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Did the Piercer (stalactite-lookin' monster) ever get officially… 
26th-Dec-2004 08:48 pm
leonal
Did the Piercer (stalactite-lookin' monster) ever get officially converted to 3e? I can't remember.
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27th-Dec-2004 03:54 am (UTC)
I didn't see it when I took a look through all three books. :/
27th-Dec-2004 04:27 am (UTC)
The Necromancer people did it in one of the Rappan Athuk modules if I remember right.

They aren't that complicated. I'd almost expect them to be in the DMG with green slime, but they aren't that I can tell.
27th-Dec-2004 05:39 am (UTC)
The Executioner's Hood (I think it's called) has a mysterious reference.

The description said that it was suspected that the hood evolved from a lesser creature with similar hunting techniques. I think that may be what happened to the piercer. ;)

Honestly I can't see the piercer surviving for very long in most settings without some help. It's like a mollusk that drops on its prey and then can't do much else if it didn't kill its target.

It should develop fast-talking as a defense mechanism.
27th-Dec-2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
As I remember, they can crawl, just not fast enough for meaningful combat. I could probably look up their ecology in my old Dragon magazines to be sure.

Assuming it can crawl; if it misses, and it missed something smart enough to know what it was, it will be killed. If its target just leaves it then it has a chance to slowly crawl back up onto the roof and try again someday. If you want to make them dangerous, have one that is an awakened owlbear with too many levels in druid using its shapechange ability to act like a peircer. That will certainly wake people up when things suddenly start going very badly for the people nearby.
6th-Jan-2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think one of the things that made a piercer a threat was that there was never just one... :)
27th-Dec-2004 07:34 am (UTC)
They're in Necromancer Games' Tome of Horrors. (The first one.) It's 3.0, but converting isn't that hard. The book's got tons of old 1E/2E monsters that WotC didn't port over into 3E.
27th-Dec-2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
I treat it like an environmental hazard rather than a monster, sort of like the green slime.
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