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The Bongan Latrine Rat



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Tiny Animal
Hit Dice: 1/2 d8 (4 hp)
Initiative: +4 (Dex)
Speed: 15 ft., climb 15 ft.
AC: 16 (+2 size, +4 Dex)
Attacks: Bite +6 melee
Damage: Bite 1d3-4 Face/Reach: 2 1/2 ft. by 2 1/2 ft./0 ft.
Special Abilities: *
Special Qualities: Low light vision
Saves: Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +1
Abilities: Str 2, Dex 18, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 2 Skills: Balance +10, Climb +12, Hide +18, Move Silently +10
Feats: Weapon Finesse (bite)
Skills: Latrine Rats receive a +4 racial bonus to Hide and Move Silently checks and a +8 racial bonus to Balance checks. They use their Dexterity modifier for Climb checks.

Climate / Terrain: Sewers, latrines and polluted river areas
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 1/4
Alignment: Neutral

* Special Attack: When a Latrine Rat attacks plump buttocks, it digs in its teeth and hangs on. When hanging on like this it has an AC of 12. Each round that it remains attached, it takes another bite (this attack automatically succeeds).


Visitors using latrines in Bongo are well advised to take a peek beforehand, checking for any glowing red eyes lurking in the sewage below. Why?

Because of the notorious Bongan Latrine Rat.

The Latrine Rat is a specialised evolution of an aquatic rat found in many areas of Bongo, which has evolved to feed off the scraps of nutrients found in human sewage. It is especially prevalent in refugee camps, since many of the inhabitants are ill, and unable to extract all the nutrients from the food they eat.

Generally, the Latrine Rat keeps to itself, quietly swimming through the sewage. However, when it sees a pair of plump Urpan buttocks (i.e. tourists) it is liable to become confused, and attack. When this happens, it hurls itself out of the sewage at the buttocks, biting, hanging on, and refusing to let go.

Many terrified tourists have shuffled* out of primitive Bongan toilets, their trousers around the ankles and a rat hanging off their arse.

* GMs should adjust movement rates accordingly for characters whose trousers are around their ankles.