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Demon, Skitterdark


A small humanoid-shaped creature no more than 1-foot tall flutters nearby, held aloft by its crimson leathery bat wings. Its body is blood red and somewhat stocky for its size. Its hands end in sharp claws and its eyes and teeth are sickly yellow.

Skitterdark CR 3

XP 800
CE Tiny outsider (chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 16, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +3 natural, +2 size)
hp 34 (4d10+12)
Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +5
DR 5/cold iron; Immune electricity, poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10, fire 10; SR 14

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., fly 40 ft. (good)
Melee 2 claws +9 (1d3–1), bite +9 (1d4–1)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks profane claws
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th)

At willdetect good, detect magic
1/dayhold person (DC 13), scare (DC 13)

STATISTICS

Str 8, Dex 17, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 12
Base Atk +4; CMB +5; CMD 15
Feats Dodge, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +10, Escape Artist +10, Fly +18, Perception +8, Stealth +18, Survival +8
Languages Abyssal, Common
SQ clustering

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Clustering (Ex)

Because of their small size and swarming tactics, up to 4 skitterdarks can fit in the same 5-foot space and function normally.

Profane Claws (Su)

Any good-aligned creature hit by a skitterdark’s claw attack takes normal damage plus 1d6 points of profane damage.

ECOLOGY

Environment any (Abyss)
Organization gang (3–6), roving band (7–10), or swarm (11–16)
Treasure half standard

Skitterdarks are tiny demons that relish in the destruction of others, especially good-aligned outsiders (in this case outsiders mean those not native to the Abyss). Not normally found in large numbers within the rank-and-file of demonic armies, some lords do employ these creatures as watch patrols around their palaces or along their borders. What these creatures lack in size and strength, they make up for in ferocity and determination.

Skitterdarks roam their home planes harassing other demons and creatures not native to their Abyssal planes. They have a fondness for the flesh of mortals, particularly goblins and halflings, often capturing the latter and cooking it over a slow-burning fire using an iron spit. Some skitterdarks wear the flayed skin of goblins and halflings as trophies, weaving arm bands, bracelets, or necklaces from the dried out flesh.

Skitterdarks stand 1 foot tall and weigh about 15 pounds. Its wings are crimson, its body red, and its claws blackened and usually filthy.

Skitterdarks are aggressive demons that attack using their tiny sickles or claws and bite. They rarely touch the ground during combat, preferring to attack from the air. Against good-aligned creatures they always forego weapons so they can use their profane claws. When encountered in great numbers, skitterdarks form clusters and swarm over their opponents, raking with their claws or slashing with their tiny weapons. Some skitterdarks carry poisons extracted from various abyssal plants in order to coat their weapons.

Section 15: Copyright Notice – Tome of Horrors Complete
Skitterdark from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.