Familiar Steps Haunt CR 9 XP 6,400 N haunt (25 ft. by 10 ft. alleyway) Caster Level 9th Notice Perception DC 20 (to hear the squeaking of a panicked rat familiar) hp 18; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect The familiar steps haunt is triggered when a spellcaster with a familiar enters its area. The spellcaster’s familiar wanders into the most crowded area nearby (no save), prompting its master to follow (DC 20 Will negates). Each turn spent in a square occupied by a creature of Small-size or larger prompts a Reflex save from minuscule and infinitesimal creatures (DC 25) or they are unknowingly trampled by the regular folk (1d4+3 bludgeoning damage, Fort DC 20 or knocked prone). Prone creature take triple damage from the familiar steps haunt. After being trampled by due to the familiar steps haunt, a creature must make a DC 20 Will save or be compelled to travel in a random direction (roll 1d8).
Destruction The remains of the familiar once belonging to Vagraxxa the Vivid (another mage that attempted to teleport into Mohkba against the will of the Sanctioned Arcane Practitioners) must be exhumed from the foundations of a building nearby, ground into dust, and used as a spell component in order to permanently destroy the familiar steps haunt.
Type mechanical; Perception DC 25; Disable Device DC 30 Trigger location; Reset automatic (for 2d6+1 minutes) Effects Atk +15 melee (10d6 bludgeoning); multiple targets (all targets not directly under cover); knocked prone (1d6 cold per round; DC 20 Escape Artist, Strength, or CMB check to escape; immunity to falling hail damage; DC 25 Reflex negates); treat area as difficult terrain; flooding after 6 rounds (see below)
Normal weather effects become deadly when the PCs are the size of a copper piece; should they be caught out in the open, the hail trap might do them in if they can’t find shelter! Though become trapped under a piece of ice from the hail trap is unpleasant, it offers some protection and can also be destroyed (hardness 1, 20 hp). After 6 rounds the area under the effects of the hail trap becomes flooded, requiring DC 15 Swim checks to stay afloat (creatures hit by the hail trap while swimming are not trapped.)
[Submitted by Rory Toma! Tune in on Meta Thursday to read this month’ s special rules for extremely small adventurers!]
Though this long sewing needle is unremarkable upon first glance, when looking more closely you can see a blue aura emanating from the sharpened bit of metal.
This +1 dart has a range increment of 30 feet. When using a piercing needle to make an attack roll, its wielder can make a Sleight of Hand check first (opposed by a Perception check made by the target); on a success, the piercing needle only deals 1 point of piercing damage but the attack is completely unnoticed. In the hands of a Miniscule or Infinitesimal creature, a piercing needle instead acts as a +3 lance that deals 1d6 damage piercing damage on a successful hit; on a critical hit, the piercing needle increases its critical multiplier by +1.
CONSTRUCTION Requirements Craft Magic Arms & Armor, a dozen sewing needles, lead blades; Cost 7,400 gp
[For more information on Minuscule and Infinitesimal creatures and some insight on the mechanics of the piercing needle, tune in for this Meta Thursday! —MM]
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 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.
Use the regular statistics for a dog with the special size rules for Mohkba Mania. [Check back on Meta Thursday later this week! —MM]