Monsters:
Black Lisk
 
 
By: Jan Willem v.d. Brink
Type: Magical Beast
Difficulty: CR 6
Game: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)

Medium Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 5d10+5 (32 hp)
Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative)
Speed: 50 ft. (10 squares)
AC: 19 (+1 Dex, +8 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +5/+7
Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d6+5), or claw +7 melee (1d4+2 and life drain), or sting +7 melee (1d4+2 and poison)
Full Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d6+5) and 2 claws +7 melee (1d4+2 and life drain) and sting +7 melee (1d4+2 and poison)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Life-drain, poison
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., immunity to poison, low-light vision, spell resistance 15
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +2
Abilities: Str 15, Dex 12, Con 13, Int 7, Wis 12, Cha 7
Skills: Hide +3*, Listen +2, Move Silently +3, Spot +3, Survival +2
Feats: Improved Initiative, Multiattack
Climate/Terrain: Temperate forests and plains
Organisation: Solitary, pair, or pack (2-5)
Challenge Rating: 6
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Always neutral evil
Advancement: 6-10 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment: -

A black lisk stands about 4 1/2 feet tall and can reach a length of about 7 feet, from the snout to the tip of the tail.
The slender body of a lisk is covered with dark green, almost black, scales. It's eyes are also green, but a bit lighter. A lisk walks on its two powerful hind legs, which allow it to move very fast. When running, it uses its long, flexible tail to keep balance. The tail ends in a large and poisonous stinger. Besides the tail, a lisk uses its long, sharp teeth and the claws on its forelegs to kill its prey. The claws are a very dangerous weapon, with which a lisk can drain the life force of a creature it attacks.
The head of a black lisk resembles that of a large lizard. A lisk has a short, flexible tongue, that enables it to make a lot of different sounds. This allows lisks to communicate with each other on a surprizingly high level.

Combat
Black lisks usually hunt in packs. Their tactics are simple but efficient. They try to get as close to prey without being noticed as possible, surrounding the creature(s) if they can. When they're all in the right position, they dash forward and attack their prey from all sides. If a creature flees, the lisks chase after it and try to force it to the ground. If they're fighting more than one creature at a time, lisks tend to focus on killing one victim together, before moving on to the next.
Life Drain (Su): A black lisk that damages a living creature with a claw attack gains temporary hit points equal to the damage dealt. It cannot gain more hit points than the victim's current hit points. The temporary hit points disappear 1 hour later.
Poison (Ex): Injury, Fortitude DC 15, initial and secondary damage 2d4 Con. The save DC is Constitutionbased and includes a +2 racial bonus.
Skills: A black lisk receives a +4 racial bonus to Hide checks in dark area's.

Habitat/Ecology
Black lisks are nocturnal preditors that live in forests and on plains. The carnivorous creatures prey on anything they are capable of killing, and they have a whole arsenal of natural weaponry to accomplish that feat.
The claws on the hind legs of lisks are great for digging. Lisks dig long, winding tunnels usually ending in one large chamber. Some have several smaller chambers linked by tunnels. The creatures sleep in these chambers during the day. It is also where they stash the items they take from some of their prey, and where the females bury their eggs.
Black lisks make their lairs in places where there is enough food for them. Sometimes the local wildlife nourishes them, but they are often attracted to roads in desolate area's, where they can sneak up on campers in the middle of the night.
When black lisks kill civilized travellers, they take all things they find interesting to their lairs. They are especially interested in the weaponry of prey they defeat, although they can't use these themselves. Lisks are intelligent beings and sometimes use items more civilized creatures forged, such as magical rings and necklaces.
With their scaly hides and other reptilian features, black lisks look a lot like lizards, but they are not related to such creatures. Lisks are in fact warm-blooded.

Adventure Seeds
Good/Neutral Party: A couple of months ago, a black lisk found a Headband of Intellect. The creature managed to put the magical item on and instantly found enlightenment. The lisk has now gathered over a hundred of his kind and is leading them to a remote village. The creature hopes to find more items that can make him and the other lisks smarter and stronger.
The villagers are desperate and hire the PCs to stop the black lisks.

Good/Neutral Party: A blackguard was recently killed and eaten by black lisks, who took the sword of the fallen paladin to their lair. This sword grants the wielder access to great unholy powers. The PCs are hired to find the black lisks and retrieve the sword before the forces of evil do.

Evil Party: As above, except that this time the PCs are the forces of evil.

Licensing:
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