Remember Remember, It's Bestiary 5 This November!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

With the Round 2 votes in, we're down to the final four in our Bestiary 5 previews! Without further ado, let's get them in our lineup and presented for you to win a copy of Bestiary 5 with your winning votes!



Illustrations by Ben Wootten and Tomasz Chistowski

Wyrmwraith CR ??

This ghostly, skeletal creature appears to once have been a dragon, but it is now something far less noble.

CE Gargantuan undead (incorporeal)

Init +16; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense; Perception +38

Aura unnatural aura

Defense

Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, incorporeal, positive energy transference; Immune undead traits

Weaknesses sunlight powerlessness

Statistics

SQ phase lurch

Ecology

Ecology any

Organization solitary or cadre (1 plus 2–4 dread wraiths)

Treasure double

A clear winner with over a two-to-one margin, the Wyrmwraith crushed the Thought Eater out of the competition—and given its options, I can only imagine the manner in which it did so... Wait, what is this "phase lurch" ability?

Deep Merfolk CR ??

This gaunt mermaid has a long, semitransparent tail with a vivid red crest and caudal fin.

N Medium humanoid (aquatic)

Init +9; Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +2

Defense

Defensive Abilities deep dweller, semitransparent; Resist cold 5

Weaknesses light sensitivity

Ecology

Ecology any oceans (trenches)

Organization solitary, family (2–4), or tribe (10–15)

Treasure standard (spear, other treasure)

Mortal flesh meant immortal doom for the Twilight Pitri Manasaputra, and the Deep Merfolk triumphed, though not as overwhelmingly so. The outcome of this match-up between the Wyrmwraith and the Deep Merfolk is going to be in the dark—after all, they are rather sensitive to the light...

Accountant Ashley Kaprielian: "Two creatures of darkness enter this battle. Will the Wyrmwraith’s hate light the way to the merfolk’s demise? Or will the merfolk lead the Wyrmwraith down a false path and give it what it needs the most—the end of its undead existence."

Customer Service Representative Diego Valdez: "A giant green, glowing, skeleton dragon!? Good thing merfolk are good swimmers! I bet undead dragons aren’t bad swimmers themselves though, what with the being undead and not needing to breathe. Goodbye Deep Merfolk!"

Designer Mark Seifter: "It looks like the Deep Merfolk is trying to use its semitransparency ability to hide, but the Wyrmwraith’s lifesense gives it the advantage. While the Deep Merfolk might still manage to get in a lucky sneak attack, all the Wyrmwraith has to do is change from ectoplasmic to incorporeal form for a sure victory."


Illustrations by Jose Parodi and Daniel López

Pakalchi Sahkil CR ??

Thorny vines with tiny red flowers grow from this emaciated woman and flow like a train behind her.

NE Medium outsider (evil, extraplanar, sahkil)

Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, true seeing; Perception +13

Defense

DR 10/good; Immune death effects, disease, fear effects, poison; Resist cold 10, electricity 10, sonic 10; SR 20

Statistics

SQ ???, ???, skip between

Ecology

Ecology any (Ethereal Plane)

Organization solitary, pair, or plot (3–7)

Treasure standard

As Mark predicted, the Su and its whelps were no match for the Pakalchi Sahkil, who tore apart their familial bonds with a whisper. Make no mistake, the Pakalchi Sahkil is poison!

Lotus Leshy CR ??

A plant whose body resembles a blooming lotus flower exudes an air of serenity.

N Small plant (leshy, shapechanger)

Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +14

Aura tranquility (20 ft., DC ??, 10 rounds)

Defense

Immune electricity, plant traits, sonic

Statistics

SQ ???, verdant burst

Ecology

Ecology warm lakes or ponds

Organization solitary

Treasure standard

The Lotus Leshy won out against the Roiling Oil, and is now head to head against the Pakalchi Sahkil—it's a Battle of the Flowers! The sahkil's poison won't affect the leshy, but will the leshy's aura be enough to deny the sahkil?

Ashley: "This leshy might be small, but it could be the only thing able to sooth the nightmare of this Pakalchi into a sweet dream. The Pakalchi’s thorny vines might squeeze all of the hope out of our little leshy before that’s possible though. This will be a knock-down, drag-out fight between the breaker and the unbroken!"

Diego: "The Pakalchi has those terrifying vines with all the thorns, but really, look at the Leshy. Can even an NE creature bring itself to tear apart something that adorable!? While the Pakalchi is cooing at the cuteness, the Leshy will serenely tear it to bits."

Mark: "The pakalchi is a terror in more ways than one, but the leshy is proving a thorn in her side. The cute contemplative is immune to her fear aura and dominate power, and so it's keeping its distance from her entangling train, dealing with the minor damage from her ranged thorns and pelting her with dream pollen. Eventually she’s going to fall asleep, so I’m tentatively calling this one for the leshy!”

Now that you've seen the entrants for Round 3, head on over to the Voting Booth to place your bets! If you vote on a winning creature, you'll increase your chances to win a signed copy of Bestiary 5, or be one of four winners of a digital version! The third round of voting closes at 12:00 PM Pacific time on November 12th, 2015, and remember, each round will give you more chances to win!

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And here's another trio of monster previews: an aberration, fey, magical beast, and an outsider!


Illustrations by Damien Mammoliti, Alexandru Sabo, Dave Allsop, and Tomasz Chistowski

Until we meet again,

Liz Courts
Community Manager

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Nox Aeterna wrote:
Im not exactly sure what are the rules for the book since it isnt out yet , but assuming it isnt against any rule , can someone give me a yes/no to if there are new azatas in this book?

Yes, and i'm one of them... (see username) lol


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Nox Aeterna wrote:
Im not exactly sure what are the rules for the book since it isnt out yet , but assuming it isnt against any rule , can someone give me a yes/no to if there are new azatas in this book?

yes, in fact two.

Gancanagh cr 4 (they are the anti-succubi/incubi)

Raelis cr 10 (Are spell casters)


Azouth wrote:
Nox Aeterna wrote:
Im not exactly sure what are the rules for the book since it isnt out yet , but assuming it isnt against any rule , can someone give me a yes/no to if there are new azatas in this book?

yes, in fact two.

Gancanagh cr 4 (they are the anti-succubi/incubi)

Raelis cr 10 (Are spell casters)

Too bad the Succubus is CR 7, and i'm only CR 4, no chance in hell I can ever beat a Succubus this way. ;-)


Mark Seifter wrote:
Nox Aeterna wrote:
Im not exactly sure what are the rules for the book since it isnt out yet , but assuming it isnt against any rule , can someone give me a yes/no to if there are new azatas in this book?
Don't worry, all the spoilers in this thread that remain are totally fine, as would that question be (in fact, I believe it's already asked and answered in the product thread, and the answer is yes :) ). Just not actually quotes of abilities or creature descriptions.

Nice , thanks , cant wait to see it.


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I was looking at this, and it has different stats then the one in the bestiary 5, why?

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Azouth wrote:
I was looking at this, and it has different stats then the one in the bestiary 5, why?

d20pfsrd doesn't change their stats to the ones in B5 until after the usual wait period for new books. If you mean why were there some adjustments, we always take a look at monsters when we pick them up for a bestiary, occasionally fixing typos and making other changes, usually small numbers things that someone has found. In the Raelis's case, the original had 12th level sorcerer casting and more powers while being lower CR than a level 12 sorcerer, so we changed its spellcasting. It's still a strong opponent, but now because of its oddball spell selection, it's more balanced compared to other similar options.


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Mark Seifter wrote:
Azouth wrote:
I was looking at this, and it has different stats then the one in the bestiary 5, why?
d20pfsrd doesn't change their stats to the ones in B5 until after the usual wait period for new books. If you mean why were there some adjustments, we always take a look at monsters when we pick them up for a bestiary, occasionally fixing typos and making other changes, usually small numbers things that someone has found. In the Raelis's case, the original had 12th level sorcerer casting and more powers while being lower CR than a level 12 sorcerer, so we changed its spellcasting. It's still a strong opponent, but now because of its oddball spell selection, it's more balanced compared to other similar options.

oh, thanks.

Why not just change the cr?


Azouth wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Azouth wrote:
I was looking at this, and it has different stats then the one in the bestiary 5, why?
d20pfsrd doesn't change their stats to the ones in B5 until after the usual wait period for new books. If you mean why were there some adjustments, we always take a look at monsters when we pick them up for a bestiary, occasionally fixing typos and making other changes, usually small numbers things that someone has found. In the Raelis's case, the original had 12th level sorcerer casting and more powers while being lower CR than a level 12 sorcerer, so we changed its spellcasting. It's still a strong opponent, but now because of its oddball spell selection, it's more balanced compared to other similar options.

oh, thanks.

Why not just change the cr?

Probably because the creature was designed to be that CR and the possibility remains it might have been published as intended in other books. So instead of being a particularly nasty under CR'd creature it is what it was supposed to be now.

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Ooh, a new leshy! I suppose there's chance of the leshy warden somehow getting access to it?

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