This creature resembles a small humanoid with a light, thin frame. It has gray skin and stark-white eyes with gray pupils. It is dressed in brownish-black filthy clothing. The smell of dung and rotted meat hangs in the air around it.
Dark Creeper CR 2
Str 11, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 9, Wis 10, Cha 8
Base Atk +2; CMB +1; CMD 14
Feats Skill Focus (Sleight of Hand), Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +8, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +7, Stealth +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth
Languages Dark Folk
SQ poison use, rag armor
Combat Gear 3 doses of black smear poison; Other Gear dagger
When a dark creeper is slain, its body combusts in a flash of bright white light, leaving its gear in a heap on the ground. All creatures within a 10-foot burst must make a DC 13 Fortitude save or be blinded for 1d6 rounds. Other dark creepers within 10 feet are automatically blinded for at least 1 round, due to their light blindness. The save is Constitution-based.
Dark creepers are skilled in the use of poison and never risk accidentally poisoning themselves. Dark creepers favor a foul-smelling black paste distilled from certain deep-underground fungi known as black smear.
A dark creeper’s multiple layers of filthy rags function as leather armor when worn by one of their kind.
A dark creeper can see perfectly in darkness of any kind, including that created by deeper darkness.
Dark creepers possess racial Hit Dice and may have class levels. Dark Creepers have the following racial traits.
- +6 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, –2 Charisma: Dark creepers are quick and tough, but creepy.
- Size: Small. Dark creepers are Small and have the following adjustments +1 bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Stealth checks, –1 penalty on CMB/CMD, lifting and carrying limits 3/4 those of Medium characters
- Movement: A dark creeper’s base land speed is 30 feet.
- Senses: Darkvision 60 ft. (dark creepers can see perfectly in darkness out to 60 feet.)
- Racial Hit Dice: Dark creepers begin play with 3 levels of humanoid, which provides 3d8 HD, a base attack bonus of +2, and base saves of Fort +1, Ref +3, Will +1.
- Racial Skills: A dark creeper’s humanoid levels give it skill points equal to 3 x (2 + Int modifier, minimum 1). Dark creepers receive a +4 racial bonus on Climb, Perception and Stealth checks.
- Racial Feats: A dark creeper’s humanoid levels give it two feats.
- Special Attacks: death throes (see above)
- Special Qualities: Light blindness, rag armor, see in darkness (see above)
- Spell-like Abilities: All dark creepers can cast darkness and detect magic at will. Their caster level equals their Hit Dice.
- Languages: Dark creepers begin play speaking Dark Folk. Dark creepers with high intelligence may choose from the following bonus languages: Common, Undercommon, Goblin
Environment any underground
Organization solitary, pair, gang (3–6), or clan (20–80 plus 1 dark stalker per 20 dark creepers)
Dark creepers lurk in the black places deep below the surface of the world, venturing forth at night or into neighboring societies when the urge to steal and cause mayhem grows too great to resist. Endless layers of filthy, moldering black cloth shroud these small creatures, leading some to believe that the creature inside is smaller still. Usually encountered in groups, dark creepers flee from bright light, but are quite brave in the dark.
Dark creepers stand just under 4 feet tall and weigh 80 pounds. Their flesh is pale and moist, and their eyes are milky white. Dark creepers exude a foul stench of sweat and spoiled food, owing primarily to the fact that they never take off their clothing—instead piling on new layers when the outermost one grows too ragged.
For all the mayhem and trouble a pack of dark creepers can cause, this is nothing compared to the dangers a tribe led by the taller, even more sinister dark stalkers represents. Dark creepers treat their tall, lithe masters almost like gods, presenting them with offerings and obeying their every whim.
Invariably, several dark stalkers serve as leaders to dark creeper tribes, with all of the tribe’s heavy work and labor falling on the diminutive shoulders of the creepers, freeing the dark stalkers for their own decadent pleasures. Yet the dark creepers themselves see no inherent imbalance in this arrangement to a dark creeper, a life in the servitude of a dark stalker is a life fulfilled.
Dark Creeper 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 Rik Shepard.