NO. APPEARING: 1-20
ARMOR CLASS: 4
HIT DICE: 3+4
% IN LAIR: Nil
TREASURE TYPE: See below
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2
DAMAGE/ ATTACK: 2-8/2-8
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Surprise on a 1-3
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
SAVE: Fighter 4
SIZE: L (8' tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
LEVEL/ X.P. VALUE: III/ 60 + 4/hp
Gigantic crustaceans, mock lobsters can walk half upright on their six back legs. Their first pair of walking legs has become modified to grasp quite well. They have a very hard brown or green (very rarely blue) exoskeleton and strong pincers. For purposes of grappling they should be considered strength 18/50.
Mock lobsters will eat dead and rotting food, though they will hunt if hungry and have also been known to stock pools with prey animals as a form of farming. They vastly prefer salt to fresh water but can dwell in either. They are capable of hiding and blending into their surroundings or behind rocks (surprise on a 1-3 on a 6-sided die).
Mock lobsters value treasure and may keep pearls (treat as treasure type Q X 6, pearls only). They have been known to wears specialized jewelry fit for their unusual anatomy, especially on their claws. They will trade with men for goods they cannot obtain from their environment.
For their part, they are usually well disposed towards other sentient life forms. They can speak the common language, although it sounds like they are screaming in a high pitched voice when they do so. This will spook normal horses, mules, cattle, and other livestock as if they were attacked with a wand of fear.
Boiled and buttered mock lobsters are delicious.