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Acanthostega is among the first vertebrate animals to have recognizable limbs it lives in shallow, weed-choked swamps..

Originally Posted by Raptorial of the Wizards Community forums.

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Acanthostega are some of the most primitive tetrapods you'll find in the murky swamps, eight-toed on each wristless limb, lunged yet not carrying a ribcage that could support it for much time on land, as well as gilled like a fish. Acanthostega are indeed rarely seen, other than the times the pop up to the surface of the weedy murk to take a gulp of air or snatch a bug. With two sharp rows of teeth, picking up an acanthostega from his weed-filled home in the oxygen-poor shallow swamps is generally not recommended. Compounding this is another, more unusual defense. Like some salamanders, acanthostega can secrete a foul and quite sticky slime. This is used by some of the swamp-dwellers as makeshift glue.

Small animal (Aquatic)
Hit Dice 1/2d8+3 (5 hp)
Initiative +0
Speed 5 ft. (1 square), Swim 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class 12 (+1 size, +1 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple 0/-7
Attack Bite -2 melee (1d4-3)
Full Attack Bite -2 melee (1d4-3)
Space/Reach 5 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks -
Special Qualities Blindsense, Low-Light Vision, sticky secretion
Saves Fort +3, Ref +2, Will +0
Abilities Strength 5, Dexterity 11, Constitution 12, Intelligence 1, Wisdom 11, Charisma 2
Skills Hide +5, Listen +1, Spot +2, Swim +5
Feats Toughness
Environment Warm marshes
Organization Solitary or cluster (2-5)
Challenge Rating 1/4
Treasure None
Alignment Always neutral
Advancement 1 HD (Small); 2 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment -

* Sticky Secretion (Ex): As a move action, twice per day, an acanthostega grappled by an opponent may release a sticky secretion. If the target is holding the acanthostega with his hands, he has a -6 penalty to Dexterity as his fingers are glued together. The glue either wears off in 2d6 hours or can be broken with a Strength check (DC 16). A creature that has bitten onto the acanthostega and received the secretion cannot bite, and the same wearing off and breaking rules apply. A biter, however, has a 35% of having some of the glue dislodge into its throat after breaking it, dealing 1d4 points of damage as it rasps into the throat.

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