The wizard had been stalking Chalk and Nudge for days, the bounty on their heads was enough for many to take notice. As the two stopped to drink at a fast running stream the magic-user began a spell…and suddenly stopped midway through his evocation, struck by a sudden itchiness in his sleeves. With a cry of terror the wizard suddenly found his robe on flames. And he was uncomfortably itchy.
Chalk nodded approvingly as the duo had been watching their pursuer ever since Nudge had returned from peppering the magic-user’s robes with a jar full of Burr Beetles.
‘Not bad,’ the wizard told the gnome thief. ‘Now mind you, Valance would have used spiders, but those Burr Beetles are a menace too.’
No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d12)
Movement: 30′ (10′)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 1d4 hit points
Damage: 1d4-1 (claw or bite)
Save: MU 1
Hoard Class: XXII
These 6” tall menaces are humanoid beetles with rough intelligence (INT 4) that have a knack for sticking burrs and stickers into the clothing, sleeping bags and other inconvenient places for larger creatures. While not lethal, these minor attacks cause discomfort and itching, making all DEX maneuvers -2 until the burr, sticker or thorn is removed and cast spells have a 25% chance to be miscast due to the itchiness of the burrs and other irritants. In addition, all strikes to hit are at -1 due to the distraction. Burrs are hard to remove and often require 1d4 turns (10-40 minutes) to remove after Burr Beetles have struck. These tiny terrors also like to steal small coins, rings and other little treasures to hide in their lairs.