|Armor Class:||7 ||3 |
|Hit Dice:||7*+3 (35 hp)||10*+5 (50 hp)|
|No. of Attacks:||2 claw, 1 bite;||2 claw, 1 bite or weapon|
|Special:||Wisdom Drain||Con Drain|
|No. Appearing:||1 (or 2-12)||1|
|Save As:||Monster 8||Monster 11|
|Treasure Type:||see below||see below|
|Alignment:||Chaotic (Neutral)||Chaotic (Evil)|
|XP:||by system||by system|
The personal rolang rises up from improper burial rites. It is stiff, unable to bend it's joints very well and it walks with a strange straight legged gait like a zombie. Thus it is not very fast. It can not speak at all. It will make it's way home to be with family. It can't enter the home, but must be brought in. If so it will begin to drain Wisdom from everyone in the home at the rate of 1 point per night. Once a victim reaches 0 points of wisdom they will die. When everyone is dead the rolang will leave the home and attack anyone it sees. It can only use the wisdom draining effect on their own family.
The demonic rolang is much the same save that a demonic spirit is now inhabiting the body. The demonic rolang is a bit more agile but it still can not bend at the waist. Many homes in fact have low entrances requiring a person to bow or duck to enter to keep rolangs out. Unlike the personal rolang the demonic rolang can talk. Also the demonic rolang drains blood in the form of Constitution points (2 per night) instead of Wisdom. The demonic rolang will attempt to drain as many people as possible. Victims killed by a rolang become a personal rolang under control of the demonic one. In this case when a demonic rolang is dicovered there is a 30% chance that there will be 2-12 (2d6) personal rolang in operation at the same time. An entire village or town could be over run with them.
Both types of rolang appear to be walking corpses with long black claws. Often their tongue protrudes from their mouth as a corpses might. They have long fangs and will attack with them for biting damage. A demonic rolang can not drain unless they get a "critical hit" (a natural roll of 19 or 20) with a bite. At that point they will also drain 2 points of Con in addition to normal biting damage.
Method of destruction.
To destroy either type of rolang a shaman (cleric or priest) must hold down the rolang and remove it's tongue. The tongue is then burned to ashes while praying. If done correctly the body of the rolang will turn to gold. The gold must then be divided among the church and the family of the rolang. PCs destroying the rolang should expect 1000 gp for a personal rolang and 5000 gp for a demonic.
Rolangs are kept at bay by a salt line, burning incense, or by laying out a line of rice.
Rolangs are not destroyed by sunlight as are other vampires, but they become unable to move and the sunlight reveals them for what they truly are.
Notably the rolang have a weakness that is almost unique among the undead. If knocked over they can not get up. Rolang are very strong and knocking them over is difficult. Personal rolang have a strength of 18 and demonic rolang have a strength of 20. They must be knocked completely prone. At this point they are helpless.