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The saber scorpion is a massive scorpion measuring almost four meters long and weighing more than 200 kilograms. It has equally impressive pincers. It's thick armored exoskeleton is semi-translucent sporting dozens of black hairs. Finally, this beast has a long, sabre-shaped stinger at the end of its tail.
On a solid hit, the creature pierces the torso of the victim with the saber stinger and then sucks the blood and internal organs out. The stinger injects a venom which is a hyper anti-coagulant. This venom rapidly breaks down the viscosity of blood and prevents clotting. This allows the blood and bodily fluids to be sucked out quickly. If the stinger is pulled out, the wound bleeds fiercely and will not clot.
Saber scorpions have poor vision, but excellent hearing and can feel the tiniest 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 resistant to heat, lightning and acid. They are, however, vulnerable to cold.
Saber scorpions are only found in the Desolation of Shidar. They roam the foothills in the southern half.
If this scorpion is killed, the stinger venom can be collected. If kept in an air-tight container, it will remain potent for about six months. If open and left exposed to air, the venom becomes inert within 24 hours. Saber scorpion toxin can be used to coat bladed weapons and any wound struck with a blade so treated will bleed fiercely and will not clot, causing extra damage.
Alchemists in Aggradar have discovered a method to concentrate and magnify the effects of saber scorpion venom. Through a complex, alchemical process, this venom can be distilled and concentrated into something alchemists call "bloodboil poison". This viscous, black oily resin causes a powerful reaction in living tissue. Merely touching this substance will cause the skin to bubble and bleed violently. If applied to a weapon, or if injected directly into flesh, the poison quickly spreads through the body of the target, liquefying internal organs and causing all of the blood to boil. Witnesses say that bloiling blood will erupt from the victim's orifices, including the ears, nose and eyes. Despite the fact that death comes in less than a minute, it is still a horrific and excruciating death. There is no known antidote and it is always fatal. Bloodboil poison is rare and very expensive, not only because of the alchemical process needed to create it, but also because of the exceptional danger involved in harvesting the venom.
Tolerance: It is not possible to build up a resistance to bloodboil poison or the raw venom of the scorpion.
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