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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.

Before we share with you the spectre spawn’s stat block, I would like to point out that the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane is on sale at the JBE Shop for 75% off their regular price along with just about all of our other Pathfinder PDFs. If you prefer your Pathfinder books in print, head over to DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and order our Pathfinder books for 20% off. This is the last day of the sale so grab it now!

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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Pathfinder: Not Going To PaizoCon Sale

It’s that time of year again when we get to find out what is coming from Paizo for the upcoming year for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and me being in the other end if the country means I don’t get to go as often as I’d like. So you get the benefit of having our Not Going To PaizoCon Sale again this year.

This year it is better than ever. We are doing 75% off all of our PDFs at the JBE Shop, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store! That’s right! A crazy 75% off. We have a crazy surplus of PDFs and you get the amazing deal on them.

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5e: Shadow Elemental

In our quest to increase the number of creatures you can bring to the table with the conjure spells, the most obvious place to expand is the number and type of basic elementals in existence. My interests in the shadow lands means a shadow elemental should be in the game. Naturally that also means there’s a light elemental somewhere but we’ll save that for another day. Today I just hope you enjoy this one.

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Shadow Elemental

Large elemental, neutral


Armor Class 15
Hit Points 90 (12d10 + 24)
Speed 0 ft., fly 90 ft. (hover)


STR 14 (+2) DEX 20 (+5) CON 14 (+2)
INT 6 (–2) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 6 (–2)


Damage Vulnerabilities radiant
Damage Resistance bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, unconscious
Senses see in darkness, passive Perception 10
Languages Shadowspeak
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


Aura of Darkness. All non-magical light in a 20-foot radius from the elemental is treated as 1 level lower (bright light is dim light, dim light is darkness).
Light Blindness. The shadow elemental is blinded when in bright light.
See in Darkness. The shadow elemental can see in dim light and darkness like a human can in bright light.
Shadow Form. The shadow elemental can enter a hostile creature’s space and stop there. It can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing.

Actions


Multiattack. The elemental makes two slam attacks.
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) bludgeoning damage. The target must succeed a DC 15 saving throw or be blinded by shadows until the start of the shadow elemental’s next turn.
Douse Light (Recharge 4–6). A shadow elemental’s touch puts out nonmagical light sources (such as flames) of Large size or smaller and magical light sources of 3rd level or lower. The elemental can dispel magical light sources of 4th level or higher it touches with a Wisdom ability check against a DC of 10 = the spell’s level; a successful check dispels the light (as dispel magic).

Few things are as symbolic of Shadowsfall as a shadow elemental. They are dark, dangerous, all-concealing, and fatal to those unprepared for such an encounter. Summon one at your own peril.
—Irodia, “Collected Knowledge on the Shadow Realm

Composed of physical darkness, a shadow elemental wings its way about the shadowlands concealed in a deeper darkness. It is truly the horror of midnight imagings, but reports typically describe a black four-legged creature with only a pair of slitted eyes and a toothy grin clearly discernible. The elemental glides through the darkness as easily as a ghost through the ether. Swallowing any light encountered, it prefers to strike targets from this natural concealment catching them unaware.

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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: 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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Pathfinder: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

To put it lightly, I have gotten a few requests for additional support the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium races, specifically for the classes from Occult Adventures, Ultimate Intrigue, and the upcoming Ultimate Wilderness. So I would like to ask you directly, are you interested in additional support for the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium races? Would you like to see archetypes and favored class options for these races? Please tell us. We want to hear from you.

While we are at it, should we throw in the races from the original Book of Heroic Races Compendium? You know, seedlings, umbral kobolds, half-faerie dragons, fosterlings, ursine and the rest. Should we create archetypes for the vigilante, shifter, and all the classes in Occult Adventures?

And if we are going to go crazy here, why not throw in the Shadowsfall races? Would you like to see archetypes for a wanderer kineticist, a dhampir spiritualist, or a fetchling shifter?

Tell us! We want to know.

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Pathfinder: So How Many Monsters Are Included?

All month long, you can grab all of JBE’S Pathfinder Compatible releases from 2009 to 2016 for $20. This begs the question: how many monsters are included? For that matter, how many trap? And spells? And what else? 

Well, we have the answers. In this great bundle, you will get:

  • Over 150 new and varied monsters
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  • Upwards of 130 new magic items
  • Well over 200 class options, including archetypes, bloodlines, mysteries, orders, spirits, talents, discoveries, tricks, animals companions
  • Countless feats
  • About 30 new vehicles
  • Over 35 traps
  • 20 new and expanded playable races
  • And much, much more

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Pathfinder: JBE’s Big Book of Everything

March to an Amazing Sale

Jon Brazer Enterprises is offering for the month of March everything we produces for Pathfinder from our first book all the way to the end of 2016 for the crazy price of only $20. That is over 90% off the regular price. This includes some of the highest rated monster books produced for Pathfinder, more than 16 new and expanded player races, exceptional adventures, details on the Plane of Shadows, some of the best options for your spellcaster, imaginative vehicles, all the rules needed for exploring a region and establishing a kingdom, and much, much more. With all of these, your only limit is your imagination.

For $20, you get these great books:

Book of Beasts

  • Legendary Foes
  • Monster Variations
  • Monsters of the River Nations
  • Monsters of the Shadow Plane
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Book of Friends and Foes

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Book of Heroic Races

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Book of the Faithful

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Riyal’s Research

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Shadowsfall

  • Favored Class Options
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Other

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Last Day of the Christmas in July Sale

Its the last full day of the Christmas in July Sale. Now is the best time to grab many of our PDFs while they are 25% off. That is just about every single PDF we have. Be it a Pathfinder book on settling a wilderness rules like the Book of the River Nations, monster books like Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane, adventures like the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin, or player races like Book of Heroic Races Compendium.

Or if you are want Traveller, get the d66 Compendium and the D66 Compendium 2, vehicles like the Foreven Worlds: Vehicles of the Frontier, careers like Player Careers Pack 1, monsters like the Creatures of Distant Worlds Compendium, or  fighters like Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships.

Players and Game Masters of Fifth Edition can get adventures Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrakven and Along Came a Spider and the races in Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 at a great discount right now.

13th Age GMs will enjoy getting 25% off of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Great Druid, or an adventure like Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin, or NPCs like Age of Icons: 100 Lich Queen Agents.

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Sale: One Day Only $2 Sale on Pathfinder, Traveller, 5e, and 13th Age

Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes (PFRPG)

Book of Beasts: Legendary FoesToday only, we are running a $2 Sale on all of our items currently on sale that normally sell for more than $4. That is a minimum of 50% off the regular price and as much as 80% off. That’s right, you can get our PDFs that are normally $10 for the rock bottom price of $2. This mean for Pathfinder you can grab for $2:

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