Activity Cycle: Any
Intelligence: Exceptional (15-16)
Alignment: Chaotic Good
No. Appearing: 1
Armor Class: 10
Movement: 2, Wb 30
Hit Dice: 1
No. Of Attacks: 1
Special Attacks: DoS
Special Defenses: Firewall, Cryptography
Magic Resistance: 0%
Size: M (6' tall)
Morale: Average (8-10)
XP Value: 300
A rather common form of human. Computer Nerds tend to avoid melee whenever
possible, yet if they need to defend their servers, they will not be moved.
Despite the common belief that Computer Nerds never leave their lair, which
they dub "server room", they are quite often found on the streets. Some
Computer Nerds can travel incognito, making passers-by believe that they
are regular humans.
Combat: A Computer Nerd will not engage in melee unless
there is no other option. They tend to fall easily due to their limited
stamina. A Computer Nerd will generally fight dirty, by throwing pieces
of hardware to the attacker, or by going for their weak spot. If they're
not in melee, they attack their enemy indirectly. Either by doing a
DoS attack (5-100) or by running an exploit (40% chance of success, 0-100
damage). If the Computer Nerd makes a successful exploit attack, the chances
of him being discovered are 10%. If the Computer Nerd is discovered, there
is a 15% chance they can track him to his lair, depending on his defense
mechanisms. Computer Nerds defend themselves by building Firewalls
(lv. 4 spell) and using Cryptography (lv. 6 spell). If a Computer Nerd
has set up a firewall, the attacker must roll a saving throw vs. magic
to be able to try to get through it. If the saving throw succeeds, the
attacker only has a 5% chance of breaking through the firewall. This chance
is increased to 10% if the attacker is also a Computer Nerd. For cryptography
the attacker needs to have an intelligence of at least 15. He can then try
to identify the type of cryptography used, if he has the "Identify Cryptography"
proficiency. When it is identified, the attacker will need to cast a Beowulf
spell (lv. 12) and wait.
Habitat/Society: Computer Nerds are not very social
creatures. They tend to stay alone, in their lair. When they do come out
they socialize with other Computer Nerds, at their so-called "LAN-Parties"
and "IRC Meetings". Whenever one of these are taking place, one can find
large numbers of drunk Computer Nerds in woods, bars, and even nightclubs.
But, however drunk a Computer Nerd may be, he will not give out his root
password to anyone.
Ecology: Computer Nerds tend to neglect their surroundings,
which causes them to have several dead plants in their lair, and a jungle
in their back yard. This works as a defense mechanism against regular
humans who dare not enter the lair of a Computer Nerd. The Computer Nerd
feeds on caffeinated beverages and soy. If the Computer Nerd is of
sufficient level, he will have access to the level 4 spell Microwave,
which can turn cold edible materials into warm ones.
Treasure: A Computer Nerd's treasure consists mainly of
hardware. They may have some CDs labelled "UNIX" in their lair, but this
is not very common (30% chance) when the Computer Nerd has access to a
T1 Magic Portal. The software on a Computer Nerd's hardware
can not be used, unless another Computer Nerd runs a successful exploit.
Sometimes, Computer Nerds have their lair "decorated" with penguins and
Taken from: AD&D, 2nd Edition, Monstrous Manual (not really)