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Adaro

This hybrid of human and shark holds its spear menacingly, thick, glistening saliva dripping from its razor-sharp teeth.

Adaro CR 3

XP 800

NE Medium monstrous humanoid (aquatic)

Init +3; Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 6o ft., low-light vision, keen scent; Perception +8

Defense

AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +2 natural)

hp 30 (4d10+8)

Fort +3, Ref +7, Will +5

Offense

Speed 10 ft., swim 50 ft.

Melee spear +8 (1d8+4/×3 plus poison), bite +2 (1d6+3)

Ranged spear +8 (1d8+3/×3)

Special Attacks rain frenzy

Statistics

Str 16, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 13

Base Atk +4; CMB +7; CMD 20

Feats Deadly Aim, Weapon Focus (spear)

Skills Intimidate +8, Perception +8, Stealth +10, Swim +18

Languages Aquan, Common; speak with sharks

SQ amphibious, poison use

Ecology

Environment warm oceans

Organization solitary, hunting party (2–6), or tribe (7–12)

Treasure standard (3 spears, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Poison (Ex) Adaros favor a paralytic toxin secreted by the flying nettlefin pufferfish—a sticky venom that doesn't wash away in water.

Nettlefin Toxin: Spear—injury; save Fort DC 15; frequency 1/minute for 4 minutes; effect paralyzed for 1 minute; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Poison Use (Ex) Adaros are skilled in the use of poison and never risk accidentally poisoning themselves.

Rain Frenzy (Su) Adaros revere storms, and their lust for blood is amplified exponentially while it is raining. While fighting in the rain or during other stormy weather, adaros act as though affected by the rage spell. An adaro gains this benefit even if it is underwater, but only as long as it remains within a move action away from the water's surface (50 feet for most adaros).

Speak with Sharks (Su) An adaro can communicate telepathically with sharks to a distance of 100 feet. This communication is limited to simple concepts, such as “come,” “defend,” or “attack.”

Malevolent denizens of the waters, adaros are among the fiercest sentient hunters of the tropical seas. They are known and feared by sailors on many exotic shores, as well as by common folk who just happen to live near the ocean. Many have witnessed a fellow sailor or fisher suddenly go rigid, a poisoned spear jutting from his guts, only to fall into the water and be taken by the vicious adaro responsible for the assault.

Strictly carnivorous, adaros feed upon their victims almost immediately after slaying them. Their brutally sharp teeth cut through bone almost as easily as through flesh, and their powerful digestive systems are capable of handling most organic matter. Adaros usually eat once every couple of days, gorging on meals half their weight.

Adaros' strange relationship with storms has intrigued scholars for centuries. These sea-dwellers have a special connection to the deadly creatures of the water and the wildness of foul weather, and it is no coincidence that they attack humanoids more often during rough seas. Adaros are seminomadic by nature; a tribe travels until it finds a suitable hunting ground, and leaves either when its presence becomes too well known or when its game runs low.

An adaro is 7-1/2 feet long and weighs 250 pounds.