Are you tired of dragging the characters through dungeons already? Maybe it's time to clean house . . .
No. Enc.: 1-12
Alignment: Chaotic (evil)
Movement: 60' (20')
Fly: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 2
Attacks: 1 (drain)
Damage: 1d3 (special)
Hoard Class: None
The Croucher, or Rabisu, is a demonic spirit that occupies the houses of the living. They can be found at the thresholds of doors and in dark corners, waiting to pounce on the unwary. They enjoy scaring people and their pets.
During the night, they will sneak into the rooms of children and siphon off their life energy, causing horrific nightmares and bed-wetting. They can use this life-stealing ability on adults, but usually only when cornered. The Croucher gains as many hit points as is drained from the victim.
In their natural state, the Croucher is invisible. Throwing salt onto the spirit will cause it to become visible for 1-4 rounds.
Oftentimes, Crouchers will be found in groups, each infesting a different part of a house and not interacting with one another. However, if one of their kind if assaulted, the will swarm the attackers and attempt to drain them of life.
The creatures may be turned by clerics, but for such purposes they are considered to be Infernal. Crouchers brought to zero hit points will disappear, but reappear 1-8 days later. The only way to permanently rid a structure of Crouchers is for a cleric to perform a ritual cleansing of the house after 'killing' them all, which involves lighting every corner of the house and throwing a loud, raucous party with plenty of joke telling and laughter.
Based on the Croucher, page 183 of A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits, by Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack.