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Gogiteth

A gogiteth is a slavering nightmare of teeth, eyes, and hairy spiderlike legs, and its appearance is invariably seared into the minds of any who witness it. Hives of these skittering monsters haunt the lowest reaches of the Darklands, competing with cave worms and other subterranean horrors for food and resources. A gogiteth is rarely seen alone, as these oversized vermin learned long ago that the best means of survival is sticking close to others of their own kind. Even the haughty drow know to seek cover when a gogiteth is spotted, for where there is one, a swarm is sure to follow.

Gogiteths make a clacking sound as they move about. The joints in their many legs pop and crack with each movement, though they can suppress this sound voluntarily so that they can hunt without giving away their presence. The odd creatures can also make a high-pitched whistling sound that echoes throughout the caverns where they live. Some Darklands natives report that groups of gogiteths sometimes join together in eerie, discordant songs.

Gogiteths’ alien anatomies have inspired no shortage of speculative origin stories. Some believe they are the result of a fleshwarping experiment gone horribly wrong. Others think they may be related in some way to the Dominion of the Black—possibly the distant cousins or some strange exile of that alien entity; according to this mythos, once they made their way to this planet, the gogiteths crawled into the depths of the earth, shying away from the blazing sun above.

Gogiteths are a menace to every other denizen of the Darklands. Drow and duergars in gogiteth-infested regions of Sekamina or Orv frequently organize hunting parties to eradicate the terrors, even calling for temporary truces with unlikely allies in times when a gogiteth presence must be addressed. Since even an average gogiteth hive can host up to two dozen of the horrors, missions to eradicate them when they become established are dangerous quests indeed.

GogitethCreature 12

CEHuge
Source Bestiary pg. 183
Perception +21; darkvision
Languages Undercommon; (can’t speak)
Skills Acrobatics +19, Athletics +24, Stealth +21, Survival +17(+24 to Track)
Str +6, Dex +3, Con +4, Int -2, Wis +1, Cha +0
AC 31 all-around vision, Fort +25, Ref +22, Will +20
HP 250; Resistances poison 10
Skittering Reposition ReactionReaction (move) Trigger A creature that starts its move outside the gogiteth’s reach moves into its reach. Effect The gogiteth moves 10 feet. This does not trigger reactions.
Speed 40 feet; climb 30 feet