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AXXTOER
Originally made from construction paper in 1978
by my brother Steve, adapted for the game in 1982
and revised in 1985 and 1988

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 2
MOVE: 12"@16"
HIT DICE: 10
% IN LAIR: 5%
TREASURE TYPE: eyes, pelt
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2 claws, 1 bite, or 1 tail whip
DAMAGE: 2-9/2-9, 4-24, or 1-8+Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: see below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: climbing
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: N
SIZE: L (12'-15' long)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: VIII / 2100 + 14/hp

The dreaded Axxtoer is a ferocious, tree-dwelling beast. It feeds on blood, preying at night. Whole villages have been wiped out by a single Axxtoer.

The monster's favorite attack is clutching with both claws and devouring the head of its victim. If both claws hit with a natural 16 or higher, the Axxtoer will gain a bonus biting attack at +3 to hit. If a natural 19 or 20 is then rolled, the head is bitten off. Otherwise, bite damage is a chunky 4-24 points. If both claws miss, the creature will attack the next round using its horned tail as a 21+ hit dice monster. If the tail hits with a natural 20, it will wrap around the neck if its prey and gain a bonus bite attack.

This frightful thing resembles a sort of headless Su-Monster, with a huge mouth atop its torso and luminescent purple eyes (worth 1000 gp if left to dry overnight) just above the mouth. It also has a crystalline pelt highly valued by the rich as garment material, worth 1-4000 gp.

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All artwork Copyright 2002 David C. Lovelace