Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Shadow

Shadow (from the Monster Manual)
Medium Undead (Incorporeal)

Hit Dice: 3d12 (19 hit points)
Initiative: +2
Speed: Fly 40 feet (good)
Armor Class: 14 (+2 Dexterity, +1 dodge, +1 deflection); touch 14, flat-footed 11
BAB/Grapple: +1/-
Attack: Incorporeal touch +3 melee (1d6, Strength, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Incorporeal touch +3 melee (1d6, Strength, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 5 feet by 5 feet/5 feet
Special Attacks: Create spawn, strength damage
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 feet, incorporeal traits, +2 turn resistance, undead traits
Saves: Fortitude +1, Reflex +3, Will +4
Abilities: Str -, Int 6, Wis 12, Dex 14, Con -, Cha 13
Skills: Hide +8, Listen +7, Search +4, Spot +7
Feats: Dodge, Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot)
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary, gang (2 - 5), or swarm (6 - 11)
Challenge Rating: 3
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always chaotic evil
Advancement: 4 - 9 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment: -

Shadows are creatures of sentient darkness, hating life and light with equal fervor. Their touch bestows the painful chill of nonexistence, making them very dangerous opponents. A shadow can be difficult to see in dark or gloomy areas but stands out starkly in brightly illuminated places. Natural enemies of all that live, shadows are aggressive and predatory. They are quick to strike and make short work of those unprepared to deal with them.

A shadow is 5 to 6 feet tall and is weightless. Shadows cannot speak intelligibly.

Shadows lurk in dark places, waiting for living prey to happen by.

Strength Damage (Su): The touch of a shadow deals 1d6 points of Strength damage to a living foe. A creature reduced to Strength 0 by a shadow dies. This is a negative energy effect.

Create Spawn (Su): Any humanoid reduced to Strength 0 by a shadow becomes a shadow under the control of its killer within 1d4 rounds.

Incorporeal: A shadow can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, +1 or better magic weapons, spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities. The creature has a 50% change to ignore any damage from a corporeal source except for force effects or attacks made with ghost touch weapons. A shadow can pass through solid objects, but not force effects, at will. Its attacks ignore armor, natural armor, and shields, but deflection bonuses and force effects work normally against them. A shadow always moves silently and cannot be heard with Listen checks if it does not wish to be.

Undead: Immune to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects), immune to poison, sleep effects, paralysis, stunning, disease, and death effects. Not subject to critical hits, nonlethal damage, ability drain, fatigue, or exhaustion effects. Cannot heal damage on its own. Immune to any effect that requires a Fortitude save unless it also works on objects or is harmless. Not a risk of death due to massive damage. Does not eat, breathe, or sleep.

Skills: Shadows have a +2 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks and a +4 racial bonus on Search checks. A shadow gains a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks in areas of shadowy illumination. In brightly lit areas, it takes a -4 penalty on Hide checks.

Shadows as Familiars
Shadows can serve as familiars for 4th level or higher shadowsworn. A shadow serving as a shadowsworn's familiar is incorporeal, but is not undead.

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