Converting prehistoric animals

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BOZ

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This bizarre creature almost defies description. Its spindly form has a tentacled tail-like organ at one end, and a set of over a dozen sharp, flexible, spiny legs that prop it upright.

The hallucigenia, perhaps aptly named because some explorers swear that it must be a hallucination, is a creature with an anatomy so strange that nothing about it can be assumed. This subspecies of hallucigenia is a pure carnivore, subsisting on blood alone. It has evolved somewhat to live in caverns on dry land.

A hallucigenia is 3 feet long and weighs about X pounds.

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A cave hallucigenia hunts by wrapping its tail-tentacles around a stalactite, hanging over a passage or intersection and waiting for prey. When it spots a suitable target its tail stretches to several times its length, allowing the hallucigenia to strike from above. It draws the prey back upwards by retracting its tail, where it may drain the victim’s blood at leisure. Drained victims are dropping on the floor, possibly providing a warning of danger to other travelers.
 

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Shade

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BOZ said:
A cave hallucigenia hunts by wrapping its tail-tentacles around a stalactite, hanging over a passage or intersection and waiting for prey. When it spots a suitable target its tail stretches to several times its length, allowing the hallucigenia to strike from above. It draws the prey back upwards by retracting its tail, where it may drain the victim’s blood at leisure. Drained victims are dropping on the floor, possibly providing a warning of danger to other travelers.

Change the bolded word to "dropped", and I think it's good to go.
 





Shade

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50 lbs. is fine (same as dire rat). I just figured all those "legs" and the long tail would add to the weight.
 

BOZ

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Shade said:
50 lbs. is fine (same as dire rat). I just figured all those "legs" and the long tail would add to the weight.

not a hundred pounds though. :D

if that one’s done, we might as well move on to #3 and finish up these weirdos…
 


BOZ

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you asked for it. ;)

Hallucigenia, acidic
FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1-2
ARMOR CLASS: 5
MOVEMENT: 4
HIT DICE: 5
THAC0: 15
NO. OF ATTACKS: 13
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1d4 (x13)
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Acid jet
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Resistance to acid
SIZE: L (8’ long)
MORALE: Average (10)
XP VALUE: 2,000

Here’s another land-dwelling subspecies of Hallucigenia, one that actively hunts its prey. When it corners its prey, or is attacked by an enemy before it can turn around, it rears up on its four rear pairs of legs and lunges forward to counterattack. It can strike with its front three pairs of spinelike legs and all seven pincer-tipped tentacles at once. Each attack does 1d4 points of damage.
When its prey has been slain, Hallucigenia squirts digestive acid on it from the hollow tube that is its tail, softening the body enough for the tentacle pincers—its true mouths—to tear it apart and devour it. If pressed, the creature also uses this as an offensive weapon, one that does 2d8 points of damage. Effective range is ten meters (or 30’ in AD&D terms), and the acid is a thin jet several inches wide, only wide enough to hit a single foe. AD&D characters can avoid this attack by making a successful save vs. breath weapons. This jet may be used three times a day. Due to its particular metabolism, Hallucigenia is immune to all acid-based attacks.

some preliminary stats for the acidic hallucigenia:

Hallucigenia, Acidic
Large Vermin
Hit Dice: 5d8+X (X hp)
Initiative: +X
Speed: 10 ft (2 squares)
Armor Class: 15 (-1 size, +X Dex, +X natural), touch X, flat-footed X
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+X
Attack: X
Full Attack: 6 spines +X melee (1d4+X) and 7 tentacles +X melee (1d4+X)
Space/Reach: 5 ft/5 ft
Special Attacks: Acid jet
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft, immunity to acid
Saves: Fort +X Ref +X Will +X
Abilities: Str X, Dex X, Con X, Int ---, Wis X, Cha X
Skills: X
Feats: X

Environment: Any aquatic
Organization: Solitary or pair
Challenge Rating: X
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: X
Level Adjustment: ---
 

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