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Cheese Monster

This grotesque creature looks across between a large slug and a three-legged toad. Its disproportionately large maw is lined with innumerable needle-like teeth.

Cheese Monster
CR 3

XP 800
N Diminutive abberation
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent dairy 90 ft.; Perception +12
Weight 3lb

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 14, flat-footed 1 (+4 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 26 (4d8+8)
Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +6

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d2), sting +1 touch (stun)
Special Attacks stun

STATISTICS

Str 1, Dex 18, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +2; CMD +8
Feats Ability Focus (stun), Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Climb +8, Perception +12
SQ Gobble, Scent dairy, Stun

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Gobble (Su)

A Cheese Monster is able to consume twice its own weight in cheese (or other dairy products) up to four times a day. This is the equivalent of a full round action, in which the object being gobbled is held firmly by the Cheese Monster so that it may eat as quickly as possible. Any attempt to remove the target dairy item at this point initiates an opposed grapple. Unopposed, fully twice the Cheese Monster’s weight (if available, otherwise all) is consumed.

Scent Dairy (Ex)

This ability functions much as the scent ability, except that the range is 90 feet and the Cheese Monster can use it exclusively to sense dairy products. Dairy products in air-tight containers are not detected, but all others are including milk produced in mammalian nursing.

Stun

The Cheese Monster has a tail equal in length to its body, tipped with a venomous stinger. In the wild it will sting a nursing animal, so that it may suckle without encountering resistance. A stung creature is stunned for 1d6 rounds (Fortitude save DC 14.)

Note that Tiny or smaller creatures become Paralysed rather than Stunned.

ECOLOGY

Environment Dairy herd pastures and surrounding environs, or the vicinity of social mammals during nursing. Dairies where cheese or butter are made and stored.
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3-10)
Treasure incidental

The cheese monster’s most prominent feature is its maw; a rictal mouth broader than its body and lined with hundreds of tiny, needle-sharp teeth. Lacking a jawbone the entire circumference of the maw may flex and bend, shaping the cheese monster’s mouth around any shape so it may bite and grind from all directions. Above this maw are two tiny eyes set wide either side a protruding snout, deep red at the tip.

The broad head narrows quickly to a flexible neck that funnels food into a hairless and much smaller body. Its shoulders are relatively muscular, for so small a frame, as its two forelegs are its most powerful limbs, clawed so the cheese monster may climb more easily. The body narrows still further toward the single rear leg, short and clawed. Set above the leg a tail extends, equal in length to the cheese monster’s whole body. Its tip bears a stinger resembling that of a scorpion, able to quickly inject its stunning venom into unfortunate creatures that may then be subject to the cheese monster’s eager, mercifully thick-lipped suckling.

When not feeding, or seeking to feed, the cheese monster may be found in its nest. Though nests may be home to whole families of cheese monsters in the vicinity of a regular supply of milk products, a solitary cheese monster will gladly nestle among any appropriate material after a meal or in the hope of one to come. So it is that one or two cheese monsters are occasionally found in the kit of an adventurer, sleeping soundly after gobbling whatever cheese was found therein.

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