THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT
Huge Termites up to 1 foot long
DEX: 6 STR: 6 TOU: 5
PER: 2 WIL: 3 CHA: 3
Initiative: 6 Physical Defense: 7
Actions: 2 Spell Defense: 4
Attack (2): 8 Social Defense: 5
Damage: Physical Armor: 5
Bite (1): 7; Claws (4): 10 Mystic Armor: 1
Death: 31 Recovery Tests: 2
Unconsciousness: 22 Knockdown: 8
Wound Threshold: 8 Movement: 8
Legend Award: First Circle
Powers: Acid Spray (1): 7, Climbing S (2): 8, Empathic Sense T (5): 8
Loot: Pincers worth D6 × 5 silver pieces each (worth Legend Points)
These enormous insects often reach a size and length that Barsaive’s largest rats might envy. Like their tinier brethren, colonies of greater termites create giant towers of mashed tree pulp; however, the greater termites’ towers often rise more than ten yards into the sky and up to five yards wide. Greater termites come in many colors, from pasty white to bright red to shiny black. In many cases, each colony of termites seems to have its own distinct coloring. A thick carapace protects them against most predators.
Three kinds of greater termites exist: workers, soldiers, and queens. The workers build the colony’s towers, hunt for food, and care for the young. The soldiers protect the colony from predators. These termites have powerful pincers, vicious temperaments, and a natural poison that unfortunately does not kill, but makes its victim writhe on the ground in agony if so much as a drop of the secretion touches his skin. The queen, the mother of the colony, is a bloated version of her smaller kindred.
Greater termites eat both meat and plants and have developed powerful jaws with which to chew an amazing variety of foodstuffs. They also use these fearsome mandibles to bore through any substance in search of food and to make the pulp from which they build their towers.
One mystery about these insects is their ability to communicate silently with each other across great distances. Scholars believe them to be under the mental control of the queen. Only an intense mental bond can explain how the soldier fighting some foe outside the colony knows immediately that its queen is under attack. Those foolish enough to attack a termite queen will soon face every soldier in the colony that returns to it from any distance to defend her. This kind of mental bond also explains the behavior of worker termites. When one of these finds food, it begins to stuff its jaws, and without stirring a step away from its feast somehow manages
to call its fellow workers to join it. Within minutes, hundreds of other worker termites arrive to help collect the same food supply.
Because only soldier termites fight, the statistics above apply only to them. Soldier termites have huge pincers and can also rake opponents with a vicious set of barbed front legs.