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“Real Heroes. Not Actual Size.” Directed by Peyton Reed Starring  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle…
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
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“Suit up.” Directed by Brad Bird Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener Picking up directly from the end of The Incredibles, Mr Incredible (Nelson) and Elastigirl…
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
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“Don’t Look Down” Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Dwaye Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan Will Sawyer (Johnson) is an FBI hostage rescue agent who gets blown up,…
Skyscraper (2018)
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“Every Con has its Pros” Directed by Gary Ross Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage and James Corden Paroled from prison, Debbie Ocean (Bullock)…
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
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Reading Roundup - June 2018
Reading Roundup - June 2018
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“Raise Some Shell” Directed by Dave Green Starring Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee and Tyler Perry Leonardo (Ploszek), Raphael (Ritchson), Donatello (Howard) and…
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My entry in +James Holloway's #MonsterMan competition:

OWLBORN
Frequency: Very rare
# encountered: 1
Size: Medium
Move: 120’/30’, 360’ flying (Aerial Agility: Level IV)
AC: 10/7
Hit Dice: 4
Attacks: 1/3 (talon, talon, beak)
Damage: 1d8 or by weapon/1d6,1d6,2d6
Special attack: Cast spells as a Druid/Dive (min. 60’ dive, +4 to hit, double talon damage)
Special defences: None/Charm Person
Magical resistance: 35%
Lair: 50%
Intelligence: High
Alignment: Neutral evil

In the forests of the west, parents warn their children not to follow the cries of owls into the forest. For the most part, this is just to keep them from being lost in the woods, but as children become young adults the warnings take on a darker edge, for among the everyday owls lurk the dark spirits known as the striges, which steal the febrile dreams from pubescent minds. They fashion these dreams into an egg and place it in the nest of an ordinary owl. The egg hatches, disgorging an ugly, lumpen, greyish, featherless chick, which swiftly destroys the owl’s own eggs, before overpowering its foster mother.

So far, so nature red in tooth and claw, but on consuming its owl parent, the Owlborn sheds its birth skin and assumes the form of a perfect human infant, which draws in a new foster parent with its cries. As soon as a human looks on the Owlborn, they are struck by an extremely powerful Charm Person spell. If they fail a spell Saving Throw with a -3 penalty, they are utterly charmed by the child and will adopt it as their own, protecting it even above their own children. If they pass the Saving Throw, however, they will be overcome by revulsion and destroy the abomination. This compulsion lasts as long as the Owlborn and their new parent both live, and so long as it sustains, they appear as an ordinary human to anyone else.

The Owlborn grows up in their new family, but always possessed of a ruthless, selfish survival instinct. Cruel and amoral, as they approach puberty their inhuman heritage emerges. First, they gain the ability to use Charm Person as a spell-like effect once per month, which they use to draw in more and more people to be their ‘family’. Second, they will begin to trap and kill owls, stitching their skins and feathers into a cloak which, once complete, becomes a second skin that the Owlborn can don, to transform into a large and vicious owl form. Once they have mastered their owl form, the Owlborn also becomes able to cast spells as a Druid with a level equal to half its age, minus five.

An Owlborn encountered in its lair will be surrounded by its ‘family’, the humans in its thrall. A newly awakened Owlborn will have 1d4+1 protectors, but older Owlborn may have as many as 5d10 followers, forming a dangerous cult of personality. These followers can be individually released from the Charm Person effect, all except the original parent, whose enthrallment is for life. In addition, all but the parent may make periodic Saving Throws to break the effect, as usual for the spell, and as a result few of the Owlborn’s following will have high intelligence or be of high level. The Owlborn uses this following to control the area around it, to protect itself from harm, and to accumulate wealth and power. A successful Owlborn may hire more experienced protectors, who would be less susceptible to its direct control.

Despite its formidable powers, the Owlborn has two significant points of weakness. The first is its owlskin, which is easily destroyed while the Owlborn is in human form, if it can be located. The Owlborn will not carry the skin with it, for it is fragile, but will take every effort to protect it. If the skin is destroyed, the Owlborn loses the ability to shapeshift and all of its spellcasting abilities.

The second point of weakness is the Owlborn’s original ‘parent’, who is only an ordinary human. If they are slain, every Charm Person effect that the Owlborn has invoked is broken. The next human to look on the Owlborn must make a spell Saving Throw with a -3 penalty, as the original parent did, or become the Owlborn’s new parent.
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“Life Finds a Way” Directed by J.A. Bayona Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B. D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum Years after the…
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
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