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The thing is, Varisia itself is kind of a back-water. It may the place where a lot of adventures take place, but that's due to its general lawlessness, high population of monstrous humanoids and melting pot characteristics. There are easier places to trade with, with less chance of losing investment to ogre attacks, goblin raiders, etc.
This human child has blank, black eyes and her skin has a slug-like sheen. She opens her mouth far too wide, a toothy maw that splits her head from ear to ear.
Slaymate CR 3
LE Small undead
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +12
Aura pale aura (10 ft.)
AC 14, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+1 size, +1 Dex, +1 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 31 (7d8)
Fort +2, Ref +5, Will +5
Speed 20 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d4+1 plus disease)
Special Attacks bolstering touch, sneak attack +1d6
Str 12, Dex 13, Con -, Int 11, Wis 10, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +5; CMD 17
Feats Alertness, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes
Skills Escape Artist +8, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12, Stealth +15
Environment any land and underground
Organization solitary or family (1 plus 1 spellcaster of 3rd to 6th level)
Bolstering Touch (Su) Three times a day, a slaymate can touch an undead creature to grant it a +1 profane bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls and +2 channel resistance for 1 minute.
Disease (Su) Pale wasting—injury; save Fort DC 13; onset 1 day; damage 1d4 Str and 1d4 Con; cure 2 saves. The save DC is Charisma based.
Pale Aura (Su) A slaymate exudes an aura that empowers necromantic magic. Any necromancy spell cast within a slaymate’s pale aura gains a +1 bonus to the DC (if any) and is cast at +1 caster level. A spellcaster within the slaymate’s aura can choose to use any metamagic feat he knows on a necromancy spell he casts without increasing the casting time or spell level. Doing so, however, deals damage to both the slaymate and the caster equal to 5 x the level the spell would ordinarily be adjusted to. There is no saving throw to resist this damage.
Slaymates are the undead remnants of children who died due to a parent’s betrayal. As such, they often seek out other creatures to serve as their new “parents”, such as necromancers or larger, stronger undead. Both spellcasters and the walking dead appreciate the slaymate’s abilities to bolster their trades and serve to protect the pathetic, horrific slaymate in exchange for these powers. A slaymate’s behavior reflects a disturbing innocence and their cruelty is that of children pulling off an insect’s legs.
Slaymates vary in height and weight as children do, averaging three and a half feet. Rumors persist of rare slaymates “growing up” due to the blessing of gods or fiendish lords of undeath—these adult slaymates have the giant simple template and are frequently necromancers or clerics of evil deities.
A slaymate can be created by a create undead spell cast at caster level 14th. Only a caster with at least three metamagic feats can create a slaymate.
The last of the incorporeal undead in LM, and the first of my mythic conversions! There's another couple of LM monsters that strike me as being appropriate for mythic.
A rolling cloud of silvery-gray mist unfurls to reveal a multitude of cadaverous faces, each whispering a nightmarish susurrus. Tendrils of mist ooze from its bulk, probing like a blind man’s cane.
Dream Vestige statistics:
Dream Vestige CR 16/MR 6
CE Huge undead (incorporeal, mythic)
Init +17 (M), Senses arcane sight, blindsight 120 ft., darkvision 60 ft., Perception +26
Aura desecrating aura (30 ft.), frightful presence (60 ft., DC 22)
AC 30, touch 30, flat-footed 22 (-2 size, +8 Dex, +13 deflection, +1 dodge)
hp 260 (17d8+102 plus 48 plus 34)
Fort +13, Ref +15, Will +18
DR 10/epic; SR 30
Defensive Qualities mythic deflection
Immune incorporeal traits, undead traits
Speed fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 4 touches +20 (3d6+2 plus mind drain)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks consume essence, mythic power (6/day, surge +1d8), trample (6d6+2 plus mind drain, DC 22)
Spell-like Abilities CL 17th, concentration +23
Constant—arcane sight, tongues
3/day—dream travel, greater dispel magic
Str -, Dex 27, Con -, Int 18, Wis 22, Cha 23
Base Atk +12; CMB -; CMD 46
Feats Combat Reflexes (M), Dodge, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative (M), Iron Will (M), Lightning Reflexes, Mobility, Spring Attack, Step Up
Skills Fly +34, Intimidate +26, Knowledge (arcana) +24, Knowledge (religion) +24, Perception +26, Sense Motive +26, Stealth +20, Spellcraft +24
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Draconic, tongues
Environment any land and underground
Consume Essence (Su) A creature reduced to 0 Intelligence by a dream vestige is completely destroyed—only a wish or miracle can bring it back to life. A dream vestige that consumes the essence of a creature gains 1 growth point. A growth point grants the dream vestige a +1 on all attack rolls, skill checks, saving throws and ability checks and 5 temporary hit points. A dream vestige with as many growth points as it has Hit Dice (17 for a typical dream vestige) splits into two dream vestiges as a full-round action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity. A dream vestige loses growth points at a rate of 1 per minute.
Desecrating Aura (Su) A dream vestige has a 30-foot- radius emanation equivalent to a desecrate spell centered on a shrine of evil power. Undead within this radius (including the dream vestige) gain a +2 profane bonus on attack and damage rolls and saving throws, as well as +2 hit points per die, and the save DC of channeled negative energy is increased by +6 (these adjustments are included for the dream vestige in its statistics). This aura can be negated by dispel evil, but a dream vestige can reactivate it on its turn as a free action. A desecrating aura suppresses and is suppressed by consecrate or hallow; both effects are negated within any overlapping area of effect.
Dream Travel (Sp) This ability functions as shadow walk, except that the dream vestige has complete control over where it arrives when it reaches its destination. This is the equivalent of a 6th level spell.
Mind Drain (Su) The touch of a dream vestige deals 1d4 points of Intelligence drain to any sapient creature (a creature with an Intelligence of 3 or higher before damage or drain). A dream vestige gains 5 temporary hit points each time it drains Intelligence, regardless of how many points it drains. Unlike most forms of ability drain, this affects the undead.
Mythic Deflection (Su) A dream vestige adds its mythic rank to its deflection bonus to Armor Class.
Trample (Ex) A dream vestige’s trample special attack requires a Will save for half damage, rather than a Reflex save. A creature that succeeds on its save against a dream vestige’s trample attack takes no damage from the dream vestige’s mind drain.
Great is the wrath of the divine. Although deities typically act through proxies such as favored mortals and outsider servitors, on very rare occasions they may act directly against those that provoke their ire. When direct deific action wipes an entire community from existence, this trauma of souls may create a dream vestige—an incredibly rare and powerful undead horror composed of hundreds of damned souls acting in unison.
Dream vestiges are driven to consume the minds and bodies of the living and the undead alike. Their desecrating auras often serve as lures to bring undead to them, which they then engulf and devour. Despite their immense size, dream vestiges are capable of great stealth, and many victims do not know what they are facing until it is too late. If they consume enough minds in a short period of time, a dream vestige splits, amoeba-like, in two. These sister vestiges will tolerate each other only briefly, going their separate ways to devour anew.
Between that and the "subsumption" ability of the boneyard, I'm convinced a rogue editor with a thesaurus got hold of Libris Mortis at some point.
This floating humanoid appears translucent and cadaverously thin, but manages to possess an unearthly beauty. They are clad in flowing black robes, which billow as if in an unseen wind.
Crypt Chanter Statistics:
Crypt Chanter CR 9
NE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense 60 ft., Perception +16
AC 20 (+5 Dex, +4 deflection, +1 dodge)
hp 93 (11d8+44)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +9
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +2, incorporeal traits
Immune undead traits
Weakness resurrection vulnerability, sunlight powerlessness
Speed fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee touch +13 (1d6 Constitution damage)
Special Attacks create spawn, draining melody
Str -, Dex 20, Con -, Int 15, Wis 14, Cha 19
Base Atk +8; CMB -; CMD 28
Feats Blind-fight, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Fly-by Attack, Improved Initiative, Mobility
Skills Acrobatics +16, Bluff +15, Disguise +18, Fly +13, Perception +16, Perform (sing) +15, Stealth +16
Languages Celestial, Common, Infernal
Environment any land or underground
Organization solitary, pair or chorus (1-2 plus 2-12 wights and 1-4 wraiths)
Create Spawn (Su) Creatures slain by a crypt chanter’s draining melody rise as wights under the crypt chanter’s control in 1d4 rounds. Creatures slain by a crypt chanter’s touch rise as wraiths under the crypt chanter’s control in 1 day.
Draining Melody (Su) As a standard action, a crypt chanter can sing a supernatural song of death. All living creatures within 30 ft. must succeed a DC 19 Will save or be dazed for 1 round and take 1d2 negative levels. A crypt chanter can maintain its draining melody as a standard action.
Resurrection Vulnerability (Su) A raise dead or similar spell cast on a crypt chanter destroys it (Will negates). Using the spell in this way does not require a material component.
Sunlight Powerlessness (Ex) Crypt chanters are powerless in natural sunlight (not merely a daylight spell) and flee from it. A crypt chanter caught in sunlight cannot attack and is staggered.
Crypt chanters are horribly destructive creatures—it is fortunate indeed that they are so rare. A crypt chanter’s song is a direct conduit between the creature and the gods of undeath, capable of tearing the life from mortals and transforming them into monstrous husks within seconds. A single crypt chanter is therefore able to convert an entire village into an undead army in a matter of hours. Transformation into a crypt chanter occurs only to the most depraved mortal followers of evil divinities, and these loathsome spirits are often found guarding dark shrines or forsaken relics of malign powers.
This week, I will be focusing my attention on the incorporeal monsters of Libris Mortis. Two of the three I have my sights on are getting adjustments to their CRs--the dearth of incorporeal undead means that not all CRs are covered, which can be irritating for encounter design. So I'm filling in the gaps.
This green eyed spirit appears ragged and worn, as if its incorporeal form was being torn away into shreds. A halo of glowing symbols surrounds it, each pulsing with malign energy.
Quell CR 4
LE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +12
AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 deflection)
hp 32 (5d8+10)
Fort +3 (+5 vs. divine spells), Ref +3 (+5 vs. divine spells), Will +6 (+8 vs. divine spells)
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, incorporeal traits, protection from divinity
Immunity undead traits
Weakness sunlight powerlessness, vulnerability to prayer
Speed fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee touch +5 (1d4+2)
Special Abilities coupled interdiction, interdiction
Str -, Dex 14, Con -, Int 14, Wis 15, Cha 15
Base Atk +3; CMB -; CMD 18
Feats Ability Focus (interdiction), Alertness, Improved Initiative
Skills Diplomacy +7, Fly +18, Intimidate +10, Knowledge (religion) +10, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12
Languages Common, Infernal
Environment any land or underground
Organization solitary, pair or cabal (3-12)
Coupled Interdiction (Su) A quell can use the aid another action on another quell within 30 ft. If it succeeds, the quell receiving aid gains a +2 bonus on the DC of its interdiction special attack for 1 round.
Interdiction (Su) As a standard action, a quell can target a creature within 30 ft. and attempt to disrupt its connection to the divine. The targeted creature must succeed a DC 16 Will save or be unable to channel energy, cast divine spells or use any supernatural ability granted by a divine source for 3d6 rounds. The save DC is Charisma based.
Protection from Divinity (Su) A quell gains a +2 profane bonus on all saves made against divine spells.
Sunlight Powerlessness (Ex) Quells are powerless in natural sunlight (not merely a daylight spell) and flee from it. A quell caught in sunlight cannot attack and is staggered.
Vulnerability to Prayer (Ex) Quells are harmed by the direct application of faith. A creature can make opposed Knowledge (religion) checks against a quell as a move action—if it succeeds, the quell takes 1d6 points of damage, plus an additional 1d6 for every 5 points by which the praying creature beats the quell’s result.
Quells are created from the souls of antitheists, those who hate the gods and work to spite them. Such is the hatred of these bitter souls that they reject damnation and linger in the material world to continue their cruel work. The symbols that float around a quell’s head are icons of the most common deities in the region the quell haunts, broken, inverted or otherwise desecrated.
Incapable of draining life force like most incorporeal undead, quells often associate with other undead, directing their attentions against the living servants of the divine. Although many undead creatures either do not understand or accept the quell’s antitheist dogma, their ability to shut down channeling and spellcasting is much appreciated. Quells cannot create more of themselves directly, but they delight in turning mortals away from faith through seemingly reasonable arguments based on their knowledge of theology. This trait can be turned against a quell—a heartfelt prayer burns a quell like acid, and a suitably knowledgeable priest can destroy one of these monsters with their words alone.
Thank you very much! That's high praise indeed. If you like the work I've done here, there are some other things you might be interested in. Another thread I've done on the Paizo boards was the Year of Yokai, which was stats for various Japanese mythological and literary creatures. I also have a small press company specializing in monster PDFs, Demiurge Press.
Now for the last conversion of the week. I struggled with how to convert one of this monster's signature abilities--without prebuilt skeletons of a variety of CRs in the Bestiary, the summon skeletons ability was somewhat difficult to get a handle on.
Thousands of bones fly together, forming an immense serpentine conglomeration. Although the bones comprising its form bear little resemblance to ordinary anatomy, it does have a head formed from the skull of an immense beast.
Boneyard CR 14
CE Huge undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +31, tremorsense 60 ft.
AC 29, touch 11, flat-footed 26 (-2 size, +2 Dex, +18 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 195 (23d8+92); fast healing 10
Fort +11, Ref +13, Will +18
DR 10/-; SR 25
Immune cold, electricity, undead traits
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee bite +26 (4d6+15/19-20 plus grab and consume bone)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks utter consumption
Spell-like Abilities CL 14th, concentration +18
Str 31, Dex 15, Con -, Int 18, Wis 20, Cha 18
Base Atk +17; CMB +29 (+33 grapple); CMD 42
Feats Dodge, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Mobility, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Stealth), Spring Attack, Vital Strike, Whirlwind Attack
Skills Acrobatics +25, Climb +22, Fly +29, Intimidate +30, Knowledge (history) +27, Knowledge (religion) +30, Perception +31, Sense Motive +31, Stealth +26
Languages Abyssal, Common, Terran
Environment any land and underground
Consume Bone (Su) Any creature bitten by a boneyard must succeed a DC 25 Fortitude save or take 2d4 points of Strength, Dexterity and Constitution damage as its bones leech into the boneyard. A creature that successfully saves takes no ability damage, but is staggered by the pain for 1 round. Creatures without a skeletal structure are immune to this ability, but undead creatures with a skeleton are not. A boneyard heals 5 points of damage each time it uses this ability. The save DC is Charisma based.
Flight (Su) a boneyard’s flight is a supernatural ability.
Freeze (Ex) A boneyard can take 20 on Stealth checks by masquerading as a pile of bones.
Skeletal Summons (Sp) This spell-like ability functions as summon nature’s ally VII, with the following exceptions. Creatures summoned gain DR 5/bludgeoning, immunity to cold and electricity, and undead traits. A boneyard cannot use this ability to summon creatures without a skeleton, such as giant squid or elementals. This is the equivalent of a 7th level spell.
Utter Consumption (Su) A creature pinned by a boneyard must succeed a DC 25 Fortitude save every turn or be instantly killed as all of its bones are pulled out of its body. A boneyard that successfully consumes a living creature gains the benefits of an inflict critical wounds spell (CL 14th). Creatures killed by this ability cannot be raised from the dead, although resurrection and similar powerful magic will function.
Boneyards, known as bone weirds or bonetakers by some, are immense aggregate undead that form from mass graves and charnel sites. Despite their monstrous appearance, they possess genius-level intellects, a result of all of the damned souls rattling around in their forms. Fragments of the personalities and knowledge of the creatures incorporated into a boneyard surface in the roiling mass of its psyche, and they speak with dozens of voices at once, skulls studded throughout their bodies contributing to conversation. Due to their obscure knowledge of persons long dead and built into their bodies, boneyards are sometimes sought out as oracles or sages. Dealing with a boneyard is fraught with peril—the creatures rarely accept any payment less than a mortal life to consume and add its bones to theirs.
A boneyard is about forty feet long and weighs twenty tons. A boneyard can be created by a create undead spell at caster level 20th. To do so requires the skeletons of at least one hundred creatures.
This one I didn't change too much from the original--I'm a big fan of tomb motes, and have used them in a couple of adventures. One thing stuck out at me, though: why aren't they suitable for familiars? So I made them that way--think of them as the undead equivalent of the CR 2 outsider spectrum.
A tiny mannequin skitters about, its body seemingly composed of equal parts bone shards, soil and matted hair. Despite its patchwork body, it moves with eerie grace.
Tomb Mote statistics:
Tomb Mote CR 2
NE Tiny undead
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +7
AC 17, touch 15, flat-footed 14 (+2 size, +3 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 16 (3d8+3); fast healing 1
Fort +2, Ref +4, Will +4
DR 5/magic or cold iron
Defensive Abilities amorphous; Immune undead traits
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d4-1 plus disease)
Space 2 ½ ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Spell-like Abilities CL 3rd, concentration +4
3/day—cause fear (DC 12)
1/day—ghoul touch (DC 13), speak with dead (DC 14)
Str 8, Dex 16, Con -, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 13
Base Atk +2; CMB +3; CMD 11
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+2 jumping), Climb +11, Knowledge (religion) +4, Perception +7, Stealth +17, Swim +11
Languages Abyssal, Common
Organization solitary, pair or bunch (3-8)
Disease (Ex) Corpse bloat—injury; save Fort DC 12; onset 1d3 days; damage 1d6 Str; cure 2 saves. The save DC is Charisma based.
Quickness (Su) A tomb mote can take an extra move action every round.
Tomb motes are undead effluvia, the scraps and spare parts left over from the animated dead. A desecrated graveyard that spawns horrors may create tomb motes out of the leftover corpses too badly damaged to rise in humanoid shape, or the destruction of a powerful undead creature may imbue its negative energy into the environment around it, resulting in a clutch of tiny monsters. These impish creatures lurk in graveyards, haunted houses and other places steeped with negative energy, infesting the walls and catacombs like humanoid rats. They are surprisingly intelligent, and create a rudimentary society based primarily on mockery of the living and the trading of baubles recovered from bodies.
A tomb mote stands about eighteen inches tall and weighs ten pounds or less. The disease spread with their bites is nonlethal, but results in bloated, greenish skin, a slowed heart and breathing rate and a powerful odor of decay. Some unfortunate victims of corpse bloat are buried while still alive, mistaken for dead by well-meaning family and friends. Tomb motes find this hilarious, and seek out their victims to tease and torment as the unfortunates die of thirst or suffocation.
A tomb mote can be persuaded to serve as a familiar to necromancers and others obsessed with death. Any evil spellcaster with a caster level of 7th or higher may take a tomb mote as a familiar with the Improved Familiar feat.
Nope, that's not in the original. It does seem a logical addition, though, using the cloaker as a model. LM had a lot of good monster ideas, but they were frequently indifferently executed.
Yet another stand-out monster from LM as a visual, but with mechanics (check out that CR 11 with 65 hit points) and flavor that kept it as an also-ran. Hopefully this version of the wheep will find more use in-game.
This twisted humanoid figure is contorted in agony. Iron spikes are driven into its empty eye sockets, which ooze a thick black bile that coats the creature’s face and hands. Its mouth is filled with gnashing teeth, and a similar hideous maw opens in the palm of each of its hands.
Wheep CR 11
LE Medium undead
Init +8; Senses blindsight 120 ft., Perception +15
Aura wail of the void (60 ft.)
AC 27, touch 19, flat-footed 23 (+4 Dex, +8 natural, +5 profane)
hp 142 (15d8+75); fast healing 5
Fort +10, Ref +9, Will +11
DR 10/magic and piercing
Defensive Abilities profane aura; Immune cold, fire, gaze attacks, sight-based attacks, undead traits, visual effects and illusions
Speed 30 ft., fly 50 ft. (perfect)
Melee 3 bites +19 (1d8+8 plus poison/19-20)
Ranged 3 poison sprays +15 touch (poison)
Str 27, Dex 19, Con -, Int 8, Wis 14, Cha 20
Base Atk +11; CMB +19; CMD 39
Feats Dodge, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Lunge, Mobility, Power Attack, Spring Attack, Wind Stance
Skills Bluff +13, Disguise +16, Fly +24, Perception +15, Stealth +17
Languages Aklo, Common, Infernal
Environment any land and underground
Organization solitary, pair, band (3-5) or choir (6-18)
Blind (Ex) A wheep’s blindsight is based on its senses of hearing and smell—beyond its range of 120 feet, it is considered blind. A deafened wheep is treated as having blindsense—it can pinpoint the squares of opponents, but suffers concealment against all of them.
Poison (Ex) Bite or spray—contact; save Fort DC 22; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 2d6 acid plus 1d3 Con; cure 2 saves. The save DC is Charisma based.
Poison Spray (Ex) A wheep can spray poison from its mouths as a standard action. These sprays are treated as ranged touch attacks with a range of 30 feet and no range increment. Those struck by the spray are affected by the wheep’s poison.
Profane Aura (Su) A wheep gains a profane bonus to its Armor Class and Combat Maneuver Defense equal to its Charisma modifier.
Wail of the Void (Su) As a free action, a wheep can emit a hideous keening wail. All creatures within 60 ft. must succeed a DC 22 Will save or be shaken for 1 minute. Any creature that hears the wail and is suffering from a fear effect must succeed a DC 22 Will save every round or take 1 point of Wisdom drain. The save DC is Charisma based.
The undead abominations known as wheeps are the creation of powerful alien forces toying with the mortal form. Most wheeps serve under devoted evils such as kytons and wicked aberrations, acting as bodyguards, emissaries and shock troopers. The process of creating a wheep from a humanoid involves shattering both the mind and body of the victim before allowing it to die and creating a horror from its corpse—the process results in a dim-witted creature that is both eternally loyal and viciously violent. Some wheeps are used as agents in cities and other mortal realms—although stupid, they are cunning and able to disguise themselves as a beggar, leper or other outcast to gather intelligence and carry out missions of madness and death. The very presence of a wheep spreads its misery with it—thick black venom (sometimes referred to as “poison tears”) oozes from its orifices and its screaming voice brings terror and madness.
Thoroughly wicked mortal spellcasters may occasionally create a wheep, although to do so is a crime beyond imagining even for most necromancers. In order to create a wheep, a create undead spell at caster level 18th must be cast on a good-aligned humanoid victim that has been tortured and kept alive for at least a year before being slain, and a symbol of pain spell must be cast on the corpse before its animation.
The thread lives! It dies! It lives again!
As a reminder, I de-templatified the "necromental", making it a creature subtype to accommodate the dessicator, cinderspawn and voidwraith. This left me a bit stuck for earth, as there was no independent elemental-themed undead for earth in the Libris Mortis, and the sample necromental was a modified earth elemental. So I redesigned it as a basic monster--same CR, some similar abilities, but more interesting than a mindless, ecology-free sack of hit points.
Looming before you is a roughly humanoid mound of soil and rock studded with bones. Where a head should be are set a conglomerate of skulls of various kinds.
Necrolith CR 6
Necroliths are among the most common of necromentals due to the commonality of desecrated graves and other places where undeath and earth come into contact. The presence of a necrolith is cause for great concern, as their ability to create undead can lead to a massive wight plague in a short period of time. Necroliths are territorial towards the living, marking their domains with plinths and signposts constructed from bones scavenged from graves.
Because there aren't enough monstrous humanoids.
Seriously. I remember James Jacobs saying that monstrous humanoids have been neglected by the game and he wanted to make sure more got in.
Sure, I can see the argument for fey (they were on the drawing board for Fearsome Fey, but were scrapped when B3 came out). But they work just fine as monstrous humanoids.
Notice that you're only capable of commanding a number of Hit Dice of critters equal to your level. Since frost giants have 14 HD, you're unlikely to get command of even one of them until pretty close to the end game. There's some other monsters with the cold subtype, but it's still not a super-optimal idea.
If you have Mummy's Mask, the third installment of the AP has Research checks, which treats gathering information a bit like combat. Each library has a maximum amount of relevant information it can yield, and multiple Knowledge checks reveal this information piecemeal, drawing connections between ideas until the entirety of the info you want to convey is discovered.
The previous poster is incorrect. Although the base statistics for the bite damage of a Huge creature are 1d8, this is merely a guideline--creature developers can give die types as they see fit.
Both Power Attack and Vital Strike are optional modifications to attacks, which means they are never included by default in a stat block. If you think that Vital Strike would be a bit much for 4th level characters (and I'm inclined to agree with you), replace it with another feat. Dodge or Toughness would both add relatively minimal boosts to its stats.
The draw that a D&D movie could have over "generic fantasy" would be the monsters. I don't mean the IP stuff like beholders or illithids, necessarily. In most fantasy movies, monsters and creatures are rare. In D&D, they're the point.
A D&D movie that played at being Avatar, with elaborate environments and creature designs, could certainly prove to be a draw.
Mike was my editor when I wrote articles for Dragon Magazine, and we came to be friends after that, chatting on the boards and on LiveJournal. One of my fondest memories of my nerd career was getting to meet him at PAX, and his groans when I introduced him to my player whose favorite PC resource was the Fiend Folio.
He will be missed. Farewell, friend.
Considering the use of rape as a plot point in Retribution and in a number of other Rite Publishing adventures, I would caution them as suitable for children. It can be (and should be, in my opinion) trimmed out, but it is present.
Lessee... based on paths I've run:
Rise of the Runelords: Can't really put my finger on a definite dud, but I recall the party getting antsy in the middle of Spires of Xin-Shalast. The crawl through the city proper, not the wendigo haunts before or Karzoug's palace after.
Curse of the Crimson Throne: I got some decided negative feedback on the first act of Seven Days to the Grave. The party felt like they were mere observers, rather than active participants, in the whole "early days of the plague" thing. Once they started getting missions, they perked up considerably and had a great time with the Gray Maidens and the plague doctors. Unlike many of the anecdotes I've seen on the board, they liked the trip abroad to the Storval Plateau and Scarwall quite a bit.
Legacy of Fire: The Impossible Eye bored most people at my table. They thought that the "trapped in a weird planar location" had already been done better in the previous adventure and that the fights were tedious slogs. And this was after I cleaned them up. Greg Vaughn was definitely thinking more like 4e than PF at that point--lots of fights with mooks incapable of doing much to the PCs, over and over again.
Council of Thieves: I ran this path in spite of Bastards of Erebus, not because of it. Janiven acts like a complete idiot in the beginning, the sewer crawl is tedious and the Hellknights end up looking like buffoons instead of worthy and frightening adversaries. I ended up scrapping the entire first half of this adventure.
Serpent's Skull: I dunno if there's a weak link to point out, or if the whole AP is a weak link. We quit it towards the end of Book 2, simply because the party was bored and had no motivation. The cognitive disconnect between trying to motivate a good-with-a-capital-G party and the factions and hooks presented ended up tearing that group apart. I'll say Racing to Ruin was the weak link, because it made motivation so difficult, but reading City of Seven Spears did not make me want to run it.
Jade Regent: The Hungry Storm relies heavily on the caravan rules, which are broken and stupid. The individual encounters waver between the ludicrously easy and the ludicrously difficult. The dungeon crawl/caravan hybrid at the end, with the yetis, struck me as so repetitive and obnoxious that I cut it entirely.
Shattered Star: No one adventure sticks out as a bad experience, but I will note that the fights in Beyond the Doomsday Door were considerably more difficult than in other chapters. My PCs rose to the challenge (there were only three of them, but they were all very experienced players), but each player suffered at least one death in that module.
I can only assume I've failed to notice something significant, but why does area A17 (the battle against the overlord robot) assume that the PCs have 10 Victory points by the time they reach it. Considering A17 is close to the dungeon entrance, and all sources of victory points (unless I've missed a fair number of them) are deeper within the dungeon, wouldn't it make more sense to assume the PCs will have 0 victory points by the time they reach A17?
Because it's very difficult to get into that room without having delved deeper. The doors are locked down, and the area is flooded with radiation. Both the controls needed to vent the radiation and lift the lock are deeper in the dungeon. Of course, if your PCs tunnel their way through early, there's not much to stop them from fighting the Overlord on their first excursion...
The heavy repair drone is also called a clocktopus, which gives you an idea of its appearance. Eight slam attacks, CR 13.
The robot list mentions just about all of the robots and variants published, but it misses out on some of the variant robots published in that adventure proper, such as
the pulsepounder, which is a variant cannon golem with a giant laser for a head!
The statistics for the khorekhore are original, but the name is borrowed from a Persian boogeyman. Ditto the baboulas (the scissorman's alternate name), which is Greek. This book was written in the early days of PF, before the kyton flavor got solidified to "religious titles" and the only non-core kyton was the ephialtes from Council of Thieves.
Being a long-term cryptozoology fan, I've used a number of cryptids in my campaigns. Some highlights:
In Legacy of Fire, the PCs had to deal with mysterious livestock deaths while retaking Kelmerane. A chupacabra was stalking their herds and even took out a guard in the night before the PCs tracked it down in its lair beneath an ancient tree.
The mothmen were very keen on the party surviving their shipwreck on Smuggler's Shiv, as they were destined to find Saventh-Yhi in Serpent's Skull, for good or ill. A mothman provided them with much needed supplies on several occasions, was sighted from a distance and wiped a PC's mind when he spotted it on watch.
In my Shattered Star game, the PCs attended a lecture at the Pathfinder Lodge on the nature and characteristics of bunyips, and picked up on a bit of folklore about the beasts--supposedly they are driven off by the scent of raw onions. As such, they took a sack of onions on their repeated journeys out to sea. Sadly for them, the actual bunyip they fought was encountered in the swamps south of Maginmar by the time they forgot their onions. The bellowing of the beast threw two-thirds of the party into panic, but the summoner was able to drive off, but not kill, the bunyip with water elementals.
Those of you keeping track might have noticed that last week's monster, the namazu, was the 52nd creature in the Year of Yokai series. But, I always say, it never hurts to go out with a bang. The following is the official conclusion to the Year of Yokai, as well as my first mythic monster. Enjoy!
Nūrihyon CR 20/MR 8
CN Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +21 (M) ; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, Perception +30
AC 38, touch 30, flat-footed 28 (+9 Dex, +1 dodge, +8 natural, +10 deflection)
hp 350 (20d10+160 plus 80); regeneration 10 (epic weapons)
Fort +14, Ref +21, Will +19
DR 15/cold iron and epic; SR 33
Immune curses, death effects, disease, mind-influencing effects, poison
Defensive Abilities block attacks, evasion, indomitable shield
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft (good)
Melee shillelagh +23/+18/+13/+8 (2d6+4)
Special Attacks bestow might, mythic power (8/day, 1d10), piercing enchantments, sneak attack +6d6
Spells CL 18th, concentration +28 (+32 casting defensively)
6th (5/day)—irresistible dance (M) (DC 29), mass charm monster (DC 29), mass cure moderate wounds, overwhelming presence* (DC 29)
5th (6/day)—greater dispel magic, greater heroism, mind fog (DC 28), mislead (M) (DC 25)
4th (7/day)—dimension door (M), dominate person (M) (DC 27), freedom of movement, locate creature, serenity* (DC 27)
3rd (7/day)—blink (M), confusion (M) (DC 26), cure serious wounds, glibness, haste, overwhelming grief* (DC 26)
2nd (8/day)—blindness/deafness (DC 22), blur, invisibility (M), mirror image, share memory* (DC 22), unadulterated loathing* (DC 25)
1st (8/day)—cure light wounds, grease (DC 21), hideous laughter (M) (DC 24), undetectable alignment, unnatural lust* (DC 24), unseen servant
0th—detect magic, mage hand, message, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic
* see Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Magic
Spell-like Abilities CL 18th, concentration +28 (+32 casting defensively)
Constant—fly, shillelagh, tongues
3/day—mass suggestion (DC 29), modify memory (M) (DC 27), veil (DC 26)
1/day—dominate monster (DC 32), power word stun
Str 15, Dex 29, Con 27, Int 20, Wis 24, Cha 30
Base Atk +20; CMB +22; CMD 52
Feats Combat Casting, Dodge, Greater Spell Focus (enchantment), Improved Initiative (M), Mobility, Mythic Spell Lore, Persuasive (M), Quicken Spell, Spell Focus (enchantment), Spring Attack
Skills Bluff +30, Diplomacy +36, Disguise +30, Fly +19, Intimidate +39, Knowledge (all) +25, Perception +30, Sense Motive +27, Spellcraft +25, Stealth +32
Languages Common, Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, Sylvan, tongues
SQ font of knowledge
Organization solitary, retinue (1 plus 1-4 charmed allies) or parade (1 plus 2-100 allies)
Treasure double standard
Bestow Power (Su) As a standard action, a nūrihyon can touch an aberration, magical beast, monstrous humanoid or outsider with the oni or kami subtypes and grant it the agile, invincible or savage mythic simple templates. This costs a number of uses of mythic power equal to the increase in MR granted by the template. The template lasts for 24 hours.
Font of Knowledge (Ex) A nūrihyon treats a rank placed in a Knowledge skill as a rank placed in all Knowledge skills.
Indomitable Shield (Su) A nūrihyon gains a deflection bonus to AC equal to its Charisma modifier.
Piercing Enchantment (Su) A nūrihyon can apply any feats that affect its enchantment spells to its spell-like abilities as well. In addition, any time a nūrihyon targets a creature protected from spells or mind-influencing abilities with a spell, it can automatically attempt a caster level check to dispel that spell.
Spells A nūrihyon casts spells as an 18th level bard.
Although yokai are an indomitable breed, capable of great good or ill depending on their whims, all bend to the will of the nūrihyon. Sometimes referred to as the “General of Yokai”, these odd humanoids contain massive power, able to warp minds with a thought and controlling men and monsters alike as if they were puppets. Fortunately, these powerful entities do not seek domination or material wealth with their skills—they are creatures devoted to leisure and relaxation.
A nūrihyon loves to dwell among people and benefit from their charity, crashing parties held by the elite, stealing rooms at the finest inns and brothels and otherwise taking advantage of the finest creature comforts. In order to do so, they use their vast magic to convince others that they are the rightful master of the house, and to do favors for them. A nūrihyon’s demands may be as simple as dressing all in a particular color, or as insane as fetching a fresh phoenix egg to make into an omelet. Their stranger desires may lead to trouble for their pawns, and to adventure opportunities for those bold, daring and powerful enough to carry them out. Unfortunately for those victimized by a nūrihyon, they rarely reward mortals with little more than a fraction of the rightful cost of their prizes.
Despite their odd appearances and slothful demeanors, nūrihyons are ferocious in combat if they have to be, slipping in and out of sight and striking with their enchanted canes for tremendous damage. They much prefer, however, to have others fight for them—either enchanted thralls or allies recruited from the ranks of local urban monsters. A nūrihyon can lend some of its mythic majesty to its monstrous allies, turning even weak creatures into powerful menaces.
Namazu CR 17
N Gargantuan magical beast (aquatic, earth)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, Perception +27, tremorsense 60 ft.
AC 30, touch 8, flat-footed 28 (-4 size, +1 Dex, +24 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 270 (20d10+160); fast healing 10
Fort +20, Ref +13, Will +12
DR 15/adamantine and magic; Immune cold, electricity, fear; Resist acid 30; SR 28
Defensive Abilities unshakable
Speed 20 ft., burrow 60 ft., swim 60 ft.; earth glide
Melee bite +28 (4d8+12/19-20 plus grab), 4 tentacles +26 (1d8+6 plus poison)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (25 ft. with tentacles)
Special Attacks breach, breath weapon (120 foot line, 20d6 bludgeoning damage, Reflex DC 28 half), crush (Reflex DC 28, 4d6+18), fast swallow, swallow whole (6d8+12 bludgeoning, AC 22, 25 hp)
Spell-like Abilities CL 18th, concentration +20
Str 35, Dex 13, Con 26, Int 10, Wis 18, Cha 15
Base Atk +20; CMB +36 (+40 grapple); CMD 48 (cannot be tripped)
Feats Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Mobility, Multiattack, Power Attack, Spring Attack
Skills Acrobatics +24 (+36 jumping), Perception +27, Swim +20; Racial Modifiers uses burrow speed for modifier to jump
Organization solitary, pair or pod (3-6)
Breach (Ex) As a full-round action, a namazu can leap into the air and perform a crush maneuver. When it does so, all creatures touching the ground within 30 feet must succeed a DC 32 Fortitude save or be knocked prone and stunned for one round. The save DC is Strength based.
Breath Weapon (Su) Creatures that fail their Reflex saves against the namazu’s breath weapon are subject to a bull’s rush attempt. The save DC is Constitution based.
Crush (Ex) A jumping namazu can land on foes as a standard action, using its whole body to crush them. Crush attacks are effective only against opponents of Medium size or smaller. A crush attack affects as many creatures as fit in the namazu's space. Creatures in the affected area must succeed on a DC 28 Reflex save or be pinned, automatically taking bludgeoning damage during the next round unless the namazu moves off them. If the namazu chooses to maintain the pin, it must succeed at a combat maneuver check as normal. Pinned foes take damage from the crush each round if they don't escape.
Poison (Ex) Tentacle—injury; save Fort DC 28; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 1d10 electricity damage and 1d3 Str; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution based.
Unshakable (Ex) A namazu is immune to the effects of an earthquake spell or similar effects.
Ancient creatures that glide through soil and rock, namazu are primal beast superficially similar to the catfish. Despite their monstrous appearance and their ability to create earthquakes with ease, namazu are typically peaceful creatures—the earthquakes they make are more likely to be caused during play or ritual under the ground rather than out of malice.
Namazu rarely encounter one another, so these occurrences are often a source of celebration. Such celebrations take the form of contests of strength and power, which can have dire consequences for other creatures in the radius of their magic and might. If confronted as an equal, rather than being fought as a monster, most namazu are apologetic and seek to engage in restitution for damage they may have caused. Unfortunately, they are often thought of as destructive monsters and treated as such, which can lead to further destruction in the wake of the namazu’s battles.
A namazu reaches up to sixty feet long and weighs a hundred tons. They are carnivorous, consuming purple worms and other burrowing monsters, but can go for a century between meals.
I apologize for being a bit behind the "one a week" curve. Fear not!
Kerakera-onna CR 12
CG Huge outsider (kami, native)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +22
Aura frightful presence (60 ft., DC 21)
AC 27, touch 17, flat-footed 26 (-2 size, +1 Dex, +4 deflection, +4 sacred, +10 natural)
hp 172 (15d10+90); fast healing 8
Fort +15, Ref +6, Will +12
Immune bleed, mind-influencing effects, petrification, polymorph
Resist acid 10, electricity 10, fire 10; SR 23
Defensive Abilities flamboyant aura
Speed 40 ft.
Melee 2 slams +19 (2d8+5 plus push)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks cackling wrath, gentle hand, push (10 ft.), terrorize
Spell-like Abilities CL 15th, concentration +19 (+23 casting defensively)
Constant—shield of faith, tongues
3/day—lesser restoration, quickened cure moderate wounds
1/day—great shout (DC 20), phantasmal killer (DC 18), remove disease
Str 21, Dex 13, Con 22, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 18
Base Atk +15; CMB +21; CMD 40
Feats Ability Focus (cackling wrath), Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Power Attack, Quicken Spell-like Ability (cure moderate wounds), Step Up
Skills Bluff +22, Diplomacy +22, Disguise +22, Heal +19, Intimidate +22, Knowledge (local) +19, Perception +22, Perform (any one) +23, Sense Motive +22
Languages Common, Celestial, telepathy 100 ft., tongues
SQ change shape (Small or Medium humanoid, alter self), merge with ward, ward (brothel and a one-block radius around it)
Cackling Wrath (Su) Once per day, a kerakera-onna can place a curse on a creature suffering from a fear effect, such as its frightful presence or terrorize ability. The creature can resist the curse with a successful DC 23 Will save. On a failed save, the creature takes 1d6 points of Wisdom drain every day; a creature cannot fall below 1 Wisdom from this ability, but a creature reduced to 1 or lower Wisdom while under the effects of cackling wrath gains a random insanity (see the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Gamemastery Guide). This is a curse effect. The save DC is Charisma based.
Flamboyant Aura (Su) A kerakera-onna gains a sacred bonus to its Armor Class and Combat Maneuver Defense equal to its Charisma modifier.
Gentle Hand (Ex) A kerakera-onna can choose to deal non-lethal damage with her slam attacks without penalty.
Terrorize (Su) A kerakera-onna can distort her face hideously as a standard action, affecting all creatures within 30 feet that can see her. All creatures affected by a kerakera-onna’s terrorize must succeed a DC 21 Will save or be stunned from fear for 1d4 rounds. A creature that succeeds this save is instead staggered for 1 round. This is a fear effect. The save DC is Charisma based.
The immense kerakera-onna are among the rarest of the kami, devoting their energy to guarding prostitutes and brothels. A kerakera-onna forms from the soul of a prostitute who dies of old age—sadly a rarity in many places—and who devoted her own life towards the betterment of her peers. In her role as guardian of a brothel, she treats wounds and illnesses, fights for fair pay and equal treatment, supports those who wish to leave the trade and acts as avenger against those who would exploit or abuse her charges. A man who merely scorns or insults a kerakera-onna’s chosen prostitutes may only receive the scare of his life. One who abuses or murders a prostitute may be killed or (more likely) driven mad as a warning to others. The scornful laugh of a kerakera-onna can linger in the heads of her victims for the rest of their lives, filling every waking moment with hallucinations and visions.
Most kerakera-onna are rarely-glimpsed figures, only appearing to mete out justice. Some, however, take a more active role in managing their wards by assuming mortal form and serving as a madam. Such madams are beloved both by their stable of employees and by the downtrodden folk of their community at large, as such a kerakera-onna takes an active stance against poverty, oppression and corruption. These communities may never know they host a kerakera-onna until a wicked guard captain or politician ends up afflicted with the curse of cackling wrath.
Unfortunately, switching to the other card didn't work. Having recently moved, the sync between billing address is apparently out of whack. I switched back to the first card once the website allowed me to try payment again or switch payment. I have successfully made other purchases with this card at this point, and its billing address was switched first. Now, two days later, the order is still pending. Not declined. Is the idea to wait a while before trying again with the new card?
On Tuesday, when the order was placed, I saw that (for some reason) my default card was declined. I transferred the order to the other card I have on file with Paizo and it seemed to work. But checking my account today, it still lists the original declined card from Tuesday without saying anything about the update, and with the ability to change card seemingly gone. How can I get the system to recognize that I want it on the other card?
A big one for y'all this week; it's a template! So we've got a sample monster, a template, a variant template and how to inflict this template on your monsters and PCs alike!
Oseichu Hill Giant Statistics:
Oseichu Hill Giant CR 8
CE Large monstrous humanoid (giant)
Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +5
AC 26, touch 10, flat-footed 24 (+4 armor, +1 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 85 (10d8+40)
Fort +11, Ref +4, Will +2
Defensive Abilities rock catching
Speed 40 ft. (30 ft. in armor)
Melee greatclub +16/+11 (2d8+13) and bite +16 (2d6+13) or 2 slams +15 (1d8+9) and bite +16 (2d6+13)
Ranged rock +8 (1d8+12)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks devastating bite, rock throwing (120 ft.)
Str 29, Dex 12, Con 19, Int 6, Wis 8, Cha 7
Base Atk +7; CMB +16; CMD 28
Feats Cleave, Dazzling Display (B), Intimidating Prowess, Martial Weapon Proficiency (greatclub), Power Attack, Weapon Focus (bite) (B), Weapon Focus (greatclub)
Skills Climb +10, Intimidate +12, Perception +6
Environment temperate hills
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), band (6–8), raiding party (9–12 plus 1d4 dire wolves), or tribe (13–30 plus 35% noncombatants plus 1 barbarian or fighter chief of 4th–6th level, 11–16 dire wolves, 1–4 ogres, and 13–20 orc slaves)
Treasure standard (hide armor, greatclub, other treasure)
Devestating Bite (Ex) An oseichu creature’s bite attack deals damage as per a creature one size category larger than it is, and deals 1.5 times the creature’s strength bonus in damage. In addition, this bite attack is always treated as a primary weapon, even if the creature is wielding a manufactured weapon.
Ravenous (Ex) An oseichu creature requires three times as much food and water as a normal creature of its size, or it begins to suffer nonlethal damage from starvation and thirst.
Not all yokai are creatures in their own right. The oseichu is more properly a yokai disease, capable of transforming the most mild-mannered into a ravenous monster, demanding food constantly as their body withers away. An oseichu itself is a pale lizard-like creature with only a nubbin of a head and four paddle-like limbs. The eggs of these creatures are shed in the feces of oseichu creatures and can contaminate food. The victim of contaminated food slowly sickens, growing feverish and weak, as an enormous boil begins to form on its abdomen. Once the disease has run its course, the oseichu transforms its host and the boil bursts to reveal a huge mouth. This mouth is capable of speech independently of its host body, and demands food in a grotesque parody of its host’s normal voice. Without huge amounts of food, the host will perish in a matter of days.
Although oseichu creatures retain their old personalities, they are driven by the demands of their new bodies to feed whenever possible. Common sense and wisdom are tamped down by the urge for food, while the disease transforms the host’s body to be tougher and stronger in order to seize and protect food sources. They gorge themselves through both their original and newly formed mouths. Although some victims of this transformation are able to disguise their condition for a time, most are soon revealed by their second voice, forced to go into hiding or sanitariums. Some savage humanoids relish the transformation as a gift from dark gods and serve as elite warriors in their tribes—such bands are often forced into conflict with civilization as their own food stocks dwindle.
During the transformation process, oseichu syndrome is as treatable as any other disease, but once the transformation takes hold, it is difficult to reverse. Only a limited wish, regenerate or more powerful magic is capable of returning a victim to normal, although there are rumors of herbal and alchemical remedies to force the oseichu from the body.
Creating an Oseichu Creature:
Creating an Oseichu Creature
“Oseichu creature” is an acquired template that can be applied to any humanoid or monstrous humanoid. An oseichu creature uses all of the base creature’s statistics, except as noted here.
CR: Same as base creature +1 (minimum CR 1)
Type: Change to monstrous humanoid. Do not recalculate base creature’s HD, BAB, or saves.
Armor Class: Natural armor improves by +3.
Weakness: Gains the ravenous quality (see above)
Melee: Gains a bite attack modified by the devastating bite special ability.
Special Attacks: Gains the devastating bite special ability (see above)
Abilities: Str +4, Dex +4, Wis -2
Feats: Gains Dazzling Display and Weapon Focus (bite) as bonus feats.
Variant Oseichu Creatures
A similar condition to oseichu syndrome is almost entirely unique to female humanoids—whether it is influenced by female biology or if it is a separate ailment remains a mystery. Victims of this condition, referred to as futa-kuchi-onna, grow their second mouth on the back of their heads. Their hair animates like tentacles in order to bring more nourishment in. A futa-kuchi-onna is an oseichu without the devastating bite special ability, but instead gains two tentacle attacks. Her bite and tentacle attacks deal normal damage for a creature of her size.
In apology for having missed a week, have some more yokai! I'm on a bit of a theme, it seems.
Biwa-bokuboku CR 4
CN Medium construct (tsikumogami)
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+1 Dodge, +1 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 50 (4d10+28)
Fort +1; Ref +2; Will +1
DR 10/bludgeoning; Resist sonic 10
Defensive Abilities soul-powered
Speed 20 ft.
Melee 2 slams +6 (1d4+2) or club +6 (1d6+2)
Special Attacks melancholy song
Spell-like Abilities CL 4th, concentration +7 (+11 casting defensively)
At will—ghost sound (DC 13), ventriloquism
3/day—sculpt sound, sleep (DC 14)
1/day—charm monster (DC 17), sound burst (DC 15)
Str 15, Dex 13, Con —, Int 16, Wis 11, Cha 16
Base Atk +4; CMB +6; CMD 18
Feats Combat Casting, Dodge
Skills Bluff +7, Knowledge (history) +7, Knowledge (local) +7, Perception +4, Perform (string) +7
Languages Common, Elven, Halfling
Organization solitary or band (2-8)
Melancholy Song (Su) As a standard action, a biwa-bokuboku can create a mournful tune. Living creatures within 30 feet of a playing biwa-bokuboku must succeed a DC 14 Will save or be slowed for 5 rounds, as per the spell. Creatures with the tsukumogami subtype are affected as per the spell haste with a duration of 5 rounds. A biwa-bokuboku can use this ability three times per day. The save DC is Charisma based.
There are a number of tsukumogami that are created from neglected, abandoned or rejected musical instruments, but of them, the most well-known is the biwa-bokuboku. Rather than hide in deserted buildings as many tsukumogami do, most biwa-bokuboku take to the streets, playing on street corners and begging for money and alms. Although they can see perfectly well, the painted visages of biwa-bokuboku resemble the shut eyes of blind men, a ruse that the tsukumogami are happy to perpetuate.
Biwa-bokuboku value material wealth much more than most other tsukumogami, and if they cannot earn it, they will gladly steal it. A few biwa-bokuboku even operate as crime lords, using their powers of both mundane and magical persuasion to recruit gangs of thieves and thugs. Other types of tsukumogami can often be found in the company of a biwa-bokuboku, dancing merrily to even its saddest melodies.
I missed another week! Moving out of one's home is a very time-consuming endeavor, let me tell you.
Shōgerō CR 3
N Small construct (tsukumogami)
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +1
AC 18, touch 11, flat-footed 18 (+1 size, +7 natural)
hp 32 (3d10+16)
Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +2
DR 5/adamantine; Resist sonic 10
Defensive Abilities soul-powered
Speed 20 ft.
Melee slam +5 (1d6+1 plus rattle)
Special Attacks clamor
Str 13, Dex 10, Con —, Int 7, Wis 13, Cha 14
Base Atk +3; CMB +3; CMD 13 (17 vs. trip)
Feats Great Fortitude, Toughness
Skills Perform (percussion) +5, Stealth +4 (+0 when moving silently); Racial Modifiers -4 Stealth when moving silently
Languages Common (cannot speak)
Organization solitary, pair or section (3-6)
Treasure half standard
Clamor (Su) Three times per day as a standard action, a shōgerō can create a ringing tone of such power that all creatures and unattended objects within 10 feet of the shōgerō must succeed a DC 13 Fortitude save or take 2d6 points of sonic damage. Creatures that take this damage are also deafened for one minute. On a successful save, a creature takes half damage and is not deafened. The save DC is Charisma based.
Rattle (Ex) A creature struck by a shōgerō’s slam attack must succeed a DC 12 Fortitude save or be rattled by violent vibrations, taking a -4 penalty to Dexterity for 1 round. The save DC is Strength based.
When a gong, bell or other large percussion instrument is present at the scene of a horrible murder, the anguish, terror and shock of the deceased may become imprinted on the instrument, creating the turtle-like tsukumogami known as a shōgerō. These creatures exist to warn others of the crime and attempt to find justice, but they are limited to communicating only through ringing themselves. Although the racket they create can serve to drive people from the scene of the crime, they are little use otherwise. Some shōgerō go so far as to haunt the murderer that created them, beating them into submission or making their life a living, noisy, hell.
A shōgerō not on a mission of justice is sometimes found in the company of other tsukumogami, although their demeanors are more methodical and calm than the rest of their impish ilk. They care little for material wealth, but may carry with them a token of the life taken near their birth or a similar memento.
Hyōsube CR 10
CE Small monstrous humanoid
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Perception +20
Aura stench (10 ft., DC 21)
AC 22, touch 16, flat-footed 22 (+1 size, +5 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 133 (14d10+56); fast healing 5
Fort +8, Ref +14, Will +11
Immune curses, death effects, disease, poison; SR 21
Defensive Abilities negative energy affinity, uncanny dodge
Speed 50 ft., climb 30 ft
Melee 2 claws +20 (1d4+2), bite +20 melee (2d6+2/17-20x3 plus disease)
Special Attacks augmented critical, mobile spellcasting, sneak attack +2d6
Spell-like Abilities CL 14th, concentration +18
At will—death knell (DC 16), ghoul touch (DC 16), grease (DC 15), inflict moderate wounds (DC 16)
3/day—bestow curse (DC 18), empowered contagion (DC 18)
1/day—cloudkill (DC 19), slay living (DC 19)
Str 15, Dex 21, Con 19, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 18
Base Atk +14; CMB +15; CMD 30
Feats Dodge, Empower Spell-like Ability (contagion), Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Mobility, Spring Attack, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +19 (+27 jumping), Climb +27, Intimidate +21, Perception +20, Sense Motive +17, Stealth +27
Languages Common, Aquan, Terran
Environment temperate mountains
Organization solitary, gang (2-5) or mob (6-11)
Augmented Critical (Ex) A hyōsube threatens a critical hit on a roll of 19-20 and deals x3 damage on a successful critical hit.
Disease (Ex) Demon fever: Injury—bite; save DC 21 Fortitude; onset 1 day; frequency 1/day; effect 1d6 Con damage, target must succeed a second Fortitude save or 1 point of the damage is drain instead; cure 2 consecutive saves.
Mobile Spellcasting (Ex) As a full round action, a hyōsube may move up to its speed and cast a spell or use a spell-like ability at any point during its movement. If the spell or spell-like ability requires a touch attack, it can make this attack as a free action. The hyōsube’s movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity, but the hyōsube must cast defensively or provoke an attack of opportunity when it casts the spell, as per normal.
The stunted, vicious hyōsube are a species of humanoid distantly related to the kappa, but they are destructive and violent where kappa are puckish and mercurial. Hyōsube have given their bodies and souls over to the powers of darkness, granting them the magical ability to spread disease and misfortune wherever they go. They have a twisted sense of honor, however, and delight in leaving a beaten victim on the brink of death to spread tales of their power.
Although a hyōsube’s body is covered in a thick pelt of greasy fur, its head bears only a fringe reminiscent of a balding man’s hair. Males and females alike have patchy beards and ratty mustaches around their hideous, oversized mouths. Hyōsube move with incredible speed despite their short legs, scuttling like humanoid crabs at odd angles and with bent knees.
Like their kappa kin, hyōsube have a variety of weaknesses that can be exploited by a canny warrior. They are especially fond of the taste of eggplant, the pursuit of which lures them from their mountain lairs into the gardens and farms of unsuspecting people. Hyōsube also enjoy a warm bath, and a tub of soapy water makes for an excellent ambush site for those hunting these monsters.