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Astral Shark (3pp)

This creature resembles a shark with sickly white skin, tinged here and there with smears of pink. Its dorsal fin is jagged and slightly curved, and the creature’s eyes are large, bulbous, and lidless.

Astral Shark CR 6

XP 2,400
N Large outsider
Init +2; Senses all-around vision, astral scent, darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +16

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 17 (+2 Dex, +8 natural, –1 size)
hp 68 (8d10+2)
Fort +5; Ref +8; Will +9

OFFENSE

Speed 60 ft.
Melee bite +13 (2d10+7/19-20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks sever silver cord

TACTICS

During Combat An astral shark’s tactics resemble those of its Material Plane counterpart: circling its prey, then darting in and biting with its powerful jaws. An astral shark weakens an opponent and then attacks the opponent’s silver cord, all the while biting and tearing at its opponent with its teeth.

STATISTICS

Str 20, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 6, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +8; CMB +14; CMD 26 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Critical (bite), Iron Will, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Knowledge (planes) +9, Perception +16, Stealth +12, Survival +12; Racial Modifiers Perception +4

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Astral Scent (Ex)

An astral shark is highly attuned to the energy of a traveler in the Astral Plane and can detect such creatures in a 180-ft. radius.

Sever Silver Cord (Ex)

An astral shark can attack an opponent’s silver cord with a normal attack that provokes an attack of opportunity. If the astral shark rolls a natural 20 (and subsequently confirms the critical hit), the traveler’s silver cord is severed and its material body and astral form are both instantly destroyed.

ECOLOGY

Environment astral plane
Organization solitary or school (2–5)
Treasure none

An astral shark is a sleek, fish-like creature that spends its entire life in the Astral Plane and cannot materialize on any other plane. Among the lower life forms of the Astral Plane, the astral shark is near the top of the food chain. When extraplanar visitors come to the Astral Plane, however, the astral shark attacks them in preference to other prey. It is unknown if the astral shark is drawn to the visitors’ strange energies, or if it somehow gains special nutrition from them or the silver cord that connects an astral traveler to its material body.

An astral shark is 12 feet long, but can grow to lengths of nearly 30 feet.

Section 15: Copyright Notice – Tome of Horrors Complete

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