Periplanean Preacher (3.5e Monster)
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|Size/Type:||Medium Outsider (Chaotic, Evil)|
|Hit Dice:||11d8+44 (94 hp)|
|Speed:||30 ft. (6 squares), fly 80 ft. (clumsy)|
|Armor Class:||24 (+6 Dex, +8 Natural), touch 16, flat-footed 18|
|Attack:||Claw +19 melee (1d8+8 18-20/x2 + Improved Grab)|
|Full Attack:||2 claws +19 melee (1d8+8 18-20/x2 + Improved Grab) and bite +17 melee (1d10+16 20/x4)|
|Space/Reach:||5 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks:||Consume Body, Dark Speech, Pounce, Preach, Spell-Like Abilities, Wicked Natural Weapons|
|Special Qualities:||DR 10/Good, Fast Healing 5, Powerful Build, SR 21, Unholy Grace, Wormtongues|
|Saves:||Fort +17, Ref +20, Will +15|
|Abilities:||Str 27, Dex 22, Con 18, Int 18, Wis 14, Cha 22|
|Skills:||Bluff +20 (+40 when lying), Diplomacy +17, Disguise Skill +20, Hide +20, Intimidate +17, Move Silently +17, Tumble +17|
|Feats:||Cunning DeceiverB, Skill Focus (Hide) Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Multiattack|
|Environment:||The Abyss, Deserted Urban|
|Organization:||Single, Mission (2-12) or Abyssal Hive (40-400)|
|Alignment:||Always Chaotic Evil|
|Advancement:||By Class Level|
"Humankind has outgrown the need for the Gods, their senseless worship act as bonds, chaining you to the floor you grovel on. Abandon the meaningless rituals, the drudging worship the undeserved praises. Join us in the serendipity of unbelief!"
Also called Abyssal Roaches, the Periplanean Preachers are gigantic bipedal black cockroach with the pale face of a human and pure black eyes. They hail from the depth of the abyss and venture into the material to preach unbelief to humanoid races, attempting to make them abandon the Gods and join them in sinister practices. These terrifying creatures are ancient indeed, the hailing from the same time as the obyrith, and having changed very little over time. Despite hailing from the abyss, they are not demons and consider themselves cousin to demonkind.
Periplanean Preachers speak and understand all languages, despite being very strong they prefer dialogue and tend to hide from large crowds. They hide in basements, on roofs, under manholes and wait for isolated targets to attract with their preaching. They are capable of incredibly intelligent dialogue and will take human pupils to spread their teaching, however if a humanoid approach them and reject their preaching they make for a quick meal for the preacher.
In combat against a single creature, a Periplanean Preacher attempt to subdue it foe as quickly as possible. Usually pouncing them, grabbing them and tearing them apart. If the foe is tricky it will use it spell-like abilities and dark speech to disable it, then pounce it. If it fight a group, unless it clearly and severely overpower them, it will attempt to flee at the earliest convenience. If Periplanean Preachers fight in group they act much more aggressively, each attempting to grab a bite before the other. They are after all creatures of the abyss and their speech about solidarity and unity quickly crumble in the face of a meal.
Consume Body (Ex): As a full-round action that provoke an attack of opportunity a Periplanean Preacher can consume the body of a dead or helpless creature of the same size, dismembering and grinding the body into mulch ready for digestion. It take twice as long for each size category larger then the Periplanean Preacher the creature is and is a standard action for creature smaller than it. For the purpose of a helpless creature, treat this as a coup de grace administered with both of it claw and bite. After successfully consuming a creature the Periplanean Preacher regain hit point equal to twice it HD.
Dark Speech (Su): Periplanean Preacher are extremely skilled in the art of using Dark Speech, which may replicate the effect of shatter or a single target vile word, both DC 21. This require a vocal component and all good-aligned creature who hear dark speech being spoken within 30 feet of the Periplanean Preacher must make a DC 21 Fortitude save or be Nauseated for 1 round. The Caster level of this effect is equal to the Periplanean Preacher's hit dice and the save DCs is Charisma-based.
Preach (Ex): A Periplanean Preacher has the Preach ability of a False Prophet of 6th level, granting it Fascinate, Counterpoint, Temptation and Sway Opinion and is usable 6 times per day, the DC of each of those ability is 21. If the Periplanean Preacher take levels in False Prophet they stack for the purpose of determining these uses of abilities of preach.
Spell-Like Abilities: At will— crushing despair (DC 19), dimension door, charm monster (DC 20), greater dispel magic; 1/day— break morale (DC 23), fatal geas (DC 22), greater teleport. Caster level 15th. The save DCs are Charisma-based.
Wicked Natural Weapon (Ex): A Periplanean Preacher's natural weapon deal damage as if they were two size category larger. It claws have a 18-20/x2 critical threat, have Improved Grab and can strike at if they had reach. It bite attack add twice it Strength modifier to damage and has a x4 critical hit multiplier.