FREQUENCY: Very rare
ACTIVITY CYCLE: Any
DIET: Meat and copper
INTELLIGENCE: Semi (2-4)
NO. APPEARING: 1d4
ARMOR CLASS: 2
HIT DICE: 7+2
NO. OF ATTACKS: 3
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Spurs, rear claws, tail, electricity
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Nil
SIZE: L (7' to 10' at the shoulder, 15' to 20' from head to hind)
MORALE: Elite (13-14)
XP VALUE: 4,000
Huge, catlike beasts, eochsars have coppery hides covered with metallic
scales. Wiry manes, longer haired on males, extend from head to spiked tail. Their
eyes radiate light like twin lamps. Their huge maws of greened teeth are dominated
by two upward-curving fangs extending from the lower jaw. They have retractable
claws able to rend stone, and their hind legs bear sabre-like spurs.
An eochsar's eyesight is keen even in non-magical darkness. They
hate bright sunlight and fight at -3 in daylight.
Combat: An eochsar emanates an electrical field that causes 1d8 points
of damage per round to any touched by it. This field enables the eochsar to sense
creatures within 20' regardless of invisibility or camouflage. They are surprised
only on a 1 on a 20-sided die.
When struck by metallic weapons or unprotected body parts, the electrical charge
of an eochsar inflicts 1d8 points of damage on the attacker. An eochsar saves
at +4 vs. electrical attacks, and subtracts 2 from each die of damage damage to
An eochsar attacks with its front claws and bite for 2d4/2d4/3d6
points of damage. If both claws strike an opponent in a single round, the eochsar
has pounced on the creature and may use its rear claws and spurs for 1d8/1d8/1d6/1d6
points of damage. An eochsar may attack creatures behind it with its tail for
1d8 points of damage. Once per day, an eochsar can discharge a lightning bolt
from its eyes, with a range of 11". The bolt inflicts 7d6 points of damage, halved
if a successful save vs. breath weapon is made.
Habitat/Society: It hunts in packs much like the great cats do. There is
usually an alpha male with more hit points than the others but no measurable difference
in hit dice.
Ecology: The eochsar is a subterranean dweller. It is an excellent digger
and a hoarder of metals. Because they seek copper, they are most likely to be
found in ore-rich caves or mines. Occasionally they will tunnel into more finished
dungeon-like environments. Given the choice of prey below ground, eochsars have
adjusted well to eating dwarven and human miners.