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So... does the cloaker lord seem okay to transfer to the main cloaker post now?
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The tier system in a nutshell:
[spoiler]Tier 6: A cartographer.
Tier 5: An expert cartographer or a decent marksman.
Tier 4: An expert marksman.
Tier 3: An expert marksman, cartographer and chef who can tie strong knots and is trained in hostage negotiation or a marksman so good he can shoot down every bullet fired by a minigun while armed with a rusted single-shot pistol that veers to the left.
Tier 2: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything, or the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.
Tier 1: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything and the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.[/spoiler]

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So... does the cloaker lord seem okay to transfer to the main cloaker post now?
Yes, just remove the "quadruple skill points at first level" part, and don't forget the image. Tecnically it should've been two levels long, but you're right that it has way too many abilities for so few levels (and the original monster it's clearly under-CR), so I'm willing to extend it to 3 levels. Good job!

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Added. And another feat while I'm at it.
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The tier system in a nutshell:
[spoiler]Tier 6: A cartographer.
Tier 5: An expert cartographer or a decent marksman.
Tier 4: An expert marksman.
Tier 3: An expert marksman, cartographer and chef who can tie strong knots and is trained in hostage negotiation or a marksman so good he can shoot down every bullet fired by a minigun while armed with a rusted single-shot pistol that veers to the left.
Tier 2: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything, or the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.
Tier 1: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything and the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.[/spoiler]

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Hydra


[SPOILER]Hit Dice: d10
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Feature
1+0+2+2+0Hydra Body, Hydra's Bite,  Regrowth, +1 Str, +1 Con
2+1+3+3+0 Fast Healing, +1 Str, +1 Con
3+1+3+3+1 Growth, +1 Str, +1 Con
4+2+4+4+1Growth, Scent, +1 Str, +1 Con
5+2+4+4+1Hydra Skills, +1 Str, +1 Con
6+3+5+5+2Hydra Hunger, +1 Str, +1 Con
7+3+5+5+2Hydra Ferocity, +1 Str, +1 Con
8+4+6+6+2Hydra Reflexes, +1 Str, +1 Con
9+4+6+6+3Hydra Healing, +1 Str, +1 Con
10+5+7+7+3Lasting Heads, +1 Str, +1 Con
11+5+7+7+3Magic Fangs, +1 Str, +1 Con

Skill Points: 2+Int (x4 at level 1)

Skills: Intimidate (Cha), Listen (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str)

Proficiencies: Hydras are proficient with their natural attacks.

Features:

Hydra Body: The Hydra loses all other racial traits, and gains the Magical Beast type which grants low-light vision and a 60 foot Darkvision.  The Hydra also gains a natural armor equal to it's Con modifier, a 20 foot move speed and swim speed, and is medium sized.

A hydra has no limbs capable of fine manipulation, and has only two legs for moving around.

Hydra's Bite: The Hydra gains two bite attacks (from having two heads) at first level that do 1d6+Str damage.    Every new level of the Hydra class gives it another head that can make a new bite attack.

Regrowth: Whenever the hydra takes damage it instinctevely "parries" it with their long necks. If it takes enough damage, the head is severed and two new sprout from the stomp 1d4 rounds later. An Hydra cannot have more heads total than 2*(Hydra level+1).

The damage needed to sprout each extra heads depends on the Hydra level:
Hydra Level Percentage of max HP lost to grow an extra head.
150%
233%
325%
420%
517%
614%
713%
812%
911%
1010%
119%
128%
The hydra may grow several extra heads in one turn if it takes enough damage in a single turn.

So for example a 2nd level Hydra with 18 HP that takes 13 damage from a single blow would grow two extra heads

A 10th level Hydra with 100 HP who loses 50 HP would grow five extra heads.

If the Hydra recovers HP, her extra heads wither and fall off at the same ratio it gains when hurt. So if the 10th level Hydra of the last example recovered 30 HP it would lose three heads.

Ability Increase: The Hydra gains +1 Str and +1 Con at every level of this class.

Fast Healing: A Hydra gains Fast Healing at 2nd level, equal to 1/2 it's HD. The Hydra may choose to not heal itself in order to keep extra heads.

Growth: At 3rd level, the Hydra grows to large size.  Her bite attacks also improve from 1d6 to 1d8 damage.  At 4th level, the Hydra grows to Huge size and her bite attacks improve from 1d8 to 1d10 damage in a non-standard damage progression.

Notice the Hydra is a long animal and thus her reach is only 5 foot at large size and 10 foot at huge size.

Scent:
As the standard SRD ability.

Hydra Skills: An hydra gets +1 to spot and listen checks for each head the have.

Hydra Hunger:The hydra may attack with all her heads as a standard action or in the end of a charge.

Hydra Ferocity:The hydra can act normally when disabled or dying.
If an hydra drops below -10 HP, it doesn't die untill her true head is striken. The heads are identical, thus the percentile chance to hit the true head is 100/number of heads. If the percentile chance is reached and the Hydra is left at -10 HP or less she dies.

 A character with cleave can re-roll this chance whenever it hits the Hydra. A character with greater cleave or whirlwind attack can cut all heads at once and auto-kill the Hydra if it's below -9 HP.
An area-damaging spell also automatically kills the Hydra if it leaves her below -9 HP.


Hydra Reflexes:The Hydra gains the combat reflexes feat even if it doesn't meet the pre-requisites, and whenever she's allowed an Aoo she can use all her bite attacks instead of just one.

Hydra Healing:The Hydra's fast healing doubles. The Hydra can choose to fast heal less life than normal in order to keep her total number of heads.

Lasting Heads:Extra heads last 1 minute now when the Hydra recovers HP.

Magic Fangs:All of the Hydra's heads gain +1 Enachment bonus to attack and damage rolls. As a move action the Hydra can re-distribute her total enanchment bonus among her heads, as longas the total bonus is equal to the number of heads.

No single head may be left with a bonus bigger than half the Hydra's HD, and no head may have an actual bonus to attack and damage bigger than 1/4 the Hydra's HD, altough the enanchment bonus can be used to replicate special effects like flaming and holy.

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So yeah the Hydra was one of those monsters that needed serious re-designing. It's rare for characters to have flaming weapons and improved sunder, but it's even more rare for monsters to have them to cut the PC's heads willingly.

On the other hand, I had to put something that discouraged the player from choping his own heads to grow extras.

So I made it tied directly to HP. You put your heads in the way of incoming, they fall, extras grows. The closer you are to death the stronger you get. Heal and you lose heads.

And speaking of close to death, Hydra ferocity means you can keep going far on the negative HPs, but then each blow has a chance of finishing you off. Area effects finish you instantly.

Removed the whole cauterizing wounds because the class is complicated as it is.

It grows to huge size at lv4 yes, but between weak Bab, being a long, slow creature and having no hands it can't really do much with it. The Hydra is specially vulnerable to ranged oponents, altough the next prc may help on that.

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Pyro/Cryo Hydra(prc)



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Pre-Requisites:

-At least 4 levels in the Hydra class.

Hit Dice: d10
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Feature
1+0+2+2+0Elemental blood, Hydra Breath.
2+1+3+3+0 Improved Hydra Breath.
Skill Points: 2+Int
Skills: Intimidate (Cha), Listen (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str)

Features:

Elemental blood:Choose Acid, Fire, Electrecity or Cold. The Hydra gains that subtype and immunity to that element.

Hydra Breath: Can breathe jets of the chosen element 5 feet long per HD and 10 foot high/wide as a standard action. All heads must breathe at the same time in the same direction, and must wait 1d4 rounds. Their combined breath deals 1d6 points of the chosen element per head. A successful Reflex save halves the damage. The save DC is 10 + ½ HD + hydra’s Con modifier.

Improved Hydra Breath:
The Hydra Breath is now 10 foot long per HD and deals 1d8 damage per head, plus it gets a special effect based on the element chosen.

Acid-Failed reflex save leaves damaged targets blinded for 1 round per HD.

Fire-Failed reflex save leaves damaged creatures dazed for 1 round.

Electrecity-Failed reflex save moves the damaged creature 5 foot per HD on a direction of the Hydra's choice. This movement causes no attacks of oportunity.

Cold-Failed reflex makes creature move at half speed for 1 round per HD. Multiple failed reflex saves stack.

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Hmm... how would a Hydra with the Multiheaded template work out?
You know, since you seem to like doing those monster feats so much, I would be willing to add them to other already existing monsters if inspiration strikes you.
Name a monster. Any monster.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2011, 12:10:25 PM by Prime32 »
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The tier system in a nutshell:
[spoiler]Tier 6: A cartographer.
Tier 5: An expert cartographer or a decent marksman.
Tier 4: An expert marksman.
Tier 3: An expert marksman, cartographer and chef who can tie strong knots and is trained in hostage negotiation or a marksman so good he can shoot down every bullet fired by a minigun while armed with a rusted single-shot pistol that veers to the left.
Tier 2: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything, or the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.
Tier 1: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything and the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.[/spoiler]

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Flail Snail
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The tier system in a nutshell:
[spoiler]Tier 6: A cartographer.
Tier 5: An expert cartographer or a decent marksman.
Tier 4: An expert marksman.
Tier 3: An expert marksman, cartographer and chef who can tie strong knots and is trained in hostage negotiation or a marksman so good he can shoot down every bullet fired by a minigun while armed with a rusted single-shot pistol that veers to the left.
Tier 2: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything, or the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.
Tier 1: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything and the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.[/spoiler]


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Here's a converted statblock (missing its supernatural ability to whine - if you kill the heads, it utter "pitiful, wailing cries which have a 50% chance per turn of attracting a wandering monster.")
http://creaturecatalog.enworld.org/converted/vermin/flail_snail.htm

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Awakened Flail Snail


[spoiler]Hitdice: d8
LevelBaBFortRefWillFeature
1+1+2+0+0Snail Body, Hydrobody, Blindsight, Light Blindness, +1 str, +1 con
2+2+3+0+0Tentacle multiplication, Warp Magic, +1 str, +1 con
3+3+3+1+1Whitdraw, Growth, +1 str, +1 con
Skills: 2+int modifier, quadruple at first level. Class skills are Hide, Listen, Spot, Survival, and Swim.

Proficiencies: Flail Snails are proficient only with their natural weapons.

Features
Snail Body: The Flail Snail loses all other racial traits and bonuses and gains vermin traits (Basically immunity to mind affecting effects and darkvision 60 feet) except that it retains an Int score. It is a medium sized vermin with a base speed and climb speed of 20 feet. It has three natural tentacle attacks dealing 1d6+str mod damage each, and it takes no penalty for attacking with all tentacles  in a full attack.
It does not have hands capable of fine manipulation, and cannot wield a weapon with it's tentacles.

It also gains a natural armor bonus equal to 2+con modifier.

Blindsight (Ex): Flail snails can ascertain all foes by vibration within 10 feet per HD.

Light Blindness (Ex): Abrupt exposure to bright light (such as sunlight or a daylight spell) blinds flail snails for 1 round. In addition, they suffer a –1 circumstance penalty to all attack rolls, saves, and checks while operating in bright light.

Hydrobody(Ex): A Flail Snail is composed mostly of water. It's immune to fire and poison.

Ability score increases: The Flail Snail gains one point of strength and one of Constituction each level.

Tentacle multiplication: At second level, the Flail Snail grows an extra tentacle dealing as much damage as the others, and another tentacle for every 2 HD it has.

Warp Magic (Su): Each time a spell is cast on or at a Flail Snail, it produces a random effect. Roll 1d10 and consult the table below.

 

            1d10     Result

            1-7        Spell misfires; nothing happens.

            8-9        Spell functions normally

            10         Spell rebounds on caster (as spell turning)

The Flail Snail may choose to let benefical spells pass trough Warp Magic.


Whitdraw:At third level, a Flail Snail may retreat inside it's shell as an immediate action, doubling it's natural armor bonus and granting a bonus on all saves equal to it's Con modifier, but unable to attack, move or any other physical activity. Geting out from the shell takes a move action. The Flail Snail may choose to whitdraw in case a spell bypasses it's Warp Magic ability.
 
Growth: At third level, a Flail Snail grows to large size. At 10 HD, it grows another size category, and again at 20 HD.[/spoiler]

Comments:
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Straight from D&D 1st edition, the Flail Snail is clearly the result of a "A very drunk wizard did it". It's slow, but tough, and hits hard with multiple natural attacks. Boosted the base speed because 10 base is just crippling for a PC.

Tentacle multiplication is based on the original monster geting extra tentacles with extra HP, and Climb speed because it's a freaking snail.

You also get blindsight and three immunities (poison, fire, mind-affecting) at 1st level. Now that may sound like a lot, but let's face it, it's slow, handless and has light blindness, so it needed some love from somewhere.

Warp Magic is quite a powerfull defense against spellcasters, even if completely random on the original monster, and I added whitdraw because it's a Snail, so it should be able to do Snail-ish stuff.

So if you want to play a giant snail that bashes people with it's tentacles and just keeps growing bigger and more tentaclary, the Flail Snail's for you!

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Aboleth

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HD:d8
LevelBabFortRefWillFeature
1+ 0+0 +0 +2 Aboleth body, Anphibious, Memory of the eons, Mysteryous Mind, +1 Str, +1 Int
2+ 1+ 0+0 +3 Ancient Mind, Mucus Cloud, +1 Con, +1 Cha
3+ 1+ 1+ 1 +3 Growth, OverWhelming intellect, +1 Str, +1 Int
4+ 2+ 1+1 +4 Deep Mind, +1 Con, +1 Cha
5+ 2+ 1+1 +4 Slime, +1 Str, +1 Int
6+ 3+ 2+2 +5 Growth, Enslave, +1 Con, +1 Cha
7+ 3+ 2+2 +5 Eternal Mind, +1 Con, +1 Str, +1 Cha, +1 Int
Skills: 6+int modifier per level, quadruple at 1st level.The Aboleth’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Diplomacy(Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Eons) (Int), Listen (Wis), Psicraft(Int), Sense Motive, Spellcraft, and Spot (Wis).

Proefeciencies:only it's own natural attacks.

Features:
Aboleth body(Ex): At 1st level, the Aboleth loses all other racial bonus and gets aberration traits(darkvision 60 feets basicaly). He's a medium sized aberration creature with base speed 20 foot and a swim speed triple of it's base speed. It has two natural tentacle attacks dealing 1d4+Str damage each. The Aboleth grows one extra tentacle as a natural attack for each 3 HD it possesses (3 tentacles with 3 HD, 4 tentacles with 6 HD, 5 tentacles with 9 HD, ect). The Aboleth takes no penalty for attacking with all his tentacles in a fullattack.

The Aboleth also gets a Nat armor bonus equal to his Int or Cha modifier, wichever is higher. Whenever the Aboleth permanently grows one size category it's Natural Armor increases by 1.

The aboleth has no limbs capable of fine manipulation, but can use his tentacles for somatic components of spells.


Anphibious(Ex):
The Aboleth can breathe underwater permanently and doesn't take any penalty for acting underwater.

Memory of the eons(Ex):
Aboleths have the impressive racial trait of inheriting their ancestors memories. An Aboleth can only take ranks in Knowledge (eons), but that skill counts as any other knowledge skill (like Religion, Arcana, History) for all purposes, including sinergy bonus, qualifying for pre-requisites and finding out information.

In adition, an aboleth who multiclasses for an arcane/psionic class can count his Aboleth levels as levels of that class for purposes of CL/ML and for the purposes of learning new spells/powers and geting new spell slots/power points. So for example, a Aboleth 3 who took 1 level of sorceror could choose to have CL 4, get 3 2nd level spell slots, 1 1st level spell slot, 1 2nd level spell known and 1 0th level spell known. He wouldn't get the spell knowns and spell slots of a sorceror 3 however. He would get the familiar ability, but mind flayer levels wouldn't count for it.

Mysteryous Mind(Su):The Aboleth can use hypnotic pattern 2/day as a SLA for each HD it has. Save DC is 10+1/2HD+Cha mod.

Ability Increase(Ex):
The Aboleth gains +1 Str and +1 Int at levels 1, 3, 5, 7 and +1 to Con and Cha at levels 2, 4, 6 and 7 for +4 Str, +4 Con, +4 Int and +4 Cha at level 7.

Ancient Mind(Su):The Aboleth can now use Illusory Wall and Mirage Arcana as SLAs 1/day for each HD it has, save DCs are 10+1/2HD+Cha mod.

Mucus Cloud (Ex):
An aboleth underwater can surround itself with a viscous cloud of mucus roughly 1 foot thick. Any creature coming into contact with and inhaling this substance (ending turn adjacent or grappling with the Aboleth) must succeed on a DC 10+1/2HD+Con modifier Fortitude save or lose the ability to breathe air for the next 3 hours. An affected creature suffocates in 2d6 minutes if removed from the water. Renewed contact with the mucus cloud and failing another Fortitude save continues the effect for another 3 hours.

If an Aboleth leaves water the mucus Cloud lasts 1 minute per HD after wich it dries and becomes useless. Taking a full body "bath" renews the mucus assuming there's available water to fully cover the Aboleth.

Aboleths are immune to this ability.

Growth:At 3rd and 6th levels the Aboleth grows one size category, notice it is a long creature.

If all Aboleth levels were taken, it grows another size category at 11 HD and 16 HD.

Overwhelming intellect:At 3rd level the Aboleth's brain gets stronger the bigger it is. It receives +1 CL at all it's SLAs and spells for each size category it is bigger than medium, and oponents take a -1 penalty on saves against the Aboleth's spells and SLAs for each size category they're smaller than him.

Deep Mind:At 4th level the Aboleth can now use Persistent Image and Programmed image as SLAs 1/day for each HD it has, save DCs are 10+1/2HD+Cha mod.

Slime (Ex):A blow from an aboleth’s tentacle can cause a terrible affliction. A creature hit by a tentacle must succeed on a DC 10+1/2HD+Cond mod Fortitude save or begin to transform over the next 1d4+1 rounds, the skin gradually becoming a clear, slimy membrane. An afflicted creature must remain moistened with cool, fresh water or take 1d4 points of damage every round as it dries (this damage always overcomes regeneration). The slime reduces the creature’s natural armor bonus by an amount equal to the Aboleth's Con modifier (this can result in negative natural armor).

A remove disease spell cast before the transformation is complete will restore an afflicted creature to normal. Afterward, however, only a heal or mass heal spell can reverse the affliction.

Enslave(Su):1/day per 2 HD , an aboleth can attempt to enslave any one living creature within 5 feet for each 2 HD it has as a standard action. The target must succeed on a DC 10+1/2HD+Cha mod Will save or be affected as though by a dominate person spell (caster level equal to HD). An enslaved creature obeys the Aboleth’s telepathic commands until freed by remove curse, and can attempt a new Will save every 24 hours to break free. The control is also broken if the aboleth dies or travels more than 1 mile from its slave.

Eternal Mind (Su): The Aboleth can now use Project Image and Veil as SLAs 1/day for every HD it has. In adition now True Seeing and similar effects that would automatically pierce illusions only work against the Aboleth's spells and SLAs if the user is whitin 10 feet of the illusion itself.

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Comments:
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The Aboleth is a bigger fish with mind powers and tentacles, but isn't exactly a swimming mind flayer.

First I made it non-water dependant so it can still act on a ground campaigns, altough it does get some bonus for being on water.

The Aboleth's SLAs are fully focused on illusions, and then it gets Mucus and Slime for some melee capacity. I made the Slime act faster so it's actualy usefull in combat and the Mucus lasts some time out of water, plus clarifying what it's needed for someone to breath it.

Another problem it's that the Aboleth is huge, wich is actuly a liability for spellcasters. Overwhelming Intellect gives it a reason for making himself a big target.

Lots of score increases and good skill points, but it has no hands (altough I put a clause to let it use tentacles for spellcasting) and one single good save.

Kudos to TheGeckoKing for Memory of the Eons.

So if you want to play a huge fish with mind powers that's smarter than most land dwellers then the Aboleth's for you.
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Re: [3.5]Improved monster classes: adapting creatures for player use!
« Reply #314 on: January 22, 2011, 05:06:52 PM »
Awakened Monstrous Crab


[spoiler]Hitdice: d12
LevelBaBFortRefWillFeature
1+1+2+0+0Crustacean Body, Crab Grab, +1 str, +1 con
2+2+3+0+0Powerful claws, Swim, Amphibious, +1 str, +1 con
3+3+3+1+1Constrict, growth, +1 str, +1 con
Skills: 2+int modifier, quadruple at first level. Class skills are Balance, Hide, Listen, Move Silently, Spot, Survival, and Swim.

Proficiencies: Monstrous Crabs are proficient only with their natural weapons.

Features
Crustacean Body: The Monstrous Crab loses all other racial traits and bonuses and gains vermin traits (Basically immunity to mind affecting effects and darkvision 60 feet) except that it retains an Int score. It is a medium sized vermin with a base speed of 40 feet. It has two natural claw attacks dealing 1d6+str mod damage each, and it takes no penalty for attacking with both claws in a full attack.
It does not have hands capable of fine manipulation, and cannot wield a weapon in either set of claws.
It also gains a natural armor bonus equal to 2+con modifier.

Crab Grab: If the monstrous crab hit an opponent that is at least one size category smaller than itself with a claw attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. In adition the monstruous crab ignores freedom of movement effects on his oponents.

Ability score increases: The monstrous crab gains one point of strength and one of Constituction each level.

Powerful Claws: At second level, the monstrous crab's claw attacks do+1/2 HD extra damage. If it scores a critical with a claw it adds 1,5 times his strenght modifier instead of just 1. Additionally, it gains a racial bonus on grapple checks equal to its HD.

Swim: The monstrous crab gains a swim speed equal to its HD times 5, although it cannot swim faster than its land speed.

Amphibious:
The monstruous crab can breath underwater indefinitely, and does not need to make constitution checks to avoid drowning. It takes no penalty for fighting underwater.

Constrict: With a successful grapple check, a monstrous crab can crush a grabbed opponent, dealing damage equal to its claw damage. It may constrict each grabbed opponent once per round, including the round it grabs the opponent.

Growth: at third level, a monstrous crab grows to large size. At 10 HD, it grows another size category, and again at 20 HD.[/spoiler]


Done by flabort from GITP, some tweaks by me.

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^ Perfect for high-realism campaigns set in ancient Japan. But needs an ability which increases the crit multiplier of any weapons used against it by 1.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 05:22:02 PM by Prime32 »
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The tier system in a nutshell:
[spoiler]Tier 6: A cartographer.
Tier 5: An expert cartographer or a decent marksman.
Tier 4: An expert marksman.
Tier 3: An expert marksman, cartographer and chef who can tie strong knots and is trained in hostage negotiation or a marksman so good he can shoot down every bullet fired by a minigun while armed with a rusted single-shot pistol that veers to the left.
Tier 2: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything, or the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.
Tier 1: Someone with teleportation, mind control, time manipulation, intangibility, the ability to turn into an exact duplicate of anything and the ability to see into the future with perfect accuracy.[/spoiler]

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^ Perfect for high-realism campaigns set in ancient Japan. But needs an ability which increases the crit multiplier of any weapons used against it by 1.

You mean like:
Weak Point: A Monstrous Crab's massive damage threshold is reduced by 1/2, but adds its HD to the total. Thus, a 1st level Monstrous Crab has a massive damage threshold of 26, a 2nd level crab has a threshold of 27, and so on.

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Class
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HD: d8
Level BAB Fort Reflex Will Features
1 +0 +0 +2 +0 Outsider Traits, Rules of The Hunt, Scent, Camouflage
2 +1 +0 +3 +0 Sneak attack (1d6), Poison
3 +2 +1 +3 +1 Throat Dart(1d4), +1 Str
4 +3 +1 +4 +1 Elusive Prey, +1 Cha, Bonus Feat
5 +3 +1 +4 +1 Sneak attack (2d6), Grace of the Hunter
6 +4 +2 +5 +2 Hunter Advantage, +1 Str
7 +5 +2 +5 +2 Perfect Tracker, DR/magic
8 +6/+1 +2 +6 +2 Sneak Attack (3d6), Bonus Feat, +1 Cha,
9 +6/+1 +3 +6 +3 Observe the Prey, +1 Str
10 +7/+2 +3 +7 +3 Evasion, Bonus Feat
11 +8/+3 +3 +7 +3 Unearthly Grace
12 +9/+4 +4 +8 +4 Hunter Eye, +1 Str, +1 Cha
Skills: 4+int modifier per level, quadruple at 1st, class skills are: Climb(str), Hide(dex), Jump(str), Listen(wis), Move Silently(dex), Search(int), Sense Motive(wis), Spot(wis), Survival(wis)

Proficiencies: Astral stalkers are only proficient with their own natural weapons

Features:

Outsider Traits: An Astral Stalker loses all racial bonuses and traits, and gains outsider traits (mainly Darkvision 120ft).  It is a medium sized creature.  It has a basic speed of 40ft, and a climb speed of 10ft.  Lastly an Astral Stalker receives a bonus to its armor class equal to its constitution modifier in the form of a natural armor bonus.

Natural Attack: 2xClaws 1d6 (19-20x2)

Rules of the Hunt: Astral hunters live for the hunt, but to keep the hunt pure, and the competition deadly, they have imposed certain rules upon their conduct:
  • No Weapons Allowed: Astral Stalkers Claw weapons are treated as +1 weapons for every 4HD, as long as they do not carry or use weapons or armor. (so at 4HD claws are 1d6+1, 8HD 1d6+2 etc)
  • No killing other Stalkers: Astral Stalkers are compelled not to attack and other Astral Stalkers
  • No Traitors: Astral Stalkers are compelled not to turn on their employers
Scent(Ex): as per SRD

Camouflage(Ex): An astral stalker can use the hide skill in any sort of natural terrain, even if it doesn't normally provide cover, or concealment.

Sneak Attack(Ex): An astral stalker can make a sneak attack like a rogue from level 2,dealing an extra 1d6 points of damage whenever a foe is denied it's dexterity bonus, or the stalker is flanking.  This increases to 2d6 at level 5, and 3d6 at level 8.

Poison(Su): From level 2, An astral stalker can naturally produce poison, that can be used to coat either his claws, or his throat darts.  The poison is applied as a swift action, and lasts till the end of that turn. This ability is at will.

Poison: Injury; initial damage=Paralysis 1d4 rounds; secondary damage=none; Fort save DC scales at 10+1/2HD+con modifier.

At 10 HD the poison's secondary damage increases to another 1d4 rounds of paralyzis, and it now ignores immunity to paralyzis and/or poison from any source, altough oponents with that ability gain a +5 bonus on their saves against the Astral Stalker's poison.

Throat Dart(Su): From level 3, an astral stalker gains the ability to fire a throat dart at will, this deals 1d4 points of damage, and can be poisoned (see above).  This ability improves every 3HD, so at 6HD the dart does 2d4, at 9HD 3d4 and so on.  The range of this dart is 150ft with no range increment. The Astral Stalker may shoot extra throat darts in a single turn with iterative attacks, rapid shot, haste and similar abilities.

Strength Increase: From level 3 and every 3 level after that an astral stalker gains +1 to his strength.

Elusive Prey(Ex): An astral stalker is notoriously difficult to track, anyone attempting to track an astral stalker takes a  penalty on survival checks equal to his HD, and the Astral Stalker receives a bonus on saves against any divination spells and effects equal to 1/2 his HD. The Astral Stalker even gets a Will save against Divination spells that normally don't allow a save (DC=10+spell level+Highest mental stat of the caster), but it doesn't gain the extra bonus in those cases.

Bonus Feat: At fourth, and then again at seventh, and tenth level the astral stalker gets to choose a bonus feat from the following list:

Alertness, Improved Critical(claw), Improved Natural attack (claw) Improved Initiative, Self-Sufficient, Stealthy, or Track

Grace of the Hunter(Su):At level 5 An astral stalker can add it's charisma modifier as a bonus to it's armor class as a deflection bonus.

Hunter advantage (Ex): At level 6 an Astral Stalker adds his Strenght modifier to Hide and Move Silently checks. An Astral Stalker doesn't take a -20 penalty on hide checks for attacking while hiding.

Charisma Increase: From level 4 and every 4 level after that an astral stalker gains +1 to his charisma.

Perfect Tracker(Ex): An astral stalker can move  at it's normal speed while tracking without taking the normal -5 penalty, it takes only a -10 penalty (instead of the usual -20) when moving at up to twice normal speed whilst tracking. It also ignores track penalties due to terrain and can track any kind of creature trough any kind of enviroment, even a ghost trough the emptyness of the Ethereal Plane.

DR/Magic(Ex): From level 7 an astral stalker gains DR/Magic, this scales at 1/2 the stalkers Hit Dice.

Observe the Prey(Ex):For every round an Astral Stalker lays still observing an oponent, it gains a +1 bonus on attack rolls, damage rolls, saves, skill checks and ability checks against that oponent, for 1 round per Cha modifier after the Astral Stalker moves.

Evasion(Ex): An astral stalker can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility.  If it makes a successful reflex saving throw against an attack that normally does half damage on a successful save, it instead takes no damage.

Unearthly Grace(Su): At level 11 an astral stalker gains his Cha modifier as a bonus on all saves, and no longer fails saves or attacks on a natural 1.

Hunter Eye(Ex): The Astral Stalker can quickly identify the strenghts and weakness of his oponents. As a move action, the Astral Stalker can atempt a spot check wich DC is 15+Target's HD. If it suceeds then the Astral Stalker automatically learns one of the following (roll 1d3 to determine witch):
-All of the target's racial plus class abilities.
-All of the target's magic buffs, feats and skill ranks.
-All of the target's gear.

The Astral Stalker can use Hunter Eye multiple times against one oponent, and doesn't risk learning the same thing twice. So three sucessfull atempts would reveal all of the above.
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Guardian (prc)



Guardian Template

An obsidian orb two feet in diameter and utterly without flaw, this object simply sits there, passively reflecting your curious expressions in its smooth surface.

A guardian is the disembodied mind of a powerful psion that has been permanently embedded into a perfectly formed obsidian sphere. Although their identities are effectively erased by the embedding, guardians‘ minds remain potent tools and they retain full use of their psionic abilities.

[spoiler]Prerequisites:
-Must be a living sentient creature with at least 3HD and 10 Str, 10 Dex, 10 Con and 10 Cha.
-A character able to manifest 5th level or higher level psionic powers  must perform a week-long special ritual on the creature, costing 100 GP for each HD.

Optional:Spend 1000 GP per HD, or 10.000 GP per HD instead.

HD: d10
Level  BAB  Fort  Ref  Will  Feature
1 +0 +0 +0 +0 Anima Extinguished, Body of the Artifact, Immortal Artifact, Psionic Might
2 +1 +0 +0 +0 Jewels of the Ether, Immortal Mind, Meditation,  Rolling Stone
Class Skills: See Anima Body of the Artifact.

Proficiencies: A guardian gains no new weapon or armor proficiencies.

Anima Extinguished (Ex): The character's charisma score drops to 1.

If the 1000 GP were spent the character is treated as under a permanent dominate monster effect from the one who performed the ritual.

If the 10.000 GP were spent then the character comes completely under control of the one who performed the ritual and must obey it's orders blindly whitout saves ever allowed.

Body of the Artifact (Ex): Unlike other monster prestige classes, you lose your racial traits and previous levels and their associated bonus (except skill points and feats, see below).

You then gain both Guardian levels and after that Psion, Psychic Warrior levels and/or any Prestige class for wich you meet the pre-requisites (your choice) untill you reach your old number of HD, except that all your levels give a d10 HD and you retain your old skill points and class skills plus feats (some of them may become useless due to your new nature). Any class level taken after this gives normal skill points. You don't gain new feats just for re-taking your levels.

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For example, a 3rd level character could become a guardian 2/psion 1, but not guardian 1/psion 2. A 10th level character could become a guardian 2/Psion 8, but not a guardian 1/Psion 9.
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You gain the below construct traits and are a small sized contruct with no movement ability, thus having no Str, Dex or Con score.

[spoiler]    *  No Constitution score.
    * Low-light vision.
    * Darkvision out to 60 feet.
    * Immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).
    * Immunity to poison, sleep effects, paralysis, stunning, disease, death effects, and necromancy effects.
    * Doesn't heal naturally.
    * Not subject to critical hits, nonlethal damage, ability damage, ability drain, fatigue, exhaustion, or energy drain.
    * Immunity to any effect that requires a Fortitude save (unless the effect also works on objects, or is harmless).
    * Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less.
    * Since it was never alive, a construct cannot be raised or resurrected.
    * Proficient with its natural weapons only, unless generally humanoid in form, in which case proficient with any weapon mentioned in its entry.
    * Proficient with no armor.
    * Constructs do not eat, sleep, or breathe.
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In adition you gain an extra +1 HP per HD if you have 5 or more HD. At 10 HD this bonus retroactively increases to +2 per HD, and +3 per HD at 15 HD. A guardian must still meditate 8 hours per day to recover it's daily power points.

You receive -5 penalty to AC and Reflex Saves for being immobile but gain a bonus to Nat armor equal to your highest mental stat.

As an immobile object you have no working limbs. You can still see and hear but not talk. You can only take purely mental actions (like manifesting powers).

Altough the typical Guardian is an obsidian sphere it's body can be built in any shape and material the creator wishes as long as it's small sized and it suceeds on the apropriate craft check. This never changes the guardian abilities.

Immortal Artifact (Ex): A guardian doesn't ages. It has DR/adamantine equal to it's HD due to it's compact shape.

In adition, a guardian standing still looks just like a part of the scenery. It takes a Sense motice, Search  or  Knowledge(psionics) check with a DC of 20+HD to recognize it as a construct.

When a guardian manifests powers, it takes a Spot check DC 10+1/2 HD+Highest Mental Stat to recognize it as the source of the power, unless the observer is adjacent to the guardian, in wich case it feels a "tingle" on his head pointing at the Guardian revealing it as the source of the power, so it still needs to make Concentration checks to avoid attacks of oportunity from adjacent enemies.

Psionic Might (Ex): Guardian levels stack with levels in one manifesting class in order to determine effective manifester level, learning new powers and the number of power points gained for each new level, but doesn't retroactively give power points and powers known.

So for example a guardian 2/psion 1 could choose to gain 5 power points per day and learn two up to 2nd level powers instead of three 1st level powers.

Guardian levels wouldn't stack for any other psion ability.

Jewels of the Ether (Ex): A guardian can custom make or have custom-made magic items for it, though the at double the market cost. These treasures take the form of semi-tangible orbs of ectoplasm and ether that float about them like ioun stones. A magic item that relies on its physical form or shape in order to achieve a purpose (such as weapons, armor, shovels, carpets, etc) will not generally function in the shape of an ethereal ioun stone (though secondary functions might still apply).

In adition, the Guardian automatically knows the Psionic Repair Damage power. It can use it to craft items from surrounding materials (assuming it has the necessary skills/feats), altough this fully drains his MP for the day for every day of work.

Immortal Mind (Ex): At 2nd level the guardian gains a +1 bonus to Int and Wis.

Meditation(Ex): A Guardian can't do much besides thinking so it becomes really good at that. As a full round action it may grant himself a bonus equal to it's HD on any Int or Wis-based skill untill the end of his next turn, or it may increase the ML of his next psionic power by 1 by increasing it's manifestation time as shown on the next table:

Original Manifesting time  New Manifesting time
Swift  Move
Move Standard
Standard Fullround
Other  Doubles

Rolling Stone(Ex):
When push comes to shove the Guardian is capable of some limited locomotation. It's capable of moving at a speed of 20 foot per round by rolling around the ground, altough no part of it actualy moves. It still has no Str/Con/Dex scores  so it can never deal damage or use combat maneuvers with this movement,  anyone can grab it, and it's still unable to use movement skills like tumble, climb and jump, so something like falling inside a pit it's a dead end. It could still block an oponent's path. It never threatens anyone or grants flanking bonus.
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Comments
[spoiler]
The objective of the Guardian template is to turn the Character into a small sized limbless sphere. What can you do as a limbless sphere? Not much really. Besides psionics.

Since you lose your original body and your mind is stuffed into a ball you lose all your previous levels, but you get to gain free levels automatically to replace them. There's a precedent of this on the Blackguard.

The original objective of the Guardian template was to create almost mindless servants, but since playing that isn't that fun I put a clause the creator needs to pay an arm and a leg to assure control. The PC will be thus a "budget" guardian, with it's own will. But the possibility of the PC converting oponents into his toys is still there.

As finishing touches you get high DR for making up for your lack of regular defenses, easily blend with the scenario untill you manifest, and a small bonus for taking your time doing stuff.

Guardians on Athas (According to Athas.org)

[spoiler]Created during the Green Age, guardians are left utterly bereft of any sense of identity or personality by the transformational process and serve instead in a number of ways as immortal slaves for the society that created them.

A guardian can receive and understand complex instructions, and act on them where necessary, but it cannot conceive of itself as anything other than a servile device, a tool that exists to serve its masters.

Guardians are used as border guards, laborers, illumination, hunters, record keepers and so forth. Any task that can be carried out by an intelligent yet utterly dependent psionic mind can be assigned to a guardian.

The overwhelming majority of guardians date back to Athas‘ Green Age, as only a tiny handful still know the science of their creation. Over the millennia, time has not always been kind to the embodied psyches, however, and some guardians are extremely dangerous as a result. Whether through some deterioration in the embedding or, as some have suggested, through a vestigial resurgence of self-awareness, these guardians have become insane. Unable to effectively distinguish between friend and foe, order or obstacle, they lash out with devastating force at whatever they perceive to be a threat.

On Athas, the largest known concentration and use of guardians is in the area of Saragar. A great border network of guardians protects this place and the constructs are seen as integral cogs of local life. Most guardians of Saragar were criminals or deviants in life, and the embedding procedure was used as a particularly final form of punishment.[/spoiler][/spoiler]

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Owlbear



Class
[SPOILER]Hit Dice: d10

LevelBABFortRefWillSpecial
1+1+2+2+0Drunken Mistake, Track, +1 Str
2+2+3+3+0Improved Grab, Scent, +1 Str, +1 Con
3+3+3+3+1Great Owlbear, +1 Str
4+4+4+4+1Screech, +1 Str, +1 Con
Class Skills: 4/level (x4 at level 1) Balance, Climb, Handle Animal, Hide, Jump, Knowledge (Nature), Listen, Spot, Survival. 

Proficiencies: Owlbears are proficient with their own natural weapons.

Class Features:

Drunken Mistake (Ex): At first level an Owlbear loses all racial traits and features, and gains the Magical Beast type with all traits decided by that (basically darkvision 60 feet).
It is medium sized with a base land speed of 30ft.
It has two primary claw attacks that it may use together as a standard attack without penalty. Each claw deals 1d4+Str damage. It also gains a secondary peck attack that deals 1d6+1/2 Str damage.
It gains a natural armour bonus equal to it's Con Mod.

Owlbears are vicious and relentless; attacking anything bigger than a mouse on sight. Owlbear levels stack with Barbarian levels for determining uses of Rage/day, as well as stacking towards the levels needed to access Greater & Mighty Rage.

Track (Ex): The Owlbear gains Track as a Bonus Feat.

Strong as an Owl (Ex): At each level the Owlbear gains +1 Strength. At each even numbered level it gains +1 Constitution.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, an owlbear must hit with a claw attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Scent (Ex): At second level the Owlbear gains the Scent ability.

Great Owlbear(Ex): At third level the Owlbear grows to Large size.

Screech (Ex): At fourth level the idea of blending a natural predator like the bear with something as unconventional as an owl finally starts to make sense.

As a Free Action 1/10 minutes the Owlbear may let out a high pitched screech. Any creature within 5ft/HD that fails a Fort Save (DC 10+1/2HD+Con Mod) is Dazed for 1 round +1 round/5HD. This does not affect the user, other Owlbears, deaf targets or targets under a Silence effect.[/SPOILER]

Done by Jobold-Bard from GITP