Thoqqua, Cherufe

The skin of this enormous worm is made of red-hot, metallic plates.

Cherufe CR 12

XP 19,200
N Gargantuan outsider (earth, elemental, extraplanar, fire)
Init -1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +16
Aura molten body

AC 9, touch 5, flat-footed 10 (-1 Dex, +4 natural, -4 size)
hp 162 (12d10+96)
Fort +12; Ref +7; Will +9 Immune fire, elemental traits
Weaknesses vulnerable to cold

Speed 30 ft., burrow 20 ft.
Melee slam +21 (2d8+19 plus burn/19–20)
Ranged pyroclastic spittle +7 touch (10d6 fire plus burn)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks burn (2d10, DC 24)

Str 37, Dex 9, Con 27, Int 6, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +12; CMB +29; CMD38 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Awesome Blow, Cleave, Improved Critical (slam), Nimble Moves, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +16, Perception +22, Stealth +4, Survival +16
Languages Ignan (cannot speak)

Environment any land (Plane of Fire)
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Molten Body (Su) A cherufe’s body is hot enough to melt stone. Anyone striking a cherufe with a natural weapon or unarmed strike takes 1d6+5 points of fire damage. A creature that grapples a cherufe or is grappled by one takes 3d6+5 points of fire damage each round the grapple persists. A creature that strikes a cherufe with a manufactured weapon can attempt a DC 15 Reflex save to pull the weapon away from the creature’s molten body quickly enough to avoid having the weapon take 1d6+5 points of fire damage—damage caused to a weapon in this manner is not halved as is normal for damage caused to items. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Pyroclastic Spittle (Ex) A cherufe can spit globs of magma and ash as a ranged touch attack. This attack has a range increment of 30 feet.

Creatures of elemental earth and fire, cherufes are elder versions of common thoqquas which have grown to enormous size in their great age. Cherufes are less likely than younger thoqquas to respond with violence when startled, instead engaging in premeditated violence against creatures who fail to respect their territory by offering tribute and otherwise treating the cherufe with respect.

Cherufes who find their way to the Material Plane often lair in the craters of active volcanoes, where they are sometimes worshiped as gods, or as the messengers thereof. It is not unknown for villagers to toss human sacrifices into craters inhabited by cherufes, and cherufes who come to expect this demonstration of devotion grow angry if a scheduled sacrifice is missed.

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