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by Jamie Baty

HWQ1 54
Large Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 6d10+24 (57 hp)
Initiative: +1 (+1 Dex)
Speed: 20 ft. (4 squares)
Armour Class: 14 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +4 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/+15
Attack: Tentacle +11 melee (1d6 +5)
Full Attack: 8 Tentacles +11 melee (1d6 +5) and bite +5 melee (1d8 +2)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./ 5 ft. (20ft. with tentacles)
Special Attacks: Blood drain, improved grab
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60ft., low-light vision
Saves: Fort +9, Ref +6, Will +4
Abilities: Str 21, Dex 13, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 5
Skills: Escape Artist +3, Hide -1, Listen +4, Spot +4
Feats: Alertness, Iron Will, Weapon Focus (Tentacle)
Environment: Any underground
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 5
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 7-12 HD (Large); 13-18 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment: -

The lyadrachnus was accidentally created by Zargosian sorcerers. Only one known lyadrachnus exists.
Lyadrachnus is a hybrid creature, combining the attributes of a caecilia, giant leech and octopus. It is 9' long with a grey, slimy, wormlike body. At the front is a pair of huge round eyes and a beak-like mouth, similar to that of an octopus. Four suckered tentacles extend from each side of its horrid body. It moves by sliding along the ground, and can even climb over low walls with the aid of its tentacles.

The lyadrachnus attacks by grasping with its eight tentacles, each of which is 20' long. Once it grasps a victim, the creature holds on and drains blood through the suckers in its tentacles. The lyadmchnus can also bite with its beak-like mouth.

Blood Drain (Ex): Lyadrachnus causes 1d6 points of damage each round from blood drain to any creature held by its tentacle. If a creature is held by more than one tentacle, this damage stacks.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, lyadrachnus must hit an opponent of any size with a tentacle attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold. Lyadrachnus can Blood Drain and automatically bite the held victim.
A medium-sized creature can be held by up to four tentacles at one time.
In addition to normal means of breaking a grapple, a character will break free if it inflicts 8 points of slashing damage with a small, light weapon to the tentacle.