Enormous rift crawler
An enormous rift crawler can be found primarily on Plane 4 of the Rift, though they can burrow to an "adjacent" plane. This is a huge worm whose gaping maw pierces through planar dimensions within the Rift. It is able to swallow its victims whole by catching them unawares, sometimes emitting a telepathic blast to incapacitate them.
This creature's monstrous form has the appearance of liquid, distorted glass overlying a fog-swamped night. Its outer flesh is translucent and glossy, run through with thready veins of black and purple. Beneath, the creature seems to have a secondary skin of darkest grey. Not scaled, but segmented, the body within its vitreous shell undulates in a way only smoke can. It roils and shifts as though it were an insubstantial core within a confining barrier. Its maw is a gaping round of ring upon ring of jagged, obsidian-like teeth.
An enormous rift crawler burrowing when it will later erupt from the ground (sanctify to negate any potential damage):
A high-pitched hum fills the air as an enormous rift crawler twists along the ground. As if in response, the earth beneath it ripples impossibly, like the face of a still pond in the wake of a thrown stone. The greyed interior of the crawler's body roils, and it flings itself backward only to dive into the ground, disappearing entirely.
The rift crawler can perform its burrow maneuver upon spawning. The burrow maneuver causes slash critical damage, and getting slash protection from a warrior is extremely helpful in preventing death. Unlike a roa'ter, a rift crawler's burrow may target more than one victim at once:
The floor begins to shiver slightly, casting thin ripples across the landscape. As the protuberances increase in intensity, an enormous rift crawler launches to the surface from within! The crawler's massive maw lies agape, its glistening obsidian teeth gnashing at everything in their path! Person seems to be caught completely off guard as he falls into the path of the crawler's deadly jaws! ... 120 points of damage! Incredible slash to Person's neck! Throat and vocal cords destroyed! Zero chance of survival. * Person drops dead at your feet! A brief flash of teeth and shadow is all you are able to perceive before you are caught in the path of the crawler's deadly jaws! ... 125 points of damage! Powerful slash leaves you without a left leg! You are stunned for 12 rounds! Your surroundings become a blur as you are sent careening awkwardly through the air! Finally, you come crashing painfully to the floor! ... 55 points of damage! Blow to your head removes your skull. That's got to hurt! It seems you have died, my friend. Although you cannot do anything, you are keenly aware of what is going on around you... You mentally give a sigh of relief as you remember that the Goddess Lorminstra owes you a favor.
An enormous rift crawler may also swallow an opponent whole, requiring the victim to ATTACK the creature's stomach with a dagger.
You feel a rumble come from beneath your feet. The ground begins to shiver slightly, casting thin ripples across the landscape. As the protuberances increase in intensity, an enormous rift crawler launches to the surface from within! The crawler's massive maw lies agape, its glistening obsidian teeth gnashing at everything in their path! A brief flash of teeth and shadow is all you are able to perceive before you are caught in the path of the crawler's deadly jaws! ... 80 points of damage! Awesome slash severs your left arm! A jagged stump is all that remains! You are stunned for 10 rounds! You catch one last glimpse of your surroundings as darkness closes in on you... [The Belly of the Beast] The murky interior of the crawler's stomach is comprised of amorphous walls that have a nearly insubstatial texture, yet manage to restrict all but the most minor of movements. A pervasive cold bites at your extremities, while the minimal volume of air twists and shudders, churning violently all around you. You also see the crawler's stomach wall. Obvious exits: none !S> The air shifts and is sucked violently away from around you! ... 15 points of damage! Chest swells, breaking ribs! !S> A sudden burst of cold flares from the walls surrounding you! ... 5 points of damage! Chilly blast to the head. Where is that cap Mom knitted for you!? !S> The air shifts and is sucked violently away from around you! ... 5 points of damage! Veins in arm stand out briefly! !>get dagg You remove a drake dagger from in your golden brown boots. !>stab wall You can't do that while being digested! !>att wall You strike at the stomach wall with your drake dagger managing to cut a small way into the crawler's stomach wall. Roundtime: 6 sec.
When the enormous rift crawler goes to travel to a different plane, it does this:
In a pitch that might shatter glass, a sound emits from the crawler's open maw, and the air distorts and rips like a seam stretched too tight. The creature squirms its way toward the opening and disappears within the whirling anomaly. In one soundless motion, the rip reseals, changing the pressure of the surrounding air.
The rift crawler can also slams its tail onto the ground that may cause you to fall down. Such as this:
An enormous rift crawler lifts up the end of its huge tail and slams it into the ground, shaking everything violently! You lose your footing and fall to the ground!
Rift crawlers have a sheer fear-like ability that is not limited by opponent's level.
An enormous rift crawler stares upward for a moment, seemingly focusing on a distant point. The area around its head begins to distort as an incredible high-frequency pulse ripples through the air, assailing your senses with a savage aural assault! You quake uncontrollably, convulsing with terrified shivers!
This attack may also impart a lesser roundtime penalty, or make one run to the next room.
An enormous rift crawler stares upward for a moment, seemingly focusing on a distant point. The area around its head begins to distort as an incredible high-frequency pulse ripples through the air, assailing your senses with a savage aural assault! Your heart leaps into your throat in reaction to the tremendous sound! Roundtime: 10 sec. A fallen crusader trembles while cowering away from the crawler! A fallen crusader bolts northeast!
Enormous rift crawlers are extraplanar beings.
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