Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monster: Chrysomeli

Armour Class: 7
Hit Dice: 1+5*
Move: 60' (20')
fly 180' (60')
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1-6 + poison
No. Appearing: 1-4 (2-12)
Save As: F2
Morale: 10
Treasure Type: Special
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 19

Chrysomeli are glittering gold and silver bumblebees the size of housecats. Their wings glimmer like pale opal, and their eyes are a rainbow of colours -- and their sting is a perfect shaft of brilliant light. Equally likely to tuck their hives in secluded crannies of the mortal world as they are to nest in the kaleidoscopic plane of Light, chrysomeli savagely defend their nest and brood from all despoilers.

In combat a chrysomeli stings, inflicting 1-6 hit points of damage from its burning, laser-like stinger. A chrysomeli's sting bypasses all defense that is not granted by Dexterity ot magic, lacing through mundane armour; it is also venomous, causing blindness if a save vs. poison is failed.

The shimmering golden honey produced by chrysomeli may grant special properties if applied to inanimate objects. For example, if applied to a weapon (or ten projectiles), said weapon will deal double damage to creatures of darkness -- or half again as much damage to creatures of earth or water -- for five successful strikes. There is enough honey in a given nest to anoint one weapon or equivalent for every two bees in the nest.

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