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Priscileo

This creature resembles a maneless lion, yet it is only the size of a possum. Its retractable claws and muscular build hint at its deadliness.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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The smallest of the marsupial lions, priscileo (or “ancient lion”), is also the oldest.

A priscileo is less than 2-1/2 feet long and weighs 40 to 60 pounds.

Priscileo
Small animal
Hit Dice1d8 (4 hp)
Initiative+4
Speed30 ft. (6 squares), Climb 20 ft.
Armor Class16 (+1 size, +4 Dexterity, +1 natural), touch 15, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple+0/-2
AttackBite +3 melee (1d8+2/18-20/x3)
Full AttackBite +3 melee (1d8+2/18-20/x3) and 2 claws -2 melee (1d3+1)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksAugmented critical, improved grab, pounce
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision, Scent
SavesFort +2, Ref +6, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 15, Dexterity 18, Constitution 11, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 13, Charisma 6
SkillsBalance +8, Climb +10, Hide +12*, Listen +3, Move Silently +8, Spot +3
FeatsStealthy
EnvironmentTemperate and warm plains and forests
OrganizationSolitary
Challenge Rating1
TreasureNone
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement
Level Adjustment

COMBAT

Like all marsupial lions, priscileo is an ambush predator. Adept at climbing trees, they often drop upon prey from above.

Augmented Critical (Ex): A marsupial lion’s bite threatens a critical hit on a natural attack roll of 18–20, dealing triple damage on a successful critical hit.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a marsupial lion must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and deals automatic bite damage each round.

Pounce (Ex): If a marsupial lion charges, it can make a full attack.

Skills: A priscileo has a +4 racial bonus on Balance, Hide, and Move Silently checks and a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks. It can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. *In leafy vegetation, the Hide bonus improves to +12.

Originally appeared in Dragon Magazine #186 (1992).

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