Necrophage Infector (CR +2)

The necrophage is not undead, the necrophage is not a disease. The necrophage is a living organism that infests corpses, reconstitutes the organic material into new forms that it uses to kill more host creatures to continue to grow and expand. The forms the necrophage-infested bodies take are visceral, twisted horrors of their former selves. It can also form small discreet creatures out of the biological material it has subsumed. The necrophage is controlled and originally created by a insidious, psychic artifact found deep in the void. No one yet has been able to discern where the artifact came from, why it was created, or by whom. Some say, especially the fanatic cults that have grown up around its influence, that it created itself as a manifestation of the universe’s need to ascend to a higher, singular being. In either case, its goals and actions involve adding more biological material under its control and creating more unused biological material for it to take.

The artifact itself can infest the minds of living creatures nearby and slowly corrupt their minds and bodies, eventually turning them into a new necrophage creature. The artifact has little control over the exact form the necrophage takes, but it is usually efficient at its particular job.

The artifact is intelligent, it schemes, it corrupts, and it finds the most effective way to safely get more material.

The artifacts influence can only reach so far, so its capacity to create infected creatures is hindered by its immobility. That is where the infector comes in, It grows a sharp, bony proboscis that is uses to inject necrophagic material into non-living organic material.

Creating a Necrophage Infector

Necrophage infector” is an acquired template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature. A necrophage infector uses all of the base creature’s statistics except as noted here. A necrophage infector loses all class levels but retains racial HD.

CR: As base creature +2

Alignment: Always Neutral Evil

Type: The creature’s type changes to aberration, recalculate feats, skills, saves and hit points.

Armor Class: Natural armor improves by +4

Hit Dice: Change all racial Hit Dice to d8s and add 2 racial HD

Speed: A necrophage infector keeps all modes of movement from its host creature, if it does not have a climb speed, it gains a climb speed of 10 feet.

Senses: The creature gains darkvision 60 ft.

Weaknesses: limb weakness

Immune: cold, disease, mind-affecting effects, poison

Defensive Abilities: DR 5/-, from the void

Melee: A necrophage infector loses all of their previous natural attacks and gains a 1d6 (medium) proboscis attack that adds 1-1/2 their Str modifier to damage and a critical multiplier of x3.

Special Attacks: The necrophage infector retains none of the base creature’s special attacks. But gains infect with necrophage.

Infect with Necrophage (Ex)

If the necrophage kills a creature with its proboscis or uses their proboscis on a corpse the creature is infected with the necrophage and rises with a necrophage creature template per the table to the right. The infector will not infect small body parts, those are left for the carriers.

Abilities: Increase the base creature as follows: Str +4, Con +2, Cha -4. Necrophage infectors are mindless and have no Int score.

Feats: The necrophage creature gains weapon focus for their natural weapon(s) as a bonus feat.

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