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Aberrant

This hulking giant is hideous and deformed. Its body is covered in coarse, dark hair and oozing blisters.

Abberant CR 5

XP 1,600
NE Large humanoid (giant)
Init –1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 8, flat-footed 19 (+4 armor, –1 Dex, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 60 (8d8+24)
Fort +9; Ref +1; Will +4

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.
Melee Huge greatclub +12/+7 (4d6+9)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks deformities, oversized weapon fighting

STATISTICS

Str 23, Dex 8, Con 17, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +13; CMD 22
Feats Cleave, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (greatclub)
Skills Intimidate +11, Perception +9, Survival +9; Racial Modifiers –2 penalty to Charisma-based skills per deformity, except +2 bonus to Intimidate checks per deformity
Languages Common, Giant
SQ deformities, slow and steady

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Deformities (Ex)

Aberrants possess an assortment of terrible deformities unique to each individual creature. When determining the deformities of a typical aberrant, roll randomly or choose 1d4–1 deformities from the Aberrant Deformities table. If two deformities are contradictory, reroll or select another. Racial bonuses gained from different deformities are cumulative.

For each deformity an aberrant possesses, it gains a –2 racial penalty on Charisma-based checks with non-aberrants except for Intimidate checks, where it instead gains a +2 racial bonus.

Table: Random Deformities

d20 Deformity Effect
1 Toughened hide +4 bonus to natural armor
2 Extra arm May make one additional attack per round
3 Additional eyes +4 racial bonus on Perception checks
4 Unusually located eyes Gains all-around vision
5 Hunched back +4 racial bonus to avoid being tripped, bull rushed, or overrun
6 Strangely deformed head Can’t wear helmets or headgear unless magical or specifically designed for their head shape
7 Over-sized ears +4 racial bonus on Perception checks to hear noise
8 Over-sized nose Gains the scent ability
9 Huge feet or short legs Gains the trample ability (1d8+9, DC 20)
10 Elongated nails or claws Gains a claw attack with each arm, base 1d8 damage
11 Fangs or large mouth Gains a bite attack, base 2d4 damage
12 Tail Gains a tail slap secondary attack, base 2d6 damage
13 One or more pointed horns Gains a gore primary attack, base 1d10 damage
14 Large curled horns Can make a slam attack on a charge with its horns as a primary attack that does 2d6 base damage; if it hits, the aberrant can initiate a bull rush as a free action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity
15 Long, gangly arms +5 ft. reach with attacks using its arms
16 Long, muscular legs +10 ft. to base land speed
17 Gills Can breathe underwater; gains swim speed equal to base land speed
18 Exudes foul odor Gains stench ability (DC 17, 10 rounds); other aberrants are immune to this effect
19 Venomous One or more of the aberrant’s natural attacks are poisonous; this could be poisonous claws, a tail sting, venomous fangs, or the like.
Poison—injury; save Fort DC 17, frequency 1/round for 6 rounds, effect 1d4 to one physical ability score or 1d3 to one mental ability score, cure 2 consecutive saves.
20 Advanced deformity One of the aberrant’s other deformities is especially pronounced, gaining one of the following: an increase in base damage by one die type; Ability Focus as a bonus feat on the DC of the ability; or double the usual bonus the deformity provides

Oversized Weapon Fighting (Ex)

The twisted bodies of aberrants allow them to wield weapons designed for Huge-sized creatures without penalty, as if they were Large-sized weapons.

Slow and Steady (Ex)

Aberrants have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance.


Abberant Characters

Aberrant leaders are barbarians or adepts. Most groups of aberrants include clerics with access to any two of the following domains: Chaos, Evil, Trickery, and War (most choose Chaos and Trickery).

  • +12 Strength, -2 Dexterity, +6 Constitution, +4 Wisdom: Aberrants are powerful and hardy, and unusually canny creatures.
  • Large Size: –1 penalty to AC, –1 penalty to attack rolls, –4 penalty on Stealth checks, +1 bonus on CMB and CMD, lifting and carrying limits double those of Medium creatures.
  • Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.
  • Darkvision: Aberrants can see in the dark up to 60 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision: Aberrants can see twice as far as humans in dimly lit conditions.
  • Racial Hit Dice: An aberrant begins with eight levels of humanoid, which provide 8d8 Hit Dice, a base attack bonus of +6, and base saving throw bonuses of Fort +6, Ref +2, and Will +2.
  • Racial Skilled: An aberrant’s humanoid levels give it skill points equal to 8 x (2 + Int modifier).
  • Racial Feats: An aberrant’s humanoid levels give it four feats.
  • AC: +7 natural armor bonus.
  • Special Attacks: Oversized weapon fighting, deformities.
  • Special Qualities: Deformities, slow and steady.
  • Weapon Familiarity: Aberrants are proficient with simple and martial weapons.
  • Armor Familiarity: Aberrants are proficient with light and medium armor and with shields (except tower shields).
  • Languages: Aberrants begin play speaking Giant and Common. Aberrants with high intelligence can choose from among the following bonus languages: Aklo, Dwarven, Gnome, Goblin, Orc, Undercommon.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate mountains and underground
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), band (6–9 plus 35% noncombatants), hunting/raiding party (6–9), or tribe (21–30 plus 35% non-combatants plus 1-2 adepts, barbarians, clerics, or sorcerers of 3rd or 4th level)
Treasure standard

Aberrants make their homes in caves, abandoned mines, or deep underground away from civilization. They shun contact with outsiders except when raiding or ambushing travelers who have ventured near their lair. Captured trespassers are kept for food, slaves, or traded to other aberrant clans for goods. Aberrants are shunned by other giants and take great pleasure in attacking, killing, or maiming other giants and those that despise them.

Aberrants stand about 14 feet tall, with malformed, grotesquely deformed bodies. Aberrants engage their enemies with their greatclubs. Their various deformities prevent them from hurling rocks. Though not as dim-witted as some other giants, aberrants generally employ less than graceful tactics and do little more than pound their enemies into paste with their clubs.

Aberrant Society

The strong rule, and the weak fall. That is the way of life for the aberrants. Each tribe or clan is led by the largest and strongest aberrant. All others rank beneath the leader. New leaders are appointed when the current leader dies. A contest of skill is held with the survivor being elected the new tribal leader and the loser being buried with his fellow giants. Aberrant tribes often capture defeated foes and keep them as slaves or trade them to other tribes in exchange for food, goods, or services.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Abberant from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.