Caligni Slayer

Caligni Slayer Creature3

Uncommon CE Small Caligni Humanoid

Senses Perception +8, greater darkvision

Languages Caligni, Undercommon

Skills Acrobatics +9, Arcana +10, Athletics +7, Occultism +10, Stealth +10

Str +1, Dex +4, Con +1, Int +2, Wis +0, Cha +2

Items black smear poison (2 doses; see below), kukri

Light Blindness


AC 19; Fort +9, Ref +12, Will +6

HP 45; death implosion

Death Implosion (sonic) When the caligni slayer dies, their body implodes violently into nothingness, dealing 3d10 sonic damage to creatures in a 10-foot burst. Each creature in the area must attempt a DC 20 Fortitude save. The slayer’s gear and treasure are unaffected by the implosion and are left in a pile where they died. Critical Success The creature is unaffected. Success The creature takes half damage.

Failure The creature takes full damage and is deafened for 1 minute.

Critical Failure The creature takes double damage and is deafened for 24 hours.


Speed 25 feet

Melee [one-action] kukri +11 (agile, finesse, trip), Damage 1d6+3 slashing plus black smear poison

Occult Innate Spells DC 20, attack +12; 2nd darkness (at will), death knell, phantom pain, spectral hand; Cantrips (2nd) chill touch, daze, detect magic, shield

Black Smear Poison (poison) Saving Throw DC 16 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 1d6 poison damage and enfeebled 1 (1 round); Stage 2 As stage 1; Stage 3 1d6 poison damage and enfeebled 2 (1 round). See Pathfinder Bestiary 51 for full details on this alchemical poison.

Call to Blood [two-actions] (enchantment, mental, occult) Each caligni within 30 feet gains a +2 status bonus to attack rolls against flat-footed creatures. This bonus lasts for 1 minute.

Soul Harvest (necromancy) The caligni slayer deals an additional 2d6 negative damage to flat-footed creatures.

About

Caligni slayers possess greater occult talents than others of their kind. In most other calignis, the power bartered from the long-lost demigods known as the Forsaken merely burns within. But in caligni slayers, this power is a deep and terrible hunger. Slayers embrace their evil impulses as a result, and they seek to feed on others with their soul harvest ability to keep this supernatural hunger sated. Slayers denied the opportunity to feed descend into paranoia and, eventually, murderous rage. Delayed feeding improves but never fully restores their composure and patience.

Perhaps the greatest manifestation of a slayer’s hunger appears at the moment of their death. Upon its last breath, a slayer collapses into itself in a violent, lightless implosion, rather than the blinding eruption of other calignis’ deaths, consuming the body itself in a final attempt at satiation.

Slayers view themselves as the cleverest and most gifted of the calignis. They seethe with ill-concealed envy at the position of power caligni stalkers occupy, ever scheming to displace them and claim that power for their own. For their part, stalkers tolerate these machinations as an acceptable price for the talents slayers contribute to an enclave. If necessary, any slayer who grows too ambitious can become a brave sacrifice in battle, for the good of the enclave. In physical stature, slayers fall between the willowy caligni dancers and the diminutive creepers. Stalkers tower above most slayers-yet another source of slayers’ envy and resentment.

Slayers obsess over magical trinkets, coveting them above all else. They often have a consumable or permanent item of use in combat, such as a scroll, wand, or talisman. Unfortunately, their incessant tinkering and fiddling often leaves their treasures broken or depleted.

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