Ethereal Scutigera (3.5e Monster)
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|Size/Type:||Large Aberration (Xenoblooded)|
|Hit Dice:||10d8+70 (115 hp)|
|Armor Class:||20 (+5 deflection, +1 dex, +5 natural, -1 size), touch 15, flat-footed 20|
|Attack:||Bite +12 melee (2d6+9 plus grab, 20/x2)|
|Full Attack:||Bite +12 melee (2d6+9 plus grab, 20/x2)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft/5 ft|
|Special Attacks:||Improved Grab, Swallow Whole|
|Special Qualities:||Darkvision 60 ft, DR 5/silver, Ectoplasmic Body, Immunities, Light Vulnerability, Low-Light Vision, Perfectly Silent, Phaze, Powerful Build, Resist Cold/Fire 15, Stability +8, Tremorsense 30 ft|
|Saves:||Fort +9, Ref +4, Will +8|
|Abilities:||Str 22, Dex 12, Con 22, Int 3, Wis 13, Cha 3|
|Feats:||Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Cleave, Improved ToughnessCW|
|Environment:||The Moon, Underground|
|Alignment:||Often Chaotic Evil|
|Advancement:||11-20 HD (Large), 21-30 HD (Huge), 31-40 HD (Gargantuan), 41-50 HD (Colossal)|
It was a horrifying undulating tube of translucent glassy flesh, covered in hundreds of legs from front to back. Dim eyespots tipped what you presumed to be a head, and its underside spit open the length of its body, exposing a trail of endless fangs.
Horrifying creatures which are said to live on the moon, eternally migrating to stay within its darkened half, the ethereal scutigera is believed to have originally come from the ethereal plane and migrated to the prime material. These alien beasts, barely intelligent, resemble house centipedes made of transparent ectoplasm, and whose mouths are a slit along the entire underside of their bodies. They attack and devour prey by rearing up and grabbing them, using their many legs to force creatures into their mouths where their extradimensional nature takes over and sends them into a nightmare of teeth and acid. What makes things worse is that the beast retains some ghostly traits, never making a sound and phasing through walls to sneak attack opponents.
Ethereal scutigera are technically intelligent, but do not speak nor seem to react to any known language. The ethereal scutigera does not sleep or breath.
Ethereal scutigera are opportunists and ambush predators, jumping out of the walls and floor and grabbing a creature and swallowing them before running away to digest, or to finish the opponent off solo when the swallowed creature attempts to escape.
Ectoplasmic Body (Ex): The ethereal scutigera is made out of a substance not unlike ectoplasm, and thus spells, powers, and effects which alter or destroy ectoplasm function on the ethereal scutigera. In addition, attacks from ghost touch weapons and force effects deal an extra +50% damage. On the other hand, it does provide the ethereal scutigera with a deflection bonus equal to half its HD.
Immunities (Ex): The ethereal scutigera is immune to critical hits, sneak attacks, and electricity. They are also immune to mind-affecting effects, petrification, stunning.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, an ethereal scutigera must hit an opponent of up to one size smaller with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can try to swallow the foe the following round.
Light Vulnerability (Ex): Ethereal scutigera take an additional +50% from any [Light] damage, and take a -4 on saves against [Light] effects.
Perfectly Silent (Ex): Ethereal scutigeras are perfectly silent and always succeed on move silently checks.
Phaze (Su): Ethereal scutigeras are partly incorporeal, and can pass through up to 5 ft of solid material. They cannot stop their movement inside a solid object, or they are shunted out to the nearest available space. Often they wait behind walls, listening on when to attack creatures on the other side.
Powerful Build (Ex): The physical stature of ethereal scutigeras lets them function in many ways as if they were one size category larger. Whenever a ethereal scutigera is subject to a size modifier or special size modifier for an opposed check (such as during grapple checks, bull rush attempts, and trip attempts), the ethereal scutigera is treated as one size larger if doing so is advantageous to it. An ethereal scutigera is also considered to be one size larger when determining whether a creature’s special attacks based on size (such as improved grab or swallow whole) can affect it. However, its space and reach remain those of a creature of his actual size.
Swallow Whole (Ex): An ethereal scutigera can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 2d6+9 points of bludgeoning piercing and slashing damage and 2d6 points of acid damage per round from the ethereal scutigera’s stomach. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 25 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 17). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.
The ethereal scutigera's stomach is in another dimension, so swallowed creatures only appear as a swirl of color trapped within its length. Also as a result it can potentially swallow an infinite number of creatures, each held in its own stomach.