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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bestiary: Metterix

by Tarnah Wright and Tim Wallace

Metterix
This large chilopoda has two long antennae tipped with stingers and four almost vestigial claws.

© Nicholas Cloister, Monsters by Email, licensed to Timothy Wallace
METTERIX      CR 12
XP 19,200
N Huge vermin
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10
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DEFENSE
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AC 26, touch 14, flat-footed 20 (+6 Dex, +12 natural, -2 size)
hp 161 (17d8+85)
Fort +15, Ref +11, Will +7
Immune mind-affecting effects
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OFFENSE
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Speed 60 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +21 (2d6+11), 2 stings +21 (1d8+11 plus paralysis)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks paralysis (1d4 hours, DC 23)
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STATISTICS
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Str 32, Dex 22, Con 21, Int —, Wis 14, Cha 5
Base Atk +12; CMB +25 (+27 grapple); CMD 41 (43 vs. grapple, can't be tripped)
Feats Improved Grapple
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+18 to jump), Climb +19, Perception +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception
SQ grabbing claws
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ECOLOGY
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Environment any land
Organization solitary
Treasure incidental
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Grabbing Claws (Ex) A metterix's smaller claws are useful for little more than aiding grappling. A metterix gains Improved Grapple as a bonus feat, and can maintain a grapple and still make attacks with its antennae.

Metterix are stealthy creatures that prefer to avoid direct fights when possible, using its barbed antenna to poison its foes with a paralytic so they can be carried on its long backs to its cave where they can eat in peace. While a metterix’s long tail appears to be a hindrance and a weakness, adventurers should be wary of severing a segment from the main body. If any number of segments are severed, within a 1d4 hours each segment will develop an independent torso and become a young metterix (see below).

YOUNG METTERIX      CR 4
XP 1,200
N Medium vermin
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +5
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DEFENSE
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AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 41 (5d8+15)
Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +2
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OFFENSE
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Speed 30 ft., climb 15 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d6+3), 2 stings +6 (1d4+3 plus paralysis)
Special Attacks paralysis (1d4 hours, DC 15)
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STATISTICS
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Str 16, Dex 17, Con 16, Int —, Wis 12, Cha 5
Base Atk +3; CMB +6 (+8 grapple); CMD 19 (21 vs. grapple, can't be tripped)
Feats Improved Grapple
Skills Acrobatics +3, Climb +11, Perception +5; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
SQ grabbing claws
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Grabbing Claws (Ex) A metterix's smaller claws are useful for little more than aiding grappling. A metterix gains Improved Grapple as a bonus feat, and can maintain a grapple and still make attacks with its antennae.