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CARINTHEA
Created 1981 by my brother Steve, revised 1988

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1-2
ARMOR CLASS: 4 (body), 2 (head)
MOVE: /24" (MC: A)
HIT DICE: 6
% IN LAIR: 30%
TREASURE TYPE: F (x3 in lair)
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE: 1-10 + Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: see below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: NE
SIZE: L (15' long, 35' wingspan)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: IV / 275 + 6/hp

Similar in appearance to a cockatrice but with arms instead of legs, the Carinthea is less powerful but still deadly. Attacking from the sky, the flesh-eating beast uses its probing beak to bite (1-10 damage) and HOLD FAST its prey, causing 1-4 damage per round until its head is struck. If its victim dies, the Carinthea will carry it away to its treetop nest unless somehow stopped within that round.

The nest holding eggs (10%) or hatchlings (5%) will be strictly guarded by a very determined mother (attacking at +2 to hit and inflicting double damage). Carintheas are just intelligent enough to hold a grudge, and have been known to act out of spite. They can be put at bay using an egg or hatchling held hostage, but will thereafter set out to exact revenge until the day it dies.

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