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Traveller RPG: Spiders

It has been a very long time since we posted anything Traveller related on our website, let alone published anything. Short of the long, we are working on it. With Pathfinder ending it required us to throw out our whole schedule and quickly adjust. Fortunately we are almost done with our last 1e Pathfinder project and then we can go back to Traveller. And to show how much I love this game, I am sharing with you today a nice little spider.

Did I say nice? And little? Yea, this thing needs killed with fire. Nuke it from orbit; it is the only way to be sure.

Spiders

Description

Ranging from the tiniest of creatures to those as large as humans, spiders come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Several have distinctive spots or designs on their bodies. They possess eight legs, a poisonous bite and compound eyes on their head. Many spiders create webs to capture and hold their prey in place while they scurry close to feed.

Combat Tactics

All spiders are aggressive predators that use their poisonous bites to subdue or kill prey. They prefer to surprise their prey and repeatedly bite until either they have eaten enough, are driven off or have made their target helpless.
Spiders come in two general types: hunters and webspinners. Hunters rove about, while web-spinners usually attempt to trap their prey in their web. Hunting spiders can spin webs to use as lairs, but cannot use their webs as weapons the way web-spinners can.

Ecology and Habitat

Universally, spiders prefer dark places with little wind or sound vibrations. Apart from that they differ greatly between individual species. Some prefer dank caves, others prefer corners in homes, while other still prefer grasslands. Wherever there is life, there are spiders. Even though spiders are more common and larger in warmer climates, they still populate colder environments.

Animal Hits Speed
Stalking Spider 12 12 m
Skills Melee (bite) 1, Recon 2, Stealth 1, Survival 2
Attacks Bite (2D + Poison)
Traits Armour (+1), Poison (12+/2D/1 minute for 6 minutes), Small (–1), Spider Climb
Behaviour Carnivore, Killer

You’ll note that this one has a new trait on it: spider climb. Here’s what it does:

Spider Climb: The animal can walk at its full speed on any surface that is not designed to be slick and perfectly smooth.

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5e: Vampiric Young Blue Dragon

Today I would like to share with you a fun mash up of two monsters: dragon and vampire. We are so use to vampires being humanoid that we forget that a vampire can be of any shape. So when creating it in another form, why not marry it a creature that is already scary like a dragon. Done like this, it opens up some new design space. You can make adjustments to the standard vampire abilities that fit a dragonic form much better. For example, we changed the ability Legendary Resistance to Legendary Scales. This is both familiar while still being unique for this specific monster.

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Vampiric Young Blue Dragon

Large undead, neutral evil


Armor Class 20 (natural armor)
Hit Points 123 (13d10 + 52)
Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft., fly 80 ft.


STR 21 (+5) DEX 16 (+3) CON 19 (+4)
INT 22 (+6) WIS 18 (+4) CHA 20 (+5)


Saving Throws Str +10, Con +9, Wis +9, Cha +10
Skills Athletics +10, Perception +9, Stealth +8
Damage Resistances lightning, necrotic; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Common, Draconic
Challenge 14 (11,500 XP)


Legendary Scales (3/Day). If the dragon succeeds a saving throw that would normally deal half damage on a successful save, the dragon can choose to take no damage from the attack. Any conditions that would be applied on a successful save are still applied.
Regeneration. The dragon regains 20 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point and isn’t in sunlight or running water. If the vampire takes radiant damage or damage from holy water, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the vampire’s next turn.
Vampire Weaknesses. The dragon has the following flaws:
Forbiddance. The vampire can’t enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants.
Harmed by Running Water. The dragon takes 20 acid damage if it ends its turn in running water.
Stake to the Heart. If a piercing weapon made of wood is driven into the dragon’s heart while the dragon is incapacitated in its resting place, the dragon is paralyzed until the stake is removed.
Sunlight Hypersensitivity. The dragon takes 20 radiant damage when it starts its turn in sunlight. While in sunlight, it has disadvantage on attack roll and ability checks. .

Actions


Multiattack. The dragon makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (3d12 + 5) piercing damage plus 5 (1d10) lightning damage and 5 (1d10) necrotic damage. The target is grappled (escape DC 18). The dragon cannot bite another target while grappling. The target’s hit points maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the necrotic damage taken, and the dragon regains hit points equal to that amount. The reduction lasts until the target finishes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces its hit point maximum to 0. A dragon slain in this way and then buried in the ground or a mound of copper, gold, and silver rises the following night as a vampiric dragon spawn under the dragon’s control. If a humanoid is slain in this way and then buried in the ground rises the following night as a vampire spawn under the dragon’s control.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (3d8 + 5) slashing damage.
Terrify. The dragon targets one dragon or humanoid it can see within 30 feet of it. If the target can see the dragon, the target must succeed on a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw against this magic or be terrified of the dragon. The terrified target regards the dragon as a imposing image that must be obeyed. Although the target isn’t under the dragon’s control, it takes the dragon’s requests orders that must be carried out or suffer the consequences. Additionally, it is a willing target for the dragon’s bite attack.
Each time the dragon or the dragon’s companions do anything harmful to the target, it can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success. Otherwise, the effect lasts 24 hours or until the dragon is destroyed, is on a different plane of existance than the target, or takes a bonus action to end the effect.
Black Lightning Breath (Recharge 5–6). The dragon exhales lightning infused with necrotic energy in a 60-foot line that is 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 18 Dexterity saving throw, taking 44 (8d10) lightning damage and 44 (8d10) necrotic damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

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Pathfinder: Spectre Spawn

Back when I was creating Shadowsfall, I wanted it to feel both familiar yet different. One way I wanted to accomplish this was by making higher and lower level versions of existing monsters. By allowing players to encounter a monster that is normally not seen until higher levels, it gives the feeling that this monster is more common, that this type of danger is more prevalent then say your average goblin. Similarly, by making a higher power version of the monster, you are saying that conditions are right for it to flourish and grow.

Take the spectre as an example. This classic monster is only in Pathfinder as a level 7 monster. However, by making its spawn a CR 5 monster, you can have groups of level 3 take it on and live, albeit they will be wiping their brows and healing up afterwards, but that is the point of a weakened monster. The players get experience with that kind of monster so when the face off against the normal monster, they have an idea of what they will be facing and not only be better prepared but also be weary of its deadly powers, especially if they realize that the higher CR monster looks like it can dish out more pain. Not only that, by encountering a spawn, you know that something must have spawned it, meaning there is more danger to come.

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Spectre Spawn CR 5

XP 2,400
LE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +15
Aura unnatural aura (30 ft.)


DEFENSE


AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 11 (+1 deflection, +3 Dex)
hp 33 (6d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +8
Defensive Abilities incorporeal, channel resistance +2; Immune undead traits
Weaknesses resurrection vulnerability, sunlight powerlessness


OFFENSE


Speed fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee incorporeal touch +8 touch (1d6 plus energy drain)
Special Attacks create spawn, energy drain (1 level, DC 14)


STATISTICS


Str -, Dex 16, Con -, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 13
Base Atk +4; CMB +7; CMD 18
Feats Blind-Fight, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (touch)
Skills Fly +11, Intimidate +10, Knowledge (history) +11, Knowledge (religion) +11, Perception +15, Stealth +12, Survival +9
Language Common


ECOLOGY


Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, gang (1 spectre or spectre lord and 2-5 spectres spawns), or swarm (2-4 spectres or spectre lords and 5-10 spectre spawns)
Treasure none


SPECIAL ABILITIES


Create Spawn (Su) Any humanoids slain by a spectre spawn becomes a spectre spawn themselves in 1d4 rounds. Spawn so created possess the above spectre spawn stats. A spectre spawn created by a spectre spawn are under the command of the spectre or spectre lord that created the spectre spawn and remains enslaved until its death, at which point the spectre spawn become a full-fledged and free-willed spectre (as described in the Bestiary). A spectre spawn does not possess any of the abilities it had in life.
Resurrection Vulnerability (Su) A raise dead or similar spell cast on a spectre spawn destroys it (Will negates). Using the spell in this way does not require a material component.
Sunlight Powerlessness (Ex) A spectre spawn is powerless in natural sunlight (not merely a daylight spell) and flees from it. A spectre spawn caught in sunlight cannot attack and is staggered.
Unnatural Aura (Su) Animals, whether wild or domesticated, can sense the unnatural presence of a spectre spawn at a distance of 30 feet. They do not willingly approach nearer than that and become panicked if forced to do so unless a master succeeds at a DC 25 Handle Animal, Ride, or wild empathy check. A panicked animal remains so as long as it is within 30 feet of the spectre spawn.

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5e: Halfling Warlock Skeleton

I just thought I would take a break from my regular posting of expanding the number of creatures you can summon with the conjure spells in your Fifth Edition game and post a monster I made just for fun. How to make NPCs for 5e is a quesiton I don’t have a good answer for since examples in the MM do not coorelate to levels in the PHB and their stats are completely off from what a monster of that challenge level should be in the DMG. The archmage is a prime example, Its an 18th-level spellcaster, is a challenge 12 monster but the hit points and armor class of a challenge 2 monster. Let me repeat that: the 18th level NPC has hit points and an armor class of a monster 16 levels below what it should be.

So how do I adjust that when I make an NPC? Short answer: The level of the NPC is it’s challenge rating. That 18th level archmage should be a challenge 18 NPC. How do I have it meet the stats of a challenge 18 monster? It gets as many hit dice as needed to be in that range. Think of it as that the NPC also has levels of aristocrat, commoner, or warrior—to use a 3.5/Pathfinder-ism. From there I make option choices to get all the other numbers where they should be.

Take the halfling warlock skeleton below as an example. I settled on a level 3 warlock, so I designed for a challenge 3 monster. We placed the 14 (from the standard 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8 ability score array) in Dexterity where it gains a +2 from the halfling race, making it a 16. That +3 ability modifier means its armor class is 13, right where a challenge 3 monster should be. Sure it has only 3 levels of warlock, but that few hit points is going to put it squarely in CR 1/8 territory. So we added as many hit dice as necessary to get it in the 101-115 range. Now considering that the skeleton gave it a damage vulnerability to bludgeoning weapons and an immunity to poison, I felt letting it have 10 hit points more than the normal value was wall justified. The attack bonus on eldritch blast is +4 but its 8 damage falls short so we added repelling blast, making it push its opponents away. This will make coordinating attacks more difficult for the players. It does not make up for it fully, but it is a consideration. Having said that, the halfling warlock skeleton casts burning hands as a 2nd-level spell. That will deal an average of 14 damage each time it is used, counting as 28 considering it damages more than 1 creature. That is close enough to the damage expected for a monster of that level and can be considered balanced for its level, as described by the DMG.

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Halfling Warlock Skeleton

Small undead, chaotic evil


Armor Class 13
Hit Points 126 (28d6 + 28)
Speed 25 ft.


STR 8 (–1) DEX 16 (+3) CON 13 (+1)
INT 10 (+0) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 16 (+3)


Skills Deception +5, Intimidation +5,
Saving Throws Wis +3, Cha +5
Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Abyssal, Common, Halfling
Challenge 3 (700 XP)


Brave. The halfling warlock skeleton has advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
Dark One’s Blessing. The halfling warlock skeleton gains 6 temporary hit points when it reduces a hostile creature to 0 hit points.
Eldritch Invocations. The halfling warlock skeleton has the following invocaitons: agonizing blast, repelling blast
Halfling Nimbleness. The halfling warlock skeleton can move through the space of any creature that is size Medium or larger.
Lucky. The halfling warlock skeleton can reroll a 1 rolled on an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, but must use the new roll.
Naturally Stealthy. The halfling warlock skeleton can hide behind a creature that is Medium or larger.
Spellcasting. The halfling warlock skeleton is a 3rd-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). The halfling warlock skeleton knows the following warlock spells:
Cantrips (at will): eldritch blast, mage hand
2nd level (2 slots): blindness/deafness, burning hands, charm person, command, comprehend language, hold person, protection from evil and good, scorching ray

Actions


Eldritch Blast. Ranged Spell Attack: +4 to hit, range 120 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (1d10 + 3) force damage. A creature hit by the halfling warlock skeleton’s eldritch blast is moved 10 feet away from the halfling warlock skeleton in a straight line.

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Pathfinder: Gibbering Glob

When it comes to monsters, there are some D&D classics that everyone just loves. Owlbears spring instantly to mind. Gelatinous cubes is another one. Bugbears, drow, multicolored dragons, and a whole host of others make the game instantly recognizable. Then there are the ones that Wizards owns and doesn’t let anyone out side of some license touch. Things like a panther with tentacles on it’s back or a human sized race if Cthulhus. The great classic, however, is the floating eye ball with little eyes on stalks. That one is well known.

Making those monsters with the serial numbers filed off is a proud tradition that goes a long way back. To claim that that monster was not a source of inspiration would be untrue. That was only one source of inspiration. Another was the gibbering mouther from the Pathfinder Bestiary. So when I set out to create the Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes, I wanted a high level version of that monster in my book. To make it unique, we added in flavor from other sources, including the classic monster that we will not name.

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Gibbering Glob

The entire surface of this red, ball-like creature is covered with eyes and mouths. A constant cacophony surrounds this creature as each mouth speaks in a different language.

Gibbering Glob CR 25

XP 1,638,400
CE Huge aberration
Init +16; Senses all-around vision, darkvision 120 ft.; Perception +47
Aura gibbering aura (60 ft., DC 33)


Defense


AC 44, touch 24, flat-footed 32 (+12 Dex, +4 insight, +20 natural, –2 size)
hp 565 (39d8+390); fast healing 30
Fort +23, Ref +25, Will +28
Defensive Abilities amorphous; DR 10/epic; Immune death effects, disease, energy drain, mind-affecting effects, negative energy, paralysis, poison, polymorph; Resist acid 20, cold 20, electricity 20, fire 20, sonic 20; SR 39


Offense


Speed 5 ft., fly 30 ft. (good)
Melee 12 bites +36 (2d6+8/19–20 plus grab)
Ranged 24 eye rays +40 (2d6 energy/19–20 plus eye effects)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks swallow whole (4d6 acid plus 4d6 cold plus 4d6 electricity plus 4d6 fire plus 4d6 sonic, AC 20, hp 56)


Statistics


Str 26, Dex 34, Con 30, Int 18, Wis 20, Cha 18
Base Atk +29; CMB +39 (+43 grapple); CMD 65
Feats Blinding Critical, Critical Focus, Dazzling Display, Deadly Aim (–8/+16), Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Critical (eye ray), Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Improved Precise Shot, Iron Will, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Shatter Defenses, Skill Focus (Linguistics), Spell Focus (necromancy), Stealthy, Weapon Focus (bite), Weapon Focus (eye ray)
Skills Escape Artist +58, Fly +54, Intimidate +46, Knowledge (arcana) +46, Linguistics +49, Perception +47, Spellcraft +46, Stealth +50
Languages Aklo, Common, Terran, Undercommon and 39 other languages


Ecology


Environment any underground
Organization solitary, pair
Treasure triple


Special Abilities


Amorphous (Su) A gibbering glob’s body is constantly in flux. There is a 75% change that any critical hit or sneak attack scored against the gibbering glob is negated and normal damage is rolled instead.
Eye Effects (Su) Upon a successful attack, an eye ray also deals an additional effect as per a particular spell. The spell only affects the target of the eye ray. The exact effect is randomly determined. A gibbering glob possesses a 25th caster level for these effects. These spells are: (01–05%) baleful polymorph (DC 19), (06–10%) disintegrate (DC 20), (11–15%) dominate monster (DC 23), (16–20%) energy drain (DC 24), (21–25%) feeblemind (DC 19), (26–30%) finger of death (DC 22), (31–35%) flesh to stone (DC 20), (36–40%) greater dispel magic, (41–45%) harm (DC 21), (46–50%) hold monster (DC 19), (51–55%) horrid wilting (DC 23), (56–60%) implosion (DC 23), (61–65%) irresistible dance (DC 22), (66–70%) mage’s disjunction (DC 23), (71–75%) power word blind (DC 21), (76–80%) power word kill (DC 23), (81–85%) power word stun (DC 22), (86–90%) prismatic spray (DC 21), (91–95%) slay living (DC 20), and (96–00%) temporal stasis (DC 22). These save DCs are Charisma-based.
Eye Rays (Su) The whole of a gibbering glob’s body is covered with eyes and the gibbering glob can shoot out rays of harmful energy at a creature that deal 2d6 points of energy damage. The exact kind of energy is determined randomly (01–20% acid, 21–40% cold, 41–60% electricity, 61–80% fire, 81–00% sonic). No more than 6 rays can be aimed at a single creature in a single turn. The range is 150 feet.

Gibbering Aura (Su) The cacophony of speech emanating from the scores of mouths that make up the gibbering glob forces all within 60 feet of the creature to succeed at a Will save each round (DC 33) or suffer the effects of an insanity spell. This is a mind-affecting, sonic attack. The save DC is Charisma-based.

A disgusting, floating mass of mouths and eyes, a gibbering glob speaks just about every language known and it can make a reasonable approximation of any language it does not know. However, with so many mouths speaking at any one time, any creature that comes close typically finds the constant noise to be maddening.

A gibbering glob is about 14 feet in diameter and weighs about 4,000 pounds.

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Pathfinder: Jack-In-Irons

It was just last month that we released our latest Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream. This amazing high-level Pathfinder adventure is a perfect way to move through he upper levels of play. It features high level challenges, monsters, traps, haunts and much more. We already shared one of those high level monsters—the godling. Today we are sharing with you another one of those terrors, the jack-in-irons.

This monster is nothing but a chain inhabited by a spirit—whether angry, confused, or in pain—making it an undead creature. It is difficult to hit, owing to the fact that a miss just passes right through the links. Atop a mound of hit points and resistance to spells and channeled energy, it can hit with a melee attack out to a range of 120 feet. this means that just about anywhere you can see is a potential place for it to kill something. It originally appeared in the Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes, a monster book for high level games. You run a high level game download this adventure and monster book from the JBE Shop today.

Jack-In-Irons CR 17

XP 102,400
CE Medium undead
Init +7; Senses bloodsense 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +34
Aura frightful presence (120 ft.; DC 29)


Defenses


AC 32, touch 17, flat-footed 25 (+7 Dex, +15 natural)
hp 273 (26d8+156)
Fort +16, Ref +15, Will +20
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, hardness 10; Immune cold, spiked chain, undead traits; SR 28
Weaknesses vulnerable to force damage


Offense


Speed 20 ft.; fly 20 ft. (poor)
Melee 6 spiked chains +28 (2d4+8/19–20 plus grab)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 120 ft.
Special Attacks chain command, rend (2 spiked chains, 2d4+12), sundering rend


Statistics


Str 26, Dex 24, Con —, Int 15, Wis 20, Cha 22
Base Atk +19; CMB +27 (+31 grapple, sunder); CMD 44 (46 vs. sunder)
Feats Bleeding Critical, Combat Refexes, Critical Focus, Disruptive, Great Fortitude, Greater Penetrating Strike, Greater Sunder, Hover, Improved Sunder, Penetrating Strike, Power Attack (–5/+10), Spellbreaker, Weapon Focus (spiked chain)
Skills Fly +32, Intimidate +35, Knowledge (religion) +31, Perception +34, Sense Motive +34, Stealth +36
SQ fighter’s iron


Special Abilities


Bloodsense (Su) A jack-in-irons knows if any creature within 60 feet has ever killed a living creature.
Chain Command (Su) All chains (including spiked chains) within 120 feet of a jack-in-irons are under this undead creature’s command. A creature wielding a spiked chain within 120 feet of a jack-in-irons must succeed on an opposed Charisma check against the jack-in-irons to attack with the weapon. On a failed check, the creature cannot wield its weapon in combat.
Fighter’s Iron (Ex) A jack-in-irons counts as a 19th-level fighter for purposes of qualifying for feats.
Spiked Chain Immunity (Su) A jack-in-irons is immune to damage from spiked chains.
Spiked Chains (Ex) A jack-in-irons’ spiked chains threaten a critical hit on a 19–20. These spiked chains cannot be disarmed.
Sundering Rend (Ex) A jack-in-irons can perform a sunder attempt with its spiked chains. If two spiked chains successfully deal damage to an object with a sunder attempt, they automatically deal rend damage to the sundered object.

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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.

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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.

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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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Pathfinder: These Catfolk Are Out of Their Furry Minds

We at JBE know that you want to use more of your library in your game. To this end, we choose to be less constrained in the number of sources we utilized for the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure. So instead of our typical monster that we share every Wednesday, today we are sharing an NPC.

Like I mentioned earlier when showing off the amulet of nine lives, the amulet summons in defenders to help take the amulet back when used by a non-catfolk. One of those catfolk is referred to as a Ba-Lord, a wielder of psionic power. The perfect class for this summons is a wilder, using Dreamscarred Press’ Ultimate Psionic rules. The wilder class is a spellcaster class but specializes in amplifying the psionic powers they manifest. They cannot do as much as a psion, making it easier for a GM to incorporate into their game, while still being memorable.

We hope that you enjoy this NPC as well as the 9 Lives for Petane adventure.

Ba-Lord CR 9

XP 6,400
Catfolk wilder 10
NE Medium humanoid
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


Defenses

AC 26, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+10 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 66 (10d8+20)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5
Defensive Abilities elude attack


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee claw +8 (1d4+1)
Ranged surge blast +10 touch (3d6 force)
Special Attacks surge blast
Wilder Powers Known (ML 10 (13 if wild surging); concentration +15 [18])
5th—upheaval (DC 22, surged)
4th—claw of energy, psychokinetic charge
3rd—physical acceleration, psionic blast (DC 18)
2nd—endorphin surge, energy stun (DC 17)
1st—energy ray, inertial armor, mind thrust (DC 16)
0 (at will)—energy splash


Tactics

Before Combat If the amulet is used inside a locked or barricaded room, the Ba-Lord will surge manifest a swift action physical acceleration and claw of energy, mostly to trigger its surge aura for itself and its allies.
During Combat The Ba-Lord uses upheaval to damage foes and create areas of difficult terrain, relying on its allies’ superior movement speeds. It places spreads of upheaval which maximize the distance between itself and any opponents, then spends subsequent rounds using mental blast to stun any enemies who approach. If it must seek a new vantage, it uses psychokinetic charge to hurl itself to a new position.
Morale The Ba-Lord fights to the death, although it will gladly sacrifice allies to protect itself. It may use a psychokinetic charge to interpose allies between itself and its foes.


Statistics


Str 12, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 6, Cha 20
Base Atk +7; CMB +8; CMD 21
Feats Expanded Knowledge (inertial armor), Expanded Knowledge (physical acceleration), Expanded Knowledge (psychokinetic charge), Surging Aura
Skills Acrobatics +16, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +12, Knowledge (psionics) +8, Perception +11, Spellcraft +10; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +2 Stealth, +2 Survival
Languages Common, Daemon
SQ surging euphoria +1
Other Gear headband of alluring charisma +2

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.