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Severed Skull, Screaming

Screaming Severed Skull CR 1/3

A haunting cry of despair and pain echoes off the walls, preceding a soft blue glow emanating from flaming, azure skulls that fly around the corner, their jaws masticating the air.

XP 135
NE Tiny undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 size)
hp 4 (1d8)
Fort +0, Ref +2, Will +2
Immune fire, undead traits

OFFENSE

Speed fly 40 ft. (perfect)
Melee slam +2 (1d2+1 cold)
Special Attacks screaming

TACTICS

During Combat Screaming severed skulls use their screaming ability as often as possible in between slams.

Morale Screaming severed skulls flee if interrupted during a task (often being used as messengers) but otherwise fight to the death.

STATISTICS

Str 11, Dex 15, Con —, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 10
Base Atk +0; CMB –2; CMD 10 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Flames of Hellfire (Su)

Screaming severed skulls are surrounded by an aura of blue flame that is cold to the touch. A screaming severed skulls deals 1 cold damage each turn to creatures grappling it at the start of its turn, +1 cold damage when it hits with its slam attack, and is immune to fire damage.

Screaming (Ex)

Once every 1d4 rounds, a screaming severed head can open its jaw and emit a bone-chilling scream. All creatures within 30 ft. must make a Will save (DC 10) or be shaken for 1d4 rounds. This is a sonic mind-affecting fear effect. Whether or not the save is successful, an affected creature is immune to the same head’s scream for 24 hours.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, group (3–5), or Hellfire wave (8–16)
Treasure none

Screaming severed skulls were first created by gitwerc. Legends say that those who beg for mercy from the devil dwarves sometimes receive it, turned into these undead and gifted with the task of endlessly conveying vile messages and disgusting commands (the source, theologians speculate, that causes the creatures’ to unleash their unsettling screams).

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