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Castellan

Castellan CR 11

XP 12,800
LE Large dragon (extraplanar, inevitable)
Init +1 Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +20

DEFENSE

AC 21, touch 10, flat-footed 20 (+11 armor, +1 Dex, -1 size)
hp 168 (12d12+90); DR 5/chaotic
Regen 5/chaotic
Fort +13, Ref +9, Will +13
Immune charm, sleep, non-lethal damage, ability drain/damage fatigue, exhaustion, energy drain

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee +20/+15/+10 huntsman phase locking heavy mace (1d10+9 bludgeoning, 20/x2)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th concentration +21)

Constanttongues, alarm (as modified by appraising eye)
1x/daydiscern location

STATISTICS

Str 24, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 18, Wis 20, Cha 14
Base Atk +12; CMB +20; CMD 31
Feats Deadly Stroke, Dazzling Display, Greater Vital Strike, Improved Vital Strike, Shatter Defenses, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (heavy mace)
Skills Appraise +19 (+39 dragon hordes), Intimidate +17, Knowledge (arcana, dungeoneering, history, local, planes, religion) +19, Perception +20, Profession (actuary) +20, Survival +20
Languages Common, Draconic, Infernal, truespeech
SQ constructed
Gear +2 huntsman, phase locking heavy mace, +2 vigilant full plate

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Apprising Eye (Su)

A castellan can appraise and bind itself to a dragon’s horde, gaining a complete valuation of a horde down to the smallest item’s worth, knowing the presence of every single coin in the horde. The castellan gains a +20 racial bonus on Appraise checks to estimate the value of items in a treasure horde, and may make such a check as a full-round action. If the horde includes intangible objects, such as investments, debts or interests in a business, the castellan is aware of those investments. It requires a day of effort to attune to a horde per 1 million GP value, and the castellan can only be attuned to a single horde at any time.

Once attuned to a horde, a castellan is aware that if any creature other than the horde’s dragon owner takes any item from the horde, no matter how minor. This ability functions much like the mental alarm function of the alarm, save that it has no range limit and has an effectively unlimited duration. If the dragon’s ‘horde’ includes businesses or investments, the castellan is similarly alerted to theft, mismanagement or embezzlement.

The castellan gains a constant status effect on any and all such thieves, and once per day, can use discern location upon any of these thieves.

Reforged Soul (Ex)

Castellans undergo decades of grueling training on strongly lawful pocket planes, as a result, even though the creature is a dragon, it has the extraplanar and inevitable subtypes.

The castellan gains bonus hit points as a construct of its size.

Steady Speed (Ex)

The castellan’s speed is never reduced by armor or encumbrance.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization charged with the protection of a powerful dragon’s lair; castellans can command vast arrays of humanoid and minor dragon slaves, servants and guards
Treasure double standard or greater (including combat gear)

Castellans are a true-breeding dragon hybrid species that has established an indispensable niche for itself in draconic society. Castellans are exactly what their name implies – they are the guardians and accounts that control the vast treasure hordes all true dragons lust after. These resolute and scrupulously honest half-dragons are trusted even by creatures incapable of trust, because all dragons know the oaths that a castellan swears are literally cut into their flesh.

Castellans are trained from the moment they hatch, in remote pocket universe within planes of absolute law.

During early childhood, they are trained in combat, tracking and watch standing. As adolescents, they learn accountancy and investigation. As mature, named adults, castellans learn to size up a pile of treasure and bind its value to their soul, becoming perfect guardians mentally incapable of embezzlement. Each stage of training is more perilous and cruel then the one before. Failure in any test is punished by death, the student’s body recycled for use by harder working classmates. Castellan curriculum is designed to kill the lowest performing 10% each cycle.

Emotion and disloyalty is beaten and tortured out of a castellan, and over the years of extraplanar training, the creature’s draconic, scaled anatomy becomes machine-like and perfect. They are relentlessly serious, unfailing in their duty. They are among the most tireless, inexorable pursuit predators in the multiverse. Castellans are equipped with mighty enchanted weapons and polished plate armor, emblazoned with the heraldry of their true dragon master.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Nemesis Unleashed Volume II. Copyright 2019, Otherverse Games. Author: Chris A. Field