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Monster Mondays: Funeral Pear

MonsterMondaysThere was supposed to be a great battlefield here. Instead you find a still forest. Rusty pikes lean against its sturdy trunks. A man approaches. His flesh hangs loose, like well-worn clothing on a rough frame. From atop a nearby tree, the wind whistles through an ancient skull.

Living Monuments

After a great battle, the damage to the land can be considerable. Poisoned rivers, charred fortresses, and diseased fields are difficult locales for the natural order to reassert itself. When the land needs a little help, the followers of certain nature icons are known to plant funeral pears to retain the balance.

Funeral pears inhabit the bodies of fallen soldiers, growing woody humanoid frames to fill their hosts. The resulting parasitic masses appear to be shambling warriors until fast-growing spines pierce their supple, pear-fertilized flesh. The pears use their new bodies to remove offending elements from the battleground. They leave small memorials of the event. It is unknown whether this is because the funeral pears’ creator wished to communicate the price of war, or because the spiritual remnants of the soldiers retain slight control.

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Monster Mondays: Molluetuesk

MonsterMondaysA molluetuesk is a large cave-lurking beast that appears similar to a huge horseshoe crab, which opens itself up into a cavernous opening. Its “mouth” very closely resembles an iridescent tranquil pool of water with small fish to lure prey. If the pool is disturbed, the mouth will snap shut with the stalactite and stalagmite teeth impaling victims within its maw.

A molluetuesk’s mouth is nearly the size of its entire body. Most of its organs are therefore exposed when the mouth is open, although they are lined with a thin carapace to take on the appearance of interesting cavern decor. The exception is its stomach, which appears as an iridescent pool of water with vestigial fleshy filaments that look like swimming albino cave fish. The pool is mixture of gills, ropey tubes, and an open sac of hot sweet-smelling digestive juices.

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Monster Monday: Umbral Vampire

MonsterMondaysThe umbral vampire appears as a pale, exceedingly gaunt humanoid dressed in archaic finery falling to rags. Tangled wisps of hair cling to parchment flesh pulled taut against its skull, and misty strands of darkness leak from its empty eye sockets, yawning nasal cavity, and mouth. Fingers twisted into jagged claws and a permanent rictus grin completes the appearance of undeath. But it is not undead. It is something much worse.

Legends speak of an ancient city whose origins are lost to the ages. Ruled by a cabal of wizards with the power to manipulate the flow of time and stay the hand of death, the inhabitants of this city became immortals. For centuries, citizens dedicated themselves to such enlightened pursuits as art, literature, and the accumulation of knowledge. But mortals weren’t meant to live forever. Without death’s merciful release, the weight of ages pulled their souls down into darkness. Turning to crueler pursuits, these citizens made war on other cities and enslaved entire races purely for entertainment. Legends differ on how their wickedness came to an end. Some say the gods punished them, and others say one of their own wizards despaired at what they had become and destroyed them. In the most well-known version of the tale, the city drowned under the weight of its own sins and passed from the world. Their power broken, the wizards could no longer hold back the ravages of time. The citizens aged centuries in moments but, instead of dying, lingered on in their dark realm.

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Monster Monday: Furtur Demon

MonsterMondaysThis handsome young hart possesses the athletic torso and arms of a man, the ruffled wings of a destitute archangel, and kingly antlers.

Furtur (CR 15)

XP 51,200
CN Medium outsider (chaotic, demon, extraplanar)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +23

DEFENSE
AC 28, touch 24, flat-footed 18 (+4 deflection, +10 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 200 (15d10+120)
Fort +17, Ref +15, Will +12
DR 10/cold iron; Immune electricity and poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10, fire 10; SR 25

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft., fly 80 ft. (good)
Melee 2 unarmed strike +20 (1d3+5), 2 hooves +18 (1d3+5), and gore +18 (1d6+5)
Ranged +5 composite shortbow [5] +30/+25/+20 (1d6+10/x3)
Special Attack powerful charge (gore +25, 2d6+15)

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 15th)
Constant – detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, detect magic, read magic
At-will – greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), gust of wind (DC 16), ice storm, sleet storm
3/day – call lighting storm (DC 17), control wind (DC 17), summon (1 hezrou 75%) 1/day – control weather, fire storm (DC 21)

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Advanced Races Shadow Fey Now Available

Slip Through the Shadows!

Shadow Fey Cover

Refined and ruthless, the shadow fey are masters of the Plane of Shadows, and that dark land’s code governs their magic, their plots, and their clearly superior view of things. Best never to cross them, for their memories are centuries long.

With powerful shadow magic, a peculiar mastery of time and distance, and obscure codes for dueling and courtship, the shadow fey are maddeningly difficult for others to confront, let alone defeat. But among themselves, they are a friendly crew, and those they consider friends find them strangely loyal and fiercely protective of their sworn companions.

Advanced Races: Shadow Fey gives you everything you need to play a shadow fey adventurer. This 19-page sourcebook by Carlos and Holly Ovalle includes:

  • the origins and mysteries of the shadow fey, as well as details of their peculiar style, courts, and fashions—insofar as humans can understand such things!
  • 5 new shadow fey racial traits: including Deadly Smile and Shadow Affinity, plus 3 half-elf racial traits including Shadow Fey Blood
  • 11 new feats including Commend, Condescend, Court Noble, Disparage, Fey Birthright, Shadow Walker, and Stealth in Motion
  • 4 class expansions: A new cavalier Order of the Swan, as well as a Shadow Fey bloodline, new rogue advanced talents, and 3 new Shadowsworn shadow talents
  • 2 new archetypes: the Dread Hunter and the Twilight Envoy
  • The eala arrows, 2 new magic items and 5 spells of the shadow fey
  • 3 new monsters: the eala, the dread horse, and the stryx
  • And much more!

Hone your dueling blade, prepare a cutting quip, and make your enemies rue they day they met you. You are a dashing scion of the Shadow Courts, and no one stands your equal!

Pick up Advanced Races: Shadow Fey today, and define your own path of ruthless superiority in your next game!

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