Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Jabberwock

Jabberwocky for Ghosts of Albion.

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jub Jub bird
And shun the frumious bandersnatch!

The Jabberwock might be a type of dragon, a creature of faerie or even a demon of some sort.  Two things are know for sure.  The seemingly non-sense poem, Jabberwocky by Lewis Caroll is a clever bit of occult poetry in disguise, designed to keep the Jaberwock away from Albion's shores.
The second thing that is known is that the Jabberwock elsewhere is a very real threat.

There are very, very few occult texts on the Jabberwock, and the ones that do mention it refer to it simplly as a type of dragon.  The Jabberwock though is no mere dragon but a force of pure chaos; a creature of insanity made whole.  There is debate on whether or not Caroll actually encountered the Jabberwock himself, but if he did it would have been before his 1872 poem "Jaberwocky", and even possibly before 1855.

The Jabberwock is a terrible foe.  Difficult to hit and even harder to kill. It can reattach limbs that have been severed by common weapons, and even magic is deflected away from it.  It is usually found only in the tulgey wood where it can be heard "burbling" by the Tumtum trees.

Name: Jabberwock
Motivation: To cause chaos
Creature Type: Unknown
Attributes: Str 14, Dex 6, Con 9, Int 3, Per 6, Will 3
Ability Scores: Muscle 34, Combat 24, Brains 12
Life Points: 220
Drama Points: 2
Special Abilities: Armour Value 8, Attractiveness –6, Breathe Fire, Flash, Flight, half damage from Bash attacks, Increased Life Points, Innate Magic, Resilience, Unique Kill (Decapitation, Vorpal Sword).

Name              Score   Damage           Notes
Bite                 22        47                    Slash/stab
Claw               24        34                    Slash/stab
Eyes of Flame 24         10+SLx3         Fire damage 
Deflect            15                           Magic defence action; deflects spells 45º

The Jabberwock can send fire from it's eyes..  All bu the greatest magics will bounce off the Jabberwock.

Reducing it to 0 or fewer Life Points only slows down the might Jabberwock as it will begin to regenerate itself.  The Jabberwock can not regenerate lost LP during combat, but once it is dead it will regnerate at the rate of 9 LP per hour.  The only way to kill a Jabberwock is to cut off it's head with a Vorpal Sword.

The Vorpal Sword
All is known about a vorpal sword is that it is the finest weapon of the land and that even in the hands of a novice it can lead them to victory over a great opponent.  What is most well know about the vorpal sword is that on a perfect strike, it will sever the head from an opponent in one swoop.
There are many theories about the vorpal sword including ascertaining if there is more than one or if it is an unique weapon.   Rumors also include that it is the Word of Law, forged into a weapon. It would make it oddly appropriate then that the only thing that can kill a chaotic creature like this, is the Word of Law forged into a sword.
The vorpal sword adds +2 to die rolls for sword combat and is deadly sharp.  Damage is Strx6 and must be wielded in both hands. Decapitation damage for it is x6 regular damage.

Though if the true Jabberwock is unkown, the other creatures are a complete mystery; The Frumious Bandersnatch, believed to be some large pack animal, and the Jub Jub Bird.


Timothy S. Brannan said...

Posting is kinda messed up on this.

Cut off was: "And the Jubjub Bird is believed to be some sort of large, prehistoric bird with a beak as sharp as a sword."

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Anthony Emmel, another A to Z'er posted his S&W version of the Jabberwock over at his blog Polar Bear Dreams and Stranger Things.

Check it out!

J is for Justice, Judge, and Jabberwocky!

Timothy S. Brannan said...

and Talei Loto also did Jaqbberwocky over at her blog, MUSINGS OF AN ASPIRING SCRIBE.

J is for Jabberwocky

Timothy S. Brannan said...

and Bethany Borgschatz over at With Flowers in Your Hair also did Jabberwocky.


Timothy S. Brannan said...

Bard at The Clash of Spear on Shield also gives us Jabberwocky.

A-Z: Jabberwocky

Timothy S. Brannan said...

And Katie Mills, who is on my watch list cause I like her blog, over at Creepy Query Girl also did Jabberwocky.

J - Jabberwocky

Chris C. said...

Nice post! I'll have to check out the other links you've listed here.

Anthony N. Emmel said...

A whole plethora (or is that gaggle?) of Jabberwocks out in the blogosphere today! :D

Bethany Borgschatz said...

I love that we wrote on the same topic and I found your insight really informative. Thank you!

I read about the vorpal sword a little and it was said that Carroll had no real meaning for the word. Others have noted that the word can be formed by alternating letters in "verbal" and "gospel". Pretty interesting if it is considered the "Word of Law" :)

netherwerks said...

Wow--there must be a dozen of us who all did some version of the Jabberwocky today. Lot's to choose from. Nice variety.

Langley Cornwell said...

I've had a ball reading all the Jabberwocky posts. Everyone has a unique take on it. Great post here.

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Talei said...

Hi Tim! It's been crazy this week, sorry I just got over to your Jabberwock post - AND it is awesome, fabulous to know someone else thought of him too!

Great to meet you via the A to Z!