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The lava elemental is a bubbling mound of lava, across which an occasional warped face appears before dissolving away. Various appendages form and melt away constantly, as the alien creature goes about its business.
Fire resistance, such as from the ranger armor enhancement spell Resist Nature (620), can protect an adventurer from the heated armor effect from being struck with lava globs (as well as from the Mass Boil Earth ability of nearby Fire and Steam elementals), but keep in mind that the high frequency of fire damage over time while hunting on this elemental plane will exhaust temporary ranger resistance very quickly.
Melee attackers and archers will experience a similar heated effect for weapons unless using armaments with cold flares, or while under the effect of an elementally balanced core which halts the heat transfer for all physical weapons.
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A huge lava elemental hurls a glob of lava at you!
You make a good effort to avoid the lava! [d100:72]
The lava hits you squarely in your abdomen!
... 8 points of damage!
Nasty blow to your abdomen!
You are stunned for 1 round!
... 15 points of damage!
Abdomen bursts into flames. Would be funny without the blood.
- This maneuver will strip spell 430.