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Autumn Death

In the center of swirling leaves is a skeleton flying toward you.

Autumn Death CR 8

XP 4,800
NE Medium undead
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +14; Aura frightful presence (30 ft., DC 18)

DEFENSE

AC 21, touch 13, flat-footed 18 (+4 armor, +3 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 76 (9d8+36)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +8
Defensive Abilities concealment (25% miss chance); Immune acid, cold, undead traits
Weaknesses Vulnerable to fire

OFFENSE

Speed fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 claws +7 (1d4+1)
Ranged ray +10 touch (see spell)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks storm of leaves
Spell-like Abilities (CL 9th)

constantdetect good, mage armor
1/dayenervation, waves of fatigue (DC 21)
3/dayburst of leaves (DC 19), vampiric touch (+7 touch)
At willacid arrow, bleed (+7 touch), ray of enfeeblement

STATISTICS

Str 13, Dex 16, Con -, Int 9, Wis 14, Cha 19
Base Atk +6; CMB +7; CMD 20 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Initiative, Weapon Focus (ray), Wingover
Skills Fly +15, Perception +14, Stealth +15
Languages Common

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Burst of Leaves (Sp)

As a standard action, the autumn death can unleash an assault of leaves upon its foes. The autumn death points its bony finger to any point it can clearly see within long range and the leaves burst out extending in a 20 ft. radius. All creatures within the burst radius sustain 9d4 points of force damage (Reflex save for half damage). The damage is based on the number of HD the autumn death posses (maximum 10d4).

Fear Aura (Su)

An aura of fear radiates from the autumn death. Living creatures that fail a DC 19 Will save are frightened for 1d6 rounds. A successful save grants the living creature immunity to the autumn death’s fear aura for 24 hours.

Storm of Leaves (Su)

As a standard action, the autumn death can surround itself with a violent storm of whipping leaves that extends out in a 30 ft. radius. The leaves slice any living enemies within the area, dealing 4 points of damage every round (half of the autumn death’s hit dice). This damage cannot be stopped by armor but can be prevented with hardness, damage reduction or similar effects. Additionally, the leaves provide concealment (25% miss chance) for the autumn death. The autumn death can use this ability for 13 rounds per day. Once activated, the autumn death can keep this ability active as a free action. The duration of the storm of leaves is equal to the number of HD the autumn death possesses plus its Cha modifier.

Ecology

Environment temperate forest
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Legends say the first autumn death is created from the skeleton of someone hopelessly lost in the forest. The despair at the point of death combined with ambient arcane powers from dragons or fey enervate the remains to a wandering terror. The autumn death possesses little in the way of coherent thought. It exists to inflict the same despair and death it experienced in its last moments. The autumn death is encountered as a pile of decomposing leaves with a palpable sense of dread and fear surrounding the area. When a living creature approaches, the leaves whip about rapidly, cutting and blinding their prey while skeletal claws and spell-like abilities tear through warm flesh. Once the autumn death claims its victim, the leaves fall to cover the fresh corpse.

Despite their name, these undead terrors know no season. They are never dormant. A band of hunters or a lost individual that encounters the autumn death in the heat of summer finds no mercy. An autumn death appears to be about 8 feet high and weigh 100 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, copyright 2010 Jon Brazer Enterprises; Author Steven Helt.