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Sportlebore Swarm

Sportlebore Swarm Creature7

N Large Animal Swarm

Senses Perception +13; low-light vision

Skills Acrobatics +17, Stealth +17

Str +2, Dex +6, Con +4, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha +4

AC 25; Fort +15, Ref +17, Will +13

HP 85; Immunities precision, swarm mind; Weaknesses area damage 7, splash damage 7; Resistances bludgeoning 3, piercing 7, slashing 7

Pour Down Throat [reaction] Trigger A creature in the sportlebore swarm’s area speaks, uses a verbal component, or opens its mouth; Effect A portion of the sportlebore swarm attempts to surge down the throat of the triggering creature, which must attempt a DC 25 Fortitude save.

Critical Success The creature is unaffected.

Success The creature gets a mouthful of sportlebores. It spits the insects out and avoids further damage, but it can’t speak for 1 round, and if it was performing a verbal spellcasting action, the spell fails and the caster wastes the action.

Failure The creature takes 4d6 piercing damage from sportlebore bites, can’t speak for 1 round, and loses a spell as noted under Success.

Critical Failure As failure, but the creature is also exposed to + sportlebore infestation.

Speed 35 feet, fly 35 feet

Swarming Bites [one-action] Each creature in the sportlebore swarm’s area takes 4d6 piercing damage (DC 25 basic Reflex save).


The bane of hungry adventurers the world over, sportlebores are nefarious vermin that resemble delicious snacks. When positioned near trail rations such as fruit or jerky, a sportlebore can flawlessly imitate these foodstuffs by flexing, contorting, and color-shifting its abdomen, then folding its thorax, head, and legs into hiding under its delicious-looking body. Once consumed, the sportlebore reproduces into a hungry swarm that is regurgitated by the now ailing eater, ravenously attacking any creatures it thinks it can consume.

While the creature presented here is the most common of its type, the sportlebore is in fact an entire family of insects that specialize in mimicking everyday objects. Other varieties of sportlebore include the spindly, wood-devouring wartlebore; the corpse-eating sportlegore; and the sportleglug, which is so small it can burrow into leather wineskins and drink their contents without the bag spilling a drop. Like the sportlebore, most of these vermin aren’t too dangerous as individuals but can turn into a real problem if their numbers are left unchecked.

A swarm of sportlebores is a much more dangerous foe than a single insect.

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