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
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So I just have to vote, no comments needed?

Also is everyone that voted(not just those that voted for winning entries) eligible for the prizes, which i remember is essentially then drawn randomly?

Dark Archive

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Guessing the wyrmwraith has somethings in common with ectoplasmic creatures. It's sounds interesting, but the deep merfolk is also enticing, what with the semi-transparency ability. Going for that one!

Not surprised that the sahkil have immunities to death/disease/poison. The leshy is rather cool, and I'm guessing it's higer in CR than leshys from B4. I'll stick with the pakalchi. :3

Muse looks interesting - guessing a native outsider with a few bard-like abilities?


Wow that peuchen! I love it! Finally an evil flying snake in Pathfinder, the Couatl started to bore me lol.

Too bad the Su has left the competition!

I'm going with the Undead and the Sakhil.

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captain yesterday wrote:

So I just have to vote, no comments needed?

Also is everyone that voted(not just those that voted for winning entries) eligible for the prizes, which i remember is essentially then drawn randomly?

Correct! Everyone who votes is eligible to win :)


YAY! I still have a chance! Just too bad the Twilight Pitri Manasaputra didn't make it into the final round. I am glad the wyrmwraith made it. That and at least one of the sahkil will probably make it. I hope...


3rd round voting linky isn't installed, it seems.


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Chris Lambertz wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

So I just have to vote, no comments needed?

Also is everyone that voted(not just those that voted for winning entries) eligible for the prizes, which i remember is essentially then drawn randomly?

Correct! Everyone who votes is eligible to win :)

So, you're saying there's a chance!

Dark Archive

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Wonder what 'skip between' means? Guess will have to find out next round!

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DeciusNero wrote:
Wonder what 'skip between' means?

Something that all sahkil have. ;)


4 people marked this as a favorite.

I'm guessing they can ignore ads.


Turin the Mad wrote:
3rd round voting linky isn't installed, it seems.

Same for me


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NOOOOOOO!!! Why Su???!!!! /cry

Liberty's Edge

I am going to say the Dragon will win out on the Merfolk. The Dragon being incorporeal mean the the menfolk may have trouble hurting it, also not sure if this matters but the dragons has a +38 perception so it likely has a lot of Hit Dice, the menfolk has a +2 so unless he does not care about seeing stuff he may be low Hit dice. Also the dragon crushed the Menfolk in initiative with a +16 against a +9 so the dragon will probably be going first, lurking in a wall or something. Water does not even help the Merfolk to slow the dragon because a physical obstacle like water is not going to slow an incorporeal dragon.


Santiago Agustin Martinez Garbino wrote:
NOOOOOOO!!! Why Su???!!!! /cry

I knowwwwwzzz

I miss Su already... but now i'm for the creature that defeated the Su lol. Or for the Wyrm.


Myth Lord wrote:
Santiago Agustin Martinez Garbino wrote:
NOOOOOOO!!! Why Su???!!!! /cry

I knowwwwwzzz

I miss Su already... but now i'm for the creature that defeated the Su lol. Or for the Wyrm.

Leshy must kick Pakalchi's butt and Wyrmwraight must win.


Peuchen must win!!!! Oh wait.... ;-)

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Falcar wrote:
...Also the dragon crushed the Menfolk in initiative with a +16 against a +9 so the dragon will probably be going first...

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.


I'm surprised the wyrwraith can shift between ectoplasmic and incorporeal, but I suppose it is a phantom.

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Anyone else notice "And here's another trio of monster previews..." and then it lists four monsters? Four awesome looking monster, BTW. I like that we're getting new types of outsiders.


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<3 the titan with a tetsubo... way to crit like you mean it.


Wow, a maul wielding Titan!

I wonder what alignment it has. I hope it gets a good story. :D

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
I'm guessing they can ignore ads.

I covet this power...


Hmmm...apparently the Danava Titan is an Asura in real-life mythology (aka an enemy of the gods). I guess we'll be getting another evil-Asura (unless I'm wrong on that).


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DeciusNero wrote:
Muse looks interesting - guessing a native outsider with a few bard-like abilities?

I'm guessing it's a fey. They said it's, "an aberration, fey, magical beast, and an outsider", we know the dwiergeth is an aberration, all the titans so far (Elysian, Hekatonkheires, Thanatopic) have been outsiders, so I'm guessing the muse is the fey and the peuchen is the magical beast.

Dark Archive

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Luthorne wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
Muse looks interesting - guessing a native outsider with a few bard-like abilities?
I'm guessing it's a fey. They said it's, "an aberration, fey, magical beast, and an outsider", we know the dwiergeth is an aberration, all the titans so far (Elysian, Hekatonkheires, Thanatopic) have been outsiders, so I'm guessing the muse is the fey and the peuchen is the magical beast.

Ah, missed that!


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Deep Merfolk sound cool and all... But an Ectoplasmic Ghost Dragon is about 3x cooler.


DeciusNero wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
I'm guessing they can ignore ads.
I covet this power...

You and me both.


The art for the dude with the square mega mace of death is awesome!


I'm pretty sure that's a Titan, Lemartes.

Sovereign Court

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It sure is! (Click on the image and check the url.)

Do not trifle with him, either... tetsubo = pain.


Well it's not fun to be hit with blunt objects. I should know. I had a claw hammer dropped on my head when I was 3...

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Kalindlara wrote:

It sure is! (Click on the image and check the url.)

Do not trifle with him, either... tetsubo = pain.

And if it's a pillar? Egads, you don't want to fight a pillar!


Claw hammer to the head isn't much better, Mister Seifter.


Tetsubo scaled to the size of a Titan is a pillar.


why can't it be the 12th already


Because none of us own time machines Blackvial.


Thomas Seitz wrote:

Because none of us own time machines Blackvial.

must build TARDIS


You do, I want to join you. I need to go talk to my younger self about stuff.

That and kill Hitler.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

It sure is! (Click on the image and check the url.)

Do not trifle with him, either... tetsubo = pain.

And if it's a pillar? Egads, you don't want to fight a pillar!

Yeah, those were... terrifying.

Do not tamper with the foundation of All Creation. ^_^


Mark Seifter wrote:
And if it's a pillar? Egads, you don't want to fight a pillar!

Pshaw! Everyone enjoys a good pillar fight now and then!


Not a really big fan of the Titan, its artwork is beautiful, but it just looks like a big human. Hope its abilities are cool.


Myth,

It's a Titan. How can it NOT be cool?

Kel,

*winces* That's a horrid joke right there.


Thomas Seitz wrote:

Myth,

It's a Titan. How can it NOT be cool?

Kel,

*winces* That's a horrid joke right there.

I'm not a huge fan of colossal monsters, though the Hekantoncheires and Fomorian in previous bestiaries are extremely cool, this one doesn't strike me as cool YET, as its artwork is beautiful but nothing special for me personally just a big human with a mace, BUT its abilities could be aweseome and set it appart, but I don't have such stats as OFF YET, so need to wait to know if its cool.

I kinda hope they are slayers of the Gods or God-Hunters, that would make them stand out and cool for me.


So you want them to fight Red Mantis Assassins is that it, Myth?

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Removed one post. Again, please don't post quotes from the book before it's out yet. Summaries of what you think is cool are totally good though!


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Myth Lord wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Myth,

It's a Titan. How can it NOT be cool?

Kel,

*winces* That's a horrid joke right there.

I'm not a huge fan of colossal monsters, though the Hekantoncheires and Fomorian in previous bestiaries are extremely cool, this one doesn't strike me as cool YET, as its artwork is beautiful but nothing special for me personally just a big human with a mace, BUT its abilities could be aweseome and set it appart, but I don't have such stats as OFF YET, so need to wait to know if its cool.

I kinda hope they are slayers of the Gods or God-Hunters, that would make them stand out and cool for me.

I will say if you liked the other titans you will like this one too.


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?


I don't like the Titans from Bestiary 2, I don't like good monsters so the Elysian TItan falls off anyway, and the Thanatotic Titan was also not my thing. But the titans from mythology Heka and Fomorian were very well done. Never liked the Fomorians from D&D, this vain Fomorian are much better, awesome armor too. So if this new titan is just as cool, i'm cool with it.

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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?

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.

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