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Swallowing It Whole

So, you want to eat your enemy whole, eh? While they're still fresh and wiggling? Then this page is for you…

The following is based loosely on having watched a snake eat, many times.

This page assumes you're big enough (or stretchy enough) to accomplish the task of eating your enemy, but small enough that it'll be a bit of a struggle. If you're big enough to fit your prey entirely in your mouth, you might just be able to make a bite attack and skip straight to swallowing.

Getting Your Prey

Constriction Attack (p. B43) makes a nice prelude to this. Lots of constrictors squash their prey into unconsciousness first. Others like to use poison with a Side Effect or Symptoms (p. B109) involving Paralysis (p. B36). I suppose it's all a matter of preference.

Well, first you've got to get hold of your prey somehow. This would involve Grappling (p. B370). An empty mouth is a good substitute for an empty hand. Aim for the torso.

If you've got teeth capable of it, you'll inflict regular bite damage on a hit, since you'll be using full ST. This can also help slow your target down.

Subduing Your Prey

Simply grappling your prey isn't enough. Now you've got to get them under control. This uses the Takedown rule under Actions After a Grapple (p. B370). Next, use the Pin rule from the same section.

If your prey is unconscious or doesn't resist (wait, it wants to be eaten? Think K vs. giant space roach from Men in Black), then you can skip this step.

Swallowing Your Prey

Now you can put your prey in your mouth and swallow. If you grappled them with your mouth, you can skip straight to swallowing.

It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady Sings!

Your part is done, but your prey may still have a very slim chance of survival if it can kill you from the inside or has friends to cut them out in time.

First off, you should review the rules for Holding Your Breath (p. B351) and Suffocation (p. B436), since the average creature eaten whole probably isn't going to die by digestion. Most will die by suffocation. An overly-forgiving GM might just give your prey an air bubble at the top of your stomach. This should be mighty-foul air, however.

Use the rule for Acid (p. B428), as stomach acid is a strong hydrochloric acid. The target is immersed. Only sealed DR will protect properly, but any armor will be degraded, regardless of whether or not it's sealed. The strength of the acid can vary according to how much water you had with your meal and by your species. If you haven't eaten in a while, it may be stronger!

Unfortunately for you, if your prey is still conscious, they've now got a chance to do something. However, first they'll have to deal with a Fright Check (p. 360) at a -10 penalty. Being swallowed is scary! If that doesn't stop them, they're free to attack you from the inside, where DR doesn't protect and all strikes are like hitting the Vitals. Multiply crushing damage by 1.5. However, you're still effectively grappling your prey, as the stomach usually expands and contracts according to need. This imposes the usual -4 to DX and only close combat attacks are possible.

It also deserves mentioning at this point that you may buy internal attacks at 1/5 the usual price. You can, for example, use this to make your stomach acid stronger. Buying internal DR at 1/5 price is a possibility, too. After all, if you're going to run around eating everything alive, you probably want to avoid the nastiness of being attacked from the inside, since adventurers and the like will try.

Digesting Your Prey

Time spent in the stomach will vary, case by case, but first you've got to wait for your prey to disintegrate in your stomach acid. In other words, you've got to wait until after they've dropped to -10xHP.

At this point your prey is little more than a bunch of small chunks of meat floating inside you, but to get full nourishment from that, you've got to break them down further. This takes ten to one-hundred times longer than it did to break them down to this stage, again varying by species and circumstances.

Even after that, you've got to remember that the stomach is a food storage organ. Your body might just hold them there for a while, anyway. After that, they're sent on for further digestion…

Example Monsters

Here's a list of monsters in this wiki that should use this rule:

  • Giant Frog - This is the one this rule was written for.
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