PIERCER

FREQUENCY: Uncommon
NO. APPEARING: 3-18
ARMOR CLASS: 3
MOVE: 1"
HIT DICE: 1-4 (1 = Small, 2 = Medium, 3 = Large, 4 = Largest)
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: by size
SPECIAL ATTACKS: 95% likely to surprise
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: S to M

(Largest)
HIT DICE: 3
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 ~ 15
    DAMAGE/ATTACK: 4-24
SIZE: M
X.P. VALUE: III | 60 + 4

(Large)
HIT DICE: 3
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 ~ 16
    DAMAGE/ATTACK: 3-18
SIZE: S
X.P. VALUE: II | 35 + 3

(Medium)
HIT DICE: 2
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 ~ 16
    DAMAGE/ATTACK: 2-12
SIZE: M
X.P. VALUE: I | 20 + 2

(Small)
HIT DICE: 3
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1 ~ 19
    DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-6
SIZE: M
X.P. VALUE: I | 10 + 1

Piercers inhabit caves, caverns, and similar subterranean places. With their
stoney outer casing these monsters are indistinguishable from stalactites
found on cave roofs. They are attracted by noise && heat, and when a
living creature passes beneath their position above they will drop upon it
in order to kill and devour it. Larger varieties will be found with smaller
ones.

The size of a piercer is equal to its HD, and there is an equal
probability of a piercer being 1,2,3, or 4 dice in size. The largest piercer is
about 6' long, 1' base diameter, and weighs 500 pounds.

<
HD Length Diameter Weight (#)
1 1.5' 0.25' 125
2 3' 0.5' 250
3 4.5' 0.75 375
4 6' 1' 500
>