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Slime Crawler, Mature

This segmented, wormlike creature has rows of caterpillar legs along its underside that cling to whatever surface it walks on. Four long, pseudopods emerge from beneath a fang-lined maw in its bulbous head and drip with some sort of venom.

Mature Slime Crawler CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large aberration
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +10

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +6 natural, -1 size)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +5

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., climb 15 ft.
Melee 4 tentacles +3 (1d4+2 plus paralysis) and bite +3 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with tentacles)
Special Attacks paralysis (2d4 rounds, DC 13)

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 1, Wis 15, Cha 6
Base Atk +2; CMB +5; CMD 17 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Combat Reflexes, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Climb +14, Perception +10

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, pair, cluster (3-5), or nest (8-12 plus 10-20 larval slime crawlers)
Treasure none

Slime crawlers reach maturity at twenty weeks. By this time, their legs have fully developed and their tentacles have become pseudopodlike lashes. They have lost their slime coating but have replaced it with a paralytic venom exuded from the tips of their tentacles. They are even more voracious than in their larval form and activity hunt for ready sources of carrion at the outskirts of settlements, upon old battlefields, or even sewer tunnels beneath large population centers. They become viciously territorial in this stage of their development and, while they may allow other slime crawlers in their midst, other types of creatures had best beware, as they are perfectly happy to feed upon fresher faire.

A typical mature slime crawler is about 12 feet long and weighs about 800 pounds.

A mature slime crawler attacks with its tentacles, trying to paralyze as many opponents as possible but if particularly hungry may stop in the midst of battle to feed on anyone it has disabled.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Mature 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.