[Guest Post/New Monster] Thaptor

Once again, James Brady has offered a great monster for your old school games and I am happy to oblige. Thank you again, James, for your contribution!

Thaptor
FREQUENCY: Uncommon
NO. APPEARING: 2-24
ARMOR CLASS: 6
MOVE: 18″
HIT DICE: 4
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 3
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1-4/1-4/2-8
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Berserk
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Animal
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: L (6’+ tall at the shoulder)
PSlONlC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil
Thaptors resemble hippogriff, save that they have no wings, and their hind
quarters are avian, rather than equine. They are fast runners with keen eyesight
and aggressively hunt during daylight hours. They also have great endurance
and will pursue their prey for hours or even days. They are vicious beasts, and
even domesticated thaptors sometimes (1 on a d20 chance per day) have been
known to attack their handlers if they are not constantly kept by a firm hand and
well fed. Wild thaptors find the smell of fresh blood maddening and should be
treated as being berserk around anything or anyone with an open wound.
They usually travel or hunt in packs, and if they have one weakness, it is that if
any of their own fall to or below 50% of their max HP, the rest will often (1-14 on
a d20) turn on that member of the pack and attack it until it is dead. (Check once
per pack member in the same round that they drop below 50% max HP, but do
not check again if the others fail to turn, unless another member’s HP drops as
well. If one turns, they all will, to the exclusion of other enemies.)
A thaptor has an equine body, the head and legs of an e

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