Echohusks are the walking corpses of creatures slain by powerful psychic attacks and animated by the mental energies that caused their deaths. The mind and soul of an echohusk are erased from its being, leaving nothing but the psychic echo of the creature that scoured its mind.
Left unattended, echohusks do little other than attack creatures that disturb them. However, anyone who creates an echohusk possesses an innate mental link to the undead creature, and is able to command the echohusk to perform whatever gruesome tasks she desires.
Echohusks are common where death from the powerful mental attacks of psychic spellcasters—even liches—is an all too common occurrence. In such areas, echohusks are found in groups, obeying the commands of their dark masters. In the deep reaches of the underworld, where lost travelers or wayward patrols might encounter psychic horrors like neothelids, masterless echohusks are more common; the ancient and terrible creatures that happen to spawn them typically have little use for mindless servants.
Many psychic creatures have attempted to perfect the technique of creating echohusks, but only the attacks of the incorporeal undead known as psychic stalkers can create echohusks without fail. The horrific nature of psychic stalkers is likely the reason for this phenomenon.
“Echohusk” is an acquired template that can be added to any living, intelligent corporeal creature, referred to hereafter as the base creature.
Challenge Rating: This depends on the creature’s new total number of Hit Dice, as given below.
Alignment: Always neutral evil.
Type: The creature’s type changes to undead. It retains any subtypes except for alignment subtypes (such as good) and subtypes that indicate kind (such as giant). It doesn’t gain the augmented subtype. It uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.
Armor Class: The creature’s natural armor bonus is based on the echohusk’s size, indicated below.
Hit Dice: An echohusk retains the number of HD the base creature possessed (except those from class levels), and gains a number of additional Hit Dice given on the following table. An echohusk uses its Charisma modifier (instead of its Constitution modifier) to determine bonus hit points.
Defensive Abilities: Echohusks lose their defensive abilities and gain all of the qualities and immunities granted by the undead type.
Weaknesses: Echohusks gain the following weakness.
Echohusks are particularly susceptible to psychic spells and attacks, as the entire force that animates them is composed of psychic energy. They take a –4 penalty on saving throws against psychic spells and effects.
Speed: An echohusk retains all of the base creature’s movement speeds. However, its maneuverability for flight drops to clumsy.
Attacks: An echohusk retains all the natural weapons, manufactured weapon attacks, and weapon proficiencies of the base creature. It gains a slam attack that deals damage as if it were one size category larger than its actual size.
Special Attacks: An echohusk retains none of the base creature’s special attacks.
Ability Scores: An echohusk’s Strength score increases by 2. An echohusk has neither a Constitution score or an Intelligence score, its Wisdom score changes to 10, and its Charisma score changes to 14.
Skills: An echohusk has no skill ranks and loses any racial bonuses to skills that the base creature possessed.
Feats: An echohusk loses all feats possessed by the base creature, and doesn’t gain feats as its Hit Dice increase.
Special Qualities: An echohusk loses most special qualities of the base creature, but it retains any extraordinary special qualities that improve its melee or ranged attacks. An echohusk gains the following special qualities.
Echohusks are animated not by typical necromantic energies, but rather by the mental energies of a powerful psychic creature. They cannot be commanded or created by animate dead, command undead, control undead, and similar necromancy spells and effects.
However, any creature that creates an echohusk with its psychic attacks can command that echohusk as if it had animated it using the animate dead spell (up to 4 HD of echohusks per HD of the animating creature, and no one echohusk can possess more than twice the HD of the animating creature).
Psychic attacks that are powerful enough to destroy minds leave behind a powerful but unstable force that lashes out at those nearby. When an echohusk takes damage from a melee attack, a ranged attack from within 30 feet, or a psychic spell or effect from any distance, the creature that initiated the attack must succeed at a Will saving throw (DC = 10 + 1/2 the echohusk’s Hit Dice + the echohusk’s Charisma modifier) or take 1 point of Charisma damage and be dazed for 1 round as the psychic energies in the echohusk shatter once more.
A dread echohusk possesses the psychic residue of the overwhelming fear it felt when it lost its life. It can channel that fear against its foes, but fear is also its greatest weakness.
Special Attacks: Dread echohusks gain the following special attack.
As a swift action, the echohusk can unleash a burst of psychic energy, forcing fear into the minds of all nearby creatures. Other creatures within 15 feet of the echohusk must succeed at a Will saving throw (DC = 10 + 1/2 the echohusk’s Hit Dice + the echohusk’s Cha modifier) or become frightened for 1d4 rounds. A creature that succeeds at this saving throw is immune to that dread echohusk’s blast of dread for 24 hours.
Weaknesses: Dread echohusks have the following weakness.
Upon successfully making an unarmed strike or natural attack against a creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher, a psychoplasmic creature can attempt to impose a mindlock on that creature as a free action. The target of the mindlock must succeed at a Will saving throw (DC = 10 + 1/2 the psychoplasmic creature’s Hit Dice + its Intelligence modifier). If the target fails, it cannot cast spells, speak, or use Intelligence checks or Intelligence-based skill checks for 1 round (or 1d4 rounds, if the psychoplasmic creature has 11 Hit Dice or more).
Ability Scores: Dex +4, Int +4.
Special Abilities: The flexible body of a psychoplasmic creature grants it the compression ability.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Occult Bestiary © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Josh Colon, John Compton, Paris Crenshaw, Adam Daigle, Eleanor Ferron, James Jacobs, Joe Homes, Mikko Kallio, Mike Kimmel, Ron Lundeen, Kate Marshall, Kalervo Oikarinen, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, and F. Wesley Schneider.