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04-25-2011, 02:14 AM
Originally posted on Monday 04-25-2011 02:12 AM at koboldquarterly.com (http://www.koboldquarterly.com)

http://www.koboldquarterly.com/k/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Spider-Garden-Orb-Weaver-275x300.jpg (http://www.koboldquarterly.com/k/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Spider-Garden-Orb-Weaver.jpg)The creature scampers down its web toward you, far more nimble than a thing the size of a cow has any right to be. As it moves, however, it becomes clear that this isnít a spideróspiders donít have venom-dripping stingers on their back.

Duergar bear responsibility for the creation of this ill-tempered amalgam. More specifically, a single duergaróa mad alchemist whose name is lost to timeóset about creating a new tunnel guardian. He struck upon the idea of fusing a monstrous spider with the stinger of a giant scorpion. He fully expected the creature to remain mindless although he prayed to his dark gods to grant the abomination slight intelligence, making it all the better to train. Annoyed by his incessant prayers, the gods granted his wish, making the skittering just intelligent enough to be cunning and dangerous. His creation an abject failure, the alchemist up and left…

The skittering thrived, however, spawning incessantly. Now, ironically, the creature that was designed to be a guardian for the duergar stalks their every move through the darkness, seeking to feed its near-insatiable appetite on the tender flesh of the dark dwarves. Of course, the flesh of other creatures also serves their needs although nothing is quite as delectable to a skittering as a duergar.

Skittering (CR 7)

XP 3,200
NE Large aberration
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 45 ft.; Perception +15


DEFENSE
AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+1 Dex, +8 natural,



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