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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: Memitim Psychopomp

When it comes to ferrying the dead off to their afterlife, preventing them from haunting the living, I think Christmas. Well, a Dickens-inspired Christmas, at least. Of course there’s the holiday classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, or the 80’s variation I grew up on, One Magic Christmas. In more recent times my times my wife is a huge fan of the The Family Stone. What can I say, Christmas entertainment always involved quite a bit of death when I was a kid. That and someone saying, “you’ll shoot your eye out,” but that is beside the point.

Not long ago, I concluded a series where I was expanding the list of monsters on the summon monster lists. Well, given the season and my odd association, I submit the memitim psychopomp to be added to the summon monster IX list, if you are including Pathfinder Compatible supplements on the list of monsters you be summoned to the battlefield.

Psychopomp, Memitim

One arm covered in heavy metallic armor and the other covered in rune-like tattoos, this winged figure is both escort and executioner of the lost.

Memitim CR 14
XP 38,400
N Huge outsider (extraplanar, psychopomp)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, spiritsense 60 ft.; Perception +28


DEFENSE


AC 29, touch 14, flat-footed 23 (+5 armor, +6 Dex, +10 natural, -2 size)
hp 199 (19d10+95)
Fort +16, Ref +12, Will +17
Defensive Abilities hidden body; DR 15/adamantine; Immune death effects, disease, poison; Resist cold 10, electricity 10; SR 28


OFFENSE


Speed 40 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee +1 mighty cleaving speed scythe +22/+22/+17/+12/+7 (3d6+7/19-20/x4)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th; concentration +18)
At Will–dispel magic, halt undead (DC 17), vampiric touch
3/day–bestow curse (DC 18), quickened dispel magic
1/day–finger of death (DC 21), undeath to death (DC 20), wavesof exhaustion


STATISTICS


Str 19, Dex 22, Con 20, Int 16, Wis 23, Cha 18
Base Atk +19; CMB+25; CMD41
Feats Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Greater Spell Penetration, Improved Critical (scythe), Hover, Master Craftsman (Craft [weapons]), Quicken Spell-Like Ability (dispel magic), Spell Penetration, Vital Strike
Skills Craft (weapons) +25, Diplomacy +26, Fly +24, Intimidate +26, Knowledge (religion, planes) +25, Perception +28, Sense Motive +28, Stealth +20
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Infernal, Shadowspeak, Undercommon
SQ ghost touch


ECOLOGY


Environment any (Plane of Shadows, Purgatory)
Organization solitary
Treasure standard (huge +1 mighty cleaving speed scythe, huge +4 full plate armor (arm only), other treasure)


SPECIAL ABILITIES


Armor While a memitim wears no armor, its left arm is made out of metal armor. Because it is a part of the memitim, it takes none of the penalties of wearing armor. If this arm is cut off, a huge size creature can wear it immediately as the arm from a suit of Huge +4 full plate armor. The arm possesses a maximum Dex bonus of +1, armor check penalty of -7, 35% arcane spell failure, no reduction in base speed, and weights 40 lbs.

Ghost Touch (Su) A memitim treats all natural and wielded weapons as if it had the ghost touch ability.

Hidden Body (Su) It is harder to score additional damage against the memitim due to the concealment provided by its long robe. When a critical hit or sneak attack is scored on the memitim, there is a 50% chance that the attack deals normal damage.

Spiritsense (Su) A memitim notices, locates, and can distinguish between living and undead creatures within 60 feet, just as if it possessed the blindsight ability. When the god of life and death selects a being to die. The marked one meets his death at the place and time appointed. Should his soul or body continue on and become one of the unliving, the memitim returns it to its intended destination—by force, if necessary.

This psychopomp first appeared in the JBE release Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane. Download this monster book today at the JBE Shop.

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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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The 2017 Not Going to Gen Con Sale for Print Books

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

As you are gearing up for Gen Con, getting ready the year pilgrimage to Indianapolis, I am sad to say that JBE will not be attending this year. That, however, does not mean that you should be sad because we just relaunched our Not Going to Gen Con Sale. This year, it is all about the print books.

That’s right, this sale is on books you can hold in your two hands. Those that love the feel of the covers, the smell of paper, the sight of seeing the book on your shelf, and the ability to make notes in the margins, this sale is for you. You can grab these books for a nice discount.

How much of a discount you ask? Easy. All of our print books that are more than $10 are $5 off. If the book is $10 or less, it is $2 off. That simple. And this is on ALL of our print books, even the one we released only a few short months ago. So if there is a new release you wanted and you wanted it in print, now is your chance to pick it. Do you want to read it now? Well that is even easier. For $2 more, you can get the PDF. This means you can devour it now and still have the print book on your shelf.

Which books are on sale? Great question.

Monster Books (PFRPG)
Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations

Adventures (PFRPG)
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface
Shadowsfall: Temple of Orcus

Player Races (PFRPG)
Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium
Book of Heroic Races Compendium
Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons
Book of Heroic Races: Seedlings

Traveller
d66 Compendium
Creatures of Distant Worlds Compendium
Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships
Character Datafile

Fifth Edition
Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven

13th Age Compatible
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

This sale is exclusively at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. So hurry over there and order your books today. This sale will not last long. Share this sale with your friends on Facebook and Twitter as well as with your regular gaming group. I am sure they will want these books in their hands as well.