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Journeys to the West: Behtu

We’re approaching the end of the funding period for the Journeys to the West Kickstarter, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down the fun involved for everyone. In fact, we have another creature for you to add to your game right away—if you dare!

Also, those of you who have already joined the crew might want to visit the Kickstarter page to see what new expanded rewards have been added to the package.

Those of you who haven’t joined in yet should also go take a look to see what you could join in on. Much has happened in the past week—including the creation of Behtu, the half-ape, half-pygmy creatures with demon blood in their veins!

Behtu     CR 4

With a face like a mandrill and tusks like a great boar, these ferocious half-ape, half-human pygmies have demon blood flowing in their veins. One does not travel to the volcanic temple-islands of the Behtu unless desperate or suicidal.

XP 1,200
CE Small Humanoid
Init +4; Senses low-light vision; Perception +6

AC 20, touch 16, flat-footed 16; (+1 armor, +2 Dex, +6 natural, +1 size)
hp 22 (4d8+4)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +2
Resist cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5

Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d4+2), spear +7 (1d4+3)
Ranged spear +7 (1d4+3)
Special Defenses demonic resistance
Special Abilities demonic sorcery, ichorous infusion
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st)
1/day—burning hands

Str 17, Dex 14, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 7
Base Atk +4; CMB +6; CMD 20
Feats Iron Will, Weapon Focus (spear)
Skills Acrobatics +6, Climb +6, Perception +6, Stealth +12, Survival +6
Languages Abyssal, Ape, Common, Infernal

Environment warm and temperate forests
Organization troupe (3–6) or war party (6–12, including 1 “witch doctor” [sorcerer or druid])
Treasure NPC gear (rattan [hide] armor, small spear, other treasure)

Demonic Resistance Behtu have cold resistance 5, electricity resistance 5, and fire resistance 5

Demonic Sorcery Behtu sorcerers treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer bloodline abilities. All Behtu sorcerers have the Abyssal bloodline.

Ichorous Infusions Behtu troupes and war parties carry 1d6 vials of ichorous infusions. They may ingest an infusion as a standard action; often they do this in preparation for ambush. For 2d6 rounds later, the behtu gain a +4 sorcerous bonus to their Strength and Constitution scores, as well as doubling their base speed (including their climb speed) and gaining an extra move action each round. Behtu also take a –4 penalty to their Intelligence and Wisdom scores for the duration. If a non-Behtu PC ingests the infusion, treat as if the PC had been poisoned with black adder venom (afflictions/poisons, PFCR).

Languages Behtu begin play speaking Abyssal and Ape. Behtu with high Intelligence scores can choose from any of the following languages: Common, Draconic, Goblin, and Orc. (The creature above has its two additional languages noted already.)

Skilled Behtu have a +2 racial bonus to Stealth and Survival checks.

Spell-Like Ability Behtu can use burning hands once per day as a spell-like ability. Caster level is 1st or at the Behtu’s sorcerer level.

Mechuiti (meh-CHOO-ee-tee), the demon lord of apes, cannibalism, and torture, combines the cruelty of a demon with the cunning of a human and the ferocity of an ape. He has bred the same qualities into his people, the Behtu (BAY-too—singular and plural are the same). In his volcanic temples, his idols weep with his ichorous demon blood, which the Behtu use to create infusions to give them inhuman strength and speed. The Behtu also use the infusions to etch demonic glyph-tattoos on their skin to grant them infernal powers and protections. The Behtu are known to breed demonic dire iguanas as war mounts. The most powerful Behtu sorcerers and druids have been known to ride large lava drakes and small volcano dragons as personal mounts.

What other sorts of trouble can your PCs get into? Go visit the Journeys to the West Kickstarter page to find out.

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14 Replies to "Journeys to the West: Behtu"

Jim Groves

December 15, 2011 at 5:04pm

Good job Adam! Congrats!

Kobold Quarterly

December 15, 2011 at 5:34pm

And nice work by Chris McFann on the art. I can practically hear the shouting as the apes overrun the expedition’s campsite.

James Thomas

December 15, 2011 at 6:13pm

Its small. Its demon-blooded. I like it Adam!

Mighty Mongo

December 15, 2011 at 6:24pm

Mechuiti Big. Behtu Small. Both VERY dangerous! ; )

Adam Daigle

December 15, 2011 at 10:55pm

With demonic sorcery, when you say “sorcerer class abilities” do you mean class features or bloodline abilities? Because sorcerer class features would include spells and I know certain segments of the internet community would love to argue over the wording of that ability. :)


December 15, 2011 at 11:47pm

The internet community splitting hairs? I am shocked, shocked I say!

I’m pretty sure spells are NOT included, but I’ll wait to hear what Adam R says on this…


December 16, 2011 at 3:28am

Nice work here Adam, a real primal islander feel for Mechuiti’s “people”. The use of the idol-wept ichor-blood as battle stimulant is interesting…
Two nit-picks:
One: troupe is misspelt “troop” under Ichorous Infusions.
Two: if the Behtu are half-pygmy/half-ape, why do they have tusks “like a great boar”? Maybe that’s just how Mechuiti rolls…

Mighty Mongo

December 16, 2011 at 10:31am

When in doubt, agree with Daigle and Wolfgang. You are correct – it should specify “class abilities” only. It is modeled on (stolen from?) the Tiefling “Fiendish Sorcery” ability, due to the Behtu’s demonic bloodlines.

@ Einherjar: Mechuiti said “Let there be tusks, so my people can be pretty like me!”.
– Plus I wanted to see Chris McFann draw something that looked like “A cross between a Mandrill and a Wild Boar with its hair on fire” – and lookee what he did! ~>:<(

I'll see if I can get Miranda to clean up those two items…

Mighty Mongo

December 16, 2011 at 10:35am

Oops. I meant “class features” only – see how that happens?

Mighty Mongo

December 16, 2011 at 10:44am

Bloodline abilities NOT spells, need to stop talking…

Mighty Mongo

December 16, 2011 at 11:59am

All wording fixed above. Thanks for the feedback!

Chris Harris

December 16, 2011 at 1:34pm

Utter madness to throw screeching at players! I love it. Way to go, Adam! Dearly wish I could jump in on this, but I’m in the long and expensive process of moving. This makes me want to jump right back in as soon as I can, though, so see you folks soon!


December 18, 2011 at 2:35pm

Moving is a tough, I hope it goes well.

And of course I look forward to talking demon-apes with you sometime down the road!