Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Monster: Stonestar

Armour Class: 1
Hit Dice: 2+2*
Move: 9' (3')
Attacks: 1 ray
Damage: 1-10
No. Appearing: 1 (1-6)
Save As: F2
Morale: 10
Treasure: Special
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 35

Stonestars are fleshy, five-lobed and radially-symmetrical creatures resembling a three-foot diameter starfish with a hard, calcined shell that resembles tiny nodules of stone and iron.

Usually clinging to a wall or ceiling by the hundreds of cilia-like suckers on its underbelly, a stonestar will fire a ray of energy from its central mass at any living creature that passes within ten feet. This ray provokes bleeding and liquifies flesh; even if its prey should flee, a stonestar will descend from its perch to absorb the liquids from the wounds it succeeded in inflicting through its ventral surface. A stonestar's camouflage makes them difficult to detect against their native stone, resulting in a -3 to all attacks made against them as they slowly shift about.

Within a stonestar's body is a soft, pearl-like organic “gemstone” with a value of 5gp per hit point of the stonestar.

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