Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Begotten, lost in time

These advanced Old Ones will be appearing very soon in "Stealing Moments", an upcoming adventure from Unicorn Rampant written by S.D. Hilderbrand. As usual, feel free to borrow them if you need an aberrant encounter to throw into your game this week!

The result of prolonged exposure to Old Ones, persons too near their reality warping effects undergo a transformation into beings which resemble them in some ways. These changed creature's features are bestial and reminiscent of fish, lizards, and amphibians, with claw-tipped hands or occasionally tentacles for arms. They are cunning and physically powerful, yet twisted and crippled in appearance. These creatures are ruled by the Old Ones through fear, violence and mental domination.

Those that can still speak do not usually chose to do so. Instead they mainly communicate simple thoughts to each other by telepathy, accompanied by whimpering groans and croaks.

Elder Begotten of the Old Ones CR 9
usually chaotic neutral with evil tendencies
Medium Size Abberation
Init: +2 Senses: darkvision 60'
Listen +10 Spot +10

Languages: Telepathy 60' and either common or none

AC: 20 (+2 dex, +8 natural armor)
HP: 127 (HD 15d8+ 60)
Defenses: SR 18, DR 5 / lawful
Fort: +9 Ref: +7 Will: +8

Speed: 30 ft, swim 30 ft
Attack: +16 appendage 1d6+4 or +15 greatclub 1d12+6
Full Attack: +16 appendage 1d6+4 and +16 appendage 1d6+4 or +15/+10/ +5 greatclub 1d12+6
Attack Options: Lightning Touch
Space / Reach: 5ft. / 5ft.
Base Attack: +11 Grapple: +15

SQ: DR 5/lawful, SR 15, darkvision 60'
SA: spell like abilities: blur
Feats: weapon focus (appendage), power attack, ability focus (Otherworldly Gaze), quicken spell-like ability (blur)

Abilities: Str: 18 Dex: 15 Con: 18 Int: 9 Wis: 12 Cha: 6
Skills: +10 listen, +10 spot

Lightning Touch (Su): Begotten of the old ones can generate, as a free action, a burst of electricity from within their bodies that damages and may stun their victims. The touch deals 1d8 points of electricity damage and stuns the target for 1d4 rounds. A DC 21 Fortitude save avoids the stun effect - the save is constitution based. They may use this ability once per round, delivered by melee attack.

Otherworldly Gaze: As a standard action begotten can focus their otherworldly gaze upon a mortal creature and create a haze of confusion as the spell. A DC 18 will save is required to avoid this confusion (save is wisdom based), which lasts as long as the begotten concentrates upon it. This is a mind-affecting ability.

Spell-like abilities: 1/day - blur (caster level 8)
DR: 5 / lawful (axiomatic)
Spell Resistance: 18

Sometimes armed with simple weapons, but generally attacking with whatever appendages the old ones have given them, the begotten are straightforward combatants. If encountered in a group, those in the rear will focus their otherworldly gaze on those being attacked, while their brethren attack with their claws and lightning touch.

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