Frightful Fridays! Montag Squirrel

Yes, Monday isn’t quite Friday, but Montag is the German word for Monday, so it works, at least in my mind. Today’s monster is inspired by the jolly image of a squirrel with a flamethrower as one of the litany of abominations afflicting the world after the murder hornet hype. I couldn’t resist statting one up. I’ll leave it to you to decide if there are any hidden references to better works in this post.

This squirrel with singed fur walks upright and carries an ironwood canister, which has a nozzle snaking from the top.
Montag Squirrel      CR 4
XP 1,200
LN Tiny magical beast
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9
DEFENSE
AC
17, touch 17, flat-footed 12 (+5 Dex, +2 size)
hp 42 (5d10+15)
Fort +7, Ref +9, Will +5
Resist fire 10
OFFENSE
Speed
20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +12 (1d4–4 plus attach)
Space 2–1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks attach, flamethrower
STATISTICS
Str
2, Dex 21, Con 17, Int 6, Wis 14, Cha 11
Base Atk +5; CMB +8; CMD 14
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +13, Perception +9, Stealth +17
ECOLOGY
Environment
any forest
Organization solitary, pair, or cadre (3–18)
Treasure standard (flamethrower)
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Flamethrower (Ex)
Every 1d3 rounds, a montag squirrel can shoot a 30-foot line of fire as a standard action. Creatures in the area of effect take 4d5+1 points of fire damage (DC 15 Reflex half). A creature that fails its save is covered in residue, inflicting a noncumulative –2 penalty on subsequent saves against this ability and an additional 50% damage from the squirrel’s flamethrower. Dousing the creature in a gallon of water removes the residue.

Montag squirrels bring blistering retribution from forests invaded by humanoids. If they realize they cannot deter an infestation with the threat of burning death, they have no qualms about torching their own forest homes to destroy the invaders. Particularly militant forest protectors send a cadre of montag squirrels to raze nascent habitations before they can threaten the forests.

The squirrels have a nominal 10-year lifespan, but very few montag squirrels reach old age, opting instead for a glorious, pyrrhic demise. Young squirrels reach adulthood at six months of age, and by then have learned how to create and use their own flamethrowers. All montag squirrels have a specialized gland from which they constantly secrete the oily fuel used in their flamethrowers. Shots from their weapons include droplets of this fuel, which make prey more susceptible to further uses. A dead montag squirrel has enough oil to charge its flamethrower for 2 uses. Alternatively, the flamethrower can accept 4 flasks of alchemist’s fire for 1 use. However, this alternative method is fraught with danger, as the flamethrower has a 25% chance to explode, dealing its damage to the wielder (no save) and all creatures in a 5-foot radius centered on the wielder (DC 15 Reflex half).

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