Friday, July 31, 2009
Death from above!
Giant Acid Ant
The Giant Acid Ant is a horrific, swollen monstrosity that hangs from the shadowed ceilings of natural caverns or dungeons, waiting for victims to pass beneath them. Appearing, at first, as a normal giant ant, as they hang from their perch, their abdomen slowly fills with digestive juices, until it is many times the mass of the rest of their body. The ant is dark red or purple in color, and when hanging can surprise its victims 4 out of 6 times. When a victim passes by, it disgorges this terrible reservoir, causing 2d6 points of damage (the victim can save for half). The Giant Acid Ant then detaches from the ceiling, falls to the floor and enjoys the feast. Acid Ants which are spotted and attacked are able to aim their acid burst up to 20'.
Once its acid is disgorged, it takes the Ant 24 hours to refill its abdomen. While the Giant Acid Ant is normally foudn alone or in small groups, one band of wary adventurers returning from the Forsaken Halls has reported a cavern teeming with a vast swarm of these abberations!
Interestingly, the jewel-like eyes of these creatures are coveted by dwarves and gnomes, who will pay 2-5gp each for them.
Giant Acid Ant: HD 3; AC 3; Atk 1 bite (1d6) or acid (2d6); Move 9; Save 14; CL/XP 4/120; Special: Acid, Surprise