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Little Man in the Woods

Little Man in the Woods Creature6

Rare CE Small Undead

Perception +12; darkvision

Languages Common, Necril, one additional language

Skills Acrobatics +14, Athletics +14 (+16 to Grapple), Deception +14, Stealth +16

Str +4, Dex +5, Con +3, Int +1, Wis +2, Cha +4

Items +1 shortbow

Voice Imitation A little man in the woods can mimic the sounds of a person in distress by attempting a Deception check to Lie. The little man in the woods has a +4 circumstance bonus to this check.

AC 24; Fort +13, Ref +17, Will +12

HP 95, negative healing; Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious

Speed 25 feet

Melee [one-action] fist +17 (finesse, nonlethal), Damage 2d6+7 bludgeoning plus Grab.

Ranged [one-action] shortbow +18 (deadly d10, magical, range increment 60 feet), Damage 1d6+3 piercing

Adopt Guise [two-actions] (illusion, mental, occult) Playing on the expectations of surrounding creatures, the little man in the woods adopts the guise of a Small or Medium living person that matches the voice he imitates. This guise is subjective and entirely in the mind of each creature around him.

A creature that doesn’t believe the little man in the woods’ voice imitation sees the little man in the woods as he truly is and isn’t fooled by Adopt Guise.

Strangle [one-action] Requirements The little man in the woods has a creature grabbed or restrained; Effect The little man in the woods tightens his grip around the creature’s neck, extending the Grab, dealing 2d6+3 bludgeoning damage with a DC 24 basic Fortitude save, and strangling the creature for as long as it remains grabbed or restrained. A strangled creature can’t speak, which prevents it from casting spells with a verbal component or activating items with a command component. The strangled creature must hold its breath or start suffocating.


A murdered man left unburied in the wilds might return as a being called a “little man in the woods,” his decayed corpse shriveling until it shrinks to the size of a child. Denied the respect of a burial that would smooth his spirit’s transition to the afterlife, he is unable to leave the mortal plane and enter the realm of the spirits. Forgotten, lost, and miserable, suffering from unbearable hunger and cold, the little man in the woods is desperate to return to his mortal home and be laid to rest properly.

Despite his understandable motives, the little man in the woods has degenerated into a foul, twisted creature. He deceives travelers with plaintive cries then begs them to lead him to a home he barely recalls. He strangles all who can’t or won’t aid him, including those who lead him to the wrong home or otherwise delay his journey.

The little man in the woods lays his victims’ bodies out in the wilds, leaving the corpse unburied and exposed. He guards these rotting corpses over years as they shrivel and decay, until each one rises as another little man in the woods. Like any of the actions he has been compelled to perform, creating more of his kind brings the little man in the woods no pleasure.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Book of the Dead © 2022, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Brian Bauman, Tineke Bolleman. Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Jessica Catalan, John Compton, Chris Eng, Logan Harper, Michelle Jones, Jason Keeley, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Liane Merciel, Patchen Mortimer, Quinn Murphy, Jessica Redekop, Mikhail Rekun, Solomon St. John, Michael Sayre, Mark Seifter, Sen.H.H.S., Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jason Tondro, Andrew White.

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