FREQUENCY: Very rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 6
MOVE: 9” and see below
HIT DICE: 1
% IN LAIR: 100%
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ ATTACK: 0 or 1
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Elfshot
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Invisibility, some poison immunity
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
SAVE: Fighter/ Magic-user 1
SIZE: S (2' tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
LEVEL/ X.P. VALUE: III/ 80 + 1/hp
This odd type of sprite does not inhabit idyllic glens and virgin woodlands, instead choosing to live in the storerooms, cellars, or butteries of dishonest innkeepers. When a buttery spirit discovers an innkeeper serving stolen, rotten, adulterated, or watered-down food and beverages it takes up residence and feeds on the illicit goods. In fact they are able to eat and enjoy even rotten food and spoiled drinks. Because of this, buttery sprites are immune to ingested poisons and unaffected by even massive amounts of alcoholic beverages (which they love).
They have an evil reputation, but honest people are actually safe from the buttery sprite, instead it punishes thieves, unruly drunks, and, of course, the tavern owner. The buttery sprite can be mischievous at times, but its tricks do not usually cause permanent harm. In the company of their peers (sprites, pixies, brownies and the like) they are known for their tall tales and boasting.
Like other sprites, this creature can turn invisible at will. It can detect good/evil at a 3” range, and move silently. The buttery sprite lacks wings, but can jump to a height of up to 20 feet, and never takes falling damage from landing unless it falls from a height of greater than 40 feet. It never uses this to attack, however, as it abhors melee.
The buttery sprite instead employs elfshot, small gray pebbles which it keeps in a small satchel. The sprite can throw the elfshot with the same range as if it were using a sling, and attacks as a 4 hit die monster when doing so. The sprite can choose what happens when the shot strikes the target. The sprite doesn't actually want to kill people, so the vast majority of time the shot will cause a painful sting but no real damage. If it so chooses, however, the elfshot can cause a single point of damage. In addition, the victim must save versus spells or be forced to speak only the truth for the next 2 to 4 (1d3+1) hours.
The buttery sprite never seems to run out of elfshot. Spent elfshot rapidly evaporates into grey mist.
Description: Buttery sprites appear similar to other sprites, but have odd, pinched features and long noses. They prefer to wear yellow garments, pointed hats, and pointed shoes.