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Pathfinder: Phantasm Swarm

Swarms are a pain in the butt. Physical weapons are of not much use against them if at all. Spells that target only a single creature are downright useless. You have to rely on area effect spells to take them out. Otherwise, you’re running away.

Incorporeal creatures are a pain in the butt. Physical weapons are of little use. Spells that don’t deal force damage or positive energy are not very effective. You’re have to rely on a small selection of spells and certain divine casters to take them out. Otherwise, you’re running away.

So when creating the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane, I thought why not combine the two. That would make a monster that is just downright terrifying and perfect for a higher level game. The only thing that would make it even worse is if one of those classes you would normally rely upon were less effective. That would be evil! The result of that is below.

You can find this creature and more that are equally awesome in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane at the JBE Shop. This book is also available at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Phantasm Swarm

A cloud of dark malevolent energy manifests itself as a roiling mass of angry skulls and grasping hands. The parts move and act as one – a single entity driven to destroy all that is holy.
PHANTASM SWARM CR 12
XP 19,200
CE Tiny undead (incorporeal, swarm)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +32


DEFENSE


AC 23, touch 23, flat-footed 16 (+4 deflection, +6 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 size)
hp 102 (12d8+48)
Fort +8, Ref +12, Will +14
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +2, incorporeal, swarm traits; Immune undead traits; SR 20 (divine spells only)


OFFENSE


Speed fly 40 ft (perfect)
Melee swarm (1d8 Wisdom damage)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks distraction (DC 22), hatred of religion (+2 Wis)


STATISTICS


Str —, Dex 23, Con —, Int 13, Wis 22, Cha 18
Base Atk +9; CMB +13; CMD 28
Feats Dodge, Hover, Improved Initiative, Improved Lightning Reflexes, Lightning Reflexes, Mobility, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Stealth), Step Up
Skills Fly +33, Knowledge (religion) +16, Perception +27, Spellcraft +16, Stealth +35
Languages Aklo, Common
SQ divine spell resistance


ECOLOGY


Environment any (Plane of Shadows)
Organization solitary, pair, or mass (3-5)
Treasure none


SPECIAL ABILITIES


Divine Spell Resistance (Su) A phantasm swarm has spell resistance against divine spells equal to 8 + its total HD. Arcane spells are not subject to this spell resistance.
Hatred of Religion (Su) The only thing a phantasm swarm hates more than religious holy/unholy symbols are those bearing them. The Wisdom damage dealt by the swarm attack is increased by +2 if the targeted creature possesses some kind of obvious holy/unholy symbol or channels energy.
Wisdom Damage (Su) A phantasm swarm’s attack deals 1d8 points of Wisdom damage to a living creature. This is a negative energy effect. A creature dies if this Wisdom damage equals or exceeds its actual Wisdom score.
It is done. These souls will never reincarnate nor will they be at peace. We have made them an offer and they chose to reject it. They refuse to work for us; they will have all eternity together to regret their decision. It is too late for them to reconsider now. Their souls are now damned for all time. Let them writhe in torment and remember their loss with no end. Pain is all they shall ever know.
– Thykan Rast, cleric of Asmodeus, “Ledger of Souls”

It is said that souls that reach their final reward forget their earlier lives. Less known is that souls forbidden from this reward never forget. Over the course of centuries, clusters of these tortured souls have gathered together on the Plane of Shadows to form a phantasm swarm, an entity more powerful than just the combined ectoplasmic energy of the souls alone. Its collective hatred for priests and all divine casters—the living intermediaries to the afterlife—gives a phantasm swarm power. The ghostly lynch mob now seeks revenge.
A phantasm swarm, armed with all its loathing of divinity, will attack any creature it identifies as an agent of a deity, regardless of the religion or alignment. Wearing a holy/unholy symbol or simply invoking the name of a deity may be enough for a phantasm swarm to exact retribution for its wretched state of disembodied unrest on a worshipful creature.
Magic bludgeoning weapons deal half damage to a phantasm swarm. All other magic weapons deal one quarter damage. Mundane weapons do no harm this furious soul cloud.

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Pathfinder: Godling

Continuing our series of monsters released every Wednesday, we bring you one this week from our latest adventure—Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream. This one is an aquatic blog of swamp mater that is worshipped as a god, where it gets its name from. This monster first appeared in our exceptional collection of high level monsters—Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes. Its original inspiration is from the Lovecraft story Call of Cthulhu where there was a creature in the Louisiana swamp that men worshiped as a god.

It was this creature that author Landon Wilkler took and make the initial source of problems that the players are investigating in his Dragon’s Dream adventure. I must admit that I love this adventure and not just because he is using more than one creature from my monster books. Landon did an amazing job crafting an adventure that your players will remember for years to come. At such a high level, I hope it helps you craft the story you want to tell on your way to level 20.

Download Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream, a level 16 Pathfinder adventure, today at the JBE Shop. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Godling CR 17

XP 102,400
NE Huge ooze (aquatic)
Init +13; Senses Blindsight 240 ft.; Perception +40


Defenses


AC 31, touch 17, flat-footed 22 (+9 Dex, +14 natural, –2 size)
hp 264 (23d8+161)
Fort +14, Ref +16, Will +20
DR 10/bludgeoning; Immune acid, electricity, ooze traits, piercing; Resist cold 10, fire 10; SR 25
Weaknesses vulnerable to sonic


Offense


Speed 40 ft., swim 120 ft.
Melee 6 tentacle +23 (1d8+5/19-20 plus grab plus poison), bite +25 (2d6+10)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (60 ft. with tentacles)
Special Attacks dominating song (DC 23), swallow whole (3d6 acid damage, AC 17, hp 26)


Statistics


Str 30, Dex 28, Con 25, Int 19, Wis 36, Cha 15
Base Atk +17; CMB +29; CMD 54
Feats Alertness, Combat Expertise (–5/+5), Combat Refexes, Deceitful, Defensive Combat Training, Greater Feint, Improved Critical (tentacle), Improved Feint, Improved Initiative, Multiattack, Skill Focus (Bluff, Linguistics)
Skills Bluff +35, Disguise +29, Linguistics +33, Perception +40, Sense Motive +40, Stealth +24 (+40 in swamps), Swim +18; Racial Modifiers +16 Stealth when in a swamp
Languages Abyssal, Aquan, Celestial, Common, Infernal plus 19 others; songspeech
SQ amphibious


Special Abilities


Dominating Song (Su) A godling can sing an enchanting song that dominates all intelligent creatures within 120 feet that fail a DC 23 Will save, as per the spell dominate person. A dominated creature receives a new Will each round to resist this effect. A creature that successfully saves against the dominating song is charmed, as per the spell charm person, for 1d3 rounds but afterwards is immune to this godling’s dominating song ability for 24 hours. This is a compulsion, language-dependent, mind-affecting effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Poison (Ex) Tentacle—injury; save Fort DC 28, frequency 1/round for 8 rounds, effect 1d4 Con plus stun, cure 3 consecutive saves. The save DC is Consitution-based.
Songspeech (Ex) When a godling speaks, it communicates in all languages it knows at once. A creature hears a language it knows while the other languages sound like a chorus singing musical notes.
Water Healing (Su) When a godling is touching water, it gains fast healing 10.

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Pathfinder: Pyroclastic Wight

I know it has been a while since we posted a monster on Wednesday. So we are making up for it by scheduling a number of Wednesday monsters and having them ready to go for a while.

For this week’s monster we bring you one from our adventure Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion. This undead horror is known as a pyroclastic wight. Formed when a creature is killed instantly by the wave of lava and volcanic
ash accompanying a volcanic eruption. Its body is vaporized instantly, but when the spirit cannot
accept the unexpected snuffing of their life, the creature returns as a pyroclastic wight. Its rage at the
unfairness of a death they didn’t even have time to mentally reconcile causes them to form a body out
of the cooling lava and ash, then seek to spread its excruciating death to as many others as it can. Download The Chaosfires Incursion today at the JBE Shop.

Pyroclastic Wight

This humanoid is made of a jagged volcanic rock exterior. Multiple cracks cover its form, leaking a
glowing orange light. Its eyes are blazing white hot fires—it is almost painful to gaze upon it.

Pyroclastic Wight CR 8

XP 4,800
NE Medium undead (fire)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +22
Aura pyroclastic aura (20 ft., DC 20)


Defenses


AC 22, touch 14, flat-footed 18 (+4 Dex, +8 natural)
hp 102 (12d8+48)
Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +9
Defensive Abilities undead traits; Immune fire
Weaknesses slowed by cold


Offense


Speed 35 ft.
Melee 2 slams +13 (1d6+3 plus 2d6 fire)
Ranged lava bomb +13 (6d6)
Special Attacks lava bomb, tephra
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +16)
3/day—ash storm UM, volcanic storm UM (DC 18)


Statistics


Str 16, Dex 18, Con —, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 19
Base Atk +9; CMB +12; CMD 26
Feats Blind-Fight, Fleet, Improved Natural Armor, Great Fortitude, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Escape Artist +16, Intimidate +19, Perception +22
Languages Common


Ecology


Environment any (near volcanic activity)
Organization solitary, pair, or eruption (3-12)
Treasure standard


Special Abilities


Lava Bomb (Su) A pyroclastic wight can reach into its body and hurl a lava ball as a standard action. The attack has a range of 100 feet with
no range increment. A lava bomb counts as a grenade-like weapon, splattering all creatures within 20 feet of the target with lava and dealing them half damage. A missed attack lands in a random square within 10 feet of the target, splattering all creatures within the splash range for half damage. Any creature damaged by a lava bomb takes half damage the following round.
Pyroclastic Aura (Su) A pyroclastic wight emits a 20-foot aura of volcanic heat and ash. All creatures in the aura take 2d6 fire damage and must make a DC 20 Fortitude save each round or be blinded by red hot ash for 1 round. Furthermore, the aura erodes fire resistance. For every point of damage the pyroclastic aura does to a creature, their fire resistance is reduced by that amount for one hour. Any creature killed by the pyroclastic aura is turned into ash. A round later, the ash crumbles,
leaving nothing behind. Creatures immune to fire are not affected by the aura.
Slowed by Cold (Ex) A pyroclastic wight doesn’t take damage from cold. Instead, cold damage slows or turns a pyroclastic wight into hardened
obsidian. For every 10 cold damage taken, a wight turns into an obsidian statue for one round, gaining 10 hardness and becoming unable
to move or take actions. While transformed into obsidian, further cold damage has no effect. In
the round following this transformation, or if the cold damage dealt is less than 10, a pyroclastic wight is slowed.
Tephra (Su) As a move action, a pyroclastic wight can expel molten material from its body in a
30-foot radius. This rapidly cools but covers the surrounding terrain in an uncomfortably hot and jagged rocky layer of tephra. This counts as difficult terrain covered in caltrops. Each 5-foot square has hardness 6 and 20 hit points.

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SW: Lizardfolk Mud Zombie

Earlier this year, one of our editors proposed converting one of our Deadly Delve adventures to one of the many OSR rules sets. Figuring why not give it a try, we choose Reign of Ruin and choose Swords and Wizardry as the rules to take. Its a solid game supported by a company that we at JBE respect.

So if you want to see our products in the S&W rules, make sure you download this adventure at JonBrazer.com when it comes out next week.

Today we are showing off one of the monsters from that adventure. We have a lizardfolk mud zombie for you to use in your own adventures.

Mud Zombie, Lizardfolk

Layers of mud crack and flake as the desiccated body of this lizardman moves inside its hardened burial shell, lumbering toward you and loosing an unsettling hissing moan that shreds through its dry lungs and vocal cords.
Hit Dice: 2
Armor Class: 6[13]
Attacks: 2 claws (1d3), 1 bite (1d6)
Saving Throw: 16
Special: dust cloud, immune to sleep and charm
Move: 6
Alignment: Neutral
Number Encountered: 1d6
Challenge Level/XP: 3/60
Similar to normal zombies, these are lizardmen that have either been encased in mud in a horrific ritual, or simply died in a mud pit near desecrated ground and rose later as an undead creature. Whenever a mud zombie takes damage, a dust cloud kicks up around it. Any creatures within 5 feet must immediately succeed on a save or suffer a –2 penalty to all rolls for 1d3 rounds.

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Pathfinder: New Monsters Under the Mountain

Deadly Delves: To Claw the SurfaceInside its 57 pages, Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface features a number of new and modified monsters that you can use in your games, in this adventure or in one you create yourself. One of those monsters is the spring spark, this little ball of fuss can best be described as an electric tribble with feet.

By itself it does not pose much of a danger. When this static electricity hacky sack groups up with a bunch of others of its kind, it can give your players quite a shock.

Springspark CR 1/6

XP 65
N Tiny animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +1


Defense


AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 size)
hp 3 (1d8–1)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +1


Offense


Speed 40 ft.
Melee slam +4 (1d2–4 plus 1 electricity)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks staggering shock


fuzzshockStatistics


Str 3, Dex 14, Con 8, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +0; CMB –6; CMD 6
Feats Spring Attack (B), Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+10 jump), Perception +1; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping


Ecology


Environment any
Organization solitary, nest (2–4), or colony (5–30)
Treasure incidental


Special Abilities


Staggering Shock (Ex) On a critical hit, the creature struck must make a DC 11 Fortitude save or be staggered for 1d3 rounds. The save DC is Charisma-based.

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Pathfinder Unchained: Degenerate Hag

Artwork by Dave Allsop
Artwork by Dave Allsop
All week long, we are posting monsters created with the new rules presented in Pathfinder Unchained and playtested at PaizoCon. Today we present to you the degenerate hag. This creature is the forerunner of all other hags. It would be Medium size if it could use its legs to stand. While it can technically speak, they know a primate language that has long since been forgotten by time, a language so old that even Aklo is young compared to it.

We hope that you enjoy this monster in your games.

Degenerate Hag CR/HD 7

Init +4; Perception +2 (darkvision 60 ft.)
Size Small; Speed 20 ft.


Defenses


AC 18 (touch 9, flat-footed 14); Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +10, +4 vs charm; SR 18; CMD 19
hp 76; Immune cold
Weaknesses vulnerable to fire


Attacks


Melee touch +10 (nauseated, Will DC 12 negates, 7 rounds)
Ranged ray (range 30 ft.) +10 (3d6 cold)
Attack Spell-Like Abilities (DC 16 + spell level, concentration +19) 1/day—hold person, suggestion, 3/day—charm person, daze
CMB +8


Statistics


Utility Spell-Like Abilities message
Dex +4, Wis +2, Cha +6; Knowledge (arcana) +12, Spellcraft +15, Stealth +12, Use Magic Device +15
XP 3,200; CE monstrous humanoid (cold)

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