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Shadow Creature

A tentacled horror that seems to shift in and out of the shadows, this bizarre beast is an amalgamation of darkness and menace.

Creatures in "Shadow Creature" Category

NameCR
Shadow Roper13

Shadow Creature, Shadow Roper

Shadow Roper CR 13

Source Bestiary 4 pg. 238
XP 25,600
CE Large outsider (augmented aberration)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +24

Defense

AC 27, touch 10, flat-footed 26 (+1 Dex, +17 natural, –1 size)
hp 162 (12d8+108)
Fort +13, Ref +5, Will +13
Defensive Abilities shadow blend; DR 10/magic; Immune electricity; Resist cold 15; SR 27
Weaknesses vulnerable to fire

Offense

Speed 10 ft.
Melee bite +20 (4d8+18/19–20)
Ranged 6 strands +10 touch (1d6 Str)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks pull (strands, 5 ft.), strands

Statistics

Str 34, Dex 13, Con 29, Int 13, Wis 16, Cha 12
Base Atk +9; CMB +22; CMD 33 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (strand)
Skills Climb +27, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +13, Knowledge (religion) +13, Perception +24, Stealth +18 (+44 in icy or stony areas); Racial Modifiers +26 Stealth in icy or stony areas
Languages Aklo, Common

Ecology

Environment any underground
Organization solitary, pair, or cluster (3–6)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Strands (Ex) A shadow roper can extend up to six thin, sticky strands from its body at a time, launching them to a maximum range of 50 feet. A shadow roper’s attacks with its strands resolve as ranged touch attacks. These strands are quite strong, but can be severed by any amount of slashing damage; each strand has an AC of 20. A creature struck by a strand is numbed and weakened by the strange material, and must succeed at a DC 25 Fortitude save or take 1d6 points of Strength damage. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Description

When a Material Plane creature is trapped on or chooses to remain on the Shadow Plane, it often finds that its offspring take on some of the eerie qualities of its new home dimension. Those who are born in that place become weird mockeries of their kin on the Material Plane.

Their colorings become jet-black (or at best a hazy gray), their features become more menacing, and their eyes glow white, a dulled crimson, a dark green, or a strange violet. The variety of shadow creatures is as vast as that on the Material Plane, creating dangers that are similar but have additional defenses and abilities characteristic of creatures truly native to the Shadow Plane’s perpetual gloom.

Shadow creatures on the Material Plane will produce offspring, giving rise to shadow creature enclaves in dark corners of the world. Stranger still, a burgeoning ecology of shadow creatures that forms a colony on the Material Plane seems to create a small blighted realm of shadow where they dwell. As such, areas grow more and more overcast. Shadows become unnaturally deeper, darker, and more cloying until the land itself seems to assume the landscape and terrain of the Shadow Plane. As part of this transformation process, one of the more intelligent shadow creatures in the area becomes a shadow lord—a dread agent of shadow that controls powerful shadow abilities and works to expand its alien domain.

Creating a Shadow Creature

“Shadow creature” is an inherited template that can be added to any living creature, referred to hereafter as the base creature. A shadow creature retains all the base creature’s statistics and abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +1.
Alignment: Any (usually nongood).
Type: The base creature’s type changes to outsider, and it gains the augmented subtype. Do not recalculate BAB, saves, or skill ranks.
Senses: As the base creature plus darkvision 60 feet and low-light vision.
Defensive Abilities: A shadow creature gains DR and resistance to cold and electricity based on its Hit Dice, as noted on the following table.

Hit DiceResist Cold and ElectricityDR
1–45
5–10105/magic
11+1510/magic

Shadow Blend (Su): In any illumination other than bright light, a shadow creature blends into the shadows, giving it concealment (20% miss chance). A shadow creature can suspend or resume this ability as a free action.

Spell Resistance (Ex): A shadow creature gains spell resistance equal to the base creature’s CR + 6.

Creating a Shadow Lord

“Shadow lord” is an acquired template that can be added to any shadow creature with 5 or more Hit Dice (referred to hereafter as the base creature). Most shadow lords were originally humanoids. A shadow lord retains all the base creature’s statistics and abilities (including those granted by the shadow creature template) except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +2.
Alignment: Any evil.
Senses: A shadow lord gains the see in darkness ability.
Armor Class: Same as the base creature (see also the incorporeal step ability).
Defensive Abilities: A shadow lord gains the following defensive abilities.

Energy Resistance and Damage Reduction (Su): A shadow lord gains damage reduction and resistance to cold and electricity based on its Hit Dice, as noted on the table below. This replaces the energy resistance and damage reduction granted by the shadow creature template.

Hit DiceResist Cold and ElectricityDR
5–101510/magic
11–152015/magic
16+3020/magic

Incorporeal Step (Su): When a shadow lord moves, it gains the incorporeal subtype and quality, including a def lection bonus to AC equal to its Charisma bonus. It loses the incorporeal subtype and special ability when it stops moving.

Attacks: A shadow lord gains a melee touch attack that deals 1d6 points of damage (Fortitude negates). The save DC is equal to 10 + 1/2 the shadow lord’s Hit Dice + the shadow lord’s Charisma modifier. On a critical hit, the shadow lord’s touch attack also deals 1 point of Constitution damage (also negated by the saving throw).
Special Attacks: A shadow lord gains the following special attacks. Their saving throw DCs for these attacks are equal to 10 + 1/2 the shadow lord’s Hit Dice + the shadow lord’s Charisma modifier, unless otherwise noted.

Cloying Gloom Blast (Su): Three times per day, the shadow lord can unleash a 30-foot cone of cloying gloom. On a failed Fortitude saving throw, creatures in the cone are affected by a slow spell (caster level equal to the shadow lord’s Hit Dice) and are blinded for the duration of the slow effect.

Spell-Like Abilities: A shadow lord gains the following spell-like abilities, with a caster level equal to its Hit Dice: at will—ray of sickeningUM; 3/day—shadow conjuration, shadow stepUM; 1/day—greater shadow conjuration (if the shadow lord has 11 or more Hit Dice), shadow walk.

A creature created with shadow conjuration or greater shadow conjuration that would normally have a celestial or fiendish template (such as a bear) instead gains the shadow creature template.

Special Qualities: A shadow lord gains the following special quality.

Planar Thinning (Su): Once per day as a full-round action, a shadow lord can thin the barriers between the Material Plane and Shadow Plane, making it considerably easier for creatures to cross between the two. This functions like the planar travel aspect of the gate spell (caster level equal to the shadow lord’s Hit Dice). This planar thinning is immediately dispelled if in an area of normal or bright light.

Ability Scores: Dex +4, Cha +4.
Skills: A shadow lord gains a +8 racial bonus on all Stealth checks.