Monday, 7 March 2011


Some say that the scytalis is the result of magical experiment and this would explain it's sluggishness in pursuit of prey, it's unusual body heat and rudimentary intelligence.  Though most magical experiments are a bit more eccentric than the scytalis, it's ability to hypnotise it's prey makes this likely.

Number: 1d3 (1d4)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60' (20')
Armour Class: 6
Hit Dice: 4
Attack: 2 (bite, constrict)
Damage: 1d4/2d6
Save: F2
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: None

The scytalis is a thick-set serpent akin to a python with glimmering hypnotic scales.  It's appearance dazes those who see it who must make a saving throw versus petrify or paralyse. Those affected are unable to act and have a -4 penalty to their Armour Class, stupified by the shimmering scales. Viewing the scytalis via a mirror avoids this hypnotic effect.  Those shielding their eyes to fight the scytalis are at -4 to hit and the scytalis gets a +2 to hit them.  It has adapted to the dungeon environment by emanating internal heat so that the mesmeric effect is visible to infravision.

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