Praetorian Splinter (3.5e Creature)
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|Hit Dice:||15d8+135 (191 hp)|
|Armor Class:||26 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +16 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 25|
|Attack:||Claw +20 melee (2d6+9/x2) or slam +20 melee (2d8+9/x2)|
|Full Attack:||2 Claws +20 melee (2d6+9/x2) and slam +20 melee (2d8+9/x2)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft./10 ft.|
|Special Qualities:||Tremorsense 60 ft., vermin traits, DR 10/bludgeoning|
|Saves:||Fort +20, Ref +12, Will +11|
|Abilities:||Str 28, Dex 12, Con 28, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 10|
|Organization:||Solitary or Pair|
|Advancement:||16 - 20 HD (Large); 21+ (Huge)|
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Praetorian splinters are the second largest splinter brood besides the queen herself. They often serve as bodyguards to the queen, but also are capable of running hives. While this may seem like intelligent action by these splinters, it is nothing more than the will of the queen impressed upon the praetorians. The praetorians are the pinnacle of splinter evolution and as such, are the strongest and most armored of the entire species.
Like all splinters, the praetorian has a large white body covered in small chitinous plating with four legs (two on each side of the body). The legs often end in sharpened points, and can be used as make-shift weapons when attacked. Their eyes are often mounted up on a small ridge that serves as a mock head. The standard splinter only has a single eye colored a jade green with a yellow inner ring. It is the only part of their body not protected by the plating that covers the rest of their bodies. The eyes are simply for decoration, as the splinter sees it's surroundings via tremorsense. The interesting thing about splinters is that they do not communicate via hive mind, but they use their fore-claws to click on the ground in a sort of Morse code. Splinters do not actively hunt living beings as they are carrion scavengers, but if there is a lack of food, then attacks on living beings will begin to happen until food becomes reliable again.
The praetorian usually delivers a screech that alerts all the splinters in the area to it's defense. Other than that, the praetorian fights much like the elite and alpha splinter, attempting to eliminate opponents one at a time, beginning with the weakest looking ones first.