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EUTHANASIAN
Created 1988

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1-3
ARMOR CLASS: 0 (see below)
MOVE: 12"
HIT DICE: 8-10
% IN LAIR: nil
TREASURE TYPE: Any
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1, see below
DAMAGE: Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: see below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 45%
INTELLIGENCE: Genius
ALIGNMENT: NE
SIZE: M
PSIONIC ABILITY: ESP, see below
LEVEL/XP:
-- 8-9 HD: VIII / 3,100 +12/hp
-- 10 HD: IX / 4,650 +14/hp

Euthanasians are an elite band of incredibly powerful Rakshashas. They feed on the brains of humanoids, and the means of their feast are decidedly malicious in nature. It will detect any mental presence within 500 feet of it, and use ESP to sense what desires and ambitions motivate the most intelligent intruders (up to 8). Once nearby, the creature will create individual grand ILLUSIONS for all its prey at a 30th level mastery. Characters must save at -4 or be swept away in fantasy.

Once close enough to attack, the Euthanasian will have grappled the two most intelligent foes, dispelling the illusions. Those grappled will awake to find their heads covered in stinging, horrible tentacles, and a leonine demon laughing and watching them writhe in pain. They will be effectively STUNNED and will probably have to rely on their comrades to help them out. The tentacles will begin to eat away at the flesh on their skulls (2-8 damage per round), and after 5 rounds the Euthanasian will gorge on the exposed skull (3-30 per round), until the victim reaches zero hit points and his brain is devoured. When attacking two at once, it will not alternate gorging, but concentrate its feeding on one skull at a time, letting the other person continue to suffer from flesh rot in the meantime.

When reduced to 20 or less hit points, the Euthanasian will release the least damaged prey if it has two in its grasp, only releasing a single (or remaining) victim when its hit points reach zero. It has an armor class of 6 when holding two opponents, 3 when holding only one, and 0 when not holding any at all.

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