Large Elemental (Earth)
Speed: 20 feet, climb 20 feet
Armor Class: 19 (-1 size, +10 natural); touch 9, flat-footed 19
Attack: Slam +12 melee (1d8+10 and etherealness, bludgeoning, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Slam +12 melee (1d8+10 and etherealness, bludgeoning, 20 x2)Space/Reach: 5 feet by 10 feet/5 feet
Special Attacks: Ethereal push
Special Qualities: Darkvision 90 feet, elemental, enveloping mount, ethereal stride, meld into stone
Saves: Fortitude +9, Reflex +2, Will +3
Abilities: Str 24, Int 2, Wis 12, Dex 10, Con 16, Cha 10
Skills: Listen +7, Spot +7
Feats: Power Attack
Environment: Any underground
Organization: Solitary or pair
Challenge Rating: 4
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 9 - 16 Hit Dice (Huge); 17 - 25 Hit Dice (Gargantuan)
A stonestrider looks much like a four-legged stone spider with one featureless ovoid body section. Although it can navigate in any direction with ease, it generally keeps the long axis of its body oriented "forward". A stonestrider has no head, mouth, or other appreciable features, although some specimens appear pitted and worn down after long absence from the Elemental Plane of Earth. the top of a stonestrider's body stands about 5 feet off the ground, but its five-jointed legs arch up an additional foot or so.
The stonestrider's strange legs allow it to navigate narrow areas as if it were a Medium creature (the approximate size of its ovoid body) in the rare instances wen it cannot simply meld into stone or turn elemental.
Stonestriders are almost never encountered without dwarven riders or a band of dwarf scouts. Those few that are found alone seldom attack, but fight back if threatened. When in combat, dwarves riding stonestriders try to meld into stone and wait for a chance to strike at the leader of their foes. They often set ambushes at strange angles, dropping on foes from above, appearing suddenly out of cliff faces, or reaching up from a featureless cavern floor.
Training a Stonestrider
Even though it is an elemental, it is possible to train a stonestrider like an animal. Training a stonestrider as a mount requires a successful Handle Animal check with a DC of 34 for a young creatures or a DC of 39 for an adult. Dwarves gain a +4 racial bonus on Handle Animal and Ride checks made to control or strain a stonestrider.
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