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Slime Crawler, Larval

This creature appears to be a segmented worm or caterpillar with stumpy, almost nonexistent legs. Four tentacles sprout below its mouth. The creature’s body is covered in an oily film that leaves a slime path behind it as it moves.

Larval Slime Crawler CR 1

XP 400
N Medium aberration
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 5 (1d8+1)
Fort +1, Ref +2, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee tentacles +1 (1d3+1 plus grab) and bite +1 (1d4+1)
Special Attacks constrict (1d3+1)

STATISTICS

Str 12, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +0; CMB +1 (+5 grapple); CMD 13 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Climb +9, Escape Artist +8, Perception +8; Racial Modifiers +6 Escape Artist
SQ slippery

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Slippery (Ex)

A slime crawler exudes a thin, oily film from the glands beneath its mouth that leaves a slug-like trail behind it as its moves and provides the creature with a +6 racial bonus to Escape Artist checks. A creature stepping in a space covered with this slime must succeed on a DC 11 Reflex save or slip and fall prone. The slime remains in the area for 1d2 hours before losing its potency. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Family Ties
The slime crawler is a disgusting creature that survives off of carrion and the leavings of others. It exists in two stages of growth that are somewhat similar — the larval slime crawler and the mature slime crawler, before finally undergoing metamorphosis to the final stage of its existence as a carrion moth.

ECOLOGY

Environment any land and underground
Organization solitary, cluster (2-5), swarm (5-10), or nest (10-20)
Treasure none

Larval slime crawlers usually mature into this form within two to three weeks of hatching, at which time they feed on any living organisms encountered. More slug-like at this larval stage, the legs appear as small buds or stumps. These legs allow the slime crawler to climb walls and other surfaces, albeit slower than a mature slime crawler. Four tentacles sprout below its throat, eventually losing their grappling ability and growing into the pseudopod-like tentacles of the mature slime crawler.

A typical larval slime crawler is about 6 feet long and weighs about 300 pounds.

A larval slime crawler attacks with its tentacles, attempting to grab an opponent and squeeze it. Slime crawlers have a nasty bite, but prefer to use their tentacles in battle.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Larval Slime Crawler from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Authors Casey Christofferson, Scott Greene, and Greg A. Vaughan.