Tatzlwyrm, Arctic

Tatzlwyrm, Arctic (CR 2)1
Medium dragon
Init 12; Senses dragon senses; Notice 18
Defense
AC 15, flat-footed 13
(+2 Dex, +3 natural)
HP 22 (3d12+3)
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +5
Immune paralysis, sleep
Offense
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +5 (1d8+3 plus grab)
Special Attacks poison gasp, pounce, rake (2 claws +5, 1d4+2)
Statistics
Str 14, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 5, Wis 14, Cha 11
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 17 (can't be tripped)
Combat Maneuvers +4 grapple
Feats Nimble Moves, Skilled (Escape Artist, Stealth)
Skills Athletics +8, Escape Artist +10, Perception +8, Stealth +10
Languages Draconic
SQ acclimated, camouflage
Ecology
Environment arctic
Organization solitary or nest (2–5)
Treasure Value 550 gp
Special Abilities
Poison Gasp (Ex; poison; Con) A tatzlwyrm's breath contains a poisonous vapor. While grappling, instead of making a bite or rake attack, a tatzlwyrm can breathe poison into its victim's face. A tatzlwyrm must begin its turn grappling to use this ability—it can't begin a grapple and use its poison gasp in the same turn.

  • Tatzlwyrm poison: Breath—inhaled; save Fort DC 12 (2 poison damage); track Strength; effect W(1-3); cure 1 save.

Arctic tatzlwyrms are thought to be primeval relatives of true dragons, having branched off the line millennia ago and evolved in a way that sets them notably apart. Undersized compared to their larger cousins, arctic tatzlwyrms are nonetheless ferocious in their own right. And while arctic tatzlwyrms are hardly impressive specimens when put beside their notorious relatives, most other reptiles can't compare to them mentally. They understand and speak Draconic, though other languages are beyond most arctic tatzlwyrms' limited comprehension. Nevertheless, arctic tatzlwyrms are deeply cunning, building complex lairs and rudimentary traps.

Arctic tatzlwyrms are quite rare, and only a few particularly curious and lucky adventurers can claim to have seen a living specimen. Reports do agree on some basic features, however. About the size of a full-grown human, arctic tatzlwyrms have only two limbs and no wings, and possess a weak poisonous breath similar to the breath weapons of their true dragon relatives. An adult arctic tatzlwyrm is 6 to 8 feet long, including its winding, organless tail, and it weighs between 400 and 500 pounds. An arctic tatzlwyrm's scales give the creature limited camouflage, ranging through various shades of blue, white, and gray.

Like true dragons, arctic tatzlwyrms are strict carnivores. They spend most of their time hiding, waiting to attack any prey that ventures too near. They consume their food slowly in the dark security and seclusion of their lairs. Arctic tatzlwyrms have a remarkable knack for ambush and camouflage.

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