It is almost too enormous to comprehend: a titan nightmare clad in blood-red armor, a typhoon of grasping claws and toxic stings. Its legs are shuddering pylons, trees whose trunks bear bark of polished chitin. Its eyes are faceted crystal domes, lit from within by angry volcanic fire. Yet when the behemoth walks, its body moves with a silence made all the more horrific by the impossibility of its size.
|The Mantis God||CR 30|
AC 46, touch 16, flat-footed 32 (+13 Dex, +1 dodge, +30 natural, -8 size)
hp 805 (34d10+612); regeneration 40
Fort +37, Ref +32, Will +20
Defensive Abilities freedom of movement, improved evasion; DR 20/epic; Immune ability damage, ability drain, blindness, death effects, energy drain, fire, mind-affecting effects, paralysis, poison Resist acid 20, cold 20, electricity 20; SR 42
Speed 180 ft., climb 80 ft., fly 180 ft (average).
Melee 4 claws +42 (2d8+16/15-20) and bite +42 (4d6+16/15-20) and sting +42 (2d8+16/15-20 plus poison)
Ranged 2 spikes +39 (2d8+16/18-20 plus poison)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 20 ft.
Special Attacks create gate, rend (two claws, 4d8+24)
The Mantis God focuses its fury solely upon its intended target, attacking other foes only in response to legitimate threats or in order to reach its primary target. Matched against a particularly dangerous foe, the Mantis God sometimes creates a gate and bull rushes its foe through it, then ceases concentration to strand the foe in a distant, inhospitable plane. It prefers melee attacks over ranged attacks. Though the Mantis God fights to the death, things have, to date, never progressed to this stage.
Str 43, Dex 36, Con 46, Int 6, Wis 24, Cha 20
Base Atk +34; CMB +58 (60 on bull rush); CMD 86 (88 vs. bull rush, 94 vs trip)
Feats Awesome Blow, Bull Rush Strike, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Hover, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (bite). Improved Critical (claws), Improved Critical (sting), Improved Initiative, Improved Sidestep, Iron Will, Mobility, Power Attack, Sidestep, Spring Attack, Wingover
Skills Acrobatics +50, Climb +36, Fly +25, Perception +44, Stealth +34
SQ savage critical
Once per minute, as a move action, the Mantis God can create a portal between planes by raking one of its claws through the air. This duplicates the effects of a gate spell used for planar travel. The gate remains open as long as he concentrates.
The mantis god can sense life and death, as if under the effects of a deathwatch spell at all times.
The Mantis God is constantly protected by freedom of movement, as per the spell.
This ability works like the monk special ability of the same name.
Sting or spikes – injury, save Fortitude DC 45, frequency 1/round for 4 rounds, effect 1d2 negative levels, cure 2 consecutive saves.
Creatures that are immune to poison can still be affected by this supernatural venom, although they gain a +10 circumstance bonus on their saving throw to resist the toxin. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Only damage dealt by a creature of demigod or greater status deals lethal damage to the Mantis God. The Mantis God regenerates even if it fails a saving throw against a disintegrate spell or a death effect. If the Mantis God fails its save against a spell or effect that would kill it instantly, the effect instead deals nonlethal damage equal to the Mantis God’s full normal hit point total +46 (normally 851 points of damage). The mantis god is also immune to effects that produce incurable or bleeding wounds (such as a clay golem’s cursed wound or a wounding weapon). There are rumors of specific weapons or legendary monsters capable of dealing lethal damage to the Mantis God as well.
All of the Mantis God’s natural weapons threaten a critical hit on a roll of 18–20 (and with its Improved Critical feats, these attacks threaten on a 15–20). Any creature the Mantis God strikes with a critical hit must make a DC 43 Fortitude save to avoid being stunned for 1 round from the force of the blow. The save DC is Strength-based.
As a standard action, the Mantis God can hurl two poisoned spikes from its stinger. Spikes hurled are replenished immediately. This ranged attack has a range increment of 100 feet.
The Mantis God continuously uses this ability, as the spell.
The Mantis God is surrounded by an invisible aura of abjuration energy to a radius of 360 feet. Each round, a creature in this area must make a DC 32 Will save. Failure indicates that a random ongoing magical effect on that creature is dispelled, as if by a successful dispel magic effect. If the creature has no applicable magic auras to be dispelled, it takes 2 points of Charisma drain instead on a failed save. The save DC is Charisma-based.
The Mantis God is known to only a very few by its name—most know of this legendary assassin by its more common (although somewhat misleading) name of He Who Walks in Blood, or the Mantis God. Yet the Mantis God is not a true god, but rather one of the first creatures given life by the gods. Even early on, long before mortal life came to dominate the Material Plane, some of the gods realized they would need an agent to carry out their divine justice, an agent they could send without compromising their own standing among the divine or dirtying their hands tending to immortals and demigods who could someday, if left alive, rise in power to a point to challenge them. The Mantis God was created to be an assassin, a creature the gods could use against nascent enemies. Yet the gods did not wish to create a creature capable of being used against them, and thus created the Mantis God with the fundamental inability to act against the gods themselves—it can only slay those of demigod status or lower.
Pathfinder 9: Escape from Old Korvosa. Copyright 2008, Paizo Publishing LLC. Author: Richart Pett