Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Cloud Panther

Hello and welcome to another Frightful Fridays! (I'm sure it's Friday somewhere in the universe) This edition's monster proves Carl Sandburg's claim as slightly inaccurate. The fog actually murders on large cat feet. At any rate, this particular cat might cause PCs to think twice about stepping out into a murky night.

I hope you enjoy the cloud panther, and I'll see you next time with another monster. Thanks for reading!

Shaped like a large cat, this solid mass of fog would seem harmless were it not for the razor-like claws and fangs.
Cloud Panther      CR 7
XP 3,200
CN Medium magical beast
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, mistsight; Perception +13
AC 20, touch 16, flat-footed 14 (+5 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 natural)
hp 76 (9d10+27)
Fort +9, Ref +11, Will +4
DR 5/magic; Immune electricity, precision damage
Weaknesses vulnerability to wind
Speed fly 60 ft. (good)
Melee bite +14 (1d8+2 plus grab), 2 claws +14 (1d6+2)
Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +14, 1d6+2)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th; concentration +9)
   3/day—fog cloud
Str 14, Dex 21, Con 17, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +9; CMB +14 (+18 grapple); CMD 27 (31 vs. trip)
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Finesse
Skills Fly +13, Perception +13, Stealth +18; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth
SQ gaseous, hide in plain sight
Environment any temperate or warm land
Organization solitary, pair, or roll (3–8)
Treasure none
Gaseous (Ex) A cloud panther can pass through small holes or narrow opening without reducing its speed.
Hide in Plain Sight (Ex) A cloud panther can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as it stands in fog or similar cloud-like atmosphere, it can hide itself from view in the open without actually hiding behind anything.
Immunity to Precision Damage (Ex) A cloud panther takes no damage from sneak attacks, critical hits, or other forms of precision damage.
Mistsight (Ex) A cloud panther can see through fog, mist, and murky water as if they were perfectly clear, ignoring the miss chance for these obstructions, up to its normal range of vision.
Vulnerability to Wind (Ex) A cloud panther is treated as two sizes smaller against wind effects. Additionally, if subjected to severe or more powerful winds, it loses its DR, hide in plain sight ability, and the benefits of blur until the beginning of its next turn.

Cloud panthers have distant elemental ancestry, but not enough to be true elemental creatures. Sages argue over two possible origins for cloud panthers, with one group claiming their forebears were a pride of elemental cat-like animals stranded on the Material Plane, and the other group positing a primal fusing of elemental stuff with a terrestrial cat. Whatever their origins, cloud panthers breed true (and, in some cases, can spontaneously generate other cloud panthers from thick fog).

Cloud panthers are highly intelligent relative to their apparent bestial nature. A single panther displays considerable patience and cunning when stalking targets, using the cover of mist or other inclement weather to hide from its prey. A roll of cloud panthers employs distraction and other strategies to bring down larger, more powerful prey. The creatures avoid windy areas and flee when confronted with foes who use wind-manipulating magic against them. They often ally with powerful air elementals and serve as hunting companions to djinn. Cloud panthers’ elemental ancestry persists in their instinctive hatred for earth creatures, which the panthers usually attack in preference to other opponents.

A typical cloud panther is just over 5 feet long and weighs 60 pounds.

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