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Eel, Gulper

This strange being of the depths appears to be little more than a large mouth, flaccid body and dangling tail which glows with an unnatural red light.

Gulper Eel CR 5

XP 1,600
N Large animal (aquatic)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +11

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp 60 (8d8+16 plus 8)
Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed swim 50 ft.
Melee bite +9 (2d6+4 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks swallow whole (1d8+3 acid damage, AC 12, 6 hp)

STATISTICS

Str 17, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +6; CMB +10 (+14 grapple); CMD 22 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Blind-Fight, Swim-by Attack, Toughness, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Perception +11, Swim +15

ECOLOGY

Environment any aquatic
Organization solitary
Treasure none

This larger version of its more common cousin makes its home in deep tropical and temperate waters well below 3,000 feet in depth. The gulper eel spends its life eating giant shrimp, and any other creatures which happen to arouse its senses.

Gulper eels spend most of their lives in the deepest and darkest parts of the oceans, rarely if ever venturing near the surface waters. Solitary creatures by nature, during mating season (colder months of the year), it is common to find a pair of these creatures dwelling together. During mating season, the female deposits her eggs (2–8) in the dirt and mass of plants on the ocean floor. Within two months the eggs hatch and the young swim free. Young are independent within 2 weeks after birth and venture out on their own shortly thereafter.

A gulper eel averages 10 feet in length but can grow to reach 30 feet or more. Its body is long, sleek, and black in color and its tail ends in a luminous organ. Its eyes are small for its body and close to its snout. It massive mouth is lined with rows of sharpened teeth.

Gulper eels attempt to bite their prey, holding it before swallowing it whole. Because a gulper eel can unhinge its jaw and stretch its stomach, it can swallow opponents larger than itself.

Section 15: Copyright Notice – Tome of Horrors Complete
Eel, Gulper from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.