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Uktena was pretty easy poisonous snake with a magic gem in its forehead that makes it extremely hard to kill.


by Glen Welch

AC: 0 or 6
Hit Dice: 5** (M)
Move: 30'(10')
Swim: 90'(30')
Attack: 1 Bite
Damage: 1d10
Number Appearing 1 (1)
Save As: F5
Morale: 10 (4)
Treasure Type: N
Intelligence: 3
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 425
Monster Type: Monster (Rare)

Unique to the lakes on the Great Plateau, uktena are horned river serpents known for being extremely difficult to kill because of the magical gem on its forehead. They are found exclusively in the lakes in the Horse Clan territory where they feed on horses and other animals that come to drink, as well as the occassional unlucky Atruaghin.

The uktena has a deadly poison, on a hit the victim has to save against poison or die. While the gem is intact on the uktena's forehead all damage against the uktena does the minimum amount of damage. A fireball that does 5d6 points of damage only does 5 points of damage to the uktena. The gem can be targeted, it's AC -4 and has 10 hit points. If it is destroyed the uktena's armor class drops to 6, and it usually flees. A gem will grow back in a month if destroyed. An intact gem can be salvaged from an uktena's body if it is not destroed. The gem is worth 1d6x1000 gp intact, and is highly sought after by wizards for its magical properties.