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Donratty

Donratty CR 4

XP 1,200
CE Medium undead
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+1 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 37 (5d8+10 plus 5)
Fort +3; Ref +2; Will +4
Immune cold, undead traits
Weaknesses vulnerable to fire
Speed 30 ft.

OFFENSE

Melee 2 claws +7 (1d4+4), bite +8 (1d6+4 plus taste of the forbidden)
Special Attacks taste of the forbidden (DC 14)

STATISTICS

Str 18, Dex12, Con—, Int11, Wis11, Cha15
Base Atk +3; CMB +7; CMD 18
Feats Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Climb +12, Intimidate +10, Knowledge (nature) +3, Knowledge (religion) +6, Perception +8, Stealth +6
Languages Common

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Taste of the Forbidden (Su)

Every time a donratty makes a successful bite attack on a humanoid, the creature hit must succeed on a DC 14 Will save to avoid being consumed by cannibalistic thoughts. On a failed save, the subject attacks the nearest humanoid with a bite attack on its next turn. If there is no valid target to attack, the creature can take no actions, but is not considered helpless. A Medium humanoid’s bite attack deals 1d6 points of damage (1d4 for Small creatures and 1d8 for Large creatures). While under the influence of this effect, the subject is considered to be proficient with natural weapons. The effect lasts for 1d4 rounds thereafter. A creature who successfully saves is not subject to the same donratty’s taste of the forbidden for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting compulsion effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment any cold
Organization solitary, pair or company (3–15)
Treasure standard

Grotesquely crooked, rotting, and oversized teeth protrude from the mouth of a haggard, humanoid figure with leathery skin and tattered clothing. Its sunken eyes emit a faint, yellowy glow and its fingers end in wicked claws.

The poles can offer a temporary refuge and a daunting challenge for people seeking to escape their present circumstances. Fugitives and criminals disappear into the bleak, lightless wasteland hoping to elude their pursuers and defy justice. While they may offer temporary sanctuary, the frozen forests and deserts are an unpredictable and cruel host for travelers. A sunny day can turn into a raging blizzard in a matter of hours.

The driving winds, bitter cold, and blinding precipitation can last for days and leave several feet of snow in its wake. People caught in the eye of the maelstrom face an agonizing decision — perish or do whatever it takes to survive regardless of the consequences. Those opting for the latter may ultimately live through the nightmarish experience albeit at a terrible price. Whether they chose to slay the least fit to preserve the group’s dwindling resources or butcher other humanoids to devour their flesh and sate their hunger, the gods never forget the person’s unspeakable actions. When they die, the offended deities transform the transgressor into a donratty, a ghastly, undead monstrosity cursed to haunt the frigid terrain where it committed its grievous sins for the remainder of its wretched existence.

Human gods seem to take more umbrage with cannibalism and betrayal than non-human deities; thus, humans and half-humans are the only humanoids who can turn into a donratty. Though there are some female donratties, men make up the overwhelming majority of the monsters’ ranks. The metamorphosis into this lifeless mockery affects the same changes regardless of the individual’s original gender or physical appearance.

The monster’s teeth immediately decay and grow to a disproportionate length, causing extensive crowding within its mouth. Its body shrivels into a wiry frame wrapped with leathery, light brown skin. Its fingernails morph into jagged claws and its eyes emit a dull, yellowy glow. Other than the preceding modifications, the donratty’s facial features are still recognizable by those who knew it during its mortal life. The creature also wears the same tattered rags it wore when it assumed its new existence as a donratty.

There are reportedly a handful of instances where an individual slated to become a donratty atoned for his sins and escaped eternal damnation. Such acts of redemption are exceptionally rare. In most cases, the donratty’s mortal life is akin to a living hell. Rumors of the person’s misdeeds dog him for the rest of his days.

His former friends avoid him like a pariah. This widespread rejection and disdain causes many wouldbe donratties to take their own lives and hasten their transformation into the undead abomination. A smaller number of prospective donratties reject society as a whole and bask in the ignominy. These defiant individuals live out the remainder of their natural lives before undergoing the gruesome transformation when they die. The monster rises from its grave within a few days of its death and returns to the proverbial scene of the crime somewhere on the ice and snow. It is very common for a group of donratties to haunt the same locale, as most did not act alone in the commission of their sins. The malevolent creatures treat the arrival of a new donratty in their midst as if it were a macabre reunion. They blissfully reminisce about their sickening acts around the campfire, waiting for another opportunity to indulge their lust for carnage and taste for human flesh.