|Climate/Terrain:||Temperate forests, hills, and grasslands|
|No. of Attacks:||1|
|Special Defenses:||Teleportation, immunity to poison|
|Size:||S (3í at shoulder)|
|XP Value:||Normal: 65|
Psionics Summary (Psionic Al-Miíraj)
Psychokinesis Ė Sciences: detonate, telekinesis; Devotions: control flames, control lights, control winds, levitation, molecular agitation.
Al-miíraj are rather stupid creatures, but are potentially dangerous because of their unpredictable nature. They resemble large rabbits with long, soft fur. A single black horn, one to two feet long and spiraled like that of a unicorn, protrudes from the forehead. Although most al-miíraj have yellow fur, white, pink, and even light green specimens have been seen.
Though the origin of the al-miíraj is unknown, they may be an example of a failed
science project conducted by Krynnish gnomes, though the creatures are found on many worlds. They are often kept as pets by gnomes, and
al-miíraj, in an ancient gnomish dialect, means
Combat: Like normal rabbits, al-miírai are rather nervous creatures. Rather than hopping away when threatened, however, almiíraj become aggressive and vicious. They leap at the offending intruder, attempting to stab with their horns.
Al-miíraj are also able to teleport short distances, giving them the nickname
blink bunnies. They blink to and fro seemingly without pattern, attempting to avoid attack. The al-miíraj appears about 3í from its opponent and immediately hops to the attatack. Al-miíraj teleport on a roll of 4 or better on a 6-sided die. To determine where the creature appears, roll an 8-sided die: 1 = in front of opponent, 2 = left front, 3 = left, 4 = left rear, 5 = directly behind, 6 = right rear, 7 = right, 8 = right front. Because of a quirk in their breeding, a few adults, about 10%, have psionic abilities. If an al-miíraj sits still instead of jumping to attack an opponent, it is sure to be psionically endowed. It will almost always use its powers in the following order: control light to cause the sky to darken, control wind to cause the wind to blow, levitation to rise into the air, and molecular agitation to cause items to hear and burn. Then it will use telekinesis to throw rocks, control flame to move fire about, and detonation to cause weapons and armor to explode. After it levitates, it uses control winds to fly about, its eyes glowing redly as it harasses its opponents. If attacked physically, it will try to blink away.
Al-miíraj are immune to poison.
Habitat/Society: Al-miíraj live fairly peaceful lives as long as they are left to themselves. They roam about pastures and woodlands, eating all manner of plants. Their lairs are usually above-ground nests composed of fur, grass, and twigs. Al-miíraj of the same herd tend to build nests close together.
During the spring mating season, the males
joust with their horns competing for the favors of the females. About two months after mating, the female gives birth to a litter of 2-12 cute, cuddly babies with nubs where their horns will later grow. It takes an al-miírai about a year to reach full growth.
Psionic al-miírai, sometimes known as
bunnies of the Abyss develop their powers as adults. Except when the herd is attacked, they act in all respects like normal al-miíraj.
Ecology: Because they breed rather quickly, al-miíraj can become a problem in any area where there are few natural predators. They can decimate natural vegetation or destroy entire fields of crops. Their nesting areas can also become dangerously impassable. The conglomeration of twiggy nests makes movement difficult, and the large numbers of
blink bunnies defending their young is a formidable obstacle.
The bodies of al-miírai are very useful: their fur is soft and warm, their meat is tasty, and their horns are useful in cures for poison. Some gnomish communities have a superstitious belief that an al-miírajís hind feet bring good luck, and although gnomes have stopped the practice of carrying them around, some homes are still decorated with al-miíraj feet.
If captured when very young, al-miíraj show a surprising aptitude for training except for the psionic variety, which have an unfortunate tendency to detonate the possessions of their trainers. The al-miírajís fearlessness can make them useful companions.
Last Modified: June 10, 2010, 11:51:47 GMT
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