Termite, Soldier (CR 2)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +0; Senses: darkvision 60 ft. and scent
AC: 15 (+5 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 15
Hit Dice: 3d8+3 (16 hp)
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +2
Speed: 30 ft. , climb 20 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +2; Grapple +5
Attack: Bite +5 melee
Full Attack: Bite +5 melee
Damage: Bite 1d8+4 plus poison
Special Attacks/Actions: Constrict 1d8+4, improved grab, poison
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 10, Con 13, Int -, Wis 13, Cha 11
Special Qualities: vermin traits
Skills: Climb +11
Advancement: 4-6 HD (Medium); 7-9 HD (Large)
Climate/Terrain: Warm plains
Organization: Solitary or squad (3-8)
Constrict (Ex): A giant termite soldier deals automatic bite damage on a successful grapple check.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a giant termite soldier must hit a creature with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking attacks of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can constrict.
Poison (Ex): Injury, Fortitude DC 14, initial damage 1d4 acid, secondary damage paralysis 1d4 rounds.
Skills: Giant soldier termites have a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks. A soldier can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened.
Giant soldier termites don't back down from invaders. They fight to the death to defend their queen. Although not intelligent, soldier termites have some innate sense of tactics as a result of breeding. They attempt to flank targets when possible, and will even use the aid another action in an attempt to bring down foes that are particularly difficult to strike.
Giant termites build vast underground galleries below the baking surface of the waste. They farm fungus in special chambers and use it to feed the colony.
Giant termite mounds are landmarks in the waste, averaging 20 feet high - although some can be as tall as 50 feet. Predators often use these as lookout points. The mounds, made from the workers' saliva and body wastes, are as hard as stone. They act as ventilators for the colony, circulating air as the desert winds blow against them. Abandoned termite mounds often serve as lairs for various desert creatures.
Termite workers are small, feeble creatures no more than 2 feet long devoted to the endless maintenance of the colony. Soldiers are much larger, up to 6 feet in length, with out-sized, swordlike jaws that can cut an enemy in half with one bite. The queen is a bloated monster that can barely move; she spends her life laying eggs.