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Babbler

This creature stands taller than a human and appears as a cross between a lizardman and gorgosaurus. Its reptilian body is covered in yellow scales and its underbelly is gray. Strange symbols and patterns of grayish-brown can be seen on its back.

Babbler CR 3

XP 800
CE Large magical beast
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +10

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 14 (+1 Dex, +4 natural, -1 size)
hp 30 (4d10+8)
Fort +6; Ref +5; Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., 20ft. on two legs
Melee 2 claws +7 (1d4+4) and bite +7 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks sneak attack +2d6

STATISTICS

Str 18, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 11
Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD 20 (24 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +10, Climb +9, Perception +10, Stealth +2 (+6 when slithering) , Swim +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Stealth when slithering, +4 Swim
Languages Babbler, Common (cannot speak Common)

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate marshes
Organization solitary or pack (2–4)
Treasure standard

Babblers have a large, strong tail that keeps them balanced when they stand on their hind legs (particularly during combat). Most of their time is spent slithering on their stomach in search of prey. The babbler is a carnivore and is quite fond of human, elven, and dwarven flesh.

A babbler stands about 8 feet tall and weighs around 700 pounds. A babbler attempts to ambush its opponents by slithering within range and then rearing on its hind legs and attacking. In combat, it slashes with its claws and snaps with its vicious bite.

Examples

Fire-infused advanced babbler cleric 9 (CR 12)

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Babbler from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Authors Scott Greene and Clark Peterson, based on original material by Jeremy Goodwin and Ian McDowell.