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Intellect Devourer

Devoid of a head, or any features at all save for four short, clawed legs, this creature's body looks like a large, glistening brain.

Intellect Devourer CR 8

XP 4,800

CE Small aberration

Init +10; Senses blindsight 60 ft., detect magic; Perception +19

Defense

AC 22, touch 17, flat-footed 16 (+6 Dex, +5 natural, +1 size)

hp 84 (8d8+48)

Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +8

DR 10/adamantine and magic; Immune fire, mind-affecting effects; Resist cold 20, electricity 20, sonic 20; SR 23

Weaknesses vulnerability to protection from evil

Offense

Speed 40 ft.

Melee 4 claws +13 (1d4+1)

Special Attacks body thief, sneak attack +3d6

Spell-Lilke Abilities (CL 8th)

Constant—detect magic

At will—confusion (DC 17, single target only), daze monster (DC 15, no HD limit), inflict serious wounds (DC 16), invisibility, reduce size (as reduce person but self only)

3/day—cure moderate wounds, globe of invulnerability

Statistics

Str 12, Dex 23, Con 21, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 17

Base Atk +6; CMB +6; CMD 22 (26 vs. trip)

Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Toughness, Weapon Finesse

Skills Bluff +19, Disguise +11, Knowledge (local) +14, Perception +19, Sense Motive +8, Stealth +29, Use Magic Device +11; Racial Modifiers +8 Bluff, +8 Perception, +8 Stealth

Languages Undercommon (cannot speak); telepathy 100 ft.

Ecology

Environment any underground

Organization solitary, brood (2–6), or tribe (7–16)

Treasure double

Special Abilities

Body Thief (Su) As a full-round action that provokes an attack of opportunity, an intellect devourer can reduce its size, crawl into the mouth of a helpless or dead creature, and burrow into the victim's skull to devour its brain. This is a coup de grace attempt that inflicts 8d4+3d6+8 points of damage. If the victim is slain (or already dead), the intellect devourer usurps control of the body and may use it as its own, as if it controlled the target via a dominate monster spell. The intellect devourer has full access to all of the host's defensive and offensive abilities save for spellcasting and spell-like abilities (although the intellect devourer can still use its own spell-like abilities). A host body may not have been dead for longer than 1 day for this ability to function, and even successfully inhabited bodies decay to uselessness in 7 days (unless this time is extended via gentle repose). As long as the intellect devourer occupies the body, it knows (and can speak) the languages known by the victim and basic information about the victim's identity and personality, yet has none of the victim's specific memories or knowledge. Damage done to a host body does not harm the intellect devourer, and if the host body is slain, the intellect devourer emerges and is dazed for 1 round. Raise dead cannot restore a victim of body theft, but resurrection or more powerful magic can.

Vulnerable to Protection from Evil (Ex) An intellect devourer is treated as a summoned creature for the purpose of determining how it is affected by a protection from evil spell.

Thought by some to be invaders from another dimension or planet, the sinister intellect devourers are certainly one of the world's cruelest races. Incapable of experiencing emotions or wallowing in the sins of physical pleasure on their own, intellect devourers are forced to steal bodies in order to indulge their gluttony, lust, and cruelty. Stories tell of entire cities of these creatures deep underground, where host bodies are worn like clothes to hideous orgies and vile feasts. Lone intellect devourers often dwell in ruins or caves on the edge of a civilized region so they can make periodic forays into town to “shop” for an attractive new body.

An intellect devourer is 3 feet long and weighs about 60 pounds.