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Pathfinder: Darkling

With Halloween coming up awfully fast, I thought I would post one of my favorite scary monsters for this week’s Monster Wednesday. This monster is based on “The Gentlemen” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you are not familiar with them, they removed their victim’s heart while the person is alive and unable to scream.

Darkling CR 6

XP 2,400
CE Large fey (extraplanar)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +15


DEFENSE


AC 19, touch 12, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dex, +7 natural, -1 size)
hp 75 (10d6+40); blood healing
Fort +6, Ref +10, Will +9
DR 10/cold iron; Resist cold 5


OFFENSE


Speed 40 ft.
Melee +1 feystone battleaxe +11 (2d8+8), claw +7 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Spell-like Abilities (CL 5th; concentration +5)
Constant – zone of silence (20 ft. radius)
3/day – flicker, snow spray (DC 13)


STATISTICS


Str 26, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 8, Wis 15, Cha 11
Base Atk +5; CMB +14 (+13 with battleaxe, +16 Sunder, +19 Sunder with battleaxe); CMD 27 (+29 vs. Sunder)
Feats Cleave, Improved Sunder, Lunge, Power Attack (-2/+4), Ability Focus (snow spray)B, Toughness
Skills Climb +21, Knowledge (planes) +12, Perception +15, Sense Motive +15, Stealth +12 (+16 in dim light or darkness); Racial Modifiers +4 to Stealth in dim light or darkness
Languages Sylvan; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ planar knowledgeable


ECOLOGY


Environment cold forest (Plane of Shadows)
Organization solitary, pair, fear (1-2 plus 4-8 dull mites)
Treasure standard (+1 feystone battleaxe, other treasure)


SPECIAL ABILITIES


Blood Healing (Su) If a darkling spends a move action licking the blood of a recent victim off its stone battleaxe or its claws, it gains fast healing 3 for 2 rounds. A Darkling can heal up to a maximum of 20 hp/day (double its current HD) in this manner. This action does not provoke an attack of opportunity.
Feystone Battleaxe A darkling wields crude tools made from stone and worked in a way that only the fey know how. A mundane large feystone battleaxe cost 10 gp, weights 18 lbs, grants a -2 penalty on attacks, grants a +2 bonus when attempting to Sunder, deals 2d8-1+Str modifier damage, deals double damage on a critical hit, has a hardness of 7, and has 7 hp.
Flicker (Sp) A darkling can turn invisible for 1 round as a swift action. The spell-like ability ends if the darkling attacks any creature (see invisibility). This ability is the equivalent of a 1st-level spell.
Planar Knowledgeable (Ex) Knowledge (planes) is a class skill for a darkling. Knowledge (local) is not a class skill.
Snow Spray (Sp) A 30 ft cone of snow sprays out from a darkling’s fingertips. All creatures within the area of effect take 5d4 points of cold damage and are entangled for 1 round. Creatures that succeeds a Reflex save (DC 13) take half damage and are not entangled. The DC for this ability is Charisma-based. This ability is the equivalent of a 1st-level spell.

The darkling first appears in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane. Download this awesome monster book today at the JBE Shop and support us bringing you new monsters every week.

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