Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monster: Drake, Cerastes

Drake, Cerastes
Armour Class: 6
Hit Dice: 3+5*
Move: 90' (30')
fly 180' (60')
Attacks: 2 claws + 1 bite
Damage: 1/4/1-4/1-8 + special
No. Appearing: 1-4
Save As: F4
Morale: 9
Treasure Type: U
Alignment: Chaotic
XP Value: 75

Scaled in mottles duns and greys, with variegated feathers in browns and darker greys on wings and legs, the cerastes is a stalking, cunning sort of predator. Against its cryptic colouration its lemon-yellow eyes stand out brightly -- as do the paired long, low crests of translucent reddish horn that run the length of its skull. Cerastes are belligerent creatures, territorial and defensive. The crests of a cerastes may each be powered and administered as a cure for poison.

A cerastes attacks from ambush whenever possible, diving to attack with claws and bite and inflicting 1-4 and 1-8 hit points of damage respectively. If lunging from a perch or trapped upon the ground a cerastes will bite only, using its claws as stabilizers. The corrosive saliva of a cerastes functions as a biological acid; on the round following a bite from this drake, the victim suffers another 1-6 hit points of damage.

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