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MACRONID, BEETLE
Created 1981 ("Kane"), updated 1989

FREQUENCY: Very Rare (Uncommon in Abyss)
NO. APPEARING: 3-12 (or armies)
ARMOR CLASS: 2/-6
MOVE: 10"/20"//6"(3") (MC:E)
HIT DICE: 7+7
% IN LAIR: 25%
TREASURE TYPE: I (x1-4)
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2
DAMAGE: 1-8/by wpn. +5
SPECIAL ATTACKS: nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Silver or +1 to hit
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 25%
INTELLIGENCE: Average
ALIGNMENT: CE
SIZE: M (6' tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: VI / 1,000 +10/hp

In the Macronid layer of the Abyss, and sometimes others as well, Beetle Macronids live in vast, tunneled mazes underground. Occasionally handfuls may be unleashed upon the Prime Material plane, but these are rare occurrences.

These powerful foes can bite for 1-8 damage (30% chance of poisonous infection per bite), and in the same round can attack using any sharp weapon, adding 5 to all damge inflicted due to sheer strength. Anyone foolish enough to attack from behind most roll to hit a -6 AC due to the thickness of these blackened beings' shells.

This class of Insect-man is among the more versatile in any environ, and can pursue its enemy through land, air, and sea. They are among the more hated breed of Macronid and are rarely seen with other types. It is rumored that they are to be banished forever from the Macronid Abyssal layer, and as armies are being formed, a quite literal underground movement of dictatorship within Beetle clans is beginning to take shape elsewhere. It is even rumored that a particularly gigantic Super Beetle (Ed: sorry, couldn't resist.) is making plans against the Debilitator himself.

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