Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Frightful Fridays! Frogtober! Griftoad

Catching up from the convention continues, and here is yesterday's monster: the griftoad. The Inktober theme for yesterday was "expensive," and an encounter with a griftoad might prove as such, since it likes to steal everything that isn't nailed down (and even stuff that is, if it gets the opportunity). It has a nice bag of holding like gullet where it can store its ill-gotten gains, but it is somewhat vulnerable to damage, meaning all the stuff it has stored inside might get lost with a particularly powerful or deadly sword stroke.

Hugo Solis (https://deviantart.com/butterfrog) once again did a marvelous job with the illustration. I really like the detail of the coins spilling out of the griftoad's purse.

I will definitely be back this evening with a new monster and finally get caught up.

Got bling?

This anthropomorphic toad wears finely tailored clothing that manages to conceal its rotund shape. It wears several pieces of exquisite jewelry and carries a fancy rapier with a gem-encrusted pommel.
Griftoad      CR 10
XP 9,600
CN Small fey
Init +11; Senses low-light vision; Perception +17
AC 24, touch 20, flat-footed 17 (+2 deflection, +7 Dex, +4 natural, +1 size)
hp 144 (17d6+85)
Fort +10, Ref +17, Will +10
Defensive Abilities improved evasion; DR 10/cold iron or lawful; SR 21
Speed 30 ft.
Melee +2 agile cold iron rapier +18/+13 (1d4+9/1820), tongue +11 (steal)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (15 ft. with tongue)
Special Attacks pilfering tongue
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 17th; concentration +21)
   3/day—charm person (DC 15), modify memory (DC 18), suggestion (DC 16)
   1/day—beguiling gift[APG] (DC 15), foe to friend[APG] (DC 19), getaway[APG], glibness, invisibility, magic aura, pilfering hand[UC]
Str 6, Dex 25, Con 21, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 19
Base Atk +8; CMB +14 (+18 steal); CMD 24 (26 vs. steal, 28 vs. trip)
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Expertise, Disengaging Feint[UC], Disengaging Flourish[UC], Greater Steal[APG], Improved Feint, Improved Initiative, Improved Steal[APG], Martial Weapon Proficiency (rapier), Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +26, Bluff +24, Disguise +24, Escape Artist +26, Knowledge (local) +23, Perception +17, Sense Motive +17, Sleight of Hand +27, Stealth +25, Use Magic Device +21
Languages Aklo, Common, Draconic, Sylvan, Undercommon
SQ dimensional gullet
Environment any land
Organization solitary or cadre (26)
Treasure triple (+2 agile cold iron rapier, ring of protection +2, other treasure in its dimensional gullet)
Dimensional Gullet (Su) A griftoad’s stomach is similar to a bag of holding. It can carry up to 500 pounds of material in its gullet. Retrieving an object from its gullet requires a standard action. If the toad is struck by a piercing or slashing weapon, there is a 10% chance that the attack ruptures its gullet (this increases to 25% for critical hits and attacks with precision damage), and all the objects contained within it are lost forever. The griftoad must fully heal before it can use its dimensional gullet again.
Pilfering Tongue (Ex) A griftoad must hit its target's touch AC to perform a steal combat maneuver.  As part of a full round action, a griftoad can use its tongue to make this attack.

Griftoads are a race of fey creatures who valued their appearance over all other concerns. A fey noble affronted by several members of the race who tried to steal a valuable art object cursed them to look like toads. The newly created griftoads were at a loss for what they could do now that they bore such a grotesque visage and appeals by those not affiliated with the thieves fell on deaf ears. Rather than steal away to a hiding place where they could sulk, many griftoads decided to embrace their piteous appearance and use it to their advantage. While their antics are known throughout the fey courts, they have plenty of patsies to fool in the various worlds and planes touched by the fey lands.

While griftoads have built up a reputation as thieves and scoundrels, they typically use their abilities to take down arrogant marks. They much prefer a longer con, where they work themselves into their marks’ inner circle and subtly turn other against their marks or convince their marks they have a valuable prize to offer for a relatively mere pittance. While the toads are capable of using their tongues to steal objects almost unseen, the majority of them find such petty theft gauche, unless the thefts bolster their schemes. One of their favorite tricks to sow discord is to steal an object and use beguiling gift to convince someone else to take it in view of the former owner. In combat, they eschew their stance on theft and steal items from their foes to weaken them. As a desperate gambit, griftoads that have stolen valuable objects from their foes and stored them in their gullets threaten to destroy their gullets with their rapiers, which would effectively eliminate the stolen items.

A typical grifttoad stands just over 3 feet tall and weighs 70 pounds. Assuming a scheme hasn’t gotten the better of a griftoad, it can live for up to 85 years.

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