Haunted Fruit Tree «Seroon Lou»Reported By: unknown contributor in 1st Edition
Role: Monster Base Stock: Cypress
MCC Stat Block: Seroon Lou 'Haunted Fruit Tree' (3d6 (10)): Init +8; atk 1d10+10 x weapons melee +6 (1d8+1); AC 12; HD 14D5 hp 42 each; NO MOVEMENT; 1d20+1d20; SV Fort +0, Ref +1, Will -3 Mutations: (P) Aromatic Powers, Modified Vines and Roots
Number Appearing: 3d6 Morale: 7 Hit Dice: HD 14D5 Armor: 2 (AC 12) Size: Gargantuan 30 Meters
Movement: NO MOVEMENT
Attack: 1d10+10 x Weapons melee +6 (1d8+1)
Frequency: Rare Organization: Solitary Activity Cycle: Day Diet: Carnivore Habitat: Any Marsh, Lake or Pond Tech Level: 0 - 0 Artifacts: None
Description (Initial Observations): Floth-Ha are mutated 'common house' moths. They are virtually identical to their predecessors except for their extra front two limbs from which they can manipulate objects and also for their great size. (wingspan is an impressive 3m) Their bodies are covered in a fine fur, and for those who have seen a Shutter in flight, the underside is a palette of light browns. Due to the chameleon powers their back and wings poses, the natural coloring of these surfaces are unknown. Floth-Ha do have antenna but rely primarily on sonar to guide them.
Reactions: No known interactions
Behavior: These creatures are herbivores and usually feed upon the bark of trees however the delicacy of cotton, wool, or even leather are too good to pass up. There have been numerous reports of unwary travelers who've been attacked only to have their clothes eaten from their bodies. The creatures methods are predictable, they will swoop from above and grab on with all 6 legs digging into the victim.(clinging) It's other 2 manipulative arms undo buckles, snaps, zippers etc. Survivors tell that once you get past the initial cling, the act of devouring the clothing is relatively painless. When the Floth-Ha is upon it's victim, it drapes it's wings over to completely engulf the victim. It's back and wings are it's primary defense, they are completely impervious to all forms of physical attacks, lasers and radiation type weapons, And since they have chameleon capabilities, it's extremely possible to not even see the actual attack on the ground. Shutters are solitary animals and will only be in numbers of 2 during mating. They are attracted to heat and bright lights. The name 'Shutters' comes from the unconscious twitching they display while they sleep clinging to a tree. This motion temporally negates their chameleon bonuses and makes them more easily visible. Of course when they cling in this manner they only expose their wings and back , protecting their soft underbellies.(AC of only 5) When they cling in this manner, they cannot be forcefully removed, unless a well orchestrated combined PS of 40 is applied. Even in death, the creatures remain affixed. For obvious reasons, the Shutters' wings are very valuable in Gamma Terra, and will fetch the handsome price of 8,500 domars for just 1 of a set of wings.
Behavior: Behavior not recorded
Society: Seroon lou are semi-intelligent, but can't be bargained with. They sometimes hide among clusters of narl ep, where they spring amushes on their prey.