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Hanged Man

This creature has pale skin pulled tight over its bones. Its head hangs at an odd angle, seemingly unsupported by a broken neck. A rotted noose and several feet of rope hang from its neck and trail off behind it. Its eyes have no pupils.

hanged man CR 3

XP 800
CE Medium undead
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +7

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 14 (+1 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 22 (4d8+4)
Fort +2; Ref +2; Will +4
Immune undead traits

OFFENSE

Spd 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +5 (1d4+2)
Ranged rope touch +5 (entangle)
Special Attacks drag

STATISTICS

Str 15, Dex 13, Con —, Int 9, Wis 11, Cha 13
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon Focus (rope)
Skills Climb +9 (+19 with rope), Perception +7, Stealth +8
Languages Common (cannot speak)

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Drag (Ex)

If the hanged man entangles a foe with his rope attack, it drags its opponent 10 feet closer as a standard action on each subsequent round that it succeeds on a CMB check (including a +5 racial bonus) without provoking attacks of opportunity. When an opponent is dragged within 5 feet, the hanged man can attack with both of its claws in the same round. It gains a +4 attack bonus against opponents entangled in its rope.

Entangle (Su)

The hanged man’s noose is a 20-ft. length of rope that entangles opponents of any size as an animate rope spell (CL 15th, DC 21). A hanged man can lash its rope outward 20 feet with no range penalty. The rope functions only for the hanged man it belongs to and no other. It has AC 22, hardness 10, hp 10, and DR 5/slashing. If the rope is severed, both it and the hanged man are destroyed. The save DC is Strength-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure half standard

A hanged man is the restless corpse of an evil humanoid that was hanged or the spirit of one wrongfully accused of a crime and hanged. It is a malevolent and vengeful creature that attacks living creatures on sight.

Hanged men are usually encountered near the area where they were killed or in cemeteries, mausoleums, or graveyards where their body was laid to rest. They prey on the living and are found near civilized areas where their food supply is plentiful. Its lair is either its final resting place or a secluded and overgrown area near the place of its death. Its lair is always scattered with the remains of its victims, including any treasure a former meal happened to be carrying.

A hanged man attacks primarily with its rope, which has become imbued with negative energy and now acts as an extension of the hanged man itself. It uses its rope to capture victims and draw them in where it rips and tears them to shreds with its filthy claws.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Hanged Man from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Erica Balsley.