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This gray cat head rests atop a cloud of similarly colored smoke. When it moves, it leaves clouds of smoke in its wake.
Catichoke CR 2
N Tiny outsider (air, earth, elemental, native)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., smoke sight; Perception +7
AC 16, touch 16, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 size)
hp 22 (3d10+6)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +2
DR 5/magic; Immune elemental traits; Resist fire 10
Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)
Melee bite +3 (1d2–3 plus 1d4 Str)
Space 2–1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks billowing flight, Strength damage
Str 4, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 4, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 13 (can't be tripped)
Feats Dodge, Mobility
Skills Escape Artist +17, Fly +15, Perception +7, Stealth +16; Racial Modifiers +8 Escape Artist
Languages Auran, Terran (can only speak to other catichokes)
Environment temperate and warm land
Organization solitary, pair, or clouder (3–12)
Billowing Flight (Ex) All squares a catichoke passes through when it flies are affected as if stinking cloud had been cast on them (DC 13 Fortitude negates). The cloud reaches from the catichoke’s height down to the ground. The affected squares revert to normal at the end of the catichoke’s next turn (provided it doesn’t travel through the squares again during its next turn). The save DC is Constitution-based.
Gaseous (Ex) A catichoke can pass through small holes or narrow openings without reducing its speed. It cannot enter water or other liquid. If the catichoke attacks another gaseous creature (either as a result of the catichoke’s Strength damage reducing a victim to 0 Strength, through an inherent special ability, or by gaseous form or a similar spell or effect), it adds its Dexterity modifier to damage rather than its Strength modifier (1d2+3 points of damage for a typical catichoke).
Smoke Sight (Su) A catichoke can see through fire, fog, and smoke without penalty.
Strength Damage (Su) A creature that takes Strength damage from a catichoke’s bite attack becomes smoke if its Strength score is reduced to 0. The affected creature acts as if it were targeted by gaseous form until its Strength score increases above 0.
The origin of catichokes is unclear; various sages claim wayward border elementals stuck on the Material Plane took on a native form and stuck with it through generations, while others posit a group of cats became infused with elemental energies at a weak point between the Material Plane and the Elemental Planes of Air and Earth. Whatever their actual origin, all catichokes release unending clouds of dander-filled smoke as they move, leaving those who witness them wondering how such small beings can produce so much material. The clouds seem to coalesce into the cat-like creatures after a few seconds, so the creatures can reuse them, meaning they don’t have an infinite supply.
Catichokes are persistent enemies of hell hounds. As with their origins, it is unknown how the creatures came into contact with each other. The most likely explanation is that a group of planar travelers who befriended the cats encountered a pack of hell hounds and the catichokes pass on the tale of this meeting to their children. Another, less popular, explanation also provides another possible origin for the catichokes’ genesis: they were bred specifically to attack hell hounds and other infernal denizens.
A typical catichoke is 1 foot in length, stands 6 inches tall, and weighs a slight 4 pounds.
A spellcaster of at least 7th level with at least one neutral component to alignment who takes the Improved Familiar feat can select a catichoke as a familiar. If the spellcaster with a catichoke familiar has at least one spell with the air or earth descriptor prepared or known, the spellcaster can use gaseous form once per day as a spell-like ability.