moral

Jungle goats?! Really?! We've encountered more jungle goats out for our blood than any other creature. Jungle goats have done more damage to me throughout the entire adventure than any other monster. Jungle goats accounted for roughly 2/3rds of our level 2 to 3 experience. Damn you, James Jacobs, and your blasted jungle goats!

Does anyone else have weird experiences with the jungle goats? They're everywhere!


Just as a sort of note, it was like, the only monster that I rolled on random encounters.

Repeatedly.

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber
Ghostalker wrote:

Just as a sort of note, it was like, the only monster that I rolled on random encounters.

Repeatedly.

The dice never lie.

I really do love this bit:

Ice Titan wrote:

The jungle goat he had leg dropped charged out of the underbrush, headbutted him in the thigh and then ran away before anyone could react. He did two damage.

The paladin stared blankly. "What?!"

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

I love this. I may have to create a few jungle goat encounters now. I had sort of dismissed the goats and monkeys as background fluff.


Tom Qadim wrote:
I love this. I may have to create a few jungle goat encounters now. I had sort of dismissed the goats and monkeys as background fluff.

You dismiss them for even a second and you're dead.

I'm just very disappointed at how the jungle goats laid siege to us for so long. As we were honestly literally assaulted by jungle goats for almost all of last session, we haven't pushed on past the hook of the island, really. We're third level off of nothing but jungle goats and shame. And we were put under siege for nearly a month.

Our theories:

1. The jungle goats are actually the true masters of the campaign and the serpentfolk artwork is to throw us off. The reason it's called Serpent's Skull is because snakes are the final race of creature purged from existence by the jungle goat empire.

2. The smuggler's shiv is actually the Isle of Lost Familiars. I mean, come on! Monkies, goats, bats, spiders... And at any time, they could be holding a touch spell they've been holding for years and years, and then the monkey comes down and touches you and, wham! Maximized shocking grasp!


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Ice Titan wrote:

Allow me to chronicle, for you, my dear reader, the fateful tale of.. the jungle goats.

7th day on the Shiv

The party encounters a single jungle goat grazing docilely in the jungle. The party rogue, myself, one Saul Vancaskerkin Jr, lovingly referred to as Junior, charged the goat and made an unarmed leg drop on the goat for 6 damage. It, however, had won initiative versus the rest of the party and fled into the foliage.

The adventurers assumed jungle goats were a joke and laughed. Oh, what terror we had yet to face... Oh, how naive we were! The horror!

13th day on the Shiv

The Professor, our oracle of lore, and Jal Kondo, our ranger and guide in the jungle, both developed a rash of some sort of strange "snake bite Con damage" disease and we were forced to bed down for almost three days as they recovered from the brink of death. (7 con damage and 6 con damage respectively)

Late in the night, just as first watch was about to change, something stirred in the night. Junior, distracted by the campfire and his tired eyes, stood up from his post while speaking to the paladin of Shelyn, Alexis. Initiative was rolled. A surprise round was initiated.

The jungle goat he had leg dropped charged out of the underbrush, headbutted him in the thigh and then ran away before anyone could react. He did two damage.

The paladin stared blankly. "What?!"

19th day on the Shiv

After the rest of the party, save the Paladin, came down with the "'actual disease' disease," it happened. As Junior babbled and refused to speak in any language but Aklo with his mindfire-induced 6 intelligence and Jal Kondo manacled himself to a tree while exclaiming he had a hat with a 7 intelligence, the goats came.

Suddenly, six goats blew through the camp traps, ignoring them with their pure brute force, true juggernauts of battle, avatars of war. They exploded into the camp, headbutting, attacking, the bloodlust overtaking them. They had come again for vengeance. They bleated in their bleary...

Brilliant!!! :D

I can't wait to get this started now and show my player's the wrath of the jungle goats.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Damn you Ice Titan! My boss is giving me funny looks because I am laughing too much.

At this rate the Jungle Goats are going to claim one last victim: my job.


When the Jungle Goats show up in our adventure, they have their own theme song.
Yes.
Jungle Boogie.

Dark Archive

Have you seen Black Sheep? 'nough said. }; )


Alex Draconis wrote:
Have you seen Black Sheep? 'nough said. }; )

those are the aerial goats. fiendish template.


We have lightning fast ninja goats. Literally. They appeared at the top of a hill in a flash of lightning and were gone the next moment.

The greatest hazard we've been facing thus far is the sea. My poor Tiefling rouge the Tian paladin has nicknamed "Kitten" has nearly drowned twice already attempting to search assorted wreckage.


Maybe it was mating season for the goats and they were just trying to figure out who would be the alpha of the pack by fighting you guys.

Dedicated Voter 2013

Awesome story :)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Well the jungle goats have made an appearance in my game... one of the PCs was doing stuff outside of the camp and 2 jungle goats showed up. They attacked, one criticalled and down went the witch.

When the rest of the party showed up the goats had left. I'm now trying to decide if I should level them up for 'winning' the encounter... :)
(if they were awakened a level of barbarian would be awesome!)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Hmm, just did up a list of Random Encounters for when my group plays again... in the 26 days I got
5x Jungle Goats
4x Monkeys
3x Cannibals
2x Dimorphodons
2x Snakes
2x Chupacabra (the first time will be the warning pass)
And a bunch of one timers with Pezock, Dire Rats, Shocker Lizards and a Spider Swarm.

Jungle Goats seem to be fairly dominant on the island!

I'm thinking I might have to introduce the King of Goats... possibly an awakened critter with levels of monk...
"What do you mean it just deflected the arrow with it's horn?!?!"

Not sure if my players will enjoy that as much as I've thought about it though!


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W. John Hare wrote:

Hmm, just did up a list of Random Encounters for when my group plays again... in the 26 days I got

5x Jungle Goats
4x Monkeys
3x Cannibals
2x Dimorphodons
2x Snakes
2x Chupacabra (the first time will be the warning pass)
And a bunch of one timers with Pezock, Dire Rats, Shocker Lizards and a Spider Swarm.

Jungle Goats seem to be fairly dominant on the island!

I'm thinking I might have to introduce the King of Goats... possibly an awakened critter with levels of monk...
"What do you mean it just deflected the arrow with it's horn?!?!"

Not sure if my players will enjoy that as much as I've thought about it though!

Your players need to form an alliance against the goats with the chupacabra. Chupacabra are the goat's natural enemy, after all.

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

You know, with the pall hanging over the island...

It wouldn't be too farfetched for some of those goats to go undead...

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Mikaze wrote:

You know, with the pall hanging over the island...

It wouldn't be too farfetched for some of those goats to go undead...

I like where you're going with this. Maybe some of the goats become afflicted with ghoul fever...

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Tom Qadim wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

You know, with the pall hanging over the island...

It wouldn't be too farfetched for some of those goats to go undead...

I like where you're going with this. Maybe some of the goats become afflicted with ghoul fever...

Hehe, now that is just mean!!! I like it!

Dedicated Voter 2013

W. John Hare wrote:

Hmm, just did up a list of Random Encounters for when my group plays again... in the 26 days I got

5x Jungle Goats
4x Monkeys
3x Cannibals
2x Dimorphodons
2x Snakes
2x Chupacabra (the first time will be the warning pass)
And a bunch of one timers with Pezock, Dire Rats, Shocker Lizards and a Spider Swarm.

Jungle Goats seem to be fairly dominant on the island!

I'm thinking I might have to introduce the King of Goats... possibly an awakened critter with levels of monk...
"What do you mean it just deflected the arrow with it's horn?!?!"

Not sure if my players will enjoy that as much as I've thought about it though!

Bah - the players should enjoy it fine. The characters might not ... but that's not a problem. ^_^

Or you can go evil and make it an awakened advanced jungle goat antipaladin...


when i was 8 my family moved from a large midwest city to the country of central wisconsin (in the shadow of rib mtn), in addition to getting a couple cows, chickens, turkeys etc., my parents also got two goats because they heard goat milk is really good, well we had the goats in pen with 10 foot high wire fence. well about once a week the goats would bend the fence low enough where they could climb over (goats are phenomenal climbers) and we would get a call from the neighbor up the hill saying the goats were in her yard so me and my brother dave would have to march up the hill (i was 10 at the time, dave 9) with some tether ropes well we were both skinny kids (bean pole thin) so the only way we could get them down was my brother pull on the rope while i ram them in the ass (can i say that?). this method took about 40 minutes a goat we'd get the first goat down fix the fence as well as we could, then go get the other goat. we'd be half way down with second goat and there would be the first marching back up the hill, and we'd repeat till mom or dad got home.

my daughter loves this story and has me tell it often (she is a very smart and adorable 6 and a half)

this thread has really amused me to no end as its captured the nefarious nature and deeply evil souls of goats (probably why satan has goat hooves) thank you

i also have stories about turkeys, geese and raccoons if any one wants
i'm sure goats arent evil, it just seems that way sometimes

my dad always says "the only two ways to keep a goat in its pen is an alligator filled moat, then when (not if, but when) they get across that, a 12 gauge" he was joking but you get the idea

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Not JUNGLE goats, but sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

link


As far as the creatures on the island going undead the way to go is bodak or if your feeling really nasty the fiendish, vile, or horrid templates, and while your at it flesh out the encounter tables with the rest of the familar list.

The quasit leader of the jungle goats aka the black sheep and his (fiendish template) kids (pun intended)should make for a verry intresting encounter indeed.


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im pretty sure i did not do that right. Bahhh its funny aneway.


Mr. Fishy's group just cleared the island...Mr. Fishy longed for goats. We fought the cannibal tribe...emass. Mr. Fishy's group was the disease party. We had at least one disease everyday. Two on Sunday. We had two giant lizards...and cannibals. Lots of cannibals.

Liberty's Edge

We only ran into the twice and one of those was already dead becaus i cought it in trap. the rest we cooked up for breakfast the morning after they stampeaded threw our camp. What got my group was a shocker lizard no one could role better than a 6 on and a troop of monkys that harassed us from the trees with nuts No one had a bow at the time so we had to improvise slings and belt them rocks. They tasted good when we finaly killed them though.

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