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Psychofant

Psychofant CR 4

XP 1,200
N Small magical beast
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 32 (5d10+5)
Fort +5; Ref +6; Will +2
Weaknesses eager to please

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.
Melee bite +8 (1d3)
Special Attacks regurgitate flattery
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th, melee touch +7)

3/daydisfiguring touch (DC 14)
1/daybestow curse (DC 16)

STATISTICS

Str 11, Dex15, Con12, Int12, Wis12, Cha15
Base Atk +5; CMB +4; CMD 17
Feats Dodge, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +7 (+3 when jumping), Climb +5, Diplomacy +7 (+15 vs. humanoids), Knowledge (nobility) +5, Perception +9, Stealth +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Diplomacy vs humanoids, +4 Stealth
Languages Common
SQ ingratiate

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Eager to Please (Ex)

A psychofant cannot resist trying to please others. Thus, it suffers a –4 penalty on saves against enchantment spells and effects.

Ingratiate (Ex)

A psychofant gains a +8 racial bonus on Diplomacy checks when attempting to shift the attitude of any humanoid interacting with it.

Regurgitate Flattery (Ex)

Once per day as a standard action, a psychofant can vomit forth a 15-foot cone of malodorous, disgusting bile. The putrid, viscous liquid sticks to skin, clothing and gear. Creatures who fail a DC 13 Fortitude save become nauseated for 2d4 rounds and contract the disease filth fever (see “Disease” for details regarding filth fever). The save DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment cold forests and plains
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Thick gray feathers wrap around the plump body of an upright, flightless avian creature. Its wings constantly remain pinned to its side as it waddles on its short, stubby duck-like feet.

A popular adage claims, “Those who cannot achieve greatness on their own, flatter those individuals who can.” As the axiom attests, sycophants abound in the halls of power. They ingratiate themselves to men and women of great wealth, military prowess, political strength, or celebrity with their honeyed words and self-deprecating actions. While most tie their fortunes to one person or family, some are brazen opportunists, willing to risk falling out of their patron’s favor in exchange for increased influence and monetary rewards. However, when their plans go awry, the consequences can be devastating. Rather than summarily execute or imprison these treacherous leeches, the scorned objects of their flattery instead condemn them to live out the remainder of their miserable days as deranged, obsequious beasts, thus giving rise to their apropos moniker. The exact mechanism that spawns the transformation remains a matter of conjecture, but the consensus holds that an unknown divine entity intercedes on behalf of the aggrieved party, as that being derives some twisted pleasure from the horrific metamorphosis.

In many respects, psychofants are simultaneously torn between their hatred of those responsible for their calamitous downfall and an insuppressible longing to gain the adoration of those same individuals. Although they spent their entire lives seeking approval from their fellow humanoids, their descent from grace and disgusting appearance lead many psychofants to shun their former kin and instead seek company among their newfound brethren — commonplace polar animals. In their new form, they use their superior intelligence and magical abilities to subtly assert their dominance over their bestial counterparts. The magical beasts prefer to blend in as part of a group or a straggler, rather than occupy an obvious leadership position that could attract the unwanted attention of predators. Despite the preceding traits, the grotesque creatures crave adulation in the same manner they heaped praise upon others during their former existence. They are extremely sensitive, especially about their looks, and bristle at criticism of any kind. Psychofants feign an inability to speak and patiently wait for others to comment about them. Those who insult or mock the ugly beasts are in for an unpleasant surprise as the sly monster discreetly casts a potent curse against its rueful detractor. On the other hand, psychofants soak in compliments like a dry sponge. They happily converse with any intelligent creature stroking their temperamental egos, potentially providing valuable information about their surroundings or other denizens they ran across during their travels.

The typical psychofant is a squat, broad avian creature covered with dull gray feathers, a dark beak, and wings incapable of flight. It measures 2-1/2 feet in length from beak to tail. Slime coats its feathers, while its oversized belly hangs close to the ground, where it sometimes picks up powdery snow and ice from the underlying glacial surface. Psychofants despise warm temperatures and humid conditions. Perhaps symbolic of being proverbially left out in the cold, the beasts always dwell in chilly, dry environments such as taigas, tundra, and ice caps. They typically stake out a broad territory within their habitat where they intermingle with the indigenous animals. Their dichotomous relationship toward sentient creatures causes them to outwardly avoid them, while their subconscious mind yearns for their attention. They harbor the faint hope a worthy benefactor may reverse their disgusting metamorphosis with extremely powerful magic and return them to their original form. However, the preceding compulsion never applies to other psychofants, as they cannot bear to share the proverbial spotlight with another egotist.

When two or more psychofants cross paths, a brutal fight to the death always ensues.