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Ebon Acolytus

A chilling statue strands behind a dark altar, both smeared with evidence of grisly sacrifices. The monstrous statue, sculpted as a perverse amalgam of both man and beast, raises a wickedly curved sacrificial dagger above its head, its bejeweled eyes seeming to glint with murderous zeal.

Ebon Acolytus CR 7

Source Pathfinder #30: The Twice-Damned Prince pg. 82
XP 3,200
N Large construct
Init -1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0


AC 20, touch 8, flat-footed 20 (-1 Dex, +12 natural, -1 size)
hp 79 (9d10+30)
Fort +3, Ref +2, Will +3
Immune construct traits


Speed 30 ft.
Melee dagger +14 (1d6+9/19-20) or 2 slams +14 (1d6+6)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks prostration, sacrifice


Str 22, Dex 8, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk +9; CMB +16; CMD 25


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure incidental

Special Abilities

Prostration (Ex) As a standard action, an ebon acolytus can attempt to force any creature it is currently grappling into a sacrificial position. The construct must make an additional combat maneuver check against its target to reposition it into an advantageous position. If it succeeds, and the victim remains grappled at the beginning of the construct’s next round, the ebon acolytus may make use of its sacrifice ability. An ebon acolytus gains a +2 bonus on its CMB for the purposes of making this check if it is adjacent to an altar or similar site of ceremonial bloodletting.

Sacrifice (Su) As a full-round action, an ebon acolytus may make a coup de grace attack with its dagger against any target currently grappled into place using its prostration ability. The target is affected by the coup de grace attack and must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + damage dealt) or die as normal. If the target is killed by this attack, his soul is sent straight to the plane of the being to which the altar is dedicated, regardless of alignment, and cannot be raised from the dead except by a cleric sworn to the same deity or by a miracle or wish spell. A creature under the effects of a protection from evil spell—or similar spell that opposes the alignment of the god the ebon acolytus is cra!ed to serve—may be resurrected as normal.


Dedicated to dark gods, fiends hungry for the souls of innocents, and even more monstrous beings, ebon acolyti— sometimes called altar golems—are terrifying constructs, for they are not designed merely to kill, but to aid in the often bloody work required in the service of foul divinities. Carved from a single block of stone or other sturdy material, these constructs resemble towering statues, crafted to appear as servants of specific deities and often etched with icons sacred to their worship. In addition to its fearful body, an ebon acolytus is typically crafted with a companion altar, upon which it might aid its master or an unholy congregation in dark rites and ritual bloodletting.

The exact height and weight of an ebon acolytus varies, largely depending on the shape of its body and the quality of the stone used in its creation, though most rise to around 14 feet tall and weigh around 2,500 pounds. Some carry Large sacrificial weapons other than daggers, but these prove rare and vary between faiths.


An ebon acolytus is chiseled from a single block of dark stone, often black granite or marble, jade, or some other lustrous material, and weighing at least 4,000 pounds. The stone must be of exceptional quality and costs at least 6,000 gp.

Ebon Acolytus
CL 11th; Price 24,000 gp
Construction Craft Construct, animate objects, desecrate, trap the soul, creator must be caster level 11th; Skill Craft (sculpting) or Craft (stonemasonry) DC 16; Cost 12,000 gp