Sword Spider

Sword Spider
Climate/Terrain: Temperate forests and subterranean
Frequency: Very rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle:  Any
Diet:  Carnivore
Intelligence:  Average
Treasure: None
Alignment:  True Neutral
Number Appearing: 1
Armor Class: 17
Movement:  Normal
Hit Dice:  8
Attack Bonus: +10
Number of Attacks: 2
Damage/Attack: 1d6 +4 leg blades, 1d8 +4 bite plus poison
Special Attacks: Poison
Special Defenses:  Impalement
Size: Large
Morale: Elite
Challenge Rating: 6

Description
Sword spiders can grow up to twelve feet in diameter. Their legs have chitinous plates with raised, sharp ridges that cut like sword blades.

Combat
Sword spiders lash out with the blades on their legs, which allows them to face attacks at enemies in all directions.

Impalement
When fighting in close quarters with a sword spider, it is able to use the spikes on its legs to cause 1d6 points of damage.
Sword Spider Venom
Initial save DC: 16
Secondary save DC: 16
Ability damage: 1d2 strength

As a special animal companion, a sword spider advances with a character's level.

Character LevelBenefits
12-14 +2 HD, +2 AC, +1 Strength, Evasion
15-17 +4 HD, +4 AC, +2 Strength, Evasion
18-20 +6 HD, +6 AC, +3 Strength, Evasion
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