Beetle, Chag

A trio of exaggerated horns protrude from the crown of this massive beetle’s head and its six legs kick up a large amount of dust as it snorts aggressively.

XP 1,200
N Large vermin
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 9, flat-footed 16 (+7 natural, -1 size)
hp 45 (6d8+18)
Fort +8, Ref +2, Will +1
Defensive Abilities iridescent carapace, DR 5/bludgeoning; Immune poison, mind-affecting effects

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee gore +7 (2d6+6/19-20 plus bleed), slam +8 (1d8+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks bleed (1d2), trample (1d8+6, DC 18), vicious gore

STATISTICS

Str 18, Dex 11, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 8, Cha 15
Base Atk +4; CMB +9 (+11 overrun); CMD 19 (23 vs. overrun, 27 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Overrun, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Perception +12 (+16 vs. invisible creatures), Survival +3; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception (+12 vs. invisible creatures)
SQ probing antennae

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Iridescent Carapace (Ex)

A chag beetle’s chitinous shell has an impressive, highly reflective surface. When in well-lit areas (e.g., outdoors on a cloudless day, within the illumination provided by a light spell, etc.), those attempting to attack or otherwise corral a chag beetle must make a DC 16 Fortitude save or be dazzled for 1 round by its iridescent carapace. This save is Constitution-based.

Probing Antennae (Ex)

A chag beetle’s four sensitive antennae endlessly probe the air. As a result, it treats Perception as a class skill and also gains a +8 racial bonus on all Perception skill checks. Because of its sensitivity to light waves, chag beetles prove especially sensitive to invisible creatures, gaining an additional +4 bonus on Perception checks against such creatures.

Vicious Gore (Ex)

A chag beetle deals one and a half times its Strength modifier on gore attacks, and threatens a critical hit on a 19-20.

ECOLOGY

Environment desert or temperate
Organization single, mated pair (1 chag bull and 1 chag cow), or herd (1 chag bull, 1 chag cow, and 2d6 drones)
Treasure none

Chag beetles roam the grasslands in sizable herds, searching for carrion and plant matter. When a mature herd finds a steady supply of food, the beetles revert to a territorial, hierarchical organization typical of many insectoid species.

They aggressively protect this territory, as well as their eggs and hatchlings. Despite their appearance, insectoid behavior, and immunity to mind-affecting effects, chag possess an intelligence equivalent to any warm-blooded animal. Chags mate for life, and newly born beetles depart as they mature to start their own herds. During mating season, unmated chag cows attract several bulls which battle one another by charging and tangling horns to win mating rights. The victor is the bull with its horns still intact after such clashes, and this ritual proves dangerous to anyone stumbling upon them as the beetles stop their singular combat to drive off or kill intruders.

Various races have domesticated these foul-tempered beetles and use them as a source of armor, tools, and food.

Expert scavengers can strip the chitinous shells protecting chags and fashion them into suits of armor retaining the chitin’s resistance to blows. Very few armorsmiths can retain the shell’s reflective qualities, however, but many smiths purposely dull the armor to ensure the wearers don’t make easy targets on the desert plain. Smaller plates and bull horns are more often fashioned into hammering tools or serrated into saws and other cutting implements. Thanks to the shell’s natural hardness, objects crafted from them can withstand a lot of wear before breaking. Despite these benefits, chag meat remains the most popular product harvested from chags. For those unaccustomed to the simultaneously chewy and greasy substance, it demands an acquired taste. However, the beetles’ carrion diets surprisingly do not taint the meat, and it proves quite filling. A widespread technique transforms the chag meat into jerky which greatly reduces the greasy quality, making it more palatable to offworlders.

Juvenile chags are 3 feet long, but weigh a very compact 150 pounds. The larger cows and bulls are 8 feet long, with cows weighing 500 pounds and bulls weighing nearly a ton.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Legendary Planet Adventure Path © 2019, Legendary Games; Authors: Authors: Matt Goodall, Jim Groves, Steven T. Helt, Tim Hitchcock, Jason Nelson, Richard Pett, Tom Phillips, Mike Shel, Neil Spicer, Mike D. Welham.


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