The twisted and confused form of the rotting chimera is a testament to the sacrilege of mortals trying to wield the power of the gods. While its body looks to be primarily formed of a huge jaguar carcass, the degraded nature of the chimera does little to hide the disfigured appearance of a creature crafted from the parts of many beasts. Scales disperse into ragged patches of fur that thin out into dangling flesh. An enormous humanoid arm extends from one of the front shoulder blades of the beast while beneath it, her four legs are borrowed appendages from as many species. A huge scorpion tail rises high from the rear of the chimera, ready to strike. Sorrow-ridden eyes, one slitted, the other round, gaze into the distance as an uneven tempo of labored wheezing fills the fetid air.
There are two types of rotting chimera. The above description is for the chimeras that have scorpion tails. For the webbing chimeras, the "A huge scorpion tail rises high from the rear of the chimera, ready to strike." line is replaced with:
The swollen abdomen of a mammoth arachnid has been grafted to the hind-quarters of the the chimera.
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The chimeras are ashamed of their appearance. They will occasionally hide their head in shame, or swipe at their reflection if they catch it in a reflection.
The rotting chimera can disease an opponent upon a successful attack; it can also inflict a paralyzing lassitude.
The rotting chimera has one of two creature maneuver attacks: webbing and stinging.
Only the rotting chimeras with scorpion tails are skinnable. The skinner may be poisoned by the scorpion's stinger. Survival training and the Skinning spell will provide protection against it. If pricked, the skinner is subjected to a hidden poison check, which incorporates things like First Aid, CON, Physical Training, the Poison Resist (105) spell, etc. Getting pricked or not has no bearing on chance to skin or the quality of the skin.
Examples of the chimera's stinging attack:
A rotting chimera scratches at its side, causing a combination of rotting scales and fur to drift to the ground.
A rotting chimera cries in pain as it trembles violently before dropping its head and vomiting a large puddle of blood.
A rotting chimera shrieks as it notices its reflection in a puddle of water and violently swipes at the image gazing back!
A rotting chimera gazes at you with a pained and hurtful expression.
A rotting chimera gazes forward with a pathetic look of absolute anguish.
A rotting chimera gazes reflectively at the ground, then suddenly asks in a garbled, malformed voice, "Father?" The chimera glances about hopefully, then shakes its head in defeat.
A rotting chimera hunches over and begins to sob loudly while clawing at its head.
Unexpectedly, the humanoid arm protruding from the back of the rotting chimera suddenly begins pounding on the head of the chimera! The beast emits a long, tortured wail before the arm ceases.
(DEAD)A rotting chimera kneels down next to you and nuzzles your cheek, whimpering pathetically.
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