Here is the fourth of my entries on bawylie’s “Monster Mash” thread…
Note: The Earthquake Beetle is from the BECMI supplement book ‘AC9 – Creature Catalogue’ (full BECMI stats and description in the pic below).
Earthquake Beetle, Eerie Tremors and Earthquakes, Southhaven
The townsfolk of Southhaven are on edge after a week of unsettling terror, missing livestock, and even a missing farmer!
All week long there have been random earthquakes (during the daytime and at night-time) that are localised to ‘small’ areas and seem to ‘change locations’ with some frequency.
The only thing the townsfolk are sure about at the moment is that the earthquakes and missing livestock have occurred in the same locations.
What the townsfolk are not aware of is that they have been ‘visited’ by a rare underground creature known as an Earthquake Beetle! This rare creature appears to be a mix of beetle, spider, and black dragon all rolled into one (at 100 feet in length).
The Earthquake Beetle has come to the surface due to hunger and found a bountiful hunting ground, thus it has continued to remain in the area rather than return to its underground home.
Can the characters find the source of the earthquakes and solve the mystery of the missing livestock and farmer? Will they be able to defeat this terror from the depths or will they be its next meal?
Note: I have tried to improve the quality of the pic, but this is as good as I could get it to turn out.