This week in The Shroud of Four Silences, the adventurers find themselves in pitched battle in the heart of the Fangspark kobolds’ warren. Enjoy this standalone encounter inspired by these events, which you can add to any Pathfinder second edition game, whether it’s one set in Otari (like Troubles in Otari, the Pathfinder Beginner Box, or this month’s debut volume of the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path), somewhere else in the Age of Lost Omens setting, or a campaign of your own creation.
Heaving Kobolds — Moderate 4
This encounter takes place underground, in or near kobold warrens. An ogre long ago moved in with the kobolds, demanding food and tribute from the smaller creatures. The kobolds have coddled the ogre somewhat, as they realize the brute provides a good defense of their territory, but they don’t realize that the ogre views the kobolds as ammunition rather than allies.
Creatures: This fight likely begins when the kobolds slink out of hiding to attack, but the ogre hurler joins the battle quickly, tossing the kobolds at intruders before entering melee. The kobolds fight bravely while trying to avoid being the closest one to the ogre. The overconfident ogre fights until slain, but the kobolds break and run as soon as the ogre falls.
Ogre Hurler — Creature 4
Uncommon, NE, Large, Giant, Humanoid
Perception +10; darkvision
Languages Draconic, Jotun
Skills Athletics +14, Intimidation +9
Str +6, Dex +1, Con +4, Int –2, Wis +0, Cha –1
Items spear (3)
AC 19; Fort +14, Ref +11, Will +8
Speed 25 feet
Melee [one-action] fist +14 (reach 10 feet); Damage 2d6+8 bludgeoning plus Grab
Melee [one-action] spear +14 (reach 10 feet); Damage 1d6+8 piercing
Ranged [one-action] spear +9 (thrown 20 feet); Damage 1d6+8 piercing
Toss Kobold [two-actions] Requirements A kobold is within 10 feet of the ogre; Effect The ogre picks up the kobold and hurls it at another creature within 30 feet. This ranged Strike has a +14 attack modifier and deals 2d8+6 bludgeoning damage. The kobold takes half the damage dealt to the target and is prone.
Kobold Tunnelrunner (4) — Creature 0
Uncommon, LE, Small, Humanoid, Kobold
Perception +6; darkvision
Skills Acrobatics +5, Athletics +5, Crafting +2 (+4 traps), Mining Lore +4, Stealth +5
Str +1, Dex +3, Con +2, Int +0, Wis +2, Cha +0
Items leather armor, light pick
AC 16; Fort +6, Ref +9, Will +4
Speed 25 feet
Melee [one-action] light pick +6 (agile, fatal d8); Damage 1d4+1 piercing
Sneak Attack The kobold tunnelrunner deals an extra 1d4 precision damage to flat-footed creatures.
Scaling This Encounter: This is a Severe encounter for 3rd-level heroes, or a Moderate encounter for 4th-level heroes. To scale this encounter for higher-level parties, add one or two kobold dragon mages (Pathfinder Bestiary 340), who are smart enough to stand away from the ogre!
Pathfinder Encounter: Heaving Kobolds
Thursday, January 07, 2021