Thursday, October 12, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Monster Mayhem! Orc Furybeast

Howdy! It's almost obligatory for me to throw in a mustelid for these marathons, and I'm getting into high enough CRs where animals become less viable as threats, so I'm presenting the orc furybeast now. It's a supercharged wolverine that hangs out with orcs, so it's probably not going to be friendly. Still, just for fun, I have animal companion stats for the furybeast.

I hope you like the orc furybeast. I'll be back tomorrow for a nicely messed up monster appropriate for Friday the 13th.

Blood mats the brown fur of this powerfully built mustelid which snarls and snaps angrily.
Orc Furybeast      CR 11
XP 12,800
N Medium animal
Init +6; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +13
AC 25, touch 13, flat-footed 22 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +12 natural)
hp 152 (16d8+80)
Fort +15, Ref +12, Will +8; +4 vs. enchantment
Defensive Abilities ferocity, improved uncanny dodge
Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +20 (3d6+10), 2 claws +19 (3d4+10)
Special Attacks death's wrath, enchanter’s blowback, pounce, powerful build
Str 25, Dex 14, Con 21, Int 1, Wis 16, Cha 8
Base Atk +12; CMB +19; CMD 32 (36 vs. trip)
Feats Dazzling Display, Deadly Finish[UC], Dodge, Gory Finish[UC], Improved Initiative, Intimidating Prowess, Mobility, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Acrobatics +10 (+14 to jump), Climb +12, Intimidate +22, Perception +13, Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +16 Intimidate
SQ orcish devotion
Environment temperate hills, mountains, or underground
Organization solitary
Treasure none
Death's Wrath (Ex) When an orc furybeast drops below 0 hit points, it can take 2 points of damage to take a full-round action, but it can only do so to charge an opponent. If the furybeast is slain as a result of an attack of opportunity or readied attack, it can still take its full attack before dying.
Enchanter’s Blowback (Ex) If an orc furybeast saves against an enchantment spell or effect, it flies into a rage. It gains +2 Constitution and +2 Strength, but takes a –2 penalty to its AC. When the furybeast attacks the creature that attempted to affect it the spell or effect, it gains a +2 bonus on its attack roll and deals an additional 2 points of damage.
Orcish Devotion (Ex) An orc furybeast will not harm a creature with the orc subtype, even if it is affected by an enchantment effect. A creature with the orc subtype that attacks the furybeast loses this benefit.
Powerful Build (Ex) An orc furybeast adds 1–1/2 times its Strength modifier to damage for all its melee attacks.

Originally hunting and combat companions solely bred for powerful orc chieftains, orc furybeasts have become plentiful enough to add their might to leaders of warbands and exemplary orcs. The animals match the ferociousness of their orc owners and fight with a near rabid intensity until they die. Orcs gifted with furybeasts honor the animals and use them only in meaningful battles or to hunt powerful game. In orc encampments, offspring from furybeast litters are pitted against each other when they near maturity, leaving a lone survivor (or, very rarely, two survivors). Orcs take a pragmatic view of the selection process and do not bet on the outcome.

On extremely rare occasions, a non-orc who has proven him- or herself to an orc tribe receives a furybeast as a gift. Orcs who see a non-orc they do not recognize with a furybeast challenge the owner and, if not satisfied with the response, attempt to violently wrest the animal from the pretender.

A typical orc furybeast stands 3 feet tall at the shoulder, is 5 feet long, and weighs 200 pounds. While furybeasts rarely reach the extent of their natural lifespans, they can reach the age of 30 years.

Orc Furybeast Companions
Starting Statistics: Size Small; AC +2 natural; Speed 30 ft.; Attack bite (1d6), 2 claws (1d4); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 8; Special Qualities low-light vision, orcish devotion, powerful build, scent.

7th-Level Advancement: Size Medium; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (2d6), 2 claws (2d4); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4; Special Qualities death’s wrath, enchanter’s blowback, ferocity, pounce.

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