Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tellos to Labyrinth Lord (Frog Soldiers)

Frog Soldiers

No. Enc.: 10-80
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60'/20' (+ can leap for 30'), swim 150'/50'
Armor Class: 7
Hit Dice: 1
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1d4 or Tongue lash up to 10' (1d2) or by weapon type
Special Attacks: Hop attack (see below), Tongue attack (1d2)
Save: F1
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: III
Special Abilities: Hop for 30' forward and 15' straight up, a Hop attack gives them +1 to hit and does double damage. Some Frog Soldiers have tried to use their tongues to grapple their foes or disarm them, this almost always leads to a negative outcome for the Frog Soldier.

     Frog Soldiers are humanoid roughly man-sized frog men. They are usually equipped with leather armor and weapons of average quality (depending on their master and their mission). Frog Soldiers are often used as cannon fodder in the armies of evil overlords. Their low intelligence precludes them from engaging in missions requiring any sort of critical thinking and they often even bungle the simplest of missions. They tend to rely on sheer numbers to get the job done. However, this tactic can be disruptive as the Frog Soldiers often get in each other's way or interfere with the actions of other allied forces. Tactics is not their strong point.
Dragons consider Frog Soldiers to be quite tasty, and many a Frog Soldier unit has been routed at just the thought of a nearby Dragon on the loose!

In the Tellos comic series the Frog Soldiers were often more for comic relief than a real threat to the heroes.

 *Update* 4/26/10 Upon reflection and a bit of playtesting I believe the double damage hop attack is a bit much for what the beasties are intended to be. Instead for a Hop Attack, I think I'd give them a +1 to hit and +2 to damage. I'll leave the original info in place for those who want to have a little more "oomph" in your frog soldier encounters. -B


  1. Do dragons prefer frog soldiers with a
    wine or butter sauce?

  2. Nice monster. I am a fan of low-level filler monsters with character.

  3. Thanks!

    Poor frog soldiers--ridiculed by foes, and snacked on my dragons. Still, they bring it on themselves, I guess, by working for evil overlords. High risk occupation, and all that.

  4. CC, next Dragon I see I'll have to ask! LOL
    Eli, Thanks they are very similar to Bullywugs but to me have more "character".
    Trey thanks for the comments! : )

  5. "I'll leave the original info in place for those who want to have a little more "oomph" in your frog soldier encounters."

    And who doesn't really? Great beastie with a fun write up!

  6. Nice, huge fan of frogs. Demon, Giant. Soldier, or otherwise.

    When double damage is too much I often go for roll double damage dice, take the best.

  7. I just re-read a few of the Tellos books and the Frog Soldiers fit!