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Spider Swarm, Skate Spiders

This swarm of spiders appears like a torrent of black death on the water.

Skate Spider Swarm CR 6

XP 2,400
N Tiny vermin (swarm)
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft. (aquatic only), Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +2 natural, +2 size)
hp 58 (9d8+18)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +3
Immune mind-affecting effects, vermin traits
Weaknesses swarm traits

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee swarm (2d6)
SA distraction (DC 14)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 4, Dex 17, Con 14, Int -, Wis 11, Cha 3
Base Atk +6; CMB +9; CMD 14 (cannot be tripped, grappled or bull rushed)
SQ water walking

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate
Organization solitary or family (2-10)
Treasure none

A full grown skate spider lays an egg that can hatch up to one thousand of these monsters. Young skate spiders lack a venom sack and cannot poison their prey. As such the young rely on numbers to hunt for food and for mutual protection. Their swarms form the basis of many River Nation tales of horror. Once they have grown to small size, they are mature enough to hunt on their own.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, copyright 2010 Jon Brazer Enterprises; Author Steven Helt.