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The Iconic Bestiary has the Phrenic Scourge. Of course it will need to be Pathfinderized as it was written for 3.5
Phrenic Scourge:All text from the PDF is OGC.
Hit Dice: 8d8+8 (44 hp)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares), burrow 15 ft., climb 30 ft.
Armor Class: 16 (+3 Dex, +3 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/+6
Attack: Tendril cluster +9 melee (1d8 plus implant)
Full Attack: 2 tendril clusters +9 melee (1d8 plus implant)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Implant, psionics, sap will
Special Qualities: Compress, damage reduction
5/bludgeoning or slashing, spell resistance 25, telepathy 100 ft.
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +9
Abilities: Str 10,Dex 16,Con 12, Int 19,Wis 17, Cha 15
Skills: Bluff +10, Climb +8, Concentration +14, Diplomacy +6, Disguise +2 (+4 acting), Hide +11, Intimidate +8, Knowledge (any) +12, Listen +11, Move Silently +11, Sense Motive +7, Spot +11
Feats: Iron Will, Skill Focus (Concentration), Weapon Finesse
Environment: Underground or temperate plains
Organization: Solitary, pair, brood (3–5), or hoard (3–5 plus servants, in any combination of duergar, gnolls, troglodytes, or similar humanoids)
Challenge Rating: 8
Treasure: Double standard
Alignment: Usually lawful evil
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: +8
The so-called phrenic scourge is a walking nightmare, a writhing horror with an inhuman appearance and alien thought-patterns utterly incomprehensible to humans. They view other sentient creature as nothing more than slaves and breeding chambers, and they have assimilated entire communities in the distant wilds, and deep beneath the earth. They maintain order with their psionic abilities, turning even the most rebellious subjects into loyal thralls.
Even the race’s true name — the ochthichthuruch — is almost unpronounceable by humans. The phrenic scourge is made up entirely of thin tendrils, ranging in length from six inches to four feet, clustered around a tiny core that serves as the creature’s nerve center. They prefer to hold themselves upright, maintaining a vaguely humanoid shape through muscular control. Whether this is simply a cultural tradition on their part, or actually a physiological imperative, is unclear. Most scourges prefer to garb themselves in dark robes. With the hoods and sleeves pulled low, it’s possible for a scourge to briefly pass itself off as human, at least from a distance.
A phrenic scourge usually stands anywhere from 5 to 6 feet in height, though it’s capable of changing its overall dimensions. It weighs roughly three-quarters as much as a human of the same height. Phrenic scourges speak their own language, Common, and Undercommon, but they prefer to communicate telepathically. A phrenic scourge can communicate telepathically with any creature within 100 feet that has a language.
Compress (Ex): Although they normal stand as humanoid, phrenic scourges are not bound to that form. By shifting and relaxing their tendrils, they can thin themselves out, or flatten themselves into a mass of writhing limbs no thicker than a snake. As a full-round action, a phrenic scourge can pass through a space as narrow as two or three inches in one dimension, as long as it’s at least a foot or more in the other dimension. For instance, a scourge could fit through a hole that was two inches by 14 inches, but not one two inches by four inches.
Implant (Ex): The tips of a phrenic scourge’s tendrils constantly die and regrow, much like a human’s fingernails. In any round in which the scourge successfully strikes the same victim with both tendril attacks, the tip of a tendril breaks off in the flesh and begins to burrow, unless the victim succeeds on a DC 15 Fortitude save. The larva burrows through the host, following its nervous system until it reaches the brain. This takes 1d4+1 rounds, causing 2d4 points of damage per round. When the larvae reaches the brain, the subject dies instantly. At any point in this process, the larvae can be destroyed with remove disease or heal.This power does not function against constructs, elementals, oozes, plants, or undead, and is not instantly fatal to foes with multiple heads.
Note that any creature with natural regeneration or fast healing resists the effects of the implanted larva. The larva is not expelled, but neither can it proceed to the brain. It does continue to cause damage every round, however, as it tries to burrow (assuming the damage it causes exceeds the fast healing or regeneration, of course).This continues until the larva is destroyed, as above, or until 2d10+1 rounds have passed, at which point they die on their own.
Psionics (Sp): At will—charm monster (DC 17), deep slumber (DC 16), detect thoughts (DC 15), suggestion (DC 16), teleport. Effective caster level 9th. The save DCs are Intelligencebased, due to the scourge’s psionic nature.
Sap Will (Sp): This psionic attack manifests as a 20-ft.-radius sphere, which the scourge can center anywhere within 30 ft. (A common tactic is to center the ability on itself, as a scourge is immune to its own sap will ability.) Anyone caught in this sphere must succeed on a DC 18 Will save or lose the will to act for 3d4 rounds. They may defend themselves if attacked, but may not initiate any action. They lose any Dexterity-bonus to Armor Class. Phrenic scourges often use this power to take out groups of enemies at once, or to hunt for victims they can make into slaves or breeding chambers. This ability is the equivalent of a 4thlevel spell. The save DC is Intelligence-based.
Phrenic Scourge Society
In the center of any conquered community, the phrenic scourges maintain a literal stable of humanoids intended entirely for breeding purposes. The scourges mentally enslave every one of the community’s inhabitants, as soon as they exist in sufficient numbers to do so.
The ochthichthuruch’s breeding cycle is simple and invasive. The larvae formed by their tendril tips burrow through the host to the brain. The brain is instantly slain, and then slowly consumed as the larva grows. Once the brain is entirely digested, the growing scourge starts to feed on the rest of the host’s body.This entire process requires roughly a month; after this time, the (presumably rotting) body suddenly erupts with tendrils, bursting open. The new scourge crawls from the shattered body and stands upright, fully intelligent and in possession of all its racial abilities. Sages postulate that the scourges actually consume the memories and intelligence of the subject, as well as the physical aspects of the brain. Because their thought processes are so alien, the scourge cannot access the victim’s specific memories, such as identity or class abilities, but it does obtain general knowledge, such as the basic facts of the world. This allows the young scourge to function until it first makes telepathic contact with another member of its species; doing so instantly transfers the remainder of the knowledge it needs.
Although they have an innate desire to dominate other creatures, phrenic scourges do not normally struggle with one another. They are very cooperative amongst themselves, and seem to possess the first rudiments of a hive mind.
Phrenic Scourges as Characters
Okay, here’s the skinny on creation of Earth heroes.
Human characters only; racial retraining will be allowed further in-game.
The following skills are added to the Pathfinder rules to simulate an Earth background; Computer Use, Craft, Demolitions, Drive, Investigate, Knowledge, Navigate, Perform, Pilot, Profession, Repair and Research.