Inspired by notions of flying hamster aviaries at yon Tower of the Archmage, as noted by Trollsmyth:
Armour Class: 9
Hit Dice: 1 hit point
Move: 60' (20')
fly 120' (40')
burrow / climb 60' (20')
Damage: None (special; see below)
No. Appearing: 1-12 (3-30)
Save As: Normal Man
Treasure Type: Nil
XP Value: 5
Cricipters are flying hamsters. Flying hamsters with plush golden coats (often with a faintly rainbow undertone) and white bellies, and wings supported on long fingers like a bat's though coated in featherlike fuzzy growths. Cricipters are more gregarious than normal hamsters, and flocks of them can quickly decimate small groves of nuts or fruit -- especially as they breed with nearly the rapidity of the mundane breed.
The bite of a cricipter is painful and distracting (-1 to all rolls for ten turns), but normally does no hit point damage. Strange strains crop up in the breed from time to time, however, some of which are a little more impressive; the DM may occasionally choose to roll on the following table or make up their own strain:
1. Rare coat colour (silvery, colourpoint, black -- ooh, sell this one!)
2. Razortooth (1 hit point damage bite)
3. Tough as nails (AC 6)
4. Breath weapon (breath weapon?! 1-3 hit points damage, type could be almost anything)
6. Magic resistant (+2-5 on saves vs. spells)
7. Musky (ewww ... -2 on all actions of humanoids in a 15' radius after cricipter is startled)
8. Magisensor (glows faintly in the presence of magic)
Spelljammer gnomes have been tinkering with Giant Space Hamster genetics again, I see...
Wait til they splice some of these strains back into the giant-sized breeds ;3
Glad we could provide some inspiration!
Don't forget about the coordinated dropping of coconuts of doom!
And giant flying hamsters... hmmm
They sound not only cute but also worthwhile (yet a pain in the posteriour) to catch or tame.
I think you just convinced me not to sell my copy of the Spelljammer monstrous compendium appendix on EBay after all, or at least keep that particular page...
word verification: nonden - something you really must call one of your creations ;)
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