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Cockroaches, also known simply as roaches, were crawling insects[3] with a reputation as urban pests.[4]

Combat[]

Although typically harmless against adventurers,[5] cockroach swarms of large enough numbers could pose a serious threat. To those unequipped to handle it, the collective stench of such a group could be overwhelmingly sickening. Damage was typically inflicted by biting, though some swarms were able to eject a corrosive acid as well.[1][2]

Particularly diminutive adventurers, such as those shrunk to a tenth of their size per the effects of a version of the reduce spell in use between the Time of Troubles and the Year of Wild Magic,[6] were a more realistic target for individual cockroaches. At this scale, a cockroach's bite could inflict significant damage, and would slow an opponent down for a few seconds.[7]

Ecology[]

Cockroaches could be tracked by the pungent smell of their attar and droppings.[8]

Beshaba counted cockroaches among her favored animals, and was known to act through their presence.[9][10] Torog, too, favored cockroaches.[11]

Habitats[]

Cockroaches were found in urban areas[4] and the sewers that ran beneath them.[5] A number of inns had cockroach problems, including the Dran & Courtier,[7] the Pride of Zhentil Keep,[12] the Shattered Mirror,[13] and the Three Elves.[14]

Some species of cockroach hardy enough to survive the frigid climate inhabited the Great Glacier.[15]

Related Creatures[]

Giant cockroaches were especially large cockroaches that measured 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Compared to their more common kin, they were considerably more belligerent, attacking just about anything animate.[16]

Vfush Sweetwaterlake, a slyth scholar of insects and arachnids, claimed to have observed an undead species of cockroach.[17]

A rare subset of cockroaches were valued for their use in detecting magic, as their shells turned blue in its presence. These cockroaches were sold in the markets of Vaelan.[18]

Some sages postulated that hook horrors were distant relatives of cockroaches.[19][20]

History[]

Prior to becoming an advisor at the Citadel of Assassins,[21] the archmage Knellict survived an assassination attempt organized by his prior employer, Zhengyi the Witch-King, by polymorphing his assailants into cockroaches.[22] Similarly, during her tumultuous tenure as guildmaster of the Welcomers of Phlan, the half-fiend[23] Sirana used this same maneuver on several of her own guildmembers.[24]

Trivia[]

The hishna spell pestilence brought forth a mass of crawling insects, among which were cockroaches.[3]

Appendix[]

See Also[]

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 These statblocks represent swarms of cockroaches, rather than individuals.

Appearances[]

Adventures
Nightmare KeepCaravansGhosts of Dragonspear CastleTomb of AnnihilationAcquisitions Incorporated: "The Orrery of the Wanderer"
Novels
The Harpers (The Night ParadeThe Ring of Winter) • Prince of LiesPool of TwilightRealms of Infamy: "Laughter in the Flames" • Netheril Trilogy (Sword PlayDangerous Games) • Night MasksDeath of the DragonThe City of RavensThrone of BhaalDarkvisionSword of the GodsThe CompanionsTimeless
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
Outlaws of the Iron Route

External Links[]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Template:Cite dungeon/164/Worse than Death
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite book/The Sinister Spire
  3. 3.0 3.1 Douglas Niles (August 1991). “A Journey to the True World”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), p. 88. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ari Marmell, C.A. Suleiman (November 2006). Cityscape. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-3939-7.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Logan Bonner, et al. (May 2012). Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 978-0786960323.
  6. David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 173. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jerry Holkins, Elyssa Grant, Scott Fitzgerald Gray (June 18, 2019). Acquisitions Incorporated. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 978-0786966905.
  8. Template:Cite book/The Sinister Spire
  9. Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc.), p. 43. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  10. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. p. 10. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
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  12. Kevin Melka, John Terra (March 1995). “Campaign Book”. In Julia Martin ed. Ruins of Zhentil Keep (TSR, Inc.), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-0109-8.
  13. James Lowder (December 1994). “Laughter in the Flames”. In James Lowder ed. Realms of Infamy (TSR, Inc.), pp. 293–316. ISBN 1-56076-911-4.
  14. Ed Greenwood (2001-09-05). Part #23: Cheap and Cheerful at the Three Elves. Elminster Speaks. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2016-09-17.
  15. Rick Swan (1992). The Great Glacier. (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 1-56076-324-8.
  16. Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 87. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
  17. Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel (2003-10-24). Underdark Dungeons (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-11.
  18. Bruce R. Cordell (2006). Darkvision. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 7. ISBN 0-7869-4017-4.
  19. Grant Boucher, William W. Connors, Steve Gilbert, Bruce Nesmith, Christopher Mortika, Skip Williams (April 1990). Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Adventures Appendix. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), p. 31. ISBN 0-88038-836-6.
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  21. R.A. Salvatore (1989). The Bloodstone Lands. Edited by Elizabeth T. Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 51. ISBN 0-88038-771-8.
  22. Roster Book included in Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1985). Bloodstone Pass. (TSR, Inc), p. 5. ISBN 978-0394548562.
  23. Dale Donovan, Paul Culotta (August 1996). Heroes' Lorebook. (TSR, Inc), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-0412-7.
  24. James Ward, Anne K. Brown (November 1993). Pool of Twilight. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6582-8.
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