Trylli Bug

by Kinlin Slingthrower
 Climate/Terrain: Forest
 Frequency: Very Rare (4% chance)
 Organization: Group
 Activity Cycle: Any
 Diet: Omnivore
 Intelligence: Semi-Intelligent (2-4)
 Treasure: nil
 Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

 No. Appearing: 1-4
 Armor Class: 6
 Movement: 14
 Hit Dice: 1-6
 THAC0: 14
 No. of Attacks: 2
 Damage/Attack: 5-10
 Special Attack: Bite, Cone of Light
 Special Defences: Semi-constant invisibility
 Magic Resistance: 7% chance to be unaffected by seeing spells
 Size: 2-6'
 Morale: 8-10 (slightly unsteady)
 XP Value: 20000
General Introduction: Trylli bugs are essentially giant bugs. They grow to be around 3-5 feet in length, with the biggest being 6. They are blessed (not literally) with constant invisibility, and are basically beetle-looking. They live sometimes in the tops of trees in dense forests. Usually though, they live in houses and other structures.

Combat: A trylli bug will only fight if scared, backed into a corner, or attacked. They of course do not fight often, usually never, because they are invisible. When in combat, they will become visible so as to channel their limited inherit magic to a short, thick, antenna-like extrusion with a very lightly glowing organic ball on the end (much like an angler fish). From this is projected a cone of light. The trylli can use this when still invisible, but not to attack. When invisible, the light will be purely organic and only enough to light up a small room. When attacking though, the cone of light will be very powerful and destructive, enough to sear flesh and discourage warriors. The trylli bug also has large mandibles which it can use to chomp on its opponent, or to knock it down. They sport a very tough exoskeleton, with few soft spots. These would be located near the "neck" (for want of a better word), the underbelly, and between the abdomen and thorax. A trylli bug will usually only fight long enough to get away and hide.

Habitat/Society: Trylli bugs live, as a general rule, in houses and other structures. They usually dwell in the rafters or clinging to a corner in the roof, but are sometimes found in unused closets or under beds (sometimes, the ones found under beds or in closets do not use their invisibility constantly as they are not necessarily in plain view. They are generally individual but are also often found in groups of 2- 4. Usually, the bigger the structure, the more trylli bugs inhabiting it. This is of course not to imply that every structure contains trylli bugs, only about 1% or less do. Because of their need of rafters, high ceilings, and large spaces, they often infest cathedrals. Using a spell of seeing has a 93% chance of revealing all of the trylli bugs in a dwelling. Even if it so happens that it doesn't reveal the bugs, there will be a light flicker and a shower of sparks from the position of it (or them) A less practical and also somewhat dangerous, yet still widely used, method of seeking them out is to build a semi-large firepit right in the biggest room of the house or building (this is where they most likely will be) and start a fire with the burning of bark, leaves, and sometimes parchment. This will coat the bugs (and everything else) with a thick black soot, which will make them easy to spot.

Ecology: The trylli bugs actually do more than simply cling to a ceiling and skitter around up there. They have an interesting activity cycle as they seem to sleep and be active at seemingly random patterns, but they do this for good reason. The trylli bug is smart enough to realize when the regular inhabitants of the structure are gone or incapacitated (asleep, tied up and blindfolded, dead, etc.), which is what they base their cycle around. When they realize they are not being watched, they will crawl down a wall to the floor and figure out a way outside. They of course do this every 9 days so they already know a sure way out by the first time. Once outside they will feed. The trylli bug will eat most anything, but primarily grass, tree bark, and large insects. While outside they will also release their wastes. When it is finished, it will move back inside and climb to it's regular position. Sometime afterwards it will sleep for about 5 hours. Tryllis can reproduce without mating, which is a benefit when there are so few around. At the age of approximately 7 years, it will create an egg sack in a corner of the ceiling with only 2-3 small eggs. These will incubate for around 3 months. They will grow to about 1 foot in diameter and then hatch. Once they hatch, unfortunately, the parent will usually die from the energy of caring for them. The remaining bugs will cannibalize the dead bug out of necessity, leaving the hard shell for the unlucky inhabitant of the house to stub their toe on.

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