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.
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.
|Hit Dice||1d8 (4 hp)|
|Speed||30 ft. (6 squares), Climb 20 ft.|
|Armor Class||16 (+1 size, +4 Dexterity, +1 natural), touch 15, flat-footed 12|
|Attack||Bite +3 melee (1d8+2/18-20/x3)|
|Full Attack||Bite +3 melee (1d8+2/18-20/x3) and 2 claws -2 melee (1d3+1)|
|Space/Reach||5 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks||Augmented critical, improved grab, pounce|
|Special Qualities||Low-Light Vision, Scent|
|Saves||Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +1|
|Abilities||Strength 15, Dexterity 18, Constitution 11, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 13, Charisma 6|
|Skills||Balance +8, Climb +10, Hide +12*, Listen +3, Move Silently +8, Spot +3|
|Environment||Temperate and warm plains and forests|
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).