Sunday, November 4, 2018

Matango (Mushroom People) for Holmes Basic

Matango (also known as Attack of the Mushroom People), is a surprisingly good 1960s toho film that is loosely based on William H. Hodgson's "The Voice in the Night" (which, if you haven't read it, is also extremely good). In the film, a group of luckless vacationers are stranded on an island covered in mushrooms, and soon find that eating the fungus takes over your mind and eventually your body, until you become a horrifying humanoid mass of mushrooms!

Placing some Matango fungus in your dungeon is a surefire way to cause fungal shenanigans, especially if the party is running low on food...

Stage 1 Infection

After consuming a portion of Matango fungus, one must make a saving throw versus poison. If they fail, they have entered Stage 1 of Matango infection. They will now encourage anyone they have contact with to consume the mushrooms as well, claiming that they are delicious and the best thing they've ever eaten. In addition, they are now considered to be charmed by any Matango they encounter, immediately considering them friends.

Stage 2 Infection

24 hours after Stage 1, fungal growths begin to appear over the infected's body. This grants a +1 bonus to AC, and a +1-8 bonus to hit points due to nerve endings being consumed. However, at this point the infected's personality has begun to decay, and the creature now simply serves the telepathic hive mind of the Matango. They are still capable of some speech, and may vaguely remember who they once were.

(Taken from Matango)

Stage 3 Infection

After a week or more after stage 2, the transformation is complete. There is nothing human left about the creature, other than its general outline; all of the flesh has been replaced with fungus. This grants the infected an additional 1-8 hit points and another +1 bonus to AC. The brain is completely consumed, and the only sound the victim can make with their fungal vocal organs is a distorted, horrific laugh.

(Also taken from Matango, the mass of fungus on the right was once a human being)

Typical Stage 2 Matango Victim
Move: 120 feet/turn
Hit Dice: 2
Armor Class: 8
Treasure Class: nil
Alignment: Neutral
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1-4

During stage 2, these creatures are still recognizable as former humans, with fungal growths bursting from their skin and a bumpy texture. They may be able to communicate, usually demanding people to eat the mushrooms.

Typical Stage 3 Matango Victim
Move: 120 feet/turn
Hit Dice: 3
Armor Class: 7
Treasure Class: nil
Alignment: Neutral
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1-6

When the infection process is complete, the former human is now nothing more than a mobile mass of mushrooms, laughing grotesquely as they approach their victims...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for another great monster and a great laugh. I like the charmed effect of the infection. I doubt you could get your players to willingly eat a strange mushroom though. This movie is a fun rarity especially in Japanese. The only other Hodgson film I think is The Lost Continent 1960s Hammer film. The first half hour of this film is boring and depressing but it really is fun when they get stuck in the Sargasso Sea.