Creatures Of Nurgle (Gu'nagh'ghyran)Edit
The Beasts - Slime Hounds - Nurgle's Lapdogs
Despite its fearsome appearance and deadly attributes, the Beast is a friendly and affectionate creature, behaving in all respects like an over-friendly and easily-excited puppy. It craves attention, greeting newcomers by slobbering all over them with its slimy tentacles. Once they get thoroughly worked up, they can rarely if ever contain themselves and leave little puddles of acrid slime behind them. All this attention is not a problem to other creatures of Nurgle, but tends to kill mortals fairly rapidly. Once the Beast's new friend stops moving, its interest quickly shifts to another target and, in this way, the creature excitedly and lovingly kills and destroys just about everything it touches. As the Beast has only the most rudimentary sense of intelligence, it never anticipates the result of its friendly behaviour and registers only a slight sense of disappointment as each new playmate goes all still and boring.
In battle, the Beasts run backwards and forwards in their eagerness to meet new friends, constantly rolling over and inviting the Plaguebearers to scratch their back and pop their pustules. The Plaguebearers try to maintain order, encouraging the Beasts to move in certain directions or to attack or hold back as appropriate. As the administrators and leaders of the Nurgle horde, the Plaguebearers are seen by the Beasts as their masters and special friends. Beasts are intensely loyal creatures and always eager to please, so they usually attach themselves unshakeably to one particular Plaguebearer.
Beasts fear troops bearing fire and attacks by flaiming missiles. They are otherwise completely immune to psychology. Beasts cause fear in living creatures.
The Beast attacks targets directly to its front with D6 sucker strikes. Suckers secrete a paralysing mucus which seeps through armour. If a creature is hit by one or more sucker attacks during combat, a D6 is rolled for each hit; if the total score is greater than the target's T, the creature is paralysed. Paralysed victims are immediately grasped by the Beast's single tentacle. Paralysed victims are carried in this manner so that they can be eaten once the fighting is over or playfully presented as an offering to a Plaguebearer. If a Beast is slain, it will release its victims, but they will remain paralysed for several hours.
As the Beast moves along the ground, it leaves a slimy trail like a slug or snail. Contact with this slime whilst it is fresh causes Nurgle's Rot.
Any creature engaged in hand-to-hand combat with a Beast also risks catching Nurgle's Rot.