Since the world isn't populated with only one kind of most animals, the same is likely true of Barsaive, featuring a variety of different magical creatures. While this isn't necessarily the case, it does make it easy to provide a greater range of challenges from the same basic creature. Because sometimes you need a more or less powerful version of a particular creature. Especially when there are adventures featuring it at the previous challenge, but some jackass decided the common version needed to be more powerful. What a jerk.
Blue-tailed shadowmants are very similar to their larger cousins, though can be distinguished through their smaller size and the midnight blue coloration in their crystalline stinger, tail, and streaks on their underside. Their poison is slightly less potent than common shadowmants, though this does not make them any less aggressive.
Challenge: Novice (Second Circle)
DEX: 6 Initiative: 8 Unconsciousness: 25
STR: 4 Physical Defense: 8 Death Rating: 30
TOU: 5 Mystic Defense: 10 Wound Threshold: 7
PER: 6 Social Defense: 8 Knockdown: 4
WIL: 5 Physical Armor: 3 Recovery Tests: 2
CHA: 4 Mystic Armor: 4
Movement: 4 (Flying 16)
Actions: 1; Bite: 9 (7), Stinger: 9 (9)
Enhanced Sense [Sight]: Low-light vision.
Poison (8): The blue-tailed shadowmant possesses a damaging poison (see Gamemaster's Guide, p. 171). The poison is Step 8 [Onset: Instant, Interval: 10/1 round].
Stealthy Stride (15): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 170.
Poison Stinger (Blue Tailed-Shadowmant, Stinger): The blue-tailed shadowmant may spend an additional success from an Attack test to inflict Poison on the target.
Loot: Stinger worth D8 × 10 silver pieces (worth Legend Points).