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    Newt with bizarre defence mechanism= D&D monster ideas? ;)

    BBC - Earth News - Bizarre newt uses ribs as weapons

    this little chap, when threatened, manages to get it's ribs to poke through it's sides!
    it also secrets a poison across it's skin
    so, if you swallow or bite it, it's spiked ribs will effectively inject poison.
    amazing what Nature has come up with, eh?


    for 4th ed you could imagine that on a larger beastie, being like a close burst 1, Str vs AC, weapon + poison?


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    ...for 4th ed you could imagine that on a larger beastie, being like a close burst 1, Str vs AC, weapon + poison?
    That is freakin' crazy... crazy enough to definitely crib and use. A monstrous fantasy version of this newt would freak out players, and when they say how ridiculous a monster it is, to stick its own ribs through the skin, I tell 'em to look up the Spanish Ribbed Newt...

    It should be a once per encounter power, though, when bloodied, for instance.

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    yeah it is fun ain't it?

    well I think it could have some odd effects, like oh, say Slow the beastie, or reduce it's AC while in effect (due to it's ribs sticking out like that etc etc)

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    Some other interesting animals to convert

    BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Flesh-eating' amphibians filmed

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    BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Glowing 'bomber worms' discovered

    All of a sudden some of those wierd monsters are not looking all that wierd...

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