Drowning Faithful CR 11
The haunt triggers when anyone passes within 50 feet of the lake while wearing or displaying a holy symbol, affecting any such targets with mass suffocation (Fortitude DC 23). A victim feels his lungs fill with water and then floats helplessly into the air a few feet above the ground, as if he had just plunged into an icy lake.
Targets begin drowning and floating in the air and cannot leave their space. A water breathing spell or the ability to breathe water does not protect a victim, but the haunt does not affect creatures that do not need to breathe. A successful DC 25 Knowledge (history) check recalls tales and how the source of the haunt goaded her victims to renounce their faith. A target who removes his own holy symbol is immediately freed from the haunt’s effect.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #142: Gardens of Gallowspire © 2019, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Crystal Frasier, with Ron Lundeen, Andrew Mullen, Emily Parks, Rhett Skubis, and Christopher Wasko.