This creature resembles a man-sized cylinder covered in metallic scales. It sports three large “fins” spaced even around its circumference. Between each fin is a metal sheath from which slide long claw-like arms. A large hole in the front of its cylindrical body is lined with many small curved metallic teeth and seems to function as its mouth.
Khargra CR 4
Str 15, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 5, Wis 11, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +6 (+10 to grapple); CMD 18
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness
Skills Perception +11, Stealth +14, Survival +8 (+12 following tracks); Racial Modifiers +4 Survival (following tracks)
Languages Common, Terran (does not speak to nonkhargra)
SQ earth glide
A khargra can glide through stone, dirt, or almost any other sort of earth, including metal, as easily as a fish swims through water. Its burrowing leaves behind no tunnel or hole, nor does it create any ripple or other signs of its presence. A move earth spell cast on an area containing a burrowing khargra flings the khargra back 30 feet, stunning the creature for 1 round unless it succeeds at a Fortitude save.
If a khargra hits with a bite attack, it deals normal bite damage and pulls apart any metal armor worn by its foe. This attack deals 2d8+2 points of damage to the opponent’s armor. Creatures wearing no armor or non-metal armor are unaffected by this special attack (though they still take normal bite damage). Armor reduced to 0 hit points is destroyed and devoured by the khargra. Damaged armor gains the broken condition.
A khargra can making a sunder attempt with its bite attack against an opponent’s weapon or shield without provoking attacks of opportunity. Resolve this using the normal rules for a sunder attempt. If the khargra succeeds on its CMB roll, it deals 2d8+2 points of damage to the weapon or shield. Note, against a khargra, a weapon or shield’s hardness is only one-half as effective as normal. This means that a light steel shield, for example, is considered to have a hardness of 5 rather than 10 against a khargra’s sunder attack. A weapon or shield reduced to 0 or less hit points is destroyed and half of it is swallowed by the khargra.
It only uses this special attack against metal weapons and shields. Damaged armor and weapons gain the broken condition.
A khargra takes maximum damage from a heat metal spell (no save). A transmute metal to wood deals 1d6 points of damage per caster level (maximum 20d6) to a khargra. It can attempt a Fortitude saving throw (DC 17 + caster’s ability modifier) to reduce the damage by half.
Environment Elemental Plane of Earth
Organization solitary or pack (2-5)
Treasure standard coins (in digestive tract); no goods; no items
Khargras are native to the Elemental Plane of Earth and are usually only encountered on the Material Plane when summoned. On occasion, a khargra slips through a tear in the planar fabric and enters the Material Plane to digest ores and metals not normally found on its native plane. A khargra is a 5-foot long cylinder and weighs about 300 pounds. It is believed that khargras speak (or at least understand) Terran and Common, but no one is certain as communication with these creatures has always failed.
Khargras attack from ambush, preferring to wait just inside the wall of a dungeon or corridor and springing out when prey passes nearby. The khargra attempts to grab and devour any metal objects within the area. Nonmetallic objects may be bitten, but not devoured.