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Eye of the Deep


This creature is a 5-foot wide orb dominated by a central eye and large serrated mouth. Hundreds of small seaweed-like bristles hang from the bottom of its body. Two large crab-like pincers protrude from its body, and two long, thin eyestalks sprout from the top of its orb.

Eye of the Deep CR 6

XP 2,400
LE Medium aberration (aquatic)
Init +4; Senses all-around vision, darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +18
Immune flanking

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 15 (+5 natural)
hp 75 (10d8+20)
Fort +5; Ref +3; Will +10

OFFENSE

Speed 5 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee 2 pincers +7 (1d8 plus grab), bite +7 (1d6)
Ranged eye ray +7 (spell-like ability)
Special Attacks constrict (1d8), eye rays (DC 17), stun cone (30 ft. cone, DC 17, stunned 2d4 rounds)

TACTICS

An eye of the deep floats slowly through the oceans searching for its prey. It attacks using its eye rays; then it grasps an opponent with its pincers and subjects the victim to its bite attack. An eye of the deep’s pincers are considered to be primary attacks.

STATISTICS

Str 10, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 13, Cha 13
Base Atk +7; CMB +7 (+11 on grapple); CMD 17
Feats Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Improved Natural Attack (pincers), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes
Skills Knowledge (nature) +14, Perception +18, Stealth +13, Survival +14, Swim +21; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
Languages Aklo, Aquan, Common

SPECIAL ABILITIES

All-Around Vision (Ex)

An eye of the deep’s stalked eyes allow it to see in all directions at once. It cannot be flanked.

Eye Rays (Su)

Each of the creature’s eyes stalks can produce a magical ray once per round as a free action. The creature can aim both of its eye rays in any direction. Each of its eye rays resembles a spell cast by a 12th-level caster and follows the rules for a ray (see Aiming a Spell in the Core Rulebook). Each eye ray has a range of 150 feet and a save DC of 17. The save DC is Constitution-based.

  • Left eyeHold person A target struck by this ray must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by the spell. An eye of the deep will use this ray early in a fight so as to disable its opponents.
  • Right eyeHold monster A target struck by this ray must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by the spell. This is used in the same manner as the hold person ray.
  • Both eyesMinor image By combining the rays of both eyes, an eye of the deep can replicate the minor image spell. It does not have to succeed on an attack roll to use this ray. The illusion is generated at any point within range and in the eye of the deep’s line of sight.

Stun Cone (Su)

Once per round, an eye of the deep’s central eye can produce a cone extending straight ahead from its front to a range of 30 feet. Creatures in the area must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude save or be stunned for 2d4 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Feats

An eye of the deep’s Flyby Attack feat allows it to take a move action and another standard action at any point during the move while swimming. It cannot take a second move action during a round in which it makes a flyby attack.

ECOLOGY

Environment aquatic
Organization solitary, pair, or cluster (3–6)
Treasure standard

Eyes of the deep are found only in the deepest parts of the ocean, though on occasion one moves too close to the shoreline and ends up beaching on the sands. An eye of the deep stranded in this manner dies in 2d4 minutes unless placed back into the water.

Section 15: Copyright Notice – Tome of Horrors Complete
Eye of the Deep from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.