Pathfinder Encounter: We Be Zombies!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

This week on our series of Otari-themed blogs, we’re changing things up with a quick encounter that GMs can add to their Otari campaigns, whether they’re running the Pathfinder Beginner Box, Pathfinder Adventure: Troubles in Otari, or the forthcoming Abomination Vaults Adventure Path, or a campaign of their own creation! A small horde of goblin zombies might seem a strange fit for this peaceful coastal town, but readers of the ongoing novella, The Shroud of Four Silences, will see the connection. The circumstances leading to and developing from this encounter are left vague, but feel free to share how you plan to use it in the comments below!

Abandoned Shack — Moderate 1

This encounter takes place in or near an isolated shack by a weathered monument toppled long ago. A necromancer alchemist animated the bodies of four hapless goblins, stuffing their stomachs with alchemical supplies that detonate when they’re destroyed. The goblins are lurking in the shack to exterminate trespassers, or perhaps to protect some clue or treasure.

5 x 10 map depicting a small clearing full of a ruined shrine in front of a small hut in the woods

Pathfinder Flip Tiles: Forest Perils Expansion, cartography by Jason Engle

Creatures: The four goblin zombies moan and lurch out of the shack whenever a living creature approaches. They spread out and attack whichever foes are closest, fighting until destroyed in an alchemical explosion.

Goblin Zombies (4) — Creature 1

Uncommon, NE, Small, Mindless, Undead, Zombie

Perception +0; darkvision
Skills Acrobatics +3, Athletics +4
Str +3, Dex +2, Con +0, Int –5, Wis +0, Cha –2
Slow A goblin zombie is permanently slowed 1 and can’t use reactions.
AC 12; Fort +5; Ref +3; Will +3
HP 20, negative healing; Immunities death effects, disease, mental, paralyzed, poison, unconscious; Weaknesses positive 5, slashing 5
Alchemical Rupture When the goblin zombie is reduced to 0 Hit Points, an alchemical device jammed in its belly ruptures. Roll 1d4 and consult the following for the effect: 1 creatures in a 5-foot emanation take 1d3 persistent acid damage; 2 creatures in a 5-foot emanation take 1d4 fire damage (DC 16 basic Reflex save); 3 creatures in a 5-foot emanation take 1d4 poison damage (DC 16 basic Fortitude save); 4 smoke billows out in a 5-foot emanation for 1 round (creatures in that area are concealed, and all other creatures are concealed to them).
Speed 25 feet

Melee [one-action] fist +7; Damage 1d6+3 bludgeoning plus Grab

Jaws [one-action] (attack); Requirement The goblin zombie has a creature grabbed or restrained; Effect The goblin zombie makes a jaws unarmed melee Strike against the grabbed or restrained creature with an attack modifier of +7 that deals 1d8+3 piercing damage.

Scaling This Encounter: This is a Moderate encounter for 1st-level heroes, or a Low encounter for 2nd-level heroes. To scale this encounter for higher-level parties, add more zombies or give them the Unkillable special ability, which raises their level by 1 (Pathfinder Bestiary 340).

Ron Lundeen

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Grand Archive

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Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

They are very nifty!

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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Oh, nice! I see that there's now an "Otari" tag to use when looking for Otari material!

Thank you so, so much. Finding information about Sandpoint was always a struggle.

Thanks! This is cool!

Neat! :D

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Oh, no! Our four little buddies are zombies now?!

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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

No actually! These are different goblins.

The Licktoad Goblins are canonically still causing mayhem in the Astral plane.

Pathfinder Card Game, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

I just love this

Will this be formatted and added to the downloadable content?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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chadokage wrote:
Will this be formatted and added to the downloadable content?

Yes, our new blog management system will format it. There are plans to make it downloadable content, eventually.

Thanks Aaron...this is great news!.

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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

This is your periodic reminder that it makes things easier on the mods if we just flag and not directly respond to obvious spam and other posts that break forum guidelines.

Hopefully this post will be completely out of context soon, but given the holiday my hopes are not high.

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

This is cool can work really well as a bounty board quest. I have a lot of stuff to Run before this comes around but an Otari mega campaign is definitely something I want to do someday.

Grand Lodge

This is fantastic.

Sovereign Court

Is it just me or does the AC look too low?
I mean, a standard bestiary shambling zombie has a dex of -2 and a total AC of 12.
These goblins have a dex of +2 and a total AC of 12.
Is this correct?

Silver Crusade

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NPCs are built differently in P2, the ability scores aren’t hardcoded into their stats like that.

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How unfortunate that each zombie is required to have a target grabbed to perform the bite, rather than being able to use it on a grabbed target ( grabbed from another zombie ).

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

I think the actual issue is that those are meant to be level -1. They are early identical to the stands -1 zombie and the listed challenge levels only add up if they are that level as well. Pretty sureone misread the minis sign as the hyphen there before creature.

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