Friday, February 10, 2012

Flytaur [Type II] (Labyrinth Lord)

Flytaur (Drone Type II)
No. Enc.: 1d6 (4d20)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60' on any surface (Include climbing as normal movement)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 4+1
Attacks: 3 (Claws, weapons and/or special)
Damage: 1d4+1/1d4+1 (claws)/ 1d6+1 (Hook-swords/Cleavers), 1d6+1 (halberd)
Save: F4
Morale: 12 (Cannot Retreat)

Special Attack: Should a Flytaur Drone succeed in immobilizing or incapacitating an enemy combatant, they will spend 1 turn vomiting frothy white digestive juices upon them, inflicting 2d4 acid damage. During this turn, the disgorging Flytaur is immobile and cannot defend itself. 

Flytaur Drones are fearless subterranean scavengers who are notorious for sending wave after wave of drone-soldiers into what anyone else would see as hopeless or futile efforts. Ruthless and cold-blooded, the Flytaurs often eventually overwhelm their opponents though at a high rate of senseless attrition.

A typical Type II Flytaur Drone has incredible peripheral vision, excellent hearing and motion sense, making it very difficult to sneak up on one and nigh impossible to back-stab. The arms of a Type II Flytaur Drone are multiple-jointed and they can effectively attack from any angle or in any direction with any of their four limbs at no penalty. Unlike the Type I Drones, these soldiers do not leap or jump about in combat, these particular Drones are far more prone to hold a position and defend it.

Flytaur drone-soldiers (Type I-III) never parry or use shields. However, certain units among these types of Drones have begun to employ slaves and prisoners as shield-bearers and living manlets, a clear violation of the prohibition against their use of shields. It is unclear what this might signify, though some scholars speculate that the Type II Drones are far more intelligent that any of their fellows and it is suspected that they may be developing some form of autonomy.

There are rumored to be specialists among the Type II Drones who fight without weapons using a peculiar insect-style martial art.

Flytaur Drones are immune to most magical forms of Fear and Confusion magic, however they are susceptible to illusions and are notorious in their intense hatred for anything that has wings. Far from emotionless, Flytaurs resent having been denied their natural birth-right and being relegated to a flightless existence. Originally bred to be sterile, Type II Drones have proven capable of reproduction, but they have kept this a secret for some time now. Their masters would not be pleased to learn of the many changes taking place among their drone-soldiers. but there can only be so many 'accidents' or 'unexpected losses' before things begin to fall apart and the truth is discovered. There are those among the Type II Drones who are working furiously to prepare themselves for what they see as an inevitable breakdown, a time when their continued Drone-dom may be at an end. They do not see it as a rebellion, but rather as an ongoing process of evolution. their masters, however, might very well see things quite a bit differently...

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