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Pale Stranger

Pale Stranger Creature10

Rare LN Medium Undead

Perception +19; darkvision, sense murderer

Languages any one language spoken in life by their murderer (typically Common)

Skills Acrobatics +21, Athletics +19, Intimidation +20

Str +5, Dex +7, Con +4, Int +0, Wis +3, Cha +2

Items +1 striking flintlock pistol (2)

Sense Murderer (detection, divination, occult) A pale stranger knows the direction of their murderer (as long as both are on the same plane), but not the distance.

AC 29; Fort +19, Ref +21, Will +15

HP 155, negative healing; Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, sleep; Resistances physical 10 (except slashing)

Self-Loathing (emotion, mental, visual) If a pale stranger sees their own reflection or any object important to them in life, they must attempt a DC 30 Will save.

Critical Success The pale stranger is unaffected and can no longer be affected by that reflection or object in this way.

Success The pale stranger is distracted by self-loathing and is slowed 1 for 1 round.

Failure The pale stranger becomes fascinated by the source of their self-loathing and does everything they can to destroy it until the end of their next turn.

Critical Failure The pale stranger becomes immobilized as long as the source of their self-loathing is apparent, until they’re attacked, or until they see their murderer.

Undying Vendetta (emotion, necromancy, occult) If the pale stranger’s murderer dies, the pale stranger is immediately destroyed. A pale stranger that can’t sense their murderer must attempt a DC 11 flat check once every 24 hours to avoid becoming immobilized and prone; they immediately rise again once they can sense their murderer. A murderer who becomes undead does not trigger the pale stranger’s destruction until the murderer is finally destroyed. The pale stranger gains a +2 status bonus to checks and DCs against their murderer.

Speed 25 feet

Melee [one-action] pistol whip +20 (magical), Damage 2d6+9 bludgeoning

Melee [one-action] fist +21 (agile, finesse, nonlethal), Damage 1d6+9 bludgeoning

Ranged [one-action] flintlock pistol +24 (concussive, fatal d8, range increment 40 feet), Damage 2d4+6 piercing plus bullets of vengeance

Bullets of Vengeance (necromancy, occult) Shots from a pale stranger’s firearms deal an additional 1d6 precision damage, or 2d6 precision damage against the one who murdered them. A creature who has never killed a living being doesn’t take this precision damage. When a pale stranger critically succeeds at a ranged Strike with a pistol, the target must succeed at a DC 29 Fortitude save or be stunned 1.

Dead Shot [two-actions]Frequency once per turn; Requirements The pale stranger is wielding two loaded firearms; Effect The pale stranger takes aim at a target and shoots both of their firearms simultaneously. The pale stranger makes two ranged Strikes, one with each of the firearms, each using the pale stranger’s current multiple attack penalty. Both Strikes must have the same target, who must be within the first range increment of both weapons.

If both attacks hit, combine their damage, and then add any other applicable effects from both weapons. The pale stranger adds any precision damage only once, to the attack of their choice. Combine the damage from both Strikes and apply resistances and weaknesses only once. This counts as two attacks when calculating the pale stranger’s multiple attack penalty.

Revenant Reload [one-action] (conjuration, occult) The pale stranger reloads each firearm they’re wielding, supernaturally generating new black powder and bullets. When firing these magical bullets, the firearm can’t misfire, and the attack doesn’t trigger reactions triggered by ranged attacks.


A pale stranger arises when a gunslinger is slain in a duel by an underhanded foe. Buried with their pistols, the corpse claws out of the grave to wreak vengeance upon their killer for cheating. Sometimes a pale stranger is created when a particularly petty gunslinger is beaten fairly and refuses to accept defeat, though such an individual must be especially self-delusional to retain the hatred necessary to spur the transformation. Whatever the circumstance, a pale stranger can wield their firearms with deadly grace and efficacy.

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.