Two sharp ridges of bone run along the back of this foot-long, black-and-white speckled newt.
Lich Newt CR 1/4
Paralyzing Mucus (Ex)
Environment temperate marshes or plains
Organization solitary, pair, or ning (3–12)
Named for their distinctive black-and-white coloration and their opportunistic scavenging, these large amphibians live all along polluted rivers. A lich newt’s defenses include bony ridges growing along either side of their foot-long bodies and a poisonous mucus that causes numbness and muscle spasms. Some humanoid tribes trap these amphibians and refine their poison into weapon blanches and drugs. The desperate even eat lich newts; their poison breaks down if their meat is cooked in vinegar as part of a tough, gamy, but relatively sustaining stew.
After battles waged by warring armies or mercenary bands, lich newts often swarm the rotting corpses, feasting on the softening flesh and hunting the various insects attracted by the carrion. As a result, many believe the newts to be bad omens or otherwise associated with necromancy.
Lich newt familiars are popular with wizards and witches who care more about the creatures’ reputation than their true nature as bottom-feeders and scavengers. An arcane caster who selects a lich newt as his familiar gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves against disease and poison.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #115: Trail of the Hunted © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Amber E. Scott, with Crystal Frasier, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Tonya Woldridge, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.