Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Hairy Spider

Hairy Spider (from Monsters of Færûn)
Fine Vermin

Hit Dice: 1/8d8 (1 hit point)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 20 feet, climb 10 feet
Armor Class: 20 (+8 size, +2 Dexterity); touch 20, flat-footed 18
BAB/Grapple: +0/-17
Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d2-5 plus poison, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d2-5 plus poison, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: ½ foot by ½ foot/0 feet
Special Attacks: Poison
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 feet, poison immunity, vermin traits
Saves: Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +0
Abilities: Str 1, Int -, Wis 10, Dex 14, Con 10, Cha 2
Skills: Climb +6, Hide +25, Jump +4, Spot +15
Feats: -
Environment: Warm and temperate land and underground
Organization: Familiar or swarm (2 - 20)
Challenge Rating: ½
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: -

These hand-sized, viciously biting, hairy black spiders are found in jungles and underground tunnels, tombs, and caverns. They do not spin webs of their own, but can readily move in the webs of other spiders.

Hairy spiders hunt in groups, swarming over their victims and biting off large chunks of flesh. As many as forty hairy spiders can swarm on a medium creature at a time.

Poison (Ex): Those hit by a hairy spider's bite attack must succeed at a DC 11 Fortitude save or be injected with poison. The initial and secondary damage is 1 point of temporary Dexterity damage. The save is Constitution-based.

Skills: Hairy spiders have racial bonuses of +4 on Hide checks, +6 on Jump checks, and +12 on Spot checks.

Vermin Traits: Mindless. Hairy spiders have no Intelligence score and are immune to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).

Hairy Spiders as Familiars
Hairy spiders can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. Arcane casters with hairy familiars gain no unusual abilities. Hairy spiders are fairly common familiars among chitine spellcasters.

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