Monday, September 1, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
This moth-eaten, black shroud floats serenely, but an aura of menace emanates from the piece of cloth.
Tattered Shroud CR 4
NE Medium undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +1
AC 17, touch 17, flat-footed 10 (+6 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 42 (5d8+20)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +5
DR 5/slashing; Immune undead traits
Speed fly 40 ft. (perfect)
Melee slam +9 (1d6-3 plus 2d6 negative energy damage and grab)
Special Attacks create spawn
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th; concentration +9)
Str 4, Dex 23, Con —, Int 5, Wis 13, Cha 18
Base Atk +3; CMB +9 (+13 grapple); CMD 17
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Dodge, Weapon Finesse
Skills Disguise +10 (+18 to appear as a cloak or similar object), Fly +14, Stealth +11; Racial Modifiers +8 Disguise to appear as a cloak or similar object)
Create Spawn (Su) A humanoid creature killed by tattered shroud becomes a free-willed ghoul in 1d4 rounds.
Grab (Ex) If a tattered shroud maintains a grapple against its opponent, it deals no physical damage, but it deals 2d6 negative damage to that opponent. Attacks that hit a grappling shroud deal half their damage to the shroud and half to the grappled victim.
A funerary shroud for a humanoid sometimes absorbs the negative energy surrounding the undead creature's spawning and gains an unlife of its own. The most typical example of a tattered shroud derives from a victim of ghoul fever, whom his or her family and friends bury before the victim rises as a ghoul. The shroud assumes its new existence an hour or so after the undead creature it covered. A newly created shroud seems to absorb all light around itself, generating an eerie gloom.
Driven to create more ghouls, a tattered shroud flies to the nearest population center to begin its depredations. While the creature has a dim intelligence, it is clever enough to suppress its darkness spell-like ability to ensure it does not give itself away. It finds a suitable location to carry out its ruse as a cloak, bedspread, or blanket, so it can take a lone victim completely unaware. The shroud envelops its victim and will not let go until its victim dies. If the victim manages to break free, the shroud usually retargets that opponent.
Ghouls too impatient to wait for their disease to fill their ranks employ known tattered shrouds to speed up the process. More powerful tattered shrouds originate from the creation of strong undead creatures, such as ghasts, vampires, and even the odd lich that has undertaken a burial service before arising.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Hello, and welcome back to a late edition of Frightful Fridays! I didn't catch a bad case of con crud, so I can't use that as an excuse. Instead my day job decided it would be nice to welcome me back from GenCon with an already huge assignment that gathered requirements as the week went along. It didn't stop me from putting out a monster this week, though. Admittedly, I went the vermin route, so nothing super fancy in terms of spell-like abilities and whatnot, but check out those bolas!
I hope you enjoy the giant bola beetle, and I'll be back on Friday with a new monster. Thanks for reading!
Four massive chitinous orbs sprout from the top of this enormous, dark brown beetle's carapace.
Giant Bola Beetle CR 6
N Large vermin
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +7
AC 19, touch 15, flat-footed 13 (+6 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp 67 (9d8+27)
Fort +9, Ref +9, Will +2
Resist acid 10
Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d4+4)
Ranged 4 bolas +12 (1d6+4 nonlethal/19–20 plus trip or entangle)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks concussive bolas, entangling bolas
Str 18, Dex 22, Con 17, Int —, Wis 9, Cha 7
Base Atk +6; CMB +11; CMD 27 (35 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Critical (bola)[B], Weapon Focus (bola)[B]
Skills Acrobatics +14, Climb +12, Perception +7, Stealth +2 (+10 in forests and swamps); Racial Modifiers +8 Acrobatics, +8 Perception, +8 Stealth in forests and swamps
Environment warm forests and swamps
Organization solitary, pair, or sling (3–8)
Concussive Bolas (Ex) A giant bola beetle can fire concussive bolas up to a maximum of 30 feet. In addition to hitting an opponent for bludgeoning damage, a concussive bola can make a trip attempt that does not allow a trip attempt in return. Finally, if the beetle succeeds at a critical hit with a concussive bola, the target must attempt a DC 17 Fortitude save to avoid becoming stunned for 1d4 rounds. Success reduces this effect to dazed for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Entangling Bolas (Ex) Instead of firing a concussive bola, a giant bola beetle can shoot a detachable bola with a range increment of 30 feet (maximum range of 90 feet). This bola deals half damage on a successful strike and makes a trip attempt (with a +4 racial bonus). Additionally, an opponent struck by an entangling bola must succeed at a DC 17 Reflex save; failure causes the opponent to become entangled, while success reduces the opponent's movement to half. A flying creature struck by an entangling bola that fails the Reflex save can no longer fly and falls to the ground. An entangled creature can break free by succeeding at a DC 17 Strength check or by dealing 6 points of damage to the entangling strands with a slashing weapon. If the beetle uses an entangling bola, it loses one of its bola attacks for 1d6 rounds while it regrows a new bola. The DCs above are Constitution-based.
Scourge of tropical jungles and marshes, a giant bola beetle has evolved an unusual hunting style to accompany the bola-like growths held in place by strands similar to a spider's web. It typically uses its bolas to strike at prey within reach to knock them out, after which it feeds on the still living prey. As the bola near-instantaneously returns to the beetle, it has a fair chance of tripping its target. For an escaping victim, the beetle detaches a "thrown" bola for greater range, allowing the sticky strands to immobilize the victim so the beetle can advance on it. The beetle regrows its bolas at a prodigious rate, but it shows surprising reluctance to use an entangling bola, especially against prey within range of its normal striking distance.
With a successful DC 20 Heal check, a character can harvest an intact bola from a giant bola beetle. Each bola acts similarly to Large bolas (using the beetle's damage dice instead) and can entangle an opponent once before its stickiness wears off.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Hello and welcome once again to a new Frightful Fridays! I'm at GenCon as this gets posted, but I got this monster done early for publication. The phantom ray evolved considerably from what I envisioned when I first saw the image. So, what was once a bog standard ghostly monster with a weird poison became a weapon against outsiders, but one that really does not want that role. Its divine purpose or engineering attracts it to outsiders, but phantom rays choose only to observe and record the creatures' activity.
So, that is the phantom ray. I hope you enjoy it, and I'll be back next week with a new monster (even if I get con crud and I deliriously post another amphibian). Thanks for reading!
This ghostly sting ray's long tail whips around. Visible waves of eldritch energy emanate from the creature's body.
Phantom Ray CR 5
N Small outsider (extraplanar, incorporeal)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +12
Aura feedback aura (60 ft., DC 16)
AC 18, touch 18, flat-footed 14 (+3 deflection, +4 Dex, +1 size)
hp 51 (6d10+18)
Fort +8, Ref +9, Will +4
Defensive Abilities incorporeal
Speed fly 50 ft. (perfect)
Melee sting +11 (1d6+6 plus poison)
Str —, Dex 19, Con 16, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 16
Base Atk +6; CMB +9; CMD 22
Feats Alertness, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative
Skills Fly +18, Intimidate +11, Knowledge (history) +17, Knowledge (local) +17, Knowledge (planes) +14, Linguistics +4, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12, Stealth +15; Racial Modifiers +8 Knowledge (history), +8 Knowledge (local), +8 Knowledge (planes)
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Celestial, Common, Infernal
Organization solitary, pair, or wake (3–12)
Feedback Aura (Su) At the beginning of a phantom ray's turn, every summoned creature and extraplanar outsider within the radius of its feedback aura must succeed at a DC 16 Fortitude save or take 2d6 points of damage. Additionally, any creature within the aura benefitting from ongoing spells or effects must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 16 + highest applicable spell level) or take damage equal to the highest applicable spell level.
Heartstopper Poison (Ex) Sting—injury; save Fort DC 16, frequency 1/round for 6 rounds, effect 1d3 Con and paralysis for 1 round, cure 2 consecutive saves. A phantom ray's heartstopper poison bypasses poison immunity or resistance possessed by outsiders and summoned creatures. The save DC is Constitution-based.
A phantom ray claims to merely observe important events as they unfold on the Material Plane, and that may be the case now. However, the creature's array of abilities suggest that it was intended to be a weapon against extraplanar creatures of some sort—perhaps all outsiders, in order to prevent the Material Plane from becoming a massive battlefield. Strangely, the ray is an extraplanar outsider itself, deriving from an ancient aberration now adapted to the Ethereal Plane. A phantom ray will only attack to defend itself, but many creatures, especially outsiders, regard its inherent feedback aura as a preemptive attack.
Depending on the momentousness of an imminent extraplanar incursion, anywhere from one to a dozen phantom rays show up to observe it from a safe distance. Knowledgeable creatures realize that the appearance of phantom rays heralds the arrival of powerful angels, devils, demons, or other planar denizens. If the rays have any awareness of what is coming, they do not share that knowledge.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Hello, and welcome back to a new Frightful Frogdays! I was all done with frogs, but my friend Jason presented me with a new one, and I just couldn't resist continuing the theme. This little guy is a gliding frog in the real world, but I thought it would be fun to make it an aberration with weird control over gravity, and it attacks its opponents with gravity (typically by picking them up into the air and then dropping them to their doom). It looks like he's really happy about the prospect.
I hope you enjoy this week's "gravity frog." GenCon is next week, but I plan to set out a monster in advance for next Friday. I should be done with frogs and toads for the foreseeable future. Thanks for reading!
The air shimmers beneath the wide, yellow-and-black webbed feet belonging to this frog-like creature.
Grenouille de la Pesanteur CR 9
CN Small aberration
Init +12; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10
AC 23, touch 19, flat-footed 15 (+8 Dex, +4 natural, +1 size)
hp 119 (14d8+56); fast healing 2
Fort +10, Ref +12, Will +12
Immune cold; Resist acid 10, fire 10
Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +19 (1d6+1), tongue +15 (grab)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (15 ft. with tongue)
Special Attacks grab (Medium)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th; concentration +16)
Str 12, Dex 27, Con 19, Int 7, Wis 16, Cha 14
Base Atk +10; CMB +17 (+21 grapple); CMD 28 (can't be tripped)
Feats Acrobatic, Agile Maneuvers, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (tongue)
Skills Acrobatics +20, Escape Artist +16, Fly +15, Perception +12, Stealth +17
Languages Aklo (can't speak)
SQ no breath, strong legs
Environment any terrestrial
Organization solitary, pair, or pod (3–16)
Strong Legs (Ex) A grenouille de la pesanteur's powerful legs allow it to jump while it levitates, giving it an equivalent fly speed of 30 feet.
A grenouille de la pesanteur looks like nothing more than a floating frog. However, it is a strange extraterrestrial creature with control over gravity. It hunts by triggering reverse gravity on its potential meal, rising with the victim for a few seconds, and then letting the fall do the work of killing its prey. For particularly stubborn prey, a grenouille uses its tongue to grab them and carry them off before dropping them to their deaths. The grenouille prefers the flesh of intelligent humanoids, but it can subsist on any meat. In sparsely populated areas, the primary indication of a grenouille hunting ground is blood-spattered rocks.
A grenouille de la pesanteur has an extremely long lifespan, which allows the creature to travel the byways between planets and solar systems. For as yet unexplained reasons, a pod of grenouille will levitate beyond the atmosphere and drift in space, where the lack of air and extreme cold cause the creatures no harm, until it reaches another planet with suitable gravity (around typical Earth gravity).
Friday, August 1, 2014
Hello, and welcome back to a brand new installment of Frightful Fridays! Continuing with an evident amphibian trend (apart from last week's delightful kitten), I wanted an ooze that used a little shock and awe in its attacks. So, enter an insane wizard who hates halflings and wants something other than the ponderously slow ooze. Graft some frog DNA into the ooze, and it suddenly makes amazing leaps and engulfs those little bastards.
Hopefully, you have a lunatic wizard in your campaign who would dare to tamper with nature and create this thing, which will then surprise your players when it charges at one of their characters and ends its charge in an incredible leap. In the meantime, I'll be back next week with a new monster. Thanks for reading!
This blocky slime holds several bones and an oddly preserved frog within its mass.
Infamous Leaping Ooze of County Cavas-Cowan CR 6
N Large ooze
Init –1; Senses Perception +8
AC 8, touch 8, flat-footed 8 (–1 Dex, –1 size)
hp 101 (7d8+70)
Fort +12, Ref +1, Will +2
Immune acid, electricity, fire, ooze traits
Speed 30 ft.
Melee slam +12 (2d6+12 plus 1d6 acid)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks engulf (DC 21, 1d6 acid), leaping charge
Str 26, Dex 9, Con 30, Int 1, Wis 11, Cha 4
Base Atk +5; CMB +14 (+16 bull rush); CMD 23 (25 vs. bull rush, can't be tripped)
Feats Awesome Blow, Improved Bull Rush, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Acrobatics +3 (+19 Acrobatics when jumping), Perception +8, Stealth +2
SQ animal intelligence
Environment any hills or plains
Animal Intelligence (Ex) An infamous leaping ooze has a basic animal intelligence, and it treats Acrobatics, Perception, and Stealth as class skills. It retains its immunity to mind-affecting effects.
Leaping Charge (Ex) An infamous leaping ooze benefits from jumping at its foes in a charge. It gains a +8 bonus on its Acrobatics check to jump when charging.
Named for the location of its first sighting, the Infamous Leaping Ooze of County Cavas-Cowan (referred to as the "leaping ooze" or "infamous leaping ooze" by most people) attacked a community of halflings. It killed several solitary halflings over the course of two weeks with no trace other than a puddle of acidic slime. When it attacked a pair of halflings (one of which fled the scene), the community finally knew what threatened it. With a concerted effort, the halflings finally eradicated the ooze, but others have appeared in various locations since then.
The leaping ooze is infused with frog genetics, as provided by the specially treated frog that remains relatively preserved from the ooze's acid. This infusion allows the ooze a small measure of awareness and cunning and prodigious jumping ability. Perhaps designed by a crazed wizard unhappy with an ooze's typically cumbersome movement and then unleashed upon the unsuspecting halflings at first, the ooze has appeared in other locations, indicating either the spread of its arcane design or a weird case of parallel design.
A leaping ooze usually attempts to engulf one opponent on an initial charge. Afterwards, it uses Awesome Blow to turn back rescuers before it leaps away with its new meal.
Friday, July 25, 2014
|Wheel of Fortune|
Pompeii Mosaic from Naples National Archaeological Museum
Aw! It's a cute little kitten. Wait...does it have a vertical mouth? Does it have more than two eyes? Must have been a trick of the light...
Kitteye Tyrant CR 12
CE Tiny aberration
Init +14; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +22
AC 27, touch 27, flat-footed 17 (+5 deflection, +10 Dex, +2 size)
hp 161 (17d8+85)
Fort +10, Ref +15, Will +12
Defensive Abilities spell absorption; Resist acid 20, cold 20, electricity 20, fire 20, sonic 10; SR 23
Weaknesses vulnerability to dispel magic and dead magic
Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee 2 claws +10 (1d2-4)
Ranged eye ray +23 (variable, see special ability below)
Space 2.5 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks eyes of su-maru
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 17th; concentration +21)
At will—dimension door
3/day—quickened dimension door
Str 2, Dex 31, Con 20, Int 21, Wis 15, Cha 18
Base Atk +12; CMB +20; CMD 31 (35 vs. trip)
Feats Acrobatic[B], Combat Casting, Dimensional Agility, Improved Initiative, Point-Blank Shot, Quicken Spell-Like Ability (dimension door), Skill Focus (Knowledge [arcana]), Skill Focus (Spellcraft), Spell Penetration, Weapon Focus (ray)
Skills Acrobatics +18, Climb +14, Disguise +21 (+29 to appear as an ordinary kitten), Escape Artist +30, Fly +22, Knowledge (arcana) +31, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +22, Knowledge (planes) +22, Linguistics +19, Perception +22, Spellcraft +31, Stealth +28; Racial Modifiers +8 Disguise to appear as an ordinary kitten
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnoll, Gnome, Goblin, Halfling, Ignan, Infernal, Orc, Sphinx, Sylvan, Terran, Undercommon; telepathy 120 ft.
Eyes of Su-Maru (Su) A kitteye tyrant possesses six eyes, each of which fires a unique ray; the kitteye tyrant can fire all six rays during its turn. If it succeeds at a ranged touch attack, it affects the target per one of the listed spells. Its "normal" eyes affect targets with either baleful polymorph or dominate person, while the other four eyes fire rays with effects similar to contagious flame (one ray to start, and four rays shoot from the original target), greater contagion, prismatic spray (one ray chosen randomly that affects one creature), and suffocation. If a kitteye tyrant uses rays other than those from its "normal" pair of eyes, it must make another Disguise check (at a –20 penalty) to continue its ruse as a typical kitten. If a spell effect allows a saving throw, it has a DC of 22, regardless of spell level. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Spell Absorption (Su) Any spell targeting a kitteye tyrant or including the creature in its area of effect that fails to overcome the kitteye tyrant's spell resistance heals the tyrant a number of hit points equal to the spell level.
Vulnerability to Dispel Magic and Dead Magic (Su) A kitteye tyrant targeted by dispel magic, greater dispel magic, or mage's disjunction must succeed at a Will save per the spell level and caster's spellcasting ability bonus (these spells automatically bypass the kitteye tyrant's spell resistance). If it fails the saving throw, it takes damage equal to the spell level, and it cannot use its spell-like abilities or rays for a number of rounds equal to the spell level. A kitteye tyrant starting its turn in an antimagic field must make a Will save to avoid the same effects. Finally, in a dead magic zone, a kitteye tyrant takes 1d6 points of Constitution damage every round it spends in that zone.
Kitteye tyrants are long-ago escapees from another realm that have made this plane their home. Remorseless killers, kitteye tyrants enjoy watching the disastrous effects caused by their eye rays, while taking on the guise of an unassuming kitten. They typically dominate novice wizards and assume the superficial role of familiar. As long as they keep a low enough profile, blame for any destruction falls on the wizard puppets, necessitating a change in "owner" for the kitteye tyrants. While kitteye tyrants carry out their deceptions, they eschew the use of their innate fly ability, since that would be a dead giveaway. When kitteye tyrants let loose, though, they target obvious spellcasters, since those casters may have dispel magic or similar spells at their disposal. They are not especially brave combatants in the face of stiff competition, so they make copious use of quickened dimension door and Stealth to make their escapes. Those who manage to drive away kitteye tyrants face the possibility of eventual retribution. Confident in their superiority over all creatures, kitteye tyrants only fear the arrival of powerful denizens from its former home. If a kitteye tyrant has foreknowledge of such an event, it will seek out adventurers (perhaps those it has previously vexed) for protection, usually presenting the event as one of apocalyptic proportions.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
|The Four Symbols for the Elements are shown below the Alchemical Figures above, from Johann Daniel Mylius’ Philosophia reformata (1622).|
This is telling for me in two ways: first, the physical world is more aligned with Chaos than it is with Law. Moreover, the element closest to humanity (humus-human or earth-men) is Law. Hence, humans, (and for that matter, dwarves) are usually tied more closely to Law in RPG materials because they are tied to, and perhaps even primarily composed of, earth. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7). If they are primarily of the element which stands in contrast to the rest of the elements alignment-wise, this is a source of conflict. There is a problem, however, when it comes to these four elements being enough to comprise the cosmos. Air-atmosphere is one thing, but what about those heavenly or spiritual substances that are not material or physical? Those that are literally no-thing? If the atmosphere and its winds are chaotic, are not the heavenly orderly? Don't the heavenly bodies provide the regular movements by which we may measure the terrestrial bodies below? Is not the King of Heaven a deity of Law, the Law-giver himself?
These considerations bring us to face-to-face with the fact that many, if not most, many versions of the classical elements total five rather than four. Consider the refinement below, which will use the letter Q to stand for the fifth, derived from Aristotle's quintessence.
This schema might seem like just a Western variant, or perhaps even too Christian, but comparison to Indian, Japanese, and Tibetan systems reveal that it is not uniquely Aristotlean or Judeo-Christian. (NB. I find the sections on Buddhism and China most inadequate and even confused/confusing and advise you to look further afield rather than make too many assumptions based on that portion of the Wikipedia entry.) The system of five elements is dealing with questions and problems of thought that the fourfold system was insufficient to deal with. Air needed to be split up to account for the kinds of questions above and beliefs about the realm above the dome of the sky. You may call Q as best fits with your mythopoesis, but note the terms used for it in the past: Void, Heaven, Space, Aether, Spirit. As we have moved from ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, we found a need to distinguish what was once a single word: wind/breath/spirit. While the winds of the air blow where they will, the heavenly spirits proceed in the stately movement of their spheres -- precise and predictable. And note that, even in the world of Avatar, the story can't leave well enough (supposedly, four) alone. The avatar (incarnate in a particular element-bender) can achieve an Avatar-state, and in addition to the standard four there is energy bending.
Next time: Using this general conception of world building with gaming particulars.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
This eyeless toad seems to find its way around in spite of its missing organs; the creature opens its mouth to reveal two glowing orbs.
Adaptoad CR 8
N Small magical beast
Init +7; Senses blindsight 60 ft.; Perception +3
AC 21, touch 15, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +6 natural, +1 size)
hp 95 (10d10+40); fast healing 3
Fort +11, Ref +10, Will +8
Defensive Abilities evasion; Resist variable resistance
Speed 50 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +12 (1d8+1)
Special Attacks explosive eyeballs
Str 13, Dex 17, Con 18, Int 7, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +10; CMB +10; CMD 24
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Acrobatics), Wind Stance
Skills Acrobatics +22, Swim +9
Explosive Eyeball (Su) An adaptoad begins combat with two marble-like eyeballs in its mouth. As a standard action it can spit one or both eyeballs out to a range of 60 feet. Each eyeball explodes in a 20-foot radius, dealing 5d6 damage of a chosen energy type—acid, cold, electricity, or fire—to all creatures caught in the explosion (DC 19 Reflex for half). If the frog spits both eyeballs simultaneously, it can choose to deal 5d6 sonic or force damage instead (the Reflex save DC is unchanged). An adaptoad requires 1d6 rounds to replace an eyeball. The save DCs are Constitution-based.
Variable Resistance (Su) For each eyeball currently in an adaptoad's mouth, it has energy resistance 10 against the type of energy damage the eyeball deals. If the adaptoad has two of the same type of eyeball, its energy resistance increases to 20.
Thanks to their amphibian genetics, toad familiars are likely to absorb the magic abilities of their wizard or witch masters. An adaptoad is an extreme example of such a creature, exchanging physical sight for the ability to grow eyeballs in its mouth that it can spit at opponents to deal elemental damage. Its eyeballs also grant a measure of protection against the energy represented by each eyeball. An adaptoad can sense the effectiveness of each explosion and switch to a different energy type if necessary. As it waits for eyeballs to regrow, it hops around in a haphazard fashion in an attempt to avoid retaliation.
If an adaptoad has any eyeballs remaining in its mouth when it dies, each eyeball can be used like a bead from a necklace of fireballs (5d6 points of fire damage), regardless of the energy type chosen by the adaptoad.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
For me, PaizoCon 2014 was really more about people, this year. As I said, I’ve been to four of these conventions, and each one was a little different. For the first two I was more focused on learning how to navigate a convention, soaking up lessons about writing and getting published, and getting information about all the cool stuff that would be coming out in the following year. I was also still awestruck by the ability to hang out and talk with Paizo people and folks from other publishers. I didn’t know many people by face or even name, in some cases. It was all new to me.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A shifting pattern of blue, purple, and green dances across this massive frog's skin; the light green horn looks like it could easily skewer an opponent.
Riding Frog CR 3
N Medium magical beast
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +7
AC 16, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 natural)
hp 30 (4d10+8)
Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +2
Defensive Abilities devotion; Resist acid 5
Weakness riderless despondence
Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d4+3), gore +7 (1d6+3)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 4th; concentration +4)
3/day—daze (DC 10)
Str 16, Dex 17, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +4; CMB +7; CMD 21 (25 vs. trip)
Feats Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack[B]
Skills Acrobatics +7 (+23 when jumping), Perception +7; Racial Modifiers +8 when jumping
Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, pair, team (1 riding frog and rider), or squad (3–12 riding frogs and riders)
Devotion (Su) A riding frog gains a +4 morale bonus on Will saves while carrying a rider.
Riderless Despondence (Su) A riding frog loses the use of Spring Attack and gains the shaken condition while it has no rider.
Bred by fey lords to not only accept a rider, but also be dependent on the rider, riding frogs make up the bulk of the mounts for a fey cavalry. A riding frog can carry a Tiny or Small rider without problem, and its horns usually combined with its rider's ranged attacks make them a formidable pair of adversaries. When a riding frog loses its rider, it becomes lethargic. Those who have studied these frogs are unsure whether the fey lords intentionally bred this behavior into the frogs as a means of keeping them docile without riders, or whether this was a peculiar side effect of the breeding process.
While a riding frog, as a magical beast, may not be taken as an animal companion, an appropriately sized cavalier can take one as a mount.
Sir Nigel, Defender of the Pond CR 4
Nixie cavalier 4
N Small fey (aquatic)
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +10
AC 17, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+3 armor, +3 Dex, +1 size)
hp 39 (4d10+2d6+10)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +6
DR 5/cold iron; SR 12
Speed 20 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee lance +4 (1d6-2/×3) or shortsword +9 (1d4-2/19-20)
Ranged +1 light crossbow +10 (1d6+1/19-20)
Special Attacks cavalier's charge, challenge
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th; concentration +10)
3/day—charm person (DC 15)
Str 7, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 18
Base Atk +5; CMB +2; CMD 15
Feats Escape Route, Mounted Archery, Mounted Combat, Weapon Finesse
Skills Bluff +9, Craft (bows) +3, Escape Artist +11, Handle Animal +13, Knowledge (nobility) +5, Perception +10, Perform (sing) +10, Ride +11, Sense Motive +6, Stealth +11, Swim +9
Languages Aquan, Sylvan
SQ amphibious, expert trainer, lion's call, order (order of the lion), tactician, wild empathy +12
Combat Gear blue whinnis (1 dose); Other Gear studded leather, +1 light crossbow, arrows (20), lance, shortsword, 4 gp
Wild Empathy (Ex) This ability works like the druid ability of the same name. The nixie's total includes a +8 racial bonus on wild empathy checks.
Sir Nigel, a decorated veteran of the Pond Wars, during which he and his trusty riding frog, Kreeegan, turned back a dozen boggards attempting to take over their pond. As his fame grew, other nixies have taken up his cause to preserve the pond for their sovereign lord, and they have begun working with riding frogs of their own.