In what many would consider a tragedy, I’ve just seen My Neighbor Totoro for the first time in my life as of last week. The anime classic was a fun, nostalgic romp through the feelings of childhood and I though it only fitting to immortalize the classic titular character as a monster that can destroy player characters! Well, he’s actually not very scary, but he is CR appropriate! Let’s take a look at Totoro.
This enormous creature is covered in soft, gray fur. It sports tall ears and a warm demeanor.
Totoro CR 4
NG Large fey
Init +1; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +13
AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+1 Dex, +8 natural, –1 size)
hp 39 (6d6+18)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +9
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee slam +8 (2d6+7)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th; concentration +9)
At will—guidance, pass without trace, speak with animals
1/day—fly, plant growth
Str 21, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 18, Cha 17
Base Atk +3; CMB +9; CMD 20
Feats Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Acrobatics +10, Climb +22, Fly +8, Knowledge (nature) +9, Perception +13, Stealth +4
Languages Common (cannot speak)
Environment temperate forests
Totoro is a friendly forest spirit that lives in dense forests. Those that know of Totoro sometimes refer to it as the King of the Forest. Some believe Totoro was once an ancient troll spirit and derived its name from its troll roots. The forest spirit is very lazy and is commonly found napping. Totoro tends to only appear when it desires and usually only to children. Smaller versions of Totoro typically tag along with it, but most are unsure as to whether they are the same type of creature or just a different type of forest spirit. Totoro’s ties to the forest grant it great power over plants. Totoro is capable of growing enormous forests from just a few seeds. Those on the lookout for the King of the Forest keep an eye out for acorns, as they are a sign that Totoro is nearby. On occasion, Totoro is seen flying across the sky on a giant top or traveling through the countryside in a bus shaped like a cat which is as fast the wind. Totoro is 6 feet tall and weighs 1,000 pounds.
Call the King
Drawn by a large forest in the area, Totoro sightings are up. The locals task the PCs with gathering enough acorns and plants to draw the King of the Forest to their village.
Cat-ch a Ride
The PCs need a way to quickly, but discreetly travel the countryside. Totoro offers its cat friend as transportation, but the PCs need to catch it first!
Local crops are struggling to grow and the PCs set out to locate Totoro. The forest spirit is their last hope for a plentiful harvest.
That’s it for this week! Please let me if you would like to see more anime icons. If you end up up introducing Totoro into your game or you have any request for a future Monstrous Physique, please drop me a line at KnowDirection@hotmail.com.