Fen Strider (Forge)

Hit Points 15 + 1d4
DV1 / DV2 4 / 0
Attack Value 3
# Attacks 1
Weapon Type Mandibles
Damage 1d8
Saving Throws 15+
Speed Walk (3) / Run (12)

The fen strider is a giant insect. It is seven feet long and about a foot wide. It has ten pairs of legs, all long and thin, that stretch outward from its main body. Its legs have fine, water-resistant hair, allowing the insect to stand on water without sinking. They can walk on water or other liquid as if it were solid. The insect’s head is elongated and covered with a hard shell. It also has a pair of cutting mandibles for dissecting prey. Fen striders sense movement in the water up to a maximum range of 200 feet. 

When entering melee combat, a fen strider attacks with its mandibles for 1d8 damage. The hard shell that covers the insect’s head offers a natural DV1 of 4. The insect’s body, however, is not protected. Because a fen strider does not enter the water, it does not suffer any negative modifiers associated with water combat.

Fen striders live in marshlands and swamps. They travel in groups of 2 to 8 and, when motion is detected, swarm the area to devour prey. These insects are carnivorous. They eat frogs, lizards, snakes, as well as humanoids.