Tiny and built like a caricature of a person, these creatures’ enlarged heads are filled with pointy teeth.
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +5 (1d3-1 plus attach)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
When a broodiken succeeds on a bite attack, its teeth latch on. Each round, it automatically does damage to the target as long as it can maintain its grapple. It gains a +4 bonus to checks to maintain its grapple.
A broodiken cannot speak with its creator telepathically but feels strong emotions and recognizes the objects of those emotions. A creator can telepathically order broodiken to hunt for and attack individuals by sending the broodiken an image of the individual and the appropriate emotion.
Broodikens are created through the consumption of the heart of a dead broodiken. Once this “seed” is consumed, broodikens (2d4) begin to grow inside of the “mother” or creator. Nurturing the growing brood requires consuming specific muds, ashes, and plants, which cost 50 gp/day for each incubating broodiken. The incubation period requires 1 month and takes a toll on the health of the creator. During this time, the creator becomes fatigued after 4 hours without 8 hours rest.
If the creator is not a spellcaster, a spellcaster who meets the requirements below must supervise the incubation and birth. Most spellcasters birth the broodiken using a dagger before the broodiken tears its way out. A “mother” can only control one brood of broodiken at a time. Even beginning to incubate a second brood causes the first brood to become furiously jealous and turn on its own creator.
CL 5th; Price 3,000 gp
Organization solitary or brood (2–4)
Broodikens are crude servants created by humanoid spellcasters willing to grow them within their own bodies. In appearance, they resemble their creators in the most basic of ways, having the same number of limbs and basic features. Broodikens are 1 ft. tall with overly large heads and heavily fanged mouths. Those born to monstrous humanoids with wings or horns gain crude ineffective versions of these, which are not useful in combat.
Broodikens have little personality of their own and respond to their creators’ emotions, growling when their creators feel anger and babbling happily when their creators feel joy. When their creators are more than 100 ft. away, they cry loudly with a sound that resembles that of children of the creator’s own species. If discovered in this state by anyone other than their creator, they attack. When their creators focus their anger on specific individuals, the broodikens attack as a group, using Stealth to get close and overwhelm single opponents.