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Mandrake
FF Mandrake
skill 5-9[1]
stamina 3-8[2]
Attacks 1
Weapon Used Large Fist
Habitat Settled (Old World)
Number Encountered 1-6
Type Monster/Plant
Reaction Unfriendly-Hostile
Intelligence High

A Mandrake is a type of Plant/Monster in the Fighting Fantasy franchise.

AppearanceEdit

in its true form, a Mandrake looks like a mass of plant material with a roughly human-like shape, with root-like appendages, standing at a man's height.[3] They can sprout tentacles and roots at will, and possess pulsating veins transporting their blood through the body.[4]

Origin and DistributionEdit

Mandrakes are usually found only in the Old World. Their origins are unknown, but it is known that they can occasionally persuaded to work as agents for evil beings with considerable magical powers. With their shape-shifting power, this usually poses little effort on their part. However, Mandrakes are very chaotic, and if not properly supervised they can go rampant, spreading uncontrollable chaos.[5]

Mandrakes usually operate by kidnapping people for procreation. They usually produce a breeding pod or cocoon, which they hide in a seure locale until the "parents" have captured a suitable victim, which is then brought to the pod. Once the victim makes physical contact with the pod, the fledging Mandrake begins to assume the former's physical appearance and traits, like the voice.[6] For some reason, only Humans and human-like creatures are assimilated this way; any other creature is merely drained of its life in order to sustain the budding Mandrake until it is ready to "hatch".[7]

Their shapechanging ability and their intelligence make Mandrakes extremely efficient infiltrators and hunters. However, despite their cunning, they have several distinguishing traits which can be used to easily tell them apart from normal Humans and Humanoids (see Special Abilities, below).

Special AbilitiesEdit

As described above, Mandrakes are able to perfectly duplicate the appearance and physical attributes (i.e. skill and stamina) of their victims.[8] However, there are several traits which can easily reveal their true nature to a keen observer. First, while they may perfectly duplicate a person in appearance, they cannot assimilate their memories and usual behavior, which tends to spook people closely associated with the Mandrake's duplicated victim.[9] They also have not red, but green blood, which is easily revealed when they are sufficiently wounded.[10] Lastly, their true form can be seen in a mirror's reflection, which does not react to their current disguise.[11]

In conventional combat, Mandrakes are all but unkillable. They can be attacked with weapons, but the best one can do this way is temporarily stun them by reducing their stamina below 0.[12] The only known weakness of the Mandrakes is a high vulnerability to fire, which can easily destroy them.[13]

Known MandrakesEdit

GalleryEdit

Further NotesEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 317
  2. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 17
  3. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 362
  4. Moonrunner - 88
  5. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 231, 300, 398
  6. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 85, 371
  7. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 387
  8. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 85
  9. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 231, 398
  10. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 84, 252, 376, Moonrunner - 76
  11. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 362
  12. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 84, 376
  13. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 147, 197, 204, 239, 325; Moonrunner - 88, 244
  14. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 158, 362
  15. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 17, 147, 268, 325
  16. Moonrunner - 88, 244

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