So, here’s an idea for quickly stocking a dangerous site. A mutagenic wizard hit a manticore with even more mutating juice, so it moved from aberration to font of mutation. Now the manticore has a bulbous head and is too big to move, in the heart of the compound, center of a hive mind.
Humans, or whatever other local sentients, have fallen to the mutated manticore’s clutches and hive mind, and now worship it as a god. So, every hit die (or equivalent) roll once on the table to see what gifts their manticore father-god has given them.
- Leathery wings.
- Combat spikes they can strike with, or shoot.
- Massive claws.
- Quadruped form that doubles speed.
They are known as corites. If the center of the hive mind is not slain, their influence will spread until one of them psychically blooms and becomes a new center of the hive mind, so they can expand one cell at a time.