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Stegocentipede

This creature resembles a gigantic centipede covered with chitinous plates of hardened bone that run along its back in double rows. Its rear portion ends in a long, scorpion-like stinger.

Stegocentipede CR 5

XP 1,600
N Huge vermin
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +4

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 10, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +7 natural, -2 size)
hp 58 (9d8+18)
Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +3
Defensive Abilities spines; Immune mind-affecting effects, vermin traits

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +8 (2d6+4 plus poison), sting +8 (2d6+4 plus poison)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft

STATISTICS

Str 19, Dex 15, Con 14, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2
Base Atk +6; CMB +12; CMD 24 (can’t be tripped)
Skills Climb +8, Perception +4, Stealth +2; Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +4 Perception, +8 Stealth

TACTICS

A stegocentipede raises its spines instinctively when it enters combat and rushes its prey. Opponents are bitten and stung to death.

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Poison (Ex)

Bite or sting—injury; save Fort DC 18; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d6 Dex; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based and includes a +2 racial bonus.

Spines (Ex)

A stegocentipede raises its spine-plates during combat, and moves rapidly back and forth while attacking. Creatures in a space adjacent to a stegocentipede must succeed on a DC 16 Reflex save each time they attack it or take 2d8+2 points of damage from the spine-plates, whether the attack was successful or not. The save DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary
Treasure none

Stegocentipedes are rumored among sages to have come to the Material Plane from another plane or dimension, though no proof has been found to support this theory. Whatever their origin, they are greatly feared by adventurers and other dungeon dwelling denizens for their poisonous bite and sting.

A typical stegocentipede is 18 feet long. A stegocentipede ranges in color from brown to green.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Stegocentipede from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.