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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 toxin. 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. 

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 and rams, but they will pursue and attack almost anything they can catch. The sentinel scorpion's poison is a hyper coagulant - it causes the blood of the prey to congeal. Once the poison the introduces into the prey's bloodstream, the prey suffers continuous damage each second as the blood thickens throughout the body. This process is fairly painful and takes about a minute at which point the heart, struggling against the thickened flow, finally fails.

From this poison, an effective coagulant drug can be manufactured. One stinger contains about four liters of the poison (enough for 8 attacks). The stinger replenishes itself at a rate of half a liter each day. Through a long, complex alchemical process, one liter of this poison can be distilled down to one application of the drug. The drug appears as a clear jelly-like substance. If a small amount of the drug is administered to an open, bleeding wound, it will instantly glue the wound shut and halt all bleeding.

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