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Statblock Sunday (Banlan Backlash!): Kelsaola, Commander turned Saboteur

Final-Amalgam galvo sorcererKELSAOLA      CR 10
XP 9,600
Galvo sorcerer 2
CE Medium magical beast (aquatic)
Init +4; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +14

DEFENSE
AC 25, touch 17, flat-footed 18 (+6 Dex, +1 dodge, +8 natural)
hp 179 (15d10+2d6+90)
Fort +13, Ref +15, Will +9
Defensive Abilities swarmlike; DR 10/slashing; Immune electricity

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +22 (1d6+2 plus 2d6 electricity), 2 slams +22 (1d6+2 plus 2d6 electricity)
Ranged eel dart +22 touch (1d6+2 plus 1d6 electricity) or acidic ray +22 touch (1d6+1 acid; 4/day)
Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 2nd; concentration +3)
1st (5/day)—grease (DC 12), comprehend languages
0 (at will)—dancing lights, mage hand, mending, read magic, touch of fatigue (DC 11)
Bloodline aberrant
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with slam)

STATISTICS
Str 15, Dex 23, Con 18, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 13
Base Atk +16; CMB +18; CMD 35 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Blind-Fight, Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Eschew Materials, Point-Blank Shot, Power Attack, Precise Shot, Vital Strike, Weapon Finesse
Skills Perception +14, Stealth +17, Spellcraft+19, Swim +17, Use Magic Device +19
Languages Aquan (can’t speak)
SQ amphibious, bloodline arcana (polymorph spells are Extended), compression, varied attack
Treasure Kelsaola has swallowed a necklace of adaptation, and gains its benefits. A PC searching his body finds it only with a DC 25 Perceptioncheck.
Kelsaola has always been a commander, ever since it was created by it’s masters in the deepest sea trenches. He was to wage war against the undead skum so plentiful about the cape, but as he approached, his army was absolutely destroyed by Chum. In shame, he refused to abandon his goal and has worked tirelessly to claim control of the colossus with the goals of turning it first against its creators, then against the targets of his original invasion.

 

 

[By Michael McCarthy]

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Sidequest Saturday (Banlan Backlash!): Colossus Chum!

Having learned that the Order of the Staff is spying on them through a Nyamo scribe orb, the PCs decide to take a different route back to the northern side of the city—by means of an airship piloted by Banlan captain Il-Kai’am. He has all the papers required to transport a shipment of “treated” wood north into the shipyards, a delivery that would be virtually impossible to pass through the Nyamo Wall.

 

nyamo harborNot long after the adventurers are in the air, however, an explosion comes from the harbor: an eighty foot tall steel machine bursts from beneath the surface of the water! PCs that make a DC 25 Knowledge (history) check recognize the machine as Chum—a titan crafted a century ago to keep the Nyamo harbor clear of pirates and sea creatures (especially of the undead variety). Any PCs that beat the DC by 5 or more know that it has to undergo annual maintenance to repair the sometimes extensive damage it accumulates from this job. Even a DC 10 Knowledge (arcana) check can identify that is is a colossus (a DC 31 check identifies it specifically as an iron colossus)—a sort of impossible construct designed to crush entire cities, and something far beyond the party’s ability to combat directly on.

If none of the PCs make the check, Kai’am can at least tell the adventurers the titan’s name.

 

This titan begins smashing ships left and right as it plods its way out of the harbor, and unless stopped, will clearly kill hundreds if not thousands. Kai’am mentions now would be a good time to simply flee the city in its entirety.

 

As the PCs make a decision one way or the other, a transparent and rough-bearded wizard suddenly appears on deck, looking rather flustered. “Airship! Can you hear me?” He repeats the message several times until one of the PCs acknowledges that they can, at which point he continues, “I’m sure I don’t have to point out the trouble at the docks. The portside protector seems to have sustained damage to its control circuit. Our fleet is taking longer than expected to mobilize, too many ships undergoing maintenance and—an alligotonium shipment was late—not important. You are nearby, we can reward you handsomely if someone in your ship can teleport or fly over to the protector’s control circuit—in a room on the back of it’s head—and disable it. The emergency code is Palsoptra.” If the PCs seem hesitant, he reminds them that doing so will save hundreds of lives, and that the code will disable all of its security systems: other than the possible risk of falling, there is nothing to worry about.

 

Originally, Kai’am is willing to make one single pass near Chum’s head to let up to two PCs leap from ship to the titan, a maneuver that requires a DC 20 Acrobatics check to avoid missing the platform and falling the 80 ft. to the ground. A DC 20 Diplomacy or Intimidate check convinces Kai’am to make up to two additional passes.

 

PDG-AmalgamEarthElemental-lines-01 chum colossusThere are two sections within the titan; outside, which is a 5 ft. x 15 ft. walkway, and inside, a 15-ft. diameter chamber. Each round the titan advances slowly into the town, requiring all titan-bound PCs to make a DC 10 Acrobatics check or be knocked prone by the motion (which is treated as violent motion for the purposes of casting spells). The door between the walkway and the chamber is locked with a superior arcane lock (DC 50 Disable Device) that opens automatically with the passphrase.

 

Inside, however, adventurers discover that the bulk of the security systems have already been disabled by an enormous humanoid collection of electric eels standing in the center of the room. The creature is Kelsaola, a galvo of uncommon intelligence and ambition [see the upcoming Statblock Sunday -the other MM!] that discovered the titan’s critical weakness by chance during its maintenance period, and has been craving an opportunity to strike back against the surface world since Chum destroyed his army. He has taken six years to infiltrate and understand the creature’s controls, and now finally has the time to strike!

 

Between the party and Kelsaola are two of the colossi’s guardians that it has reprogrammed: clockwork soldiers. They do anything they can to prevent the PCs from reaching Kesaola, who continues to man the controls, overriding any attempts to use the code word until he is struck in combat at least once, at which point he eagerly enters the fray. Speaking the codeword aloud as a standard action staggers both clockwork soldiers for the round, but like the collossus, Kelsaola simply reactivates them the next round so long as he remains at the controls.

 

Once Kesaola is away from the controls, speaking the codeword aloud immediately stops the clockwork soldiers and Chum, negating the need for any further balance checks and making Kai’am confident enough to fly in and let any additional PCs into the combat.

 

Adventurers remaining aboard Kai’am’s airship aren’t helpless, as Kai’am does have a light ballista mounted to each side of the ship, allowing the PCs to alternatingly make attacks against Chum from a distance. The ballista aren’t powerful enough to pierce the colossus’ DR, but each round they successfully make an attack (against AC 20) they prevent Chum from advancing further into the city, saving lives and negating the need for titan-board PCs to make checks to balance that round.
When the party lands (assuming Chum is stopped), the Order of the Staff pay the PCs a reward of 3,500 gold.

 

[By Michael McCarthy!]

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Magic Item Monday (Banlan Backlash!): Scribe Orb

scribe orbScribe Orb
Aura moderate divination; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 10,000 gp; Weight 1 lb.

DESCRIPTION
This many-faceted orb has been run through with a long adamantine needle extending out one end.

A scribe orb is a magical tool capable of examining and writing in detail the properties of any magical items it encounters. Three times per day the orb can be activated to examine a target item for one minute. Once the examination is complete, the orb takes on a faint light and then inscribes all the details of the item (upon a piece of paper, stone tablet, or even a wall) as though it had used analyze dweomer in a process that takes an additional minute. This second ability does not have to be used immediately, but if not activated before the scribe orb is used to examine another item, what would have been scribed is lost.

HISTORY
DC 15     Scribe orbs were created by Timean professors to judge the exact properties of their students’ work.
DC 25     Some scribe orbs have needles extending from the top as well as the bottom. They glow when they inscribe, as though they were writing such information into the air.
DC 30     Cursed scribe orbs are used by the orders of Timeaus to secretly gather information about other groups. They can occasionally be seen writing in the air information that it is magically sending to its creator.

CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Wondrous Items, analyze dweomer; Cost 5,000 gp

 

[Submitted by Michael McCarthy!]