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Snake; Tik Polonga

by Jamie Baty

CoM 58
Medium Animal
Hit Dice: 2d8+2 (11 hp)
Initiative: +4 (+4 Dex)
Speed: 25 ft. (5 squares), climb 20 ft. (4 squares)
Armour Class: 17 (+4 Dex, +3 natural), touch 14, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/0
Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6 -1 +poison)
Full Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6 -1 +poison)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Poison
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +1
Abilities: Str 8, Dex 18, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 2
Skills: Balance +8, Climb +12, Hide +4*, Listen +6, Spot +6, Swim +7
Feats: Weapon Finesse
Environment: Warm deserts
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 3-4 HD (Medium); 5-6 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: -

A tik polonga 5' long viper is sand-coloured with reddish brown spots outlined in black and ringed with white. Tik polongas are dangerous both because they're abundant and because their venom is deadly. They strike without warning at anyone who disturbs them. Tik Polongas are native to the Great Waste, although they are less frequently found in other desert-like environments.

Tik polongas do not usually attack anything larger than a human unless provoked. Anything smaller, however, should steer clear as the tik polonga strikes quickly and without warning with its bite.

Poison (Ex): A tik polonga has a poisonous bite that deals initial and secondary damage of 1d6 Con if the victim fails a DC 12 fortitude save. The save DC is constitution-based.

Scent (Ex): This special quality allows a tik polonga to detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.

Skills: Tik polongas receive a +4 racial bonus to Hide, Listen, and Spot checks and a +8 racial bonus to Balance and Climb checks. A tik polonga can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened. They can use either their Strength or Dexterity modifier for Climb checks, whichever is higher. A tik polonga has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line. * Tik polongas receive an additional +4 racial bonus to Hide checks when they are in rocky deserts or broken lands.