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MACRONID, BEE
Created 1989

FREQUENCY: Very Rare (Uncommon in Abyss)
NO. APPEARING: 2-8 (or swarms)
ARMOR CLASS: 4, 7, or 10
MOVE: 3"/24" (MC:variable)
HIT DICE: 2+2, 4+4, or 8
% IN LAIR: variable
TREASURE TYPE: I (x1-4)
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE: by wpn. or 1-8 +Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Poison
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Silver or +1 to hit
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 20%
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: CE
SIZE: S-M (3'-5' tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP:
--Worker: III / 105 +3/hp
--Drone: IV / 205 +5/hp
--Queen: VI / 825 +10/hp

Lairing in immense, Abyssal hives, the Bee-like Macronids are not surprisingly either workers, drones, or queens. Reflecting attributes of their commonplace insect counterparts, workers are lean, adventurous females with better fighting abilities, while drones are the larger males with less fighting ability and live mostly to serve their colony queen: a sluggish mass serving as matriach for her legion.

No Bee Queen is a primary Macronid egg-layer; that privelege is for the Queen Macronid herself, but will ironically lay them anyway and remain hopeful that someday she might actually see them hatch into larval offspring, instead of watching them get harvested as food for more powerful classes of Insectoids!

The worker Macronid Bee has a relatively good armor class of 4 in combat due to her better ability to dodge blows and her higher Maneuverability Class (A), and saving as 5th level Fighters. Drones have a higher AC (7) and are somewhat less capable in flight (MC: C), attacking and saving as standard monsters of their class. Naturally, the massive (8 HD) queen does not move around much at all and is primarily defenseless when her protective armies fail her, save a death explosion causing 10-80 points of acidic damage to anyone in her roost at the time.

All drones and workers have deadly stingers they can each use three times per day. The sting causes 1-8 damage and injects a deadly poison (save at +1 for drones, -2 for workers). In addition, all Bee Macronids have 60' INFRAVISION and can only be hit by either a weapon fashioned of silver, or a magical one.

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