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Mordnaissant (3pp)

Floating before you is a horrid, shriveled human fetus nested within a translucent sphere of dark energy. Its jet-black eyes glitter with intensity as it twitches and spasms slightly, as if in great pain.

Mordnaissant CR 7

XP 3,200
NE Tiny undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense; Perception +18

DEFENSE

AC 20, touch 20, flat-footed 18 (+6 deflection, +2 Dex, +2 size)
hp 94 (9d8+54)
Fort +9; Ref +5; Will +10
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +2, shield of agony;
Immune undead traits

OFFENSE

Speed 5 ft. (cannot run), fly 50 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 claws +10 (1d2–4)
Ranged lash of fury +11/+6 Space 2–1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft. (30 ft. with lash)
Special Attacks death curse, lash of fury, pain wail

STATISTICS

Str 3, Dex 14, Con —, Int 7, Wis 18, Cha 23
Base Atk +6; CMB +6; CMD 18
Feats Ability Focus (lash of fury), Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (ray)
Skills Fly +19, Perception +18, Stealth +21

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Death Curse (Su)

As a final cruel jest to the individual that puts a mordnaissant out of its misery, the slayer must make a DC 20 Will save or suffer from a terrible curse that reduces all subsequent experience points awarded by 50%. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Lash of Fury (Su)

The mordnaissant can lash out with its negative energy powers and directly attack the vitality of living creatures, in the form of a twisting stream of black energy. The mordnaissant must make a ranged touch attack against its target as an attack action. If the ray hits, the victim must make a DC 22 Fortitude save for half damage or duration, depending on the specific effect chosen by the mordnaissant. The save DC is Charismabased.

The lash of fury has a range of 30 ft. with no range increment.

The mordnaissant can pick from three possible lashes; it must make its choice prior to rolling the attack. The three options are:

Lifesense (Su)

A mordnaissant notices and locates living creatures within 60 ft., just as if it possessed the blindsight ability.

Pain Wail (Su)

As a swift action, the mordnaissant can produce a terrible wailing sound that reflects the pain it experiences every moment of its existence. All living creatures within 20 ft. must make a DC 20 Will save or be dazed for one round. For every 20 points of damage the mordnaissant takes, the save DC increases by +1.

Shield of Agony (Su)

A mordnaissant harnesses the pain of its existence to shield it. It adds its Charisma modifier as a deflection bonus to its AC and CMD.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, twins, or litter (3–8)
Treasure none

Occasionally when a gravid woman dies violently in a place infused with unholy or negative energies, the unborn child within her does not perish, but instead continues to grow, vitalized by dark power, until it is capable of clawing its way free from its dead mother. This horrible creature, known as a mordnaissant, lives an existence of eternal pain, loneliness and suffering, relived only by its ability to inflict harm on those around it. Mordnaissants avoid bright light if they can, though they suffer no ill effects from it.

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Rappan Athuk © 2012 Frog God Games; Authors: Bill Webb, Matt Finch, Clark Peterson, WDB Kenower, Greg Raglund, Greg Vaughan, and Skeeter Green.