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Witchfire

Bathed in sickly green flames, this insubstantial specter of a beautiful young woman floats just off the ground.

Witchfire CR 9

XP 6,400
CE Medium undead (incorporeal)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +16

DEFENSE

AC 24, touch 24, flat-footed 17 (+7 deflection, +6 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 115 (10d8+70)
Fort +10, Ref +11, Will +10
Defensive Abilities incorporeal, witchflame; Immune fire, undead traits

OFFENSE

Speed fly 50 ft. (perfect)
Melee incorporeal touch +13 (8d6 fire plus witchflame)
Ranged witchflame bolt* +13 (8d6 fire plus witchflame)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th); concentration +16

At willdancing lights, disguise self, ghost sound (DC 17), invisibility, pyrotechnics (DC 19), ray of enfeeblement (DC 18)
1/daysummon (level 4, 2 will-o’-wisps 50%)

STATISTICS

Str —, Dex 22, Con —, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 25
Base Atk +7; CMB +13; CMD 31
Feats Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Mobility
Skills Bluff +17, Fly +14, Intimidate +20, Knowledge (any two) +13, Perception +16, Sense Motive +16, Stealth +19
Languages Auran, Common, Giant
SQ sound mimicry (animal noises)

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Witchflame (Su)

Any creature damaged by the incorporeal touch or ranged bolt attacks of a witchfire must succeed on a DC 22 Will save or become engulfed in sickly green flames. While these eerie flames deal no additional damage, the affected creature glows as per faerie fire and becomes sickened. While under the effects of the witchflame, the victim gains vulnerability to fire and takes half again as much damage (+50%) from fire attacks of any sort. This effect persists for 10 minutes. The supernatural flames can only be extinguished before this duration expires by a break enchantment, miracle, remove curse, or wish spell—the effective caster level of the witchflame is equal to the witchfire’s HD (CL 10th for most witchfires). Any creature entering the same square as a witchfire or striking it with a melee attack must succeed on a DC 22 Will save or begin burning with witchflame, even if the attack would not otherwise harm the witchfire because of its incorporeal nature. A bolt of witchflame has a range of 60 feet with no range increment. The save DCs are Charisma-based.



Editor’s Note

* It is unclear whether witchflame bolt is a touch attack – based on previous versions of this monster, it should indeed be a touch attack.

ECOLOGY

Environment any swamps or woodlands
Organization solitary or coven (3 witchfires and hags—see “Witchfire Covens”)
Treasure standard

When an exceptionally vile hag or witch dies with some malicious plot left incomplete, or proves too horridly tenacious to succumb to the call of death, the foul energies of these wicked old crones sometimes spawn incorporeal undead known as witchfires. These ghostly creatures appear much as they did in life, although the grotesque undead energy that births them makes them appear young and attractive and wreathes their insubstantial bodies in a powerful aura of sickly green flame, a ghostly fire referred to as “witchflame” in local legends.

Strings of will-o’-wisps are often found in the immediate vicinity of witchfires and are typically led by the undead, leading scholars to speculate that the creatures feed off of a witchfire’s flames and fury.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang
Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim
Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob
McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider,
Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material
by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.