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Rhagodessaby Trevor Mellis
Type and Size:
4d8+8 (32 hp)
50' Climb 50'
13 (+4 natural, -1 size)
2 legs +5 melee, 1 bite +0 melee
Leg 0 + suckers, bite 1d8+4
5' x 10' / 5'
Fort +6, Ref +1, Will +1
Str. 18, Dex. 10, Con. 15, Int. 0, Wis. 10, Cha. 10
Climb +4, Hide +4, Move Silently +4
Cavern, Ruins; Hill, Mountain, Woods (nocturnal)
Group (1-4), Nest (1-6)
Small (1 HD), Medium (2 HD), Huge (8 HD)
A rhagodessa is a giant spider-like carnivore, about the size of a small horse (large size) with long, spindly legs. It has an oversized head and mandibles coloured yellow, and a dark brown thorax. From a distance, it is often mistaken for a monstrous spider. Unlike spiders, a rhagodessa does not spin webs and is not venomous. It has five pairs of legs; the front pair ending in suckers that help the creature grasp its prey.
Rhagodessae are nocturnal carnivores, hunting only in the dark.
A rhagodessa fights with its front legs and a bite attack, each attempting to grapple at least one target before fleeing at the maximum-allowable speed. They usually attack the smallest creatures in a group first.
Suckers (Ex): To hit an opponent with a leg, the rhagodessa need only hit the target's armour or clothing; therefore, only Dexterity and size bonuses apply to the target's armour class. A hit with a leg does no damage, but automatically grapples its target. A target grappled by a leg can only break free with a successful grapple check or Escape Artist skill check. Grappled opponents are pulled into the rhagodessa's mandibles the following round of combat, and suffer a -4 penalty to armour class (in addition to any Dexterity modifiers already lost by being grappled) to avoid the bite. A Large-sized rhagodessa may grapple any opponent Large sized or smaller.