GAS SPORE [Rhizome]

FREQUENCY : Rare ([Temperate Wilderness Swamp])
NO. APPEARING : 1-3
ARMOR CLASS : 9
MOVE : 3"
HIT DICE : 1 hit point
% IN LAIR : Nil
TREASURE TYPE : Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS : 1 ~ 20
DAMAGE/ATTACK : Special
SPECIAL ATTACKS : Touch = infestation
SPECIAL DEFENSES : Explosion (6-36)
INTELLIGENCE : Non-
ALIGNMENT : Neutral
SIZE : L
LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: II | 33

At any distance greater than 10' a gas spore is 90% likely to be mistaken
for a beholder. Even at close ranges there is o 25% possibility that the
creature will be viewed as the eye tyrant, for a gas spore has a false
central eye and rhizome growths atop it which strongly resemble the eye
stalks of a beholder. If the spore is struck for even one point of damage it
will explode, its gaseous contents react violently to air, and every creature
within a 20' radius takes 6-36 hit points of damage (3-18 if saving throw
versus wands is made). If a gas spore makes contact with exposed flesh
the spore shoots tiny rhizomes into the living matter ond grows throughout
the victim's system in but one melee round. The gas spore dies
immediately. The victim must get a cure disease within 24 hours or die,
sprouting 2-8 gas spores.