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Aurumvorax

Aurumvorax CR 9

Powerful muscles ripple beneath the golden fur of this small yet fearsome eight-legged beast.

XP 6,400
N Small magical beast
Init +7; Senses blindsight (scent) 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +14

DEFENSE HP 143

EAC 23; KAC 25
Fort +12, Ref +12, Will +8
Defensive Abilities ferocity; DR 10/piercing or slashing; Immunities poison; Resistances fire 10

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., burrow 10 ft.
Melee bite +22 (4d6+16 plus grab; critical 2d6 bleed)

STATISTICS

Str +7, Dex +3, Con +4, Int –4, Wis +1, Cha +1
Skills Stealth +17

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate plains, hills, or forests
Organization solitary or pair

Aurumvoraxes are very aggressive creatures and lead solitary lives except when they mate. Adults typically claim the hunting area within a mile of their warrens, ruthlessly driving away other predators. In addition to fresh meat, aurumvoraxes are fond of gnawing on metals (particularly gold and copper), though whether they do this to sharpen their teeth or because of some nutritional need is unknown. Aurumvorax warrens can stretch for thousands of feet, often winding deep into the earth. The avaricious appetite of aurumvoraxes has earned them the appellation “golden gorger” among dwarves, who have lost more than a few miners to the dangerous beasts.

In battle, an aurumvorax latches onto its victim with its jaws and gouges savage wounds with its claws. It rarely looses its grip before it or its foe is dead. It typically attacks the nearest living creature regardless of size and ignores any wounds it suffers at the hands of others until its prey is dead.

A typical aurumvorax is only 3 feet long but weighs more than 200 pounds, for it is densely packed with muscle and thick, sturdy bones. Its fur is golden, while its claws are black and sharp. Its weight relative to its body size makes it a poor swimmer, and most dislike crossing water, though they can trundle along the bottom of still or slow water if necessary.

Adult aurumvoraxes are impossible to train, but their offspring are valued for training as guard beasts.

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