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That Notorious Haunter of the Holidays

Friday, December 23, 2016


Illustration by David Melvin

Krampus has nabbed the Publisher Preview! Stay tuned for updates on miniatures and more after the holidays!

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Wow, that art would translate really well into a miniature!
Maybe in the november 2017 set of Pathfinder Battles? ;-)


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Sprays coffee.

Oh s++@! I didn't see that coming!


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My stocking will not feel complete until Krampus is in it!

Any chance that we'll see a preview post of stats, soon? :)

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Not only would it make a great mini, but I nominate it for consideration as a plushy as well.

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Mmm, two pairs o' horns! Wonder if he's fey?


Nooo! Saint Nicholas! Father Christmas! Save us! :(

(seriously though Paizo, please consider stating Santa) :D


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Berselius wrote:
Nooo! Saint Nicholas! Father Christmas! Save us! :(

I think Santa's in that picture too...

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Stats please.


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Generic Villain wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Nooo! Saint Nicholas! Father Christmas! Save us! :(
I think Santa's in that picture too...

Nope, what's in that sack are the children of evil-aligned worshipers to foul gods (like Asmodeus or Zon-Kuthon).


Nice to see the big guy out and about and enjoying himself at this festive time of year!

;)


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Nope, what's in that sack are the children of evil-aligned worshipers to foul gods (like Asmodeus or Zon-Kuthon).

Oh I know that's the Earth myth. I'm just thinking, maybe Krampus got tired of the competition and decided to take out the big man himself. And with Chris Kringle out of the way, that'll make child abduction that much easier.

Work smart, not hard.


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Forget stating up Santa, how about stating up the ghost of Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas yet to come. They could be (possibly unique)fey that are connected to holidays instead of nature. Basically going around to get people more into the holidays or help someone become better person.


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Generic Villain wrote:
Berselius wrote:


Nope, what's in that sack are the children of evil-aligned worshipers to foul gods (like Asmodeus or Zon-Kuthon).

Oh I know that's the Earth myth. I'm just thinking, maybe Krampus got tired of the competition and decided to take out the big man himself. And with Chris Kringle out of the way, that'll make child abduction that much easier.

Work smart, not hard.

Nah, the Krampus is no match for Father Christmas! He's a mythic kickbutt master of holiday cheer that will come to town on Krampus's behind! Cause he's got a list and he's checking it twice and when it comes to Krampus Santa's definately not nice! :D


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No offense to big red, but magic flying reindeer? Anyone? Just me? Well, how about some normal reindeer then?

P. S. Santa, like gods, clearly falls into the realm of They-Who-Most-Not-Be-Statted.

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I think Dragon Magazine DID give him statistics once, though: He was a super-high-level multiclass Druid/Cleric (NG, of course).


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
I think Dragon Magazine DID give him statistics once, though: He was a super-high-level multiclass Druid/Cleric (NG, of course).

I think you may be thinking on an online enhancement WotC did in 2005. He was a NG Male Human Druid 13/Cleric 5/Rogue 2. I once copy/pasted his stats on here, but had my post zapped by the powers that be. Copyright issues no doubt. Anywhere, here he is to interested parties. Nicholas the Gift-Giver.

There was a related PDF detailing the Xmas compound, including stats the gnome "servants." It can be found here: Nicholas the Gift-Giver's Northern Palace.

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Nah, the Krampus is no match for Father Christmas! He's a mythic kickbutt master of holiday cheer that will come to town on Krampus's behind! Cause he's got a list and he's checking it twice and when it comes to Krampus Santa's definately not nice! :D

Considering Santa is loosely based on Odin... you may very well be right. But I always root for the underdog. Especially if the underdog is irredeemably evil, so... go Krampus!


*Fingers crossed*

Fey!Fey!Fey!Fey!Fey!


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I hope he is a fey as well.


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Generic Villain wrote:
Considering Santa is loosely based on Odin... you may very well be right. But I always root for the underdog. Especially if the underdog is irredeemably evil, so... go Krampus!

SANTA (glowing with golden aura): I AM CHAMPION OF CHRISTMAS!

Krampus: What are you talking about? It's July!

SANTA: DON'T YOU LIE TO ME! IT'S SNOWING!

Krampus: I FROZE YOUR PLANET YOU MOOK!

SANTA:...awwww....


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So, is this Krampus' art for B6 or is he showing up in another product?

Will there be any other holiday themed creatures in B6?


Berselius wrote:
Generic Villain wrote:
Berselius wrote:


Nope, what's in that sack are the children of evil-aligned worshipers to foul gods (like Asmodeus or Zon-Kuthon).

Oh I know that's the Earth myth. I'm just thinking, maybe Krampus got tired of the competition and decided to take out the big man himself. And with Chris Kringle out of the way, that'll make child abduction that much easier.

Work smart, not hard.

Nah, the Krampus is no match for Father Christmas! He's a mythic kickbutt master of holiday cheer that will come to town on Krampus's behind! Cause he's got a list and he's checking it twice and when it comes to Krampus Santa's definately not nice! :D

(warning: not entirely SFW)

A few witnesses may disagree...

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Don't stat Santa. "If it can be statted, it can be killed."
Santa's Headstone

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Dragon78 wrote:

So, is this Krampus' art for B6 or is he showing up in another product?

Will there be any other holiday themed creatures in B6?

This is indeed Krampus's art for Bestiary 6. There aren't intentionally any other holiday-themed creatures in the book, unless I'm forgetting one or two in a haze of post egg-nog blurs.

And while it's not quite time yet to reveal Krampus's stats (I kinda wanna let those stay secret till the book is out) I can reveal the fact that he's a unique monstrous humanoid, is CR 21 and is VERY hard to kill, and has a "punish the naughty" special attack.

Oh, and tongues as a constant spell-like ability. Pun somewhat intended.


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Belly like a bowlful of jelly? Manages to shimmy down even the most notoriously cramped chimneys?

Santa is clearly some kind of sentient ooze.


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Disappointed he is not a fey but at least he isn't an outsider. Though CR21 is a little too high, personally i was hoping he would be in the CR12-17 range.


Fey was going to be a tough sell for something like this because of 1/2 BAB. It's no mistake that absolutely none of the Tane, the assassins and chief warriors of the fey Eldest, are actually of the fey type.

The only fey I can think of that is decent at melee combat is the Vilderavn, and they had to give it free +5 weapons and armor to make that happen.


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He still would have been an interesting addition to the fey type. The concept of a fey connected to a holiday instead of nature would be interesting.

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Dragon78 wrote:

He still would have been an interesting addition to the fey type. The concept of a fey connected to a holiday instead of nature would be interesting.

There's plenty of interesting additions to the fey type in this book. One of my goals for Bestiary 6 was not only to have more tough monsters, but to augment those categories of monsters who, for whatever reason, have NEVER really gotten tough monsters. Monstrous humanoid was something of a surprise to me; before Bestiary 6, there were maybe one or two or three monstrous humanoids over like CR 10, and those were all thriae, I believe. There's plenty more in this book to help keep the monstrous humanoid type relevant beyond 10th level. :P

And just because Krampus isn't fey doesn't mean he can't be tied to druidic traditions or the natural world!

As for fey that are "decent at combat," I'm pretty confident that the Wild Hunt will please folks. Well... some folks at least. Other folks can't be pleased, but I'd rather not waste time chasing ghosts that can't be caught.


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Monstrous humanoid was something of a surprise to me; before Bestiary 6, there were maybe one or two or three monstrous humanoids over like CR 10, and those were all thriae, I believe.

There are a few others. Jorogumos are CR 12. Annunaki are CR 18/MR 7. Elder Deep Ones are CR 14. Formian Queens are CR 17. Gegenees are CR 16. Grendel is CR 19/MR 7 and a precedent for Krampus' approach. Humbabas are CR 19. Popobala are CR 15. Rokurokobi are CR 14. Stormghosts are CR 15. Vouivre are CR 12.

I think that's it for main Bestiaries. A couple more in setting specific books.


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I am just happy to hear that the wild hunt is/are fey.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
I think Dragon Magazine DID give him statistics once, though: He was a super-high-level multiclass Druid/Cleric (NG, of course).

Yeah, Dragon did back in the mid 80s, I think. Though I can't think of what they did for him. I think you're correct on the classes, though.


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James Jacobs wrote:
And while it's not quite time yet to reveal Krampus's stats (I kinda wanna let those stay secret till the book is out) I can reveal the fact that he's a unique monstrous humanoid, is CR 21 and is VERY hard to kill, and has a "punish the naughty" special attack.

Sounds pretty cool.

Though I always sort of feel like famous, unique mythological creatures tend to get over CR'd.

I mean, Krampus is a weird devilish looking thing that punishes children who misbehave. Just given his purview he sounds like a decent encounter for like, level 5 characters. Children disappearing from a village. Red herring with a tribe of goblins or orcs. Investigating. Etc. Meeting with Krampus, bam the end of your low level story arc.

Putting him alongside Great Wyrms, Titans and just below Solars feels weird.

But like I said, could say the same about other creatures I think, like the Jabberwock or Grendel or Cthulhu.


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I agree, Krampus is way too powerful.

Jabberwock is just right.

Cthulhu is about right as well.

Grendel is way too strong.


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I dunno...Krampus seems about right to me, if you consider Santa is an Eldest/Empyreal Lord :P


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James Jacobs wrote:
As for fey that are "decent at combat," I'm pretty confident that the Wild Hunt will please folks. Well... some folks at least. Other folks can't be pleased, but I'd rather not waste time chasing ghosts that can't be caught.

I am now very intrigued. Is this a mechanic that works with fey? Similar to a ritual? Or something else entirely?


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If Krampus is CR21 then Santa must be really awesome.


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Dragon78 wrote:
If Krampus is CR21 then Santa must be really awesome.

Well duh, he's Santa.


MichaelCullen wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
As for fey that are "decent at combat," I'm pretty confident that the Wild Hunt will please folks. Well... some folks at least. Other folks can't be pleased, but I'd rather not waste time chasing ghosts that can't be caught.
I am now very intrigued. Is this a mechanic that works with fey? Similar to a ritual? Or something else entirely?

The Wild Hunt is a creature that's to be released in the Bestiary 6.

I can't express how much I'm happy to know that it is indeed Fey related. But now I'm intrigued if it is indeed a single being or a group. Or maybe even a template for fey creatures... @.@


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I am also really curious about the wild hunt as well.

I hope they reveal what the 3 kaiju that made it in B6 will be.


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Slightly off-topic, but those chains he's carrying remind me of the Muppet Christmas Carol,

Spoilers for those who haven't seen a Twenty-Five year old Movie:
when Jacob and Robert Marley (Statler and Waldorf) Haunt Scrooge.

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