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Grioth

This silent batlike humanoid has a long, ratlike tail and four narrow eyes.

Grioth CR 1

Source Bestiary 5 pg. 137, The Dragon's Demand pg. 62
XP 400
CE Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +4; Senses blindsight 20 ft., see in darkness; Perception +6 (+10 in darkness)

Defense

AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 10 (+4 Dex)
hp 13 (2d10+2)
Fort +1, Ref +7, Will +6
Immune cold
Weaknesses light sensitivity

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (average)
Melee mwk kukri +3 (1d4+1/18–20 plus 1d4 nonlethal), bite –3 (1d6 plus poison)
Special Attacks mindshock, psychic weapons
Psychic Magic (Sp) (CL 1st; concentration +2)
6 PE—daze monster (2 PE, DC 13), detect magic (0 PE), id insinuation I (2 PE, DC 13), mage hand (0 PE), open/close (0 PE)

Statistics

Str 10, Dex 18, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +2; CMB +2; CMD 16
Feats Iron Will
Skills Fly +9, Knowledge (geography) +3, Perception +6 (+10 in darkness), Sense Motive +3, Stealth +9; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception in darkness
Languages Aklo, Grioth; telepathy 30 ft.
SQ no breath

Ecology

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, gathering (3–6 plus 1 cleric of 3rd level), or cult (7–20 plus 2–6 clerics of 3rd level, 2–4 barbarians of 3rd level, and 1 cleric of 7th level)
Treasure NPC gear (masterwork kukri, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Mindshock (Su) Whenever a grioth damages a creature with a psychic weapon, a surge of violent psychic energy pulses into the victim’s body, causing an additional 1d4 points of nonlethal damage. On a confirmed critical hit, this additional nonlethal damage does not increase, but the creature struck must succeed at a DC 13 Will save or become confused for 1d2 rounds. This is a mind-affecting effect. The save DC is Charisma-based and includes a +2 racial bonus.
Poison (Ex) Bite—injury; save Fort DC 12; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect shaken for 1 round; cure 1 save.
Psychic Weapons (Ex) A grioth’s weapons are made from a strange metal that causes slashing and piercing weapons to deal 1 additional point of damage and allow the grioth to use its mindshock ability.

Description

Grioths inhabit rogue planets cast away from their stars—often, they travel to other worlds via powerful magic portals during eclipses to pillage resources rare on their frozen homeworlds. Many of these evil creatures are known for their devotion to the Outer God Nyarlathotep (whom they worship in his guise as the Haunter of the Dark), and it isn’t uncommon for colonies of grioths to be led by clerics.

Grioths speak a language composed of squeaks, clicks, and other nonsensical animal noises—they are capable of speaking other languages, but do so in raspy, dry voices. They favor weaponry crafted from metals that synergize with their psychic powers.

The grioth race is prone to mutations, their forms twisted by eldritch forces into lumbering giants or deformed horrors. The most powerful of their kind often possess great physical prowess, as well as unique psychic magic or spell-like abilities that aid them in ruling their dark spire cities and in their constant wars against entities even more alien than themselves.