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Scorpion, Giant Khopesh

Until it moves, this giant scorpion with a mottled carapace appears like an outcrop of weathered sandstone. Its tail ends in a razor-sharp chitinous blade that resembles a khopesh sword.

Giant Khopesh Scorpion CR 5

XP 1,600
N Large vermin
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +4

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 10, flat-footed 16 (+1 Dex, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 45 (7d8+14)
Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +2
Immune mind-affecting effects

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee 2 claws +8 (1d6+4 plus grab), tail +8 (1d8+4/19–20 plus bleed)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks bleed (1d6), constrict (1d6+4)

STATISTICS

Str 19, Dex 12, Con 14, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 3
Base Atk +5; CMB +10 (+14 grapple); CMD 21 (33 vs. trip)
Skills Climb +8, Perception +4, Stealth +5 (+9 in deserts); Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +4 Perception, +8 Stealth (+12 in deserts)
SQ khopesh tail blade

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Khopesh Tail Blade (Ex)

Instead of a poisonous stinger, a giant khopesh scorpion’s tail ends in a curved blade with a keen edge. The scorpion’s tail attack has a critical threat range of 19–20 and deals slashing damage like a khopesh sword. Furthermore, the damage a giant khopesh scorpion deals with its tail attack causes persistent wounds that deal 1d6 points of bleed damage.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm deserts or mountains
Organization solitary or nest (2–5)
Treasure incidental

Unlike most scorpions, a giant khopesh scorpion’s tail ends in a chitinous blade capable of inflicting grievous wounds that bleed profusely. A giant khopesh scorpion is an ambush predator that uses its camouflaged carapace to hide among sand and rocks. When prey wanders near, it rushes out to attack with its tail and claws. If it encounters substantial resistance, a giant khopesh scorpion retreats and waits for its prey to expire from blood loss. When the scorpion detects no further movement, it returns to claim its meal.

To avoid the heat of the sun, giant khopesh scorpions sometimes lie in wait under rocky overhangs, and may drag their prey short distances to be eaten in the shade. When a shaded area is near a desirable hunting ground and large enough to accommodate several of the large arthropods, giant khopesh scorpions may nest there together for a time. In such cases, the lair may contain incidental treasure. Giant khopesh scorpions weigh up to 3,000 pounds and their bodies are over 8 feet long.

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