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Mohkba Mania: Enormous Hunting Dog

When the PCs arrive in Mohkba they are barely as tall as a nail—only a quarter or half of an inch in height! Though they are unlikely to be found by the guards still looking for them, the adventurers have an entirely different problem on their hands: whatever magic Jesker the Great used to force their teleportation past the abjurations of the Sanctioned Practitioners of Mohkba, it is too powerful to be affected by any spell of 6th-level or lower. The adventurers are stuck with their new statures!

All of the party quickly realizes how small they’ve become and though there’s relief from being found by the guards, they land directly in the middle of the city watch’s dog pack den. Two dozen of the creatures—normally a friendly and encouraging sight—pose a deadly threat!

Enormous Hunting DogENORMOUS HUNTING DOG       CR 2
XP 400
N Medium animal (special size rules) [This upcoming Meta Thursday with a sneak peek below! —MM]
Init +1; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8

DEFENSE
AC 6, touch 3, flat-footed 5 (+1 Dex, +3 natural, -8 size)
hp 17 (2d8+8)
Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +1

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite -1 (1d6+9 plus trample and trip)
Special Attacks bijou bashing (1d4), trample (1d4+9, DC 16)

STATISTICS
Str 23, Dex 13, Con 19, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +1; CMB +7; CMD 18 (22 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+14 jumping), Perception +8, Survival +1 (+5 scent tracking); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping, +4 Survival when tracking by scent

ECOLOGY
Environment any (special size rules; Mohkba Mania)
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3–12)
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Bijou Bashing (Ex) Creatures of Medium size or larger do not resolve melee or ranged attacks that deal bludgeoning damage normally when targeting a creature of Diminutive size or smaller.
On a successful hit, the smaller creature saves as though they were also being trampled by the larger creature.
If the hit was a critical hit, increase the number of the trample’s damage die by 1 per critical multiplier (from 2d6 to 3d6 for a Medium creature wielding a club or other x2 modifier weapon, from 3d8 to 5d8 for a Large creature wielding a warhammer or other x3 modifier weapon, etc.) and the DC to avoid it by +5 per critical multiplier. A creature that fails their Reflex save must make a Fortitude save (DC 5 + opponent’s attack roll) or be knocked prone. On a successful Reflex save, the smaller creature takes half the damage from the trample.
Unlike normal trample attacks, diminutive creatures are not able to make attacks of opportunity against their attacker.

Titanic Trample (Ex) Creatures of Medium size or larger receive trample as a special attack, dealing an amount of damage determined by size. They automatically make a trample attack against non-flying creatures of Diminutive size or smaller whenever they occupy the same square, avoided with a successful Reflex save (no damage).
The DC of this Reflex save increases by +2 for every leg the trampling creature possesses beyond two. Creatures that have no Fly speed that cannot be tripped (such as oozes and shoggoths) receive a +20 bonus to the DC of their Trample attack.

 

5E Rules

Use the regular statistics for a dog with the special size rules for Mohkba Mania. [Check back on Meta Thursday later this week! —MM]

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Wandering Wasteland: Grave Morass

grave morassWhatever catastrophe or circumstances led to the creation of the Grave Morass ensured the death of an untold number of primitive peoples and primordial beasts that sheltered in its canyon-like confines rather than suffer the prowling undead of NaeraCull’s jungles. Macabre scholars believe it an irony of the gods that these residents have become animated themselves, and none know how many of them persist or where they might tread when beneath the surface of the black. Exploratory parties sent by the warlords of the deserts or Ravine’s politicians rarely return, prompting the rulers of the southern reaches of the Scorched Lands to keep no small amount of anti-undead equipment and holy water close at hand.

Undead of the Grave Morass
Any type of non-cold skeletal undead can rise from the tar of the Grave Morass, but these animated creatures are predominantly humanoids and large primordial beasts (such as dinosaurs, mammoths, and sabertooth tigers). There is a 50% chance that the tar covering the undead that rise here has been magically affected by The Transgression and attacks from these undead have a chance of inflicting the tarred condition; each hit dice an undead possesses grants one such consecutive attack. For example, a 4 HD skeleton with two weapons would grant the tarred condition for one attack after charging, two attacks during a full-round attack the next round, and the first of its next attacks during a full-round attack the following round (but no more afterward). Any undead able to inflict the tarred condition in this way increase their CR by +1.

Tarred: You take a -4 penalty to all Charisma-based skill checks. Spells that target you instead affect a random target within 30 feet (no save) and have a 10% chance per caster level of triggering a random effect from the list below. The tarred condition can only be removed via dispel magic (CL 18th), heal, limited wish, miracle, or a wish. After 2d4+1 days the tarred condition alleviates itself as the substance crumbles away.
1 – Splay: targeted spell now affects all targets within 30 ft. of the original target
2 – Negate: targeted spell is negated and has no effect
3 – Damaging: targeted spell does twice the damage (in the case of spells that do not deal damage, double duration)
4 – Penetrating: targeted spell grants its caster a +10 circumstance bonus to bypass spell resistance
5 – Tricky: the saving throw DC(s) for the targeted spell are increased by +5
6 – Rebound: targeted spell also rebounds back on its caster

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Wandering Wasteland: Primordial Tar Haunt

primordial tar haunt_fixedPrimordial Tar Haunt      CR 6
XP 2,400
CN Persistent haunt (20-ft.-radius pool of tar)
Caster Level 6th
Notice Perception DC 22 (to hear the dying cries of primordial creatures)
hp 27; Trigger proximity; Reset 1/day

Effect When the primordial tar haunt is triggered, a deinonychus, pteranodon, and rhinoceros rise from the bubbling sludge (as summon monster IV) and charge at the nearest creatures (melee touch attack +8). Creatures struck by the primordial tar haunt gain the tarred condition and make a Reflex save each round (DC 16 + 1 per previous check) or are dragged 5 ft. closer to (or into) the tar pit.

Destruction The bones of a deinonychus, pteranodon, and rhinoceros must be doused in holy water and set ablaze with a divine spell before being cast into the primordial tar haunt.

Tarred: You take a -4 penalty to all Charisma-based skill checks. Spells that target you instead affect a random target within 30 feet (no save) and have a 10% chance per caster level of triggering a random effect from the list below. The tarred condition can only be removed via dispel magic (CL 18th), heal, limited wish, miracle, or a wish. After 2d4+1 days the tarred condition alleviates itself as the substance crumbles away.
     1 – Splay: targeted spell now affects all targets within 30 ft. of the original target
     2 – Negate: targeted spell is negated and has no effect
     3 – Damaging: targeted spell does twice the damage (in the case of spells that do not deal damage, double duration)
     4 – Penetrating: targeted spell grants its caster a +10 circumstance bonus to bypass spell resistance
     5 – Tricky: the saving throw DC(s) for the targeted spell are increased by +5
     6 – Rebound: targeted spell also rebounds back on its caster

 

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Wandering Wasteland: Bleirvar the Biomancer

Bleirvar the Biomancer (Final-Mezadev-C)BLEIRVAR THE BIOMANCER     CR 11
XP 12,800
Male tiefling blood kineticist 12
NE Male outsider (native)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +11

DEFENSE
AC 24, touch 15, flat-footed 20 (+5 armor, +1 deflection, +3 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 shield)
hp 133 (12d8+72)
Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +5
Defensive Abilities orc ferocity; DR 5/magic; Resist cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.
Melee +1 dagger +9/+4 (1d4, Crit 19-20/x2)
Special Attacks elemental overflow +4, kinetic blast, metakinesis (empower, maximize)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th, concentration +14)
     1/day—darkness
Blood Kineticist Wild Talents Known (CL 12th, concentration +17)
     Defense—shroud of blood
     Infusions—draining infusion (touch, Fort DC 21 for quarter damage, 1 burn), foe throw (Fort DC 21 negates)
     Kinetic Blast—blood blast +13 (6d6+12, 2 burn), water blast +13 (6d12+12 bludgeoning), wrack (3d6+6 untyped, Fort DC 21 halves)
     Substance—bleeding infusion (Fort DC 21 or 6 bleed; 2 burn), gut-wrenching infusion (Fort DC 21 or sickened 1 minute; 3 burn), vampiric infusion (3 burn)
     Utility—blood tell, kinetic cover, kinetic healer, veil of mists, water manipulator

TACTICS
Before Combat Bleirvar activates shroud of blood and drinks his potion of fly.
During Combat Bleirvar uses foe throw to put his enemies into the Grave Morass and otherwise inflicts as much bleed damage as possible (using Shot on the Run to stay out of reach of melee combatants).
Morale Bleirvar fights to the death, drinking his potion of cure serious wounds when reduced to 40 hp or less.

STATISTICS
Str 8, Dex 16, Con 20, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 8
Base Atk +9; CMB +8; CMD 23
Feats Craft Wondrous Item, Dodge, Mobility, Point-Blank Shot, Shot on the Run, Weapon Focus (kinetic blast)
Skills Acrobatics +11, Bluff +6, Craft (biomancy) +17, Heal +16, Intimidate +4, Knowledge (nature) +17, Perception +11, Stealth +15, Swim +7, Use Magic Device +7; Racial Modifiers +2 Bluff, +2 Stealth
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Draconic
SQ blood focus, burn (3 points/round, maximum 8), expanded element (blood), gather power, infusion specialization 3, internal buffer 2, supercharge
Combat Gear potion of cure serious wounds, potion of fly; Other Gear +1 glamered chain shirt of invulnerability, belt of physical might +2 (Dex, Con), boots of striding and springing, ring of protection +2, ring of sustenance

5E RULES

BLEIRVAR THE BIOMANCER
Tiefling warlock 12, neutral evil
Armor Class 17 (3 mage armor, 3 Dexterity, +1 magic)
Hit Points 87 (12d8+24)
Speed 30 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
8  (-1)17  (+2)15  (+2)15  (+2)14  (+2)20 (+5)

Saving Throws Strength +0, Dexterity +4, Constitution +3, Intelligence +3, Wisdom +7, Charisma +10
Skills Deception +9, Nature +6
Senses Darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 12
Damage Resistances fire, lightning
Languages Abyssal, Common
Challenge 11 (7,200 XP)

Eldritch Invocations. Bleirvar adds his Charisma bonus when dealing damage with eldritch blasts and can fire them at a range of 300 feet, casts detect magic, disguise self, and mage armor without expending spell slots, and can see normally in all types of darkness,
Spellcasting.  Bleirvar is a 12th-level spellcaster that uses Charisma as his spellcasting ability (spell save DC 17; +9 to hit with spell attacks). Bleirvar knows the following spells and has a total of 11 spell slots of 5th-level:

  • Cantrips—blade ward, fire bolt, eldritch blast, mage hand, spare the dying, thaumaturgy, true strike
  • 1st—command, hex, protection from good
  • 2nd—crown of madness, invisibility
  • 2nd (1/long rest)—darkness, hellish rebuke
  • 3rd—fly, fireball
  • 4th—dimension door, fire shield
  • 5th—hold monster, scrying
  • 6th (1/long rest)—eyebite

Warlock. Bleirvar gains 5 temporary hit points when he reduces a creature to 0 hit points, can add +1d10 to an ability check or saving throw once per short rest, and has resistance against lightning damage.

ACTIONS
Eldritch Blast. Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, range (300 feet), up to three targets. Hit: 10 (1d10+5) force damage per beam (3 total).

TREASURE
boots of speed, hat of disguise, ring of protection

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Wandering Wasteland: Clues in the Sand Beggar

“Well that was an experience I don’t think any of us will soon forget,” Mykail remarks with a sarcasm that his allies learned long ago is foreshadowing for something biting. Despite herself Stephni let her irritation twist her face into a grimace, prompting the bard to practically howl out, “oh don’t go and get a scowl about it!” before breaking out into obnoxious laughter.

“I’m not going anywhere with him today,” the knight says, gripping the handle of her sword tightly enough that a few passerby in Ravine take notice, cautiously stepping out of her way. “Teams of two; Tanhoj is with me. Scour every watering hole in this city for any signs of the P.R.A.N.K.S.T.E.R.S. and meet back up at the Sand Beggar tavern at sunset. Practice discretion too—Vic, please go with Tekkittir—remember that if they get wind of us snooping around again, they might bolt. We can’t afford that now that we’ve come so close to stopping them. Eyes sharp, people!”

Over the course of a long and weary day, each pair of adventurers learns little more than that while the cabal’s agents were definitely active in Ravine for some time, they had all since fled to parts unknown. No amount of intimidation (whether with dagger, spell, or tree) convinces the various barkeeps and merchants to share a more telling tale and with the weight of Ullast on their shoulders, each member of the party trickles into an alleyway near the Sand Beggar as the sun sets over the horizon of Aventyr.

clues in the sand beggarUsing her enormous club Tekkittir handily breaks through the door to the tavern and, weapons readied, the group charges into an empty bar. After swearing in a colorful variety of languages that surprise even Justahn, Stephni dejectedly grabs a bottle from behind the counter and steps outside, complaining that the trip back to Mohkba will take forever and that convincing the guard that they’re not criminals will be a nightmare, gradually listing the crimes they are accused of with a contempt unbecoming of her title.

Most of her companions follow suit and grab a few drinks for themselves, but Nehpets’ keen elven senses catch something on the floor under the hinged bit of the bar top. “That’s not normal,” he says while reaching down to touch the gritty fluid. He smells the dirty, oily liquid at the tips of his fingers and cringes, closing his eyes in concentration. “This is from the Grave Morass! The P.R.A.N.K.S.T.E.R.S are in the Grave Morass!”

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Wandering Wasteland: Kara the Sun Flea

kara-the-sun-flea_rick hersheyKARA THE SUN FLEA     CR 8
XP 4,800
Female human investigator 5/bard 4
NG humanoid (human)
Init +3; Senses; Perception +13

DEFENSE
AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 15 (+5 armor, +2 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 54 (9d8+9)
Fort +3 (+7 vs. poison), Ref +11, Will +9
Defensive Abilities poison resistance +4

OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk dagger +7/+2 (1d4, Crit 19-20/x2)
Ranged +1 hand crossbow +10 (1d4+1 plus drow sleep poison, Crit 19-20/x2, Range 20 ft.)
Special Attacks bardic performance 13/day (standard; countersong, distraction, fascinate, inspire competence +2, inspire courage +1), studied combat +2, studied strike +1d6
Investigator Extracts Prepared (CL 5th; concentration +7)
     2nd—invisibility, see invisibility, squeeze
     1st—negate aroma, stone fist, touch of the sea, true strike, urban grace
Bard Spells Known (CL 4th; concentration +7)
     2nd (2/day)—heroism, suggestion
     1st (4/day)—chord of shards, cure light wounds, disguise self, liberating command
     0th—dancing lights, detect magic, lullaby, mage hand, prestidigitation, sift

TACTICS
Before Combat Kara the Sun Flea avoids direct combat relying instead on others to do the fighting for her. When a situation becomes hostile she uses Spellsong and suggestion to manipulate potential enemies into attacking each other or otherwise leaving.
During Combat Kara takes cover and flees; when in an environment she is familiar with or when she has the tactical advantage, she uses her spells and poisoned crossbow bolts to render enemies unconscious (preferring to interrogate them before setting them free or bringing an end to their life).
Morale Kara is rather cowardly and flees when reduced to 30 hp or less.

STATISTICS
Str 10, Dex 16, Con 8, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 16
Base Atk +6; CMB +6; CMD 19
Feats Dodge, Greater Fortitude, Skill Focus (Perform [Act], Sense Motive), Spellsong, Toughness
Skills Acrobatics +11, Appraise +6, Bluff +18, Climb +4, Diplomacy +15, Disable Device +7, Disguise +7, Escape Artist +15, Heal +5, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (local) +14, Linguistics +6, Perception +13, Perform (act) +18, Sense Motive +16, Sleight of Hand +7, Spellcraft +8, Stealth +15, Survival +5, Swim +4, Use Magic Device +7
Languages Common, Dwarven, Elven, Undercommon
SQ alchemy, bardic knowledge, cantrips, inspiration (1d6, 6/day), investigator talents (empathy, underworld inspiration), keen recollection, mwk dagger, poison lore, swift alchemy, trapfinding, trap sense +1, versatile performance (Perform [act] for Bluff), well-versed
Combat Gear +1 hand crossbow (10 bolts poisoned with drow sleep poison), potion of alter self, potion of cure serious wounds, potion of feather fall, potion of haste, potion of spider climb; Other Gear +2 studded leather armor, 2,000 gold worth of platinum coins and gold coins

5E Rules

Use the “Spy” NPC from the Monster Manual.

 

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