Friday, February 6, 2015

Frightful Fridays! Nullephant

Hello there! It's been a while since the last installment of Frightful Fridays! and I apologize for my long absence, but I am back now with a new monster, with thanks to my friend Craig for the image. The nullephant's face is not just good for frightening everything that see it; it also conceals a deadly weapon. The creatures were born of nightmares and plan to continue producing nightmarish encounters with those they attack and such dry of their physical and mental essences.

I hope I managed to do this disconcerting image justice, and I hope you like the nullephant. I'll be back soon with a new monster. Thanks for reading!

 

This appears to be an ordinary elephant, apart from the fact that its ears and trunk simply do not exist.
Nullephant CR 12
XP 19,200
NE Huge magical beast
Init –2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +17

Defense
AC 26, touch 6, flat-footed 26 (–2 Dex, +20 natural, –2 size)
hp 168 (16d10+80)
Fort +15, Ref +8, Will +11

Offense
Speed 40 ft.
Melee gore +22 (3d6+8), slam +22 (2d8+8), null trunk +21 (1d4+4 plus grab)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks null trunk, trample (2d8+12, DC 26)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 16th; concentration +19)
At will—invisibility

Statistics
Str 27, Dex 6, Con 21, Int 7, Wis 18, Cha 16
Base Atk +16; CMB +26 (+30 grapple); CMD 34 (38 vs. trip)
Feats Coordinated Charge[UC], Coordinated Maneuvers[APG], Distracting Charge[ACG], Iron Will, Multiattack, Outflank[APG], Power Attack, Weapon Focus (null trunk)
Skills Intimidation +16, Perception +18; Racial Bonuses +8 Intimidation

Ecology
Environment temperate plains
Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–12)
Treasure none

Special Abilities
Null Trunk (Su) A nullephant's trunk remains invisible at all times and is immune to attempts to make it visible (through means such as faerie fire or glitterdust). Spells such as see invisibility allow the recipients to see the trunk as though it were composed of a hungering void. If an opponent cannot see the null trunk, the nullephant attacks its flat-footed armor class (mitigated by abilities such as uncanny dodge).
If a nullephant successfully grapples a foe with its trunk, it deals 1d4 points of Charisma drain and 1d4 points of Constitution drain. A victim must attempt two DC 23 Fortitude saving throws, one for each attribute. A success reduces the effect to 1 point of ability damage. Nullephants are immune to this ability. The save DCs are Constitution-based.

The so-called Nowhere Dimension is a malevolent plane of existence that seeks to consume every material bit of the universe, leaving nothing but void in its wake. Elder gods managed to wall off the rest of reality from the Nowhere Dimension, but occasionally it leaks through to the Material Plane—and other planes to a much lesser extent. It makes its incursions into primal areas virtually untouched by sentient beings other than fey and consumes what it can before ancient defenses once again seal off the breaches. Of all animals, elephants are the most sensitive to the Nowhere Dimension's intrusions, and their investigations typically come to horrifying ends. However, a hardy herd survived one such encounter, losing their trunks and ears to the void in the process. The event changed these elephants, which bore a mere fraction of the terrible hunger of the void in their trunks, driving the elephants to feed on the essence of other creatures. They grew more cunning, and their burgeoning intellect, nurtured by the living void, led them to seek out sentient prey.

Nullephants breed true with each other and they have a 50% chance of producing a nullephant when mating with an ordinary elephant. This birth invariably results in the new nullephant's mother becoming its first victim. The creatures gather in large numbers and attack en masse, relying on a surprising array of teamwork tactics. An individual nullephant attempts to grab one creature with its trunk, and, once it manages to snag a victim, it then relies on its tusks to keep rescuers at bay. Worse, a nullephant can extend the null field comprising its trunk to make itself completely invisible. Only the sound of heavy hooves give away a charging group of nullephants hiding in their null fields.

 

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