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Polong

This crimson spectral creature drips with blood, its skeletal face contorted with malice.

Polong CR 8

XP 4,800
NE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +15; Aura murderous intent (30 ft.)

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 19, flat-footed 15 (+5 deflection, +4 Dex)
hp 95 (10d8+50)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +11
Defensive Abilities incorporeal; channel resistance +2;
Immune undead traits
Weaknesses bottle-bound (DC 22)

OFFENSE

Speed fly 40 ft. (perfect)
Melee incorporeal touch +12 (6d8 plus 1d4 bleed and terrible wounds)
Special Attacks bleed (1d4), terrible wounds

STATISTICS

Str —, Dex 18, Con —, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 20
Base Atk +7; CMB +11; CMD 26
Feats Blind-Fight, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Intimidate), Weapon Focus (incorporeal touch)
Skills Fly +25, Intimidate +24, Perception +15, Stealth +17, Survival +12
Languages Common

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Bottle-Bound (Su)

A polong is bound to a bottle as part of the ritual to create it. A polong must remain within 1 mile of its bottle, and regains 1d8+5 hit points for each hour it spends inside its bottle. If a polong’s bottle (AC 11, hardness 1, hp 1) is destroyed, the polong is considered staggered until the bottle reforms in 24 hours. Once per day, a creature that possesses a polong’s bottle can attempt to take control of the polong for 24 hours as if the polong where under the effect of a dominate monster spell. The polong can attempt a DC 20 Will save to negate this effect.

A creature that’s controlling the polong is immune to its murderous intent aura.

Murderous Intent (Su)

A polong generates a seething aura of unrestrained violence and malicious intent. As an immediate action, a polong can attempt an Intimidate check to demoralize any creature entering its aura. A creature that doesn’t become demoralized is immune to the polong’s aura for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting fear effect.

Terrible Wounds (Su)

A polong’s touch deals slashing damage, and opens up terrible gashes. Each round a creature takes bleed damage from the polong’s touch attack, it must succeed at a DC 20 Fortitude saving throw or take 2 points of Constitution damage. The save DC is Charisma-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Polongs are the spirits of murderers who have been magically bound to a bottle. Whoever possesses a polong’s bottle can command the creature to carry out murderous acts. Necromancers, cultists, and assassins sometimes use polongs to perform assassinations from afar. Commanding polongs is dangerous, however, as their desire to kill makes them turn on their own masters if given the chance.

When a polong’s bottle is opened, the creature manifests as a blood-drenched spirit with hands transformed into long claws. Its thirst for violence and murder twists its distorted features into a hateful visage. Polongs remember little of their past lives, their own thoughts turned to committing the heinous acts commanded by their masters.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 5 © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, John Bennett, Logan Bonner, Creighton Broadhurst, Robert Brookes, Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Thurston Hillman, Eric Hindley, Joe Homes, James Jacobs, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, Thom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Alistair Rigg, Alex Riggs, David N. Ross, Wes Schneider, David Schwartz, Mark Seifter, Mike Shel, James L. Sutter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.