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Sentinel Scorpion

Other Names Sand Scorpion
Climate/Terrain Desert
Frequency Rare
Organization Solitary
Activity Cycle

Any

Diet Carnivore

Physical Description

Sentinel scorpions are giant, brown and tan scorpions found throughout the arid southern half of the Sentinel Mountains. They are 3 meters longs with huge pincers. Their smooth shelled bodies are semi-translucent and have many small hairs.

Combat

Sentinel scorpions are large, fast, aggressive predators with pincers that can sever a limb and a stinger filled with a particularly nasty venom. In addition, they can feel vibrations in the ground and their hairs allow them to feel the smallest air current. This allows them to do battle with an invisible opponent with no penalties whatsoever. 

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

Sentinel scorpions are found in the desert regions of the Sentinel Mountains. A few can also be found in the Baen Desert. These large creatures can fit into surprisingly small holes and often lair in small caves and rocky crevasses.

Ecology

Sentinel scorpions prey on snakes, lizards, brush hawks, burrow hounds and rams, but they will pursue and attack almost anything they can catch. The sentinel scorpion's venom is a hyper coagulant - it causes the blood of the prey to congeal. Once the venom is introduced into the prey's bloodstream, the prey suffers continuous damage each second as the blood thickens throughout the body. This process takes about a minute at which point the heart, struggling against the thickened flow, finally fails. A standard sting against a human sized target is usually fatal. Even if the venom does not kill the target, the target is usually incapacitated within one minute. One scorpion stinger contains about eight liters of venom (enough for 8 stings). Each sting delivers one liter of venom. The stinger replenishes itself at a rate of one liter each day.

Notes

The venom can be used to create a very strong hemostatic drug which usually goes by the name "blood glue". The process to make blood glue requires a basic lab and some degree of alchemy skill. One liter of scorpion venom will produce three applications of blood glue. Blood glue appears as a clear jelly-like substance. If blood glue is applied to an open, bleeding wound, it will instantly glue the wound shut and halt all bleeding. Both the venom and blood glue must be kept in an airtight container or it will dry out and become inert within 24 hours.

Warriors have tried applying raw venom directly to a bladed weapon, but it has not proven effective. The venom only works if a large quantity is injected deep into flesh. Applying it to a weapon blade does not introduce enough venom into the target nor get it deep enough. On the contrary, the small amount left by a blade in a surface wound will often slow bleeding, making the attack less effective.

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