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Panotti

This bald humanoid looks strikingly human except for the long folds of skin that droop from his head and neck to just above his ankles.

Panotti CR 2

XP 600
NG Medium humanoid
Init +1; Senses blindsense 60 ft.; Perception +2

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+2 armor, +1 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 natural)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., fly 20 ft. (poor)
Melee short sword +4 (1d6+2/19–20) or 2 wings +2 (1d4+1 plus push, 10 ft.)

STATISTICS

Str 15, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +2; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Dodge, Hover B, Multiattack
Skills Fly +3, Perception +2 (+6 listening only), Survival +6; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception (listening only)
Languages Common
SQ elephantine ears

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Elephantine Ears (Ex)

A panotti can flap its huge ears to fly awkwardly. A panotti can also wrap its ears around the length of its body for warmth and protection from the elements (similar to using a bedroll or heavy blankets), or use them as secondary natural attacks (as per wing attacks).

Panotti in Mythology
The panotti are cryptids drawn from real-world mythology, specifically Natural History by Pliny the Elder in 77–79 a.d. They are also counted among the strange creatures living in the legendary kingdom of Prester John, along with the blemmyae, cynocephali (protowerewolves), and monopods.

ECOLOGY

Environment any land
Organization solitary, pair, or tribe (5–11)
Treasure NPC gear (leather armor, short sword, other treasure)

The panotti are a race of humanoids that strongly resemble humans except for one startling difference: their enormous ears. A panotti’s ears are attached to the side of their heads, like those of a human, but they remain connected to the body down to the neck. When at ease, the folds of their ears hang loosely, like an elephant’s, but extend almost the length of their bodies. These sheets of hanging flesh and skin appear limp and superfluous, but appearances are deceiving.

Panotti possess remarkably smooth muscle control along the upper ridges of their ears, allowing them to extend and control their ears at will. Even though panotti look ridiculous by most humanoid standards, the source of this ridicule offers them several distinct advantages. By flapping their ears, adult panotti can lift off, hover, and even fly. While in combat, a panotti can slam opponents with its ears to propel them away. Panotti’s hearing is sharp enough to detect the presence of even an unseen adversary. Finally, panotti can wrap themselves up in their ears like a cocoon, staying warm on the coolest of nights.

Some sages speculate the panotti originated in a kingdom that fell beneath a curse—though the panotti themselves deny it. The rare couplings between a human and a panotti usually result in panotti children.

Culturally, the panotti are a reclusive people, preferring the company of their own kind— mostly due to the reaction they receive from other humanoids.

Nevertheless, panotti are not a cruel or unkind race, and their culture is rich with music and storytelling traditions. They adapt to most classes with ease, but favor bard, fighter, and ranger. Treated with respect and dignity, panotti can be generous and steadfast allies.

When treated as laughingstocks, however, panotti can become fierce, and they’re naturally hearty and capable warriors.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Module: Murder’s Mark © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jim Groves.