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OCTOPEST
Created 1989

FREQUENCY: Uncommon
NO. APPEARING: 10-30
ARMOR CLASS: 9
MOVE: 7" (MC:A)
HIT DICE: 2-5 hp
% IN LAIR: 5%
TREASURE TYPE: nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1-3
DAMAGE: 1 per
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Acid
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Never surprised
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Animal
ALIGNMENT: CN
SIZE: S (1' diameter)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: I / 32 +1/hp

The head-sized Octopest can be found outdoors in even the harshest environment, provided it is not too windy. They almost never are seen on the ground, mobilizing by a bodily manipulation of forced hydrogen through their porous skin. They always travel in moderate numbers for protection, and to better their search for a fleshy meal.

Their ugly tentacled mouths secrete an irritating and potentially hazardous acidic saliva, causing 1 point of initial damage upon a successful bite (which HOLDS FAST afterwards), and an additional point per round until forceably removed. The wound will itch terribly; consider it the "habanero" of all insect-like itches! Scratching is nearly irresistable (save at -4 vs. poison, or simply be tied down, to refrain from it), and causes 1-2 additional points per day until it goes away in a week or so. Punier sorts have indeed helplessly scratched themselves to a bloody end.

Swarming Octopests will never leave an area where people and animals are near, but can be kept at bay with fire. Killing one might create a dealy burst of acid to anyone near it (1-6 damage) which carries the same itchy effect as a bite.

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