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Drakauthix

Drakauthix CR 9

XP 6,400
N Huge plant
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, sporesight 60 ft.; Perception +17

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 11, flat-footed 20 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +12 natural, –2 size)
hp 115 (11d8+66)
Fort +12, Ref +7, Will +7
Defensive Abilities obscuring spores, plant traits; DR 10/slashing
Weaknesses vulnerability to fire

OFFENSE

Speed fly 20 ft. (good)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (30 ft. with tentacle)
Melee 4 tentacles +13 (1d8+7 plus grab)
Special Attacks pull (tentacle, 15 feet), spore tendrils (R-DC 20)

STATISTICS

Str 25, Dex 14, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 15, Cha 10
Base Atk +8; CMB +17; CMD 30
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Stealth), Toughness, Whirlwind AttackB
Skills Acrobatics +12, Fly +9, Perception +17, Stealth +15; Racial Modifiers +10 Acrobatics, +10 Perception, +10 Stealth
Languages Undercommon (understands but cannot speak)
SQ create sporelings

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Create Sporelings (Su)

A spore-infested creature that dies, becomes host for a sporeling colony (small drakauthix), over the course of 1d4 rounds. As the infested body strikes the ground below, it bursts and releases a cloud of spores, unleashing the sporelings that immediately scuttle up the cavern walls to cling to its ceiling and grow. Each sporeling harvests enough material from the body it emerged from to grow to its full size over a few days. After it has done so, the drakauthix detaches from the cave ceiling and seeks out its first meal in the cavern below.

Obscuring Spores (Su)

Whenever the drakauthix takes at least 10 points of slashing damage, it releases a cloud of brown spores that mimics the effect of obscuring mist for 1 minute, centered around the drakauthix. This cloud of spores does not move with the drakauthix, nor is it displaced by its movement.

Sporesight (Ex)

The drakauthix exudes a cloud of spores that it uses to see as blindsight, but it only functions in areas without strong wind currents. Sporesight does not function underwater.

Spore Tendrils (Su)

The tendrils that cover the drakauthix’s body reach out and infest adjacent creatures, dealing 2d6 points of damage from the spores, plus 1d3 points of damage per round for 3 rounds as the spores grow into fuzzy mold. A creature that is currently grappled by the drakauthix takes a –4 circumstance penalty to this save. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Harvesting a Drakauthix

Some Darklands-dwelling creatures, such as duergar, hunt drakauthixes for their flesh, which has a unique flavor with a peppery aftertaste. Subterranean races also make ink from drakauthixes by burning their carcasses, then grinding and pressing the ashes for a long time until a silvery substance congeals.

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