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Sea Cat (3pp)

This creature has the body of a porpoise but the head of a lion surrounded with a deep green mane. Where flippers should be are two clawed limbs.

Sea Cat
CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large magical beast
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +11

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 10, flat-footed 16 (+1 Dex, +7 natural, -1 size)
hp 42 (5d10+15)
Fort +7, Ref +5, Will +4
Defensive Abilities aggressive

OFFENSE

Speed 10 ft., swim 40 ft.
Melee 2 claws +8 (1d6+4), bite +8 (1d8+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks rend (2 claws, 1d6+6)

STATISTICS

Str 19, Dex 12, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +10; CMD 21 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Alertness, Endurance, Iron Will
Skills Perception +11, Sense Motive +3, Swim +12
Languages none
SQ hold breath

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Aggressive (Ex)

The sea cat gains a +4 racial bonus on checks to resist attempts to demoralize it.

Hold Breath (Ex)

A sea cat can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 6 x its Constitution modifier before it risks drowning.



ECOLOGY

Environment temperate seas and oceans
Organization solitary, pair or pride (5-12)
Treasure none

Sea cats are large, aquatic predators also known as sea lions for the ecological niche they occupy. They hunt the coastal areas of large seas and oceans, and lair in undersea caves or in half-submerged ship wrecks. Though their diet consists of fish and aquatic animals, sea cats hunt and kill anything that enters their territory. As with terrestrial lions, sea cats maintain a territory into which they do not tolerate intrusion. Even creatures significantly larger are attacked if they trespass on a sea cat’s domain.

Sea cats are intelligent enough to cooperate when facing more powerful or more numerous foes. In combat they attack with both claws and bite, and attempt to drag weaker opponents underwater to drown them. Sea cats always fight to the death. They consider sharks to be competitors and attack and kill them without hesitation.

Occasionally, intelligent aquatic or semi-aquatic races domesticate sea cats for use as guards and protectors. Sea cats attack sahuagin on sight. An ancient enmity exists between the two races, and the sahuagin prevail only through greater intelligence and organization.

Females rule the sea cat pride. The males hunt and guard the young. The pride’s alpha-female is usually an advanced creature of 7 to 9 Hit Dice. Huge sea cats of 10 to 18 Hit Dice are true terrors, preying on entire ships.

On average, a sea cat weighs 800 pounds and is 12 feet long.

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