Skull Spider
rating: 0+x

Lord RasputinLord Rasputin, entered by DammannDammann

Note: This creature was originally published in Tome of Horrors, p. 316.

This tiny creature appears to be a humanoid skull with eight spidery legs. Skull spiders are tarantula-like creatures that reside in the skulls of their victims. The two front legs of a skull spider contain poisoned barbs that they use to sting their victims. The weak and fleshy body of a skull spider is about the size of a grapefruit and is easily damaged.

ST: 6 HP: 6 Speed: 6.50
DX: 15 Will: 10 Move: 4
IQ: 1 Per: 10
HT: 11 FP: 11 SM: -5
Dodge: 8 Parry: n/a DR: 2

Sting (15): 1d-5 piercing plus follow-up poison 1d-3 HT (Resist HT+2). A minute later, the victim must resist again or take another point of HT damage. If the victim fails both resistance rolls, every ten minutes thereafter, the victim needs to resist again or take yet another point of HT damage; this continues until the victim is healed or dies. Reach C.

Traits: Clinging; Extra Legs (Six legs, with the first two counting as arms); Injury Tolerance (No Neck); Night Vision 9; No Fine Manipulators; Peripheral Vision; Semi-Upright; Vibration Sense; Wild Animal.
Skills: Climbing-16.
Class: Animal.
Combat Effectiveness Rating: 6 (OR 6 and PR 0).
Notes: Led by a king and queen, who use a subdued victim's skull to host their larvae. Over a few weeks, the larvae will eat the victim's brain, then, when the corpse deteriorates, it leaves to join the colony, taking the skull with it.


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