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Psoglav

This one-eyed, wolf-headed creature walks upright on two hoofed feet. It bares metal fangs while a thin, ratlike tail twitches behind it.

Psoglav CR 13

XP 25,600
CE Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +8; Senses scent, see in darkness; Perception +20

DEFENSE

AC 28, touch 19, flat-footed 19 (+8 Dex, +1 dodge, +9 natural)
hp 187 (15d10+105)
Fort +12, Ref +17, Will +11
DR 10/cold iron and piercing

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +24 (1d8+13/17–20 plus curse), 2 claws +24 (1d6+9)
Special Attacks consume prey, cursed bite, rend (2 claws, 1d6+13)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +11)
3/dayquickened blur, darkness, slow (DC 13)
1/dayair walk, fear (DC 14), haste

STATISTICS

Str 29, Dex 26, Con 25, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 10
Base Atk +15; CMB +24 (+28 sunder); CMD 43 (45 vs. sunder)
Feats Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Greater Sunder, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Sunder, Mobility, Power Attack, Quicken Spell-Like Ability (blur)
Skills Acrobatics +23, Perception +20, Stealth +26, Survival +20
Languages Common, Undercommon

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Consume Prey (Su)

A psoglav gains power from eating human flesh. When a psoglav bites a human (or a half-human creature such as a half-elf or a half-orc), it regains a number of hit points equal to half the damage dealt by the bite and gains a +4 profane bonus to its AC and on attack and damage rolls for the following round.

Cursed Bite (Ex)

A psoglav’s bite attack always adds 1-1/2 times its Strength modifier to damage rolls, threatens a critical hit on a roll of 19–20, and is considered to be magic and cold iron for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. The damage from a psoglav’s bite doesn’t heal naturally and resists magical healing. A character attempting to use magical healing on a creature bitten by a psoglav must succeed at a DC 24 caster level check or the healing has no effect on the injured creature. When a psoglav bites an object, its bite treats the object as having a hardness of 5 less than the object’s actual hardness rating.

ECOLOGY

Environment any underground
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3–6)
Treasure double (mostly gems)

Horrific, ravenous creatures that dwell underground but are all too eager to venture forth to the world above, psoglavs terrorize the living and desecrate the dead, all to sate their hunger for flesh. The creatures are a horrible amalgam of different animal and humanoid parts—a one-eyed wolf ’s head with teeth made of iron, a human’s torso with vicious, clawed hands, and elongated horselike legs upon which it walks upright.

These foul monsters have the fearsome reputation for annihilating small villages and clearing out graveyards as they hunt for food. Though they feed on any humanoids they can find, they prefer to hunt humans, whose flesh grants them a dark boon when they eat it. Victims of a psoglav attack may survive the ordeal, but they can suffer the effects of the creature’s cursed bite for months or even years.

Psoglavs prefer to make their lairs in the upper reaches of deep caverns near trade routes or clusters of villages to ensure a steady supply of victims. They prefer lairing in caverns that hold large numbers of gemstones. Whether they are actually attracted to the gems or simply use such treasures as bait is unclear, but psoglavs often collect gems and jewelry from the bodies they dig up, so their lairs may house a great deal of wealth. Some psoglavs even carry valuable trinkets with them; magical rings and jewelry are popular prizes for these creatures, even when the monsters don’t fully comprehend the use of the items in question.

A typical psoglav stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds.

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