Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Staroztek (Goblin Great Old One)

Staroztek (Goblin Great Old One) (adapted from the Monster Manual II)
Huge Vermin (Goblinoid)

Hit Dice: 5d8+25 (47 hit points)
Initiative: -1
Speed: 20 feet
Armor Class: 10 (-2 size, -1 Dexterity, +3 natural)
BAB/Grapple: +3/-3
Attack: Bite +1 melee (1d6 plus poison, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +1 melee (1d6 plus poison, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 10 feet by 10 feet/10 feet
Special Attacks: Poison, spit spawn
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 feet, vermin traits
Saves: Fortitude +9, Reflex +0, Will +3
Abilities: Str 11, Int -, Wis 15, Dex 8, Con 20, Cha 1
Skills: Balance +3, Move Silently +7
Feats: -
Environment: Any temperate or warm land and underground
Organization: Hive (1 plus 10 - 60 potěr larva, plus 10 - 60 attending šotek)
Challenge Rating: 6
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: -
Level Adjustment: -

A muzotek that has lost in the continuous conflict with its brothers is used as an incubator for šotek larva. In preparation for the event, prašotek tenders exude a fluid and inject it into the subject. This fluid causes the subject's body to swell into a 10-foot diameter, bloated sack. Upon becoming a great old master, a muzotek loses its intellect, memories, feats, magical abilities, and most skills. Its type changes to vermin. When the transformation is complete, the hive queen lays her eggs in the great old master's abdomen. Thereafter, the workers of the šotek hive provide the great old master with food - usually alive but immobilized - to sustain it and nourish the embryos that are devouring the host from the inside out. Eventually twenty to forty potěr larva chew their way out of the dying master.

A great old master can do little in combat except lurch about, biting and spewing forth spawn.

Poison (Ex): A staroztek delivers its poison with a successful bite attack, dealing initial and secondary damage of 1d4 Wisdom. A Fortitude save DC 14 negates this effect.

Spit Larva (Ex): As a standard action, a great old master can spit out 2d4 potěr larva, which can attack the moment they land. The great old master can place the potěr anywhere within a range of 100 feet, but no two potěr can land more than 30 feet apart.

Also, when a great old master takes damage, it can release 2d4 potěr larva. This version of the spit larva ability is usable once per round as a free action.

Vermin Traits: Staroztek are immune to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).

Staroztek Society
Staroztek essentially have no society, being little more than mindless incubators for the next generation of šotek.

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