|Climate/Terrain||Desolation of Shidar|
The Saber scorpion is a massive scorpion weighing 200 pounds and wielding two foot pincers. It's thick armored exoskeleton is semi-translucent and has several black hairs. It has a long curved, blade-like stinger at the back.
On a solid hit, it pierces the torso of the victim with the saber stinger and then sucks the blood and internal organs out. The stinger injects a hyper anti-coagulant which rapidly liquefies flesh allowing the blood and organs to be sucked out quickly. Also, if the stinger is pulled out, the wound bleeds fiercely and will not clot.
Scorpions have poor vision and hearing, but excellent sense of vibrations. They can fight any opponent (even invisible ones) simply by sensing the vibrations in the ground and movements in the air.
Saber scorpions are only found in the Desolation of Shidar. They roam the foothills in the southern half.
Saber scorpion toxin can be used to coat bladed weapons and any wound struck with a blade so treated will continue to bleed, causing extra damage.
Through a complex alchemical process, Saber scorpion toxin can be distilled and changed into something alchemists call "veshkari resin". This viscous, black oily resin causes an acidic reaction in living tissue. Merely touching this substance will cause severe burns in which the flesh bubbles and bleeds violently. This resin also causes painful muscular spasms. The poison quickly spreads through the body, causing an excruciating death. There is no known antidote and it is always fatal. Veshkari poison is extremely rare, not only because of the complex and expensive alchemical process needed to create it, but also because it is so difficult to harvest the primary ingredient from the Saber scorpion.
Tolerance: It is not possible to build up a resistance to veshkari resin.
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