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Alchemy-Implanted (CR +0) [Gravecaller's HB]

Acquired/Inherited Template Acquired
Simple Template Yes
Useable with Summons No
Creatures with the alchemy-implanted template can use the implanted substance, sometimes with explosive results.

This template may be added to any creature with a procedure that requires 1 hour and a successful DC 30 Heal check, expending one alchemical item or potion as part of the procedure.

A creature cannot gain this template again until the previous implanted item (even if destroyed) is removed with a DC 30 Heal check. Failing the check to either implant or remove the item deals 4d6 points of damage to the creature.

Weaknesses: The alchemy-implanted gains the unstable weakness.

  • Unstable (Ex) The implanted item is fragile. Whenever the alchemy-implanted is subject to a critical hit, there is a 10% chance the alchemy-implanted immediately uses the implanted item as described in the implanted special ability. This chance goes up by 5% each time it occurs.

Special Abilities: The alchemy-implanted gains the following special abilities. Save DCs are equal to the implanted alchemical item’s save DC, unless otherwise noted.

Implanted (Ex) When an alchemy-implanted creature is created, the creator expends one alchemical item or potion as part of the creation process, such as a mundane alchemical item, Alchemy sphere formulae, alchemist’s bomb, or a compound, potion, or instilled liquid. If the implanted item is detonated or used, the alchemy-implanted creature loses any effects of this template until the item is removed from their body with a DC 30 Heal check as described above.

The alchemy-implanted creature gains abilities depending on the item used:

  • Implanted Splash Weapon: If the implanted item is a splash weapon, the alchemical-implanted deals an additional 1d6 points of damage of a type dealt by the splash weapon (if any) with its natural attacks, or may inflict 1d6 points on damage to itself as a swift action to coat a weapon it wields with the splash weapon’s fluids, oils or other substances, adding this additional damage to that weapon for the next minute.
  • As an immediate action, the alchemy-implanted may make a melee touch attack against a target within its natural reach and detonate the implanted splash weapon. The alchemy-implanted is reduced to 0 hit points, exploding with the effects of the implanted item. If the melee touch attack is successful, treat the target as if they were hit by the splash weapon normally and affect any other creatures, excluding the alchemically-implanted, in the splash weapon’s radius as normal. If the alchemical-implanted dies, the splash weapon is detonated automatically, centered on its space. Exploding this way mangles the corpse, making it difficult to reanimate without repairing the body first (such as with the Death sphere Corpse Manipulation talent).
  • Other Implanted Alchemicals and Potions: For any other implanted item, such as a Salve or Panacea (formulae) or a potion, the alchemy-implanted may expend the item to use it on a creature within its natural reach as a standard action or on itself as a swift action.

Blood Brothers (CR +2)

Blood brothers (and sisters) are groups of creatures that have trained together for years; perhaps their whole lives. They have thus gotten very good at watching each other’s backs. Each member has a number of tricks they can employ in combat. “Blood Brothers” is an inherited or acquired template that can be applied to any two or more creatures.

Their tricks are simple to counter and avoid once they have been witnessed, but most people will fall for them the first time. Treat each trick as being usable only once per combat by any group of blood brothers (not once per creature), except against those who do not witness the trick when it happens. The blood brothers template can be applied to any humanoid creature, but often applied to a group of the same creatures, and often sized Small or smaller.

Special Abilities

Ah! Move It Move It (Ex): As an immediate action, a blood brother can move an adjacent target blood brother to any other square adjacent to them. They may do this in response to an enemy moving adjacent to the target blood brother.

Ha Ha Broke Your Toy (Ex): As a reaction to an adjacent enemy missing with a melee attack on one of their brothers, a blood brother can make a free sunder attempt on the weapon the enemy used without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Just Kidding (Ex): As a free action, a blood brother can turn a missed melee attack into a feint. When the blood brother misses, they may attempt a Bluff check. The DC is equal to the higher of 10 + their opponent’s base attack bonus + their opponent’s Wisdom modifier and 10 + their opponent’s Sense Motive bonus. If successful, the next melee attack made by a blood brother (other than the one who feinted) against the target does not allow him to use his Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). This attack must be made on or before the opponent’s next turn.

Mine Mine Mine (Ex): As an immediate action, a blood brother can make a free steal combat maneuver on an enemy that has just been struck by a different blood brother.

Hands Off (Ex): As an immediate action, a blood brother can attempt a trip combat maneuver on an adjacent enemy who just damaged another blood brother with a weapon attack.

Outta The Way (Ex): As an immediate action, a blood brother can swap places with an adjacent enemy without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Snap Out Of It (Ex): As an immediate action, a blood brother can let an adjacent brother reroll a Will save.

Step On Your Face (Ex): When a blood brother makes a charge attack through a square occupied by another blood brother, that blood brother may use an immediate action to launch the charging brother into the air. The charger may attempt an Athletics check with a bonus equal to their brother’s Strength modifier. The extra movement from the jump is added to their movement, and their bonuses from the charge are doubled. If the jump is vertical, it can be used to strike targets not accessible from the ground.

Toss Shorty (Ex): As a standard action, a blood brother can pick up and throw another blood brother. The blood brother being thrown must be conscious to guide the throw. The blood brother doing the throwing attempts a Strength check with a DC of 10. If they succeed, they throw their brother 5 feet, plus an additional 5 feet for every 5 they beat the DC by. If the thrown brother delayed their action, they can now take their action to make a full-round attack.

Darkened (CR +Varies)

Through accident of birth, deliberate ritual, or simple longterm exposure, this creature’s very being has been suffused with darkness.

“Darkened” is an inherited or acquired template that can be applied to any creature. A darkened creature retains the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

CR: 8 Hit Dice or less, as base creature +2; 9 Hit Dice or more, as base creature +3.

Type: The creature gains the darkened subtype.

Senses: A darkened creature gains low-light vision and darkvision 60 feet.

Weaknesses: A darkened creature gains light blindness.

Special Abilities

Casting: A darkened creature gains a caster level equal to its racial Hit Dice and a spell pool equal to its Hit Dice plus its Charisma modifier, as well as a number of bonus talents equal to 1/2 its Hit Dice (minimum 1). A darkened creature gains the Dark sphere. If the darkened creature already possesses the Dark sphere, then it gains a Dark sphere talent without the drawback. Magic talents gained by the darkened creature must be used to acquire talents from the Dark sphere. A darkened creature suffers a -1 penalty to its caster level when attempting to cast in normal light, and -2 when attempting to cast in bright light, to a minimum of 1. The location of the darkened creature is used to determine the light level for this penalty.

Darkened Nature: A darkened creature gains one of the following special abilities for every 4 Hit Dice or fraction thereof.

Hide in Plain Sight (Su): A darkened creature can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as it is within 10 feet of an area of dim light or darkness, it may hide itself from view in the open without the benefit of cover or concealment. It cannot, however, hide in its own shadow.

Evasion (Ex): In areas of dim light or darker a darkened creature gains evasion, as the rogue ability of the same name. This ability may be selected a second time, granting improved evasion in areas of dim light or darker.

Occulted (Su): A darkened creature is protected from divinations as if under the effects of a permanent Obfuscation talent using its Hit Dice as its caster level. This ability can be taken a second time, granting the benefits of a second instance of Obfuscation.

See in Darkness (Su): The creature can see perfectly in darkness of any kind, including that created by deeper darkness.

Shadow Rake (Su): A darkened creatures can strike with its shadow. It gains a claw primary natural attack in addition to any attacks it already possesses. The damage for this attack is 1d6 plus its Charisma modifier. This special ability can be selected multiple times, each granting an additional claw attack.

Destructive Elemental (CR +2)

“Destructive Elemental” is an acquired template that can be applied to any air, earth, fire, or water elemental (referred to hereafter as the base creature). A destructive elemental creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities, except as noted here.

CR: Same as base creature +2.

Casting: The destructive elemental gains a caster level equal to its racial Hit Dice and the Destruction sphere as a bonus sphere and one (blast type) talent according to its element, as well as a spell pool equal to its caster level plus its Charisma modifier. The destructive elemental may not use the default destructive blast and may only choose blast types from certain categories according to its type, listed below, but may select other talents normally. The destructive elemental gains one talent every odd racial Hit Dice beyond the first.

Elemental Type Available Blast Types Groups
Air Air, electric
Earth Crystal, stone
Fire Fire, light
Water Cold, crystal (in the form of ice)

Detonation: When slain, a destructive elemental explodes in a burst of energy as if having used a destructive blast at its CL with the Explosive Orb blast shape and any one (blast type) talent it possesses.

Elemental, Geomancy Born (CR +1)

Geomancy born is an inherited template that can be applied to any creature, but usually to creatures with the elemental subtype. While most commonly found with matching elemental and Nature packages, this need not always be the case. The CR of the creature increases by +1.

Born of Geomancing: A geomancy born elemental possesses an affinity for a particular element above and beyond the usual manifestations of its elemental nature. The geomancy- born elemental gains the Nature sphere with the package most closely associated with its elemental nature. A geomancy- born creature is considered a Low-Caster, possessing both a number of magic talents and a caster level equal to 1/2 its Hit Dice (minimum 1). These talents may only be spent gaining talents associated with its Nature package or (spirit) talents.

Spell Points: A geomancy born elemental gains a small reservoir of energy that it can call upon to create wondrous effects, called a spell pool. This pool contains a number of spell points equal to its racial Hit Dice + its Wisdom modifier. If the elemental has spell points from another source, it gains a bonus their spell pool equal to the elemental’s racial Hit Dice instead.

Embodiment Of Magic (CR+ Varies)

Embodiment of Magic is an aquired template applied to a sphere effect, granting it intelligence, life, and a motive force. The Embodiment of Magic is naturally invisible; effects that can see magical auras reveal that it appears to be an aura shaped into the vague likeness of the caster, with visual tweaks corresponding to the effect it was created from.

“Embodiment of Magic” can be applied to any sphere ability with a duration longer than instantaneous that does not conjure, create, or summon a creature or object. For the purposes of this template, a sphere ability’s “potency” is equal to its spell point cost plus the number of talents or base spheres it incorporates.

Challenge Rating: An embodiment of magic has a challenge rating equal to two-thirds of its Hit Dice, plus one-fourth of its potency minus one, rounded down.

Size and Type: An embodiment of magic’s size is Medium by default; however, every 6 caster levels the effect has past the 1st increases its size by one, to a maximum of Huge. Its type is aberration (incorporeal).

AC: An embodiment of magic possesses a deflection bonus to AC equal to its potency plus its Charisma modifier (minimum potency + 1).

Hit Dice: An embodiment of magic has Hit Dice equal to its caster level. Its Hit Dice are d8s.

Alignment: An embodiment of magic has the same alignment as its caster.

Defensive Abilities: An embodiment of magic is incorporeal, possesses damage reduction bypassed by magic equal to its potency, and spell resistance equal to 10 plus its Hit Dice.

Speed: An embodiment of magic has a 30 feet base land speed.

Abilities: As an incorporeal creature, an embodiment of magic lacks a Strength score. Three abilities have a score of 10 + its potency, while the rest have scores of 7 + 1/2 its potency, rounded up. These scores are given for a Medium embodiment of magic; adjust its Dexterity and Constitution scores accordingly for embodiments of other sizes.

Skills: An embodiment of magic possesses 4 + Intelligence skill points, and treats the following as class skills: Acrobatics, Climb, Escape Artist, Fly, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), Perception, Spellcraft, Stealth, Survival, and Swim.

Attacks: An embodiment of magic possesses an incorporeal touch attack that deals force damage equal to 1d6 + its Charisma modifier for a Medium embodiment, 1d8 + its Charisma modifier for a Large embodiment, and 2d6 + its Charisma modifier for a Huge embodiment.

Special Attacks
An embodiment of magic created from an effect that targets creatures or objects possesses mystic touch; if it was created from an effect that affects an area, it instead has mystic aura:

Mystic Touch (Su): The embodiment of magic may use embodiment casting as part of an incorporeal touch attack made as a standard action. If they do so, they must target the creature they are attacking.

Mystic Aura (Su): The embodiment of magic possesses an aura that duplicates the effects of the sphere effect it was created from, centered on itself. If the area of effect can be moved, it reverts to centering on the embodiment at the beginning of its turn.

Special Qualities
All embodiments of magic possess embodiment casting and dispel vulnerability. If the sphere effect was a positive effect that targets creatures, it also possesses magical nature.

Dispel Vulnerability (Ex): Whenever an embodiment of magic is targeted by a dispel effect, it takes 1d6 damage per point of MSB of the dispel effect, which bypasses the embodiment’s damage reduction; in addition, it must succeed at a Will save vs. a DC of 10 + 1/2 the MSB of the dispel effect + the casting ability modifier of the caster, or have its supernatural abilities suppressed for 1d4 rounds. For the purposes of supernatural abilities that duplicate a sphere effect, they are considered to be recast on the turn they resume.

Embodiment Casting (Su): The embodiment of magic may cast the sphere effect it was created out of as if it knew all of the required talents. It does not receive the benefits of any metamagic that was incorporated into the original effect and reduces any non-optional spell point costs to 1 if they are not already lower.

For all other purposes, the embodiment of magic has a spell pool equal to its potency, uses Charisma as its casting ability score, has a caster level equal to its Hit Dice, and calculates its MSB and MSD as if its Hit Dice were levels in a spellcasting class. This ability is considered to be the casting class feature for the purposes of prerequisites.

Magical Nature (Su): The embodiment of magic is permanently under the effects of the sphere effect it was derived from.

Fey Noble [SB:F&F]

The powerful rulers of Faerie, fey nobles are masters of their domains, shaping them to their will and defining reality there on a whim.

How a creature becomes a fey noble will vary depending on the setting. In some settings, it may be an inherited template rather than an acquired one. When it is acquired, it involves not only claiming a portion of Faerie for your own, but binding the very land to your will. Other fey powers will not allow such things idly and doing so takes a great deal of time, so deep involvement in the byzantine layers of fairy politics is required and doing so will almost certainly incur obligations, oaths, and bargains that are nigh-inescapable. As such, this template is not intended for player characters.

Creating A Fey Noble
Fey noble is an acquired template that may be applied to any creature of the fey type with at least 5 Hit Dice. All fey nobility gain the following abilities:

CR: base creature +2

Domain: Not merely a political or geographical region, the domain of a fey noble is intrinsically linked to them, mutable according to their will. A fey noble’s domain reacts to his thoughts; he may adjust the terrain’s shape as an at-will ability. By concentrating for 1 minute, a fey noble may adjust an area (per the Morphic Area column of Table: Domain) of earth, stone, and/or plantlife, shaping it however he will. This isn’t fast enough to do damage or trap creatures, but may be used to create fences and walls, ditches, human shapes, embankments, and others.

Additionally, the noble can control the weather (as the control weather ability of the Weather sphere with a caster level equal to Hit Dice and permanent duration) and ambient light levels (from total darkness to bright light) within his domain, selecting areas as small as 1-mile radius to affect.

More powerful nobles’ domains can contain those of their subordinates; each gains the normal benefits of this ability, though if one attempts to change something altered by another, a magic skill bonus check against the original caster’s MSD is required.

A fey noble’s domain is usually suited to their nature; aquatic fey will rule rivers, lakes, and the surrounding areas, forest fey will hold dominion over great woods, etc.

Table: Domain
Hit Dice Domain Size Morphic Area
5-10 contiguous area with approximately 3-mile radius (or 1 hex1) 150-ft. radius, 10 ft. deep
11-15 2-10 contiguous hexes1 300-ft. radius, 20 ft. deep
15-20 11-40 contiguous hexes1 1,000-ft. radius, 50 ft. deep
21+ 41+ contiguous hexes1 1-mile radius, 100 ft. deep

1: Assuming a 6 mile hex.

Domain Mastery: A fey noble has great control over the material of his or her domain, allowing illusions to be infused with the material of Faerie. This acts as the create reality ability of a fey adept of class level equal to the fey noble’s Hit Dice. Doing so does not require the use of shadow points. This ability only functions while the fey noble is within his or her established domain.

Ability Scores: Dex +4, Int +2, Wis +4, Cha +4.

Feats: A fey noble gains the Basic Magic Training and Advanced Magic Training feats, selecting the Illusion sphere. Creatures that already have caster levels may choose to exchange Advanced Magic Training for Extra Magic Talent. Additionally, the fey noble gains 1 additional talent from the Illusion sphere for every 4 Hit Dice it possesses.

Skills: Bluff and Diplomacy are always a class skills for a fey noble.

Forest-Corrupted (CR +2) [Woodfaring Adventures]

Forest-corrupted creatures are intelligent beings who have been taken by the forest and transformed into pack animals for its own use. Nearly mindless and filled with an insatiable rage, those who believe the forest is sentient theorize the corrupted are the forest’s shock troops, which it sends to spread its seeds to new or damaged locations as subverted carriers. Forest-corrupted are easy to identify thanks to the plant-like vines that appear to be woven throughout their flesh. It is rare for a Chaotic creature to become a forest-corrupted, but it isnot unheard of.

Forest-corrupted is an acquired template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature with an Intelligence score of at least 3 (referred to hereafter as the base creature). A forest-corrupted retains all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as base creature +2

Alignment: Always Chaotic Neutral. They are motivated only by rage and a desire to spread the Forest’s spores.

Type: Creature type changes to plant. It retains any subtypes and gains the augmented subtype. Do not recalculate hit dice, base attack bonus, or saving throws.

Armor Class: Natural armor bonus improves by +4.

Special Qualities and Defenses: A forest-corrupted gains greensight 60 feet and plant traits.

Melee: A forest-corrupted has two slam attacks. These slam attacks deals damage as appropriate for the base creature’s size (see “Natural Attacks”). If the base creature can use manufactured weapons, the forest-corrupted can as well.

Special Abilities: A forest-corrupted retains all the special attacks of the base creature and gains all the special abilities listed below:

Breath Weapon (Ex): A forest-corrupted gains a breath weapon usable once per minute. The breath weapon is a close range (25 ft + 5 ft per 2 HD) cone and infects any creatures within the area with Forest spores (Fortitude negates; DC 10 + 1/2 the creature’s HD + the creature’s Con modifier). forest-corrupted creatures that already have a breath weapon from another source instead infect every use of their breath weapon with Forest spores (see below).

Forest Spores: Type disease, inhaled Save Fortitude DC = 10 + 1/2 the forest-corrupted's hit dice + the forest-corrupted's Con modifier; Onset 1d4 days; Frequency 1/day; Effect 1d3 Int damage (this damage cannot be healed while the creature is infected); Cure 2 consecutive saves; Note Anyone who has their intelligence reduced to 0 while infected acquires the forest-corrupted template in 2d6 hours; Special Creatures who are already mindless or of animal intelligence (Intelligence of 1 or 2) are naturally immune to the effects of this disease.

Fungal Rejuvenation (Su): So long as the creature remains within an area of Forest (temperate forest, jungle, or marsh) and is standing on moist earth, the forest-corrupted gains fast healing 5.

Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: Str +6, Con +4. Forest-corrupted are mindless, meaning they have no Intelligence score.

Mindless: A forest-corrupted loses all skill ranks and feats possessed by the base creature except those gained from combat talents.

Casting: A forest-corrupted creature loses all spells and spherecasting abilities possessed by the base creature.

Combat Talents: A forest-corrupted creature gains a martial tradition and 1 martial talent per hit die, using Constitution as its practitioner modifier.

Forest-Touched (CR +1) [Woodfaring Adventures]

Animals are welcomed in the forest much more readily than humanoids. Not only are animals immune to the Forest-corrupted template listed above, but sometimes they can exhibit powers and intelligence beyond their usual ability, as if some guiding power was directly influencing them.

When an animal or creature of animal intelligence exhibits tactical prowess and coordination for beyond their usual ability, they are referred to as having been Forest-touched. Being forest-touched is not an inherited template; it comes and goes with seemingly randomness, whenever the Forest decides to impress itself onto its creations to further its own ends. Forest-touched is a template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature with an Intelligence score of 2 or less (referred to hereafter as the base creature), with the exception of domesticated animals, tamed animals, and animal companions, as their devotion cannot be swayed by the Forest.

A forest-touched retains all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as base creature +1

Alignment: Always Chaotic Neutral. They are motivated by an unseen entity, and its desire to serve and defend the forest.

Armor Class: Natural armor bonus improves by +2

Special Abilities: A forest-touched retains all the special attacks of the base creature and gains all the special abilities listed below:

Devotion (Ex): A forest-touched creature gains a +4 morale bonus on Will saves against enchantment spells and effects.

Telepathy (Su): Forest-touched creatures gain telepathy out to 400 ft. that connects them to any other forest-touched creature within range. While animals do not communicate with words, this connection allows them to share sensations, locate each other with pinpoint accuracy, and coordinate tactical maneuvers with each other.

Tactics (Ex): A forest-touched creature has access to every animal trick available through the Handle Animal skill, without the need to be taught them. They can enact any of these tricks on their turn without being directed to perform them; in essence, the check made to handle the animal is performed by the Forest itself as a free action and always succeeds. Similarly, the Forest guides the actions of these creatures, allowing them to coordinate and execute tactics far beyond what creatures of their intelligence would normally be able to do.

Coordinated Attacks (Ex): All Forest-touched treat any other forest-touched creatures as allies for the purposes of feats. Forest-touched creatures gain the Gang Up feat, even if they do not possess its prerequisites.

In addition, Forest-touched creatures gain 2 teamwork feats of the GM’s choice. They must meet the prerequisites of these feats. As a free action taken once per round, a Forest-touched creature may change one or both of these feats to any other teamwork feats for which they qualify.

Special: A forest-touched creature who has become tame (such as with the Beastmastery sphere) or charmed (such as with the Animal Friend talent) loses the Forest-touched template for as long as the effect persists.

Using the Forest-Touched template

The forest-touched template represents an animal through which the forest has decided to exert its will (or at least, that is the leading theory). While it does grant the affected creatures an increase in power, the greatest benefit of the template is that it allows animals and other creatures of low Intelligence to suddenly begin using advanced tactics; ambushes, disarms, formations, and other techniques that would normally be outside their capabilities.

The forest-touched template requires very little rebuilding and can be applied and removed from monsters on a whim; whenever the Forest chooses to exert its will through its animal children, those children gain the forest-touched template.

The forest-touched template is a great tool for increasing the danger of an encounter, and as there is very little rhyme or reason (at least that is observable by mortals) for why creatures might suddenly gain the forest-touched template, it is completely within the rights of the GM to apply the template as they desire. Perhaps the PCs have become high enough level that the Forest has taken notice of them. Perhaps they are about to uncover a powerful artifact and the forest does not wish them too. Any and all of these are valid reasons for why a group of animals might suddenly gain the forest-touched template.

Godfoe (CR +3) [Cata. HB]

There exist beings which the gods and their champions have brutalized in incomprehensible ways, beings who have sworn vengeance upon not only the gods but the concept of divinity itself. This twisted resolve transforms them into multiversal horrors known as godfoes, entities with the unique capacity not only to suppress the miracles of the divine and pseudo-divine but also to destroy these allegedly immortal beings.

Godfoe is an acquired template that can be applied to any creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature). A godfoe creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: As base creature +3.

Aura: A godfoe emanates the following aura.

Aura of Blighted Miracles (Su)
Creatures within 10 miles of a godfoe are incapable of regaining mythic power or using mythic power for any reason. In addition, spellcasters besides the godfoe are incapable of regaining spell points, spell slots, or prepared spells so long as they remain in this area.

Armor Class: A godfoe’s natural armor bonus to AC improves by 4

Defensive Abilities: A godfoe gains the following defensive abilities.

Rejuvenation (Ex) A godfoe will always return so long as the deity they swore to destroy remains. If slain, a godfoe returns to life after a year and a day, their body rematerializing in a location significant to them. If a godfoe is slain with an artifact, it does not rematerialize for 100 years and a day. This process does not continue if the god which the godfoe has sworn to oppose is dead or has otherwise been stripped of their godly power.

Spell Repulsion (Ex) A godfoe is immune to magic as if it possessed unbeatable spell resistance. Whenever a divine spellcaster attempts to cast a spell targeting the godfoe, the godfoe may attempt to counterspell and redirect the effect as per the Reflection talent from the Protection sphere (without having to expend an aegis).

Special Attacks: A godfoe gains the following special attacks

Godripper (Su) A godfoe’s attacks with natural or manufactured weaponry ignore all damage reduction and hardness that targets possess. In addition, the godfoe’s attacks gain the disjoining, ghost touch, and mythic bane special abilities and are considered epic and artifacts for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction, regeneration, and other defensive abilities.

Ability Scores: Str +6, Con +8, Dex +6, Int +6, Wis +8, Cha +8

Lich (spheres) (CR +2) [SB:UatIF]

Lichdom, a draconian solution to the fear of death, is a narrow path tread by those with power and the capacity to sacrifice, commit atrocity, or otherwise abandon their regular humanity to achieve a form of near perfect undeath. While most liches are evil, often due to the path of lichdom requiring sacrifices or costs that grossly prevent common morality, some find their path to lichdom in their own unique ways. Terrifyingly powerful practitioners of magic, a lich is a formidable foe with nothing but time on their side.

The original lich template (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 188) has been adjusted from its original printing to offer stronger benefits in consideration of other powerful templates and routes to immortality available.

“Lich” is an acquired template that can be added to any living creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature), provided it can create the required phylactery (or other vessel as appropriate to their lichdom ritual). A lich retains all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

CR: Same as the base creature +2.

Alignment: Any. However, most lichdom rituals (or incantations) are conducted by those with an evil alignment.

Type: The creature’s type changes to undead. Do not recalculate base attack bonus, saves, or skill ranks.

Senses: A lich gains darkvision 60 feet.

Armor Class: A lich has a +5 natural armor bonus or the base creature’s natural armor bonus, whichever is better.

Hit Dice: Change all of the creature’s racial Hit Dice to d8s. All Hit Dice derived from class levels remain unchanged. As undead, liches use their Charisma modifiers to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).

Defensive Abilities: A lich gains channel resistance +4, DR 15/bludgeoning and magic, and immunity to cold and electricity (in addition to those granted by its undead traits). The lich also gains the following defensive ability.

Rejuvenation (Su): When a lich is destroyed, its phylactery immediately begins to rebuild the undead spellcaster’s body nearby. This process takes 1d10 days—if the body is destroyed before that time passes, the phylactery merely starts the process anew. After this time passes, the lich awakens fully healed (albeit without any equipment it left behind on its old body).

Melee Attack: A lich has a touch attack that it can use once per round as a natural weapon. A lich fighting without weapons uses its natural weapons (if it has any) in addition to its touch attack (which is treated as a primary natural weapon that replaces one claw or slam attack, if the creature has any). A lich armed with a weapon uses its weapons normally, and can use its touch attack as a secondary natural weapon.

Damage: A lich’s touch attack uses negative energy to deal 1d8 points of damage to living creatures + 1 point of damage per 2 Hit Dice possessed by the lich. As negative energy, this damage can be used to heal undead creatures. A lich can take a fullround action to infuse itself with this energy, healing damage as if it had used its touch attack against itself.

Special Attacks: A lich gains the two special attacks described below. Save DCs are equal to 10 + 1/2 lich’s Hit Dice + its Charisma modifier unless otherwise noted.

Fear Aura (Su): Creatures of less than 5 Hit Dice in a 60-foot radius that look at the lich must succeed at a Will save or become frightened. Creatures with 5 Hit Dice or more must succeed at a Will save or be shaken for a number of rounds equal to the lich’s Hit Dice. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by the same lich’s aura for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting fear effect.

Paralyzing Touch (Su): Any living creature a lich hits with its touch attack must succeed at a Fortitude save or be permanently paralyzed. The effect cannot be dispelled, but remove paralysis or any spell that can remove a curse can free the victim (MSD equal to 11 + the lich’s Hit Dice).

Anyone paralyzed by a lich seems dead, though a DC 20 Perception check or a DC 15 Heal check reveals that the victim is still alive.

Abilities: Int +4, Wis +4, Cha +4. Being undead, a lich has no Constitution score.

Skills: Liches have a +8 racial bonus on Perception, Sense Motive, and Stealth checks. A lich always treats Climb, Disguise, Fly, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), Perception, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, and Stealth as class skills. Otherwise, skills are the same as the base creature.

Feats: Liches gain Advanced Magic Training, Basic Magic Training, Counterspell, and Magical Aptitude as bonus feats. Creatures that already have caster levels may choose to exchange Advanced Magic Training for Extra Magic Talent.

Lich Rituals and Ascension

The Paizo-printed lichdom ritual, Eternal Apotheosis (Occult Realms pg. 55) offers one option towards gaining the normal lich template. This book introduces new incantations to attain lichdom as well as two incantations to gain the evasor ex fortuna and power lich variants of lichdom. These incantations include quirks to the lich template that are unique to the incantation, such as the lich’s still beating heart being detectable by lifesense from the Heart of Death incantation. These new lich incantations can be found later in this book in Other Content: Incantations.

These incantations serve as suggestions for attaining lichdom and other appropriate methods may exist (subject to GM discretion).

Variant Liches

Undeath is a malleable tool for those who rise, or fall, to lichdom wield. Some liches are pronounced by their unique rituals, as detailed above.

Evasor Ex Fortuna (CR +2)

The “evader of fates”, evasor ex fortuna are liches who exist as an unliving paradox. Rather than a perverse ritual or sacrifice of life, an evasor ex fortuna makes a foul bargain with lady luck herself, that they can escape and elude their own demise for eternity. Most evasor ex fortuna are just as lucky as they are skilled, and leverage their newfound power to take even greater risks.

An evasor ex fortuna alters the lich template (“base template”) as follows:

Special Abilities: An evasor ex fortuna gains the fate’s thread, powers that be, and well of luck special abilities. This replaces the base template’s rejuvenation defensive ability and fear aura special attack.

Fate’s Thread (Su): An evasor ex fortuna uses its Hit Dice as its caster level with the Fate sphere.

In addition, an evasor ex fortuna may spend 1 kismet after failing any d20 roll to add 1d6 to the check’s results without taking an action. This can cause the check to succeed instead of fail. The evasor ex fortuna must be conscious and aware to use this ability. At CR 10, the die increases to 1d8, and at CR 20 it increases to 1d10.

Powers That Be (Ex): Rather than tie their soul to a phylactery, an evasor ex fortuna attained unlife through a perverse bargain with lady luck, that they’d be able to run forever. The evasor ex fortuna is under the Fate sphere Elude Fate advanced talent as a constant extraordinary effect. Whenever the circumstances the evasor ex fortuna has chosen are met, they must immediately spend 1 kismet point and choose new circumstances. If the evasor ex fortuna cannot pay the kismet point, or their kismet pool becomes empty, they lose the benefits of this ability. The evasor ex fortuna may also change the circumstances of this effect by spending 1 point of kismet as a full-round action.

In effect, as long as the evasor ex fortuna possesses kismet, and continues to correctly predict or evade circumstances that would bring certain death, it is immortal and cannot die by any means. However, lady luck does not take kindly to an evasor ex fortuna who does not gamble or take risks. Every 7 days an evasor ex fortuna goes without spending kismet or does not trigger the circumstances set by the Elude Fate effect, they lose 1 kismet.

Well Of Luck (Su): An evasor ex fortuna gains a pool of kismet, a fluctuating measure of its ability to manipulate and evade death itself. Unlike a normal kismet pool, an evasor ex fortuna does not regain kismet points at the start of each day even if the evasor ex fortuna possesses a kismet pool from another source, but the evasor ex fortuna may possess an unlimited amount of kismet in their kismet pool.

The evasor ex fortuna gains kismet when it rolls a natural 1 on an attack roll or saving throw, and may also gamble a spell point whenever it uses a Fate sphere effect, subject to the same limitations as an ordained hunter inquisitor (Ultimate Spheres of Power pg. 153). The evasor ex fortuna cannot be forced to spend its kismet nor can its kismet be depleted, removed, or lost by any effect except by the powers that be special ability.

In addition to the methods to regain kismet above, an evasor ex fortuna gains 1 kismet whenever a creature fails its saving throw against the evasor ex fortuna’s luck’s abandon special attack or when a creature cursed by luck’s abandon special attack is reduced to 0 or fewer hit points. A creature with a CR less than half the evasor ex fortuna’s CR does not restore kismet.

Special Attacks: An evasor ex fortuna gains the luck’s abandon special attack. This replaces the base template’s paralyzing touch special attack.

Luck’s Abandon (Su): Any creature an evasor ex fortune hits with its touch attack must succeed at a Will save or be permanently cursed with unluck. Whenever a creature cursed by this effect rolls a d20, they roll twice and take the lower result. This effect cannot be dispelled, but can be removed by the remove curse spell or Life sphere Break Enchantment talent (MSD equal to 11 + the lich’s Hit Dice).

Feats: An evasor ex fortune gains Basic Magic Training, selecting the Fate sphere. Creatures that already have caster levels may choose to exchange Advanced Magic Training for Extra Magic Talent, selecting a bonus talent from the Fate sphere. For every 4 Hit Dice the evasor ex fortuna possesses, the evasor ex fortuna gains Extra Magic Talent as a bonus feat, selecting a bonus talent from the Fate sphere.

This alters the base template’s Basic Magic Training and Advanced Magic Training feats.

Power Lich (CR +2)

A power lich, as they became to be known, are frightening liches who strive to retain the trappings of physical mortality with their immortal bodies. While undead are normally unable to develop and improve their bodies as a living creature would, the power lich leverages powerful magical effects to mimic strengthening techniques across many spheres of magic, including Alteration, Enhancement, and Fate. As such, they are often not perceived as undead, and appear with toned and healthy muscular bodies.

A power lich alters the lich template (“base template”) as follows:

Special Abilities: A power lich gains the muscular, perfection of the body and phylactery of physique special abilities. This replaces the base template’s rejuvenation defensive ability and fear aura and paralyzing touch special attacks.

Muscular (Ex): The power lich gains the Brute sphere as a bonus sphere, the Muscular Surge talent, and the Giant and Titan legendary talents as bonus talents, using its Hit Dice in place of its base attack bonus when determining the benefits. The power lich does not need to expend martial focus to gain the more powerful bonus from the Muscular Surge talent, and in essence, the heightened bonuses become permanent.

Perfection of the Body (Su): A power lich uses its Hit Dice as its caster level with the Enhancement sphere. The power lich does not need to concentrate to maintain Enhancement sphere effects that target themselves or their body, and may maintain a number of Enhancement sphere effects in this manner equal to 1/2 their CR.

In addition, the power lich gains an untyped bonus to its Strength and Dexterity equal to 1/2 its casting ability modifier or Charisma modifier (whichever is higher).

Phylactery of Physique (Ex): A power lich forgoes a conventional phylactery, their undeath sustained through sheer physical commitment. A power lich must spend at least 1 hour exercising each day or suffer a -1 penalty to each ability score, increasing by -1 for each day a power lich forgoes this exercise. Each time a power lich completes these exercises, any penalties they have accrued from this effect are reduced by 1. This penalty can reduce the power lich’s ability scores to 0.

As long as the power lich does not have any ability score penalties from this ability, whenever the power lich would be reduced to 0 or fewer hit points and destroyed, they are reformed 1d10 days later at the location they designated as their lair. A power lich accrues penalties from this ability even while reforming, and must spend days exercising to remove this penalty as normal.

A power lich can designate their lair by spending 1 week in that location, and may relocate their lair in the same fashion. After being destroyed, the power lich’s former body can be studied with a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + the power lich’s CR) or examined with the Divination sphere Divine Warp alternate divination effect to reveal the general direction and distance of the power lich’s lair.

Note: Many power liches will choose their home, lair, or other places of comfort to reform, ensuring they are undisturbed while working off these penalties.

This ability refers to the power lich “exercising” or otherwise spending 1 hour doing physical activities, which can include weightlifting and sports to tai chi and other “physical” meditative practices. Many power liches will use their physical prowess to take this to extremes, lifting and wrestling with megafauna, hauling massive slabs of stone in quarries, and other such extreme activities. A power lich who is restrained or otherwise unable to move cannot exercise.

Feats: A power lich gains Basic Magic Training, selecting the Enhancement sphere. Creatures that already have caster levels may choose to exchange Advanced Magic Training for Extra Magic Talent, selecting a bonus magic talent from the Enhancement sphere.

For every 4 Hit Dice the power lich possesses, the power lich gains Extra Magic Talent as a bonus feat, selecting a bonus talent from the Enhancement sphere.

This alters the base template’s Basic Magic Training and Advanced Magic Training feats.

Meteorological Creature (CR +0–5)

“Meteorological” is a template that can be applied to any creature, and represents a creature that is connected to a particular type of weather to a powerful degree.

CR: Hit Dice 1 or less, as base creature; Hit Dice 2–3 or less, as base creature + 1; Hit Dice 4–9, as base creature +2; Hit Dice 10–17, as base creature +3; Hit Dice 18 or more, as base creature +4; plus +1 for volcanic weather

Type: Animals and vermin with this template become magical beasts with the augmented subtype, but otherwise the creature type is unchanged.

Senses: A precipitation meteorological creature can see through magical and normal fog, mist, rain, snow, and similar obscurement.

Special Qualities
A meteorological creature gains the following:

Personal Climate (Su): A meteorological creature is constantly followed by a certain type of weather. This functions as the control weather Weather sphere ability, except that the creature does not need to concentrate on the effect and it can only create one type of weather. The meteorological creature has no control over the severity of the weather, which depends on the creature’s Hit Dice. The range also depends on the creature’s Hit Dice.
Hit Dice Severity Range
1 1 Medium
2–3 2 Medium
4–5 3 Long
6–9 4 Long
10–13 5 Extreme (1,000 feet + 100 feet per Hit Dice)
14–17 6 Extreme
18+ 7 2 miles

The meteorological creature’s MSD for this effect is 11 + its Hit Dice and its MSB and caster level are equal to its Hit Dice.

Adaptation (Ex): A meteorological creature is immune to the negative effects of weather created by its personal climate ability.

Feats: Meteorological creatures gain Mantled Caster as a bonus feat. They can also select Extra Magic Talent for (mantle) talents activated by their personal climate and Weather talents that modify their personal climate (but not its range or duration). They need not meet the prerequisites of this feat to select them.

Primarcane (CR +3) [Cata. HB]

In the earliest days of the multiverse, before god or nature set down the laws of reality, magic flowed freely throughout existence. Boundless energies could be harnessed with even the most rudimentary magical training, while learned mages were capable of shaping the scope of existence in accordance with their whims. Perhaps it was the hubris of such beings that eventually ended this age of wonder or perhaps the cosmos simply stabilized in a manner that bound existence in its current state. Regardless, there are still some unknowably ancient beings which hold onto the unshackled magic of ages past, beings unrivaled in the raw magical energies at their command.

Primarcane is an inherited template which can be applied to any creature (hereafter referred to as the base creature). A primarcane creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: As base creature +3.

Defensive Abilities: Primarcane creatures gain the following defensive abilities.

Magic Barrier (Su) Primarcane creatures are enveloped in a maelstrom of immensely powerful magic, granting them a resistance bonus to all saving throws and a deflection bonus to AC equal to half their casting ability modifier.

Spell Consumption (Su) A primarcane creature gains spell resistance equal to 11 + its CR or improves its existing SR by 5, whichever yields a higher result. Whenever a spell is negated by the primarcane creature’s spell resistance, the primarcane creature heals a number of hit points equal to 5 x the primarcane creature’s caster level. Alternatively, the primarcane creature may redirect the effect of the spell as per the Reflection talent from the Protection sphere (without having to expend an aegis).

Special Attacks: Primarcane creatures gain the following special attacks.

Miraculous Lore (Su) A primarcane creature can draw upon raw magic to shape it into various abilities. This functions as the Path power of a spiritualism hedgewitch, using the creature’s Hit Dice as their effective hedgewitch level to determine effects and uses per day.

Special Qualities: Primarcane creatures gain the following special qualities:

Font of Magic (Su) Primarcane creatures have an unlimited number of spell points, but may only spend a number of spell points per round up to their casting ability score modifier (minimum 2). This infinite pool is in addition to any spell point pool the creature may normally possess.

Well of Miracles (Su) For every 2 caster levels a primarcane creature possesses, it gains an additional magic talent as a bonus talent. Whenever it rests for at least 8 hours, a primarcane creature may exchange these talents and any other magic talents they know for other magic talents that they meet the prerequisites for. If the primarcane does not possess any spherecasting abilities from race, class, or some other source, they gain Advanced Magic Training as a bonus feat (even if they do not meet the prerequisites).

Ability Scores: Con +6, Int +6, Wis +6, Cha +6

Sphere Incarnation Creature (CR+ Varies)

“Sphere Incarnation” is a unique creature template that can be added to any creature, and sometimes objects. This template grants a number of abilities and adjustments, but does not have a fixed CR adjustment. A sphere incarnation creature retains the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

A sphere incarnation creature has a unique bond to a sphere of magic, acting as an near-limitless conduit of that type of magic as though they possessed every basic and advanced talent from that sphere. This template can be applied to animals, objects, or other valid targets for the Enhancement Bestow Life advanced talent, and is often the more frequent manifestation of a sphere incarnation of the Enhancement sphere. There are few known ways to acquire this template, many deeply rooted in mysticism, associated with artifacts, or a result of exceptionally powerful circumstances, and is otherwise not accessible under any normal circumstances.

Creatures with this template become incomparably strong, able to create miracles, pose threats to all life, and can vary between deadly and chaotic forces of nature to saint-like creatures which usher in golden ages of peace and prosperity. These creatures are frequently worshipped as deities, and when worshipped by a cleric or other class which grants domains, treats any domain with an affiliated sphere matching their sphere of magic as their domain, as well as the magic domain and any other appropriate choices, subject to GM discretion.

Challenge Rating: +X. This template adds a variable number of additional Hit Die, depending on the creature or object applied to, usually resulting in a creature between CR 27 to CR 30.

Type: The creature’s type does not change. Do not recalculate Hit Dice, base attack bonus, or saves.

Armor Class: A sphere incarnation gains a sacred or profane bonus to AC equal to its casting ability modifier. If the sphere incarnation is neither good nor evil, choose either sacred or profane when applying the sphere incarnation qualities to the creature.

Defensive Abilities: A sphere incarnation gains a sacred or profane bonus on all saving throws equal to its casting ability modifier. If the sphere incarnation is neither good nor evil, choose either sacred or profane when applying the sphere incarnation qualities to the creature.

In addition, the sphere incarnation gains DR 15/—, is under a constant freedom of movement effect, and immunity to ability damage, ability drain, charm effects, compulsion effects, disease, death effects, energy drain, petrification, and poison. A sphere incarnation gains spell resistance equal to its 11 + its newly adjusted CR. The sphere incarnation also gains the following ability.

Sphere Chrysalis (Su): When a sphere incarnation is killed, its body is enveloped by a chrysalis of pure magic. This chrysalis is indestructible and does not take damage from normal effects, and is otherwise treated as an artifact for the purposes of dispelling. A creature with the ability to cast sphere effects corresponding to the sphere incarnation’s attuned sphere can destroy the chrysalis by meditating over it through a complex ritual that takes 24 hours to perform. The meditating creature must succeed on a DC 30 Will save to successfully destroy the chrysalis, and permanently kill the sphere incarnation. If the sphere incarnation’s chrysalis is not destroyed within one week, the creature is revived, cleansing all negative conditions and restoring it to full life.

Special Qualities: A sphere incarnation retains all the special attacks, qualities and abilities of the base creature and gains the following special abilities. Special abilities have a save DC equal to 10 + 1/2 the sphere incarnation’s Hit Dice + the sphere incarnation’s casting ability modifier unless otherwise noted.

Attuned Sphere (Ex): Every sphere incarnation is attuned to one sphere of power. The creature gains every talent from that sphere. The sphere incarnation is a High Caster with their attuned sphere, using their Hit Dice for the caster level, magic skill bonus, and magic skill defense, selects a casting tradition and casting ability modifier, and gain spell points as normal.

If the sphere incarnation possessed spherecasting before gaining the sphere incarnation template, they use their casting tradition and casting ability modifier when using sphere effects from their attuned sphere, but use their Hit Dice as their caster level for sphere effects belonging to their attuned sphere, such that they are always treated as a High Caster with their attuned sphere.

Incarnation Conduit (Ex): Any sphere effect belonging to the sphere incarnation’s attuned sphere costs 1 fewer spell point than normal (to a minimum of 0).

Sphere Blessing (Sp): The sphere incarnation is under every beneficial talent belonging to its attuned sphere as a constant, spell-like effect, using its caster level to determine the effects of each talent. Sphere effects from this ability are created with the maximum number of spell points allowed by the talent or sphere effect. If any effects from this ability would be dispelled, dismissed, or otherwise end, they automatically resume at the beginning of the sphere incarnation’s turn. Effects from this ability are not suppressed and function in an antimagic field (or other similar effect) unless the effect’s caster succeeds at a magic skill check against the sphere incarnation’s magic skill defense with their attuned sphere, which suppresses sphere effects from this ability for 1d4 rounds.

Spontaneous Enlightenment (Ex): Upon acquiring this template, a sphere incarnation immediately gains a number of class levels so that its CR is between 25 and 30, subject to GM discretion. These class levels are generally those which grant spherecasting, but some unique sphere incarnations may be more martially focused. If the creature gaining the sphere incarnation template is not sentient (such as an animal, object, or other similar creature or object capable of being affected by the Enhancement Bestow Life advanced talent or awaken spell), they are affected by the Bestow Life sphere effect when gaining the sphere incarnation template and gain the maximum mental ability scores from that effect.

Abilities: Str +8, Dex +8, Con +10, Int +8, Wis +8, Cha +8, plus an additional +12 to the sphere incarnation’s casting ability modifier.

Skills: Sphere incarnations gain a +8 racial bonus on Perception and Spellcraft checks. It always treats all Knowledges, Perception, and Spellcraft as class skills. Otherwise, its skills are the same as those of the base creature.

Languages: A sphere incarnation can speak in truespeech, as well as any languages spoken by the base creature.

Twisted Spirit Tree [SB:F&F]

Not all spirit trees are peaceful wardens of the forest. Some have grown to hate the races that walk about the land and seek to devour them.

Creating a Twisted Spirit Tree
This is an acquired template that may be applied to any spirit tree.

CR: base creature +1

Alignment: The creature’s alignment shifts to any evil.

Special Attacks: The creature’s slam attack gains the grab property and the creature gains the swallow whole universal monster ability, dealing bludgeoning damage equal to its slam damage.

Magic: The spirit tree usually trades all or most talents from the Life sphere for talents from the Death or Destruction spheres.

Skills: Twisted spirit trees exchange their ranks in Diplomacy for ranks in either Bluff, Disguise, or Intimidate. Twisted spirit trees gain a +10 circumstance bonus to disguise themselves as regular trees or as normal spirit trees.

Twisted spirit trees hate all that walks. Some simply slay or drive away any that come within their reach, but the more subtle will pretend to be helpful, giving false advice to lead the hearers to bad ends. Twisted spirit trees will gift their fruit, as would a normal spirit tree, but deceive the recipient of their effect, a cruel surprise in their moment of need.

Vampire (spheres) (CR +2) [SB:UatIF]

Sometimes the result of magical experimentation, other times by disease, vampirism is generally only “spread” from a willing host to the recipient, and is not a true disease like lycanthropy. Those who fall, or rise as a vampire would see their own transformation as, to vampirism become cunning, physically powerful undead who transcend their mortal form’s limitations for the gift of undeath.

The oddities of vampirism are unique even amongst the undead. Vampires have a number of weaknesses, among which include the inability to enter homes when uninvited, aversion to garlic and holy symbols, and weakness to running water, making their powers as much a gift as a curse.

Vampires are not required to eat, although many experience symptoms of hunger and madness following prolonged periods without sustenance. Many vampires enjoy the taste of blood, and even prefer blood from certain blood types and species, often preferring either intelligent and humanoid creatures or exotic beasts over common animals.

The original vampire template (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 270) has been adjusted to better fit the Spheres of Power system. “Vampire” is an acquired template that can be added to any living creature with 5 or more Hit Dice (referred to hereafter as the base creature). Most vampires were once humanoids, fey, or monstrous humanoids. A vampire uses the base creature’s stats and abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +2.

Alignment: Any. However, many of those who become vampires are evil, or their alignment shifts towards the evil spectrum as they are required to put their own well being above others to survive.

Senses: A vampire gains darkvision 60 feet.

Armor Class: Natural armor improves by +6.

Hit Dice: Change all racial Hit Dice to d8s. Class Hit Dice are unaffected. As undead, vampires use their Charisma modifier to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).

Defensive Abilities: A vampire gains channel resistance +4, DR 10/magic and silver, and resistance to cold 10 and electricity 10, in addition to all of the defensive abilities granted by the undead type.

A vampire also gains fast healing 5. If reduced to 0 or fewer hit points in combat, a vampire assumes mistform (see below) and attempts to escape. It must reach its coffin home and rest before sunrise or be utterly destroyed. A vampire forced into its mistform no longer takes damage, but no longer heals from its fast healing until it can rest. Once at rest, the vampire is helpless. It regains 1 hit point after 1 hour, then is no longer helpless and resumes healing at the rate of 5 hit points per round. Weaknesses: Vampires cannot tolerate the strong odor of garlic and will not enter an area laced with it. Similarly, they recoil from mirrors or strongly presented holy symbols. These things do not harm the vampire—they merely keep it at bay.

A recoiling vampire must stay at least 5 feet away from the mirror or holy symbol and cannot touch or make melee attacks against that creature. Using a holy symbol to hold a vampire at bay takes a standard action. After 1 round of being repelled by one of these weaknesses, a vampire can overcome its revulsion of the object and function normally each round it succeeds at a DC 25 Will save.

Vampires cannot enter a private home or dwelling unless invited in by someone with the authority to do so, although many more cunning vampires have learned how to subvert this limitation.

Reducing a vampire’s hit points to 0 or lower incapacitates it but does not always destroy it (see fast healing). However, certain attacks can slay vampires. Exposing any vampire to direct sunlight staggers it on the first round of exposure and destroys it utterly on the second consecutive round of exposure if it does not escape (although a Dark sphere darkness effect or other forms of light suppression can protect them). Each round of immersion in naturally-running water causes a vampire to suffer damage equal to 1/3 its maximum hit points—a vampire reduced to 0 or fewer hit points in this manner is destroyed.

Driving a wooden stake through a helpless vampire’s heart instantly slays it (as a full-round action, as though performing a coup de grace). If the stake is removed, the vampire returns to life unless the head is also severed and anointed with holy water.

Speed: Same as the base creature. If the base creature has a swim speed, the vampire is not harmed by naturally-running water (see weaknesses).

Melee: A vampire gains a slam attack if the base creature did not have one. Damage for the slam depends on the vampire’s size. Its slam also causes energy drain (see below). Its natural weapons are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Special Attacks: A vampire gains several special attacks. Save DCs are equal to 10 + 1/2 vampire’s Hit Dice + its Charisma modifier unless otherwise noted.

Blood Drain (Su): A vampire can suck blood from a grappled opponent; if the vampire establishes or maintains a pin, it drains blood, dealing 1d4 points of Constitution damage. The vampire heals 5 hit points or gains 5 temporary hit points for 1 hour (up to a maximum number of temporary hit points equal to its full normal hit points) each round it drains blood.

Create Spawn (Su): A vampire can create spawn out of those it slays with blood drain or energy drain. The victim rises from death as a vampire in 1d4 days. This vampire is under the command of the vampire that created it, and remains enslaved until its master’s destruction. A vampire may have enslaved spawn totaling no more than twice its own Hit Dice; any spawn it creates that would exceed this limit become free-willed undead. A vampire may free an enslaved spawn in order to enslave a new spawn, but once freed, that vampire cannot be enslaved again.

Dominate (Sp): At will, a vampire can use the Mind sphere Mind Control advanced talent augmented with the Expanded Charm talent as a sphere-like ability with a caster level equal to the vampire’s Hit Dice. A creature must be able to see and hear the vampire to be affected. Creatures who succeed at their saving throw against this ability cannot be affected for 24 hours.

Energy Drain (Su): A creature hit by a vampire’s slam (or other natural weapon) gains two negative levels. This ability only triggers once per round, regardless of the number of attacks a vampire makes.

Special Qualities: A vampire gains the following special qualities.

Mistform (Ex): A vampire can transform into a mist, gas, or other fine particulate form as a move action. This functions as the Gaseous Body trait from the Alteration sphere Swarm Shape talent with a caster level equal to the vampire’s Hit Dice.

Shadowless (Ex): A vampire casts no shadows and shows no reflection in a mirror. As such, vampires cannot be the target of a Dark sphere (shadow) talent.

Spider Climb (Ex): A vampire is under the Climb trait from the Alteration sphere Vermin Transformation as a constant extraordinary effect with a caster level equal to the vampire’s Hit Dice.

Ability Scores Str +6, Dex +4, Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +4. As an undead creature, a vampire has no Constitution score.

Skills Vampires gain a +8 racial bonus on Bluff, Perception, Sense Motive, and Stealth checks.

Feats Vampires gain Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, and Toughness as bonus feats. In addition, the vampire gains the Transformation feat, choosing the form of a wolf, bat, or other appropriate creature.

Variant Vampires

Different strains of vampirism have been observed to grant powers and abilities. While distinctly still a vampire, these vampirism strains’ powers manifest differently, granting different abilities, altering weaknesses, and providing for unique potential origins and stories.

Crimson Master (CR +2)

While the classic vampire merely feeds on blood for sport or pleasure, the crimson master is both a powerful manipulator and ravenous consumer of the crimson fluids. Their unique strain of vampirism forgoes any powers of manipulation or disguise for magical might. Sometimes seen as brutish among the vampire communities, crimson master strains of vampirism take their craft and their hunger seriously. In some societies, crimson masters will place themselves in the position of a feudal lord, or similar, and demand tributes of blood from those they force into servitude.

A crimson master alters the vampire (spheres) template (“base template”) as follows:

Weaknesses: The crimson master gains the hunger weakness. This replaces the weakness to garlic and holy symbols of the base creature.

The Hunger: While the normal vampire does not need to eat, a crimson master must consume blood. If a crimson master goes longer than three days without consuming the blood of another living creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher, it begins to starve, taking 2d8 points of damage each day until the crimson master consumes blood. This damage cannot be healed.

Special Attacks: The crimson master gains the master haemotheurge special attack. This replaces the dominate and energy drain special attacks and the spider climb special quality.

Blood Empowerment (Su): Whenever a creature who fails a saving throw against the crimson master’s Blood sphere abilities, the crimson master is flushed with power, absorbing some of the target’s vitality in the process. The crimson master gains its choice of one of the following for 1d4 rounds:

  • Burst of Speed: Each movement speed the crimson master possesses increases by +20 feet. The crimson master ignores difficult terrain during this effect.
  • Manipulate Vortex: The crimson master may change the (quicken) or (still) applied with one crimson vortex it controls or move one crimson vortex it controls (as though concentrating on it).
  • Monstrous Power: The crimson master increases to the next size category and gains a +4 bonus to its Strength. This benefit can stack up to two times. These effects do not stack with themselves unless otherwise noted. Choosing a benefit that is already active increases the duration by 1d4 rounds.

Master Haemotheurge (Su): The crimson master uses its Hit Dice as its caster level with the Blood sphere. When using the Crimson Vortex talent, a crimson master does not need to spend an additional spell point to increase its radius or to allow the effect to persist.

Creatures slain while inside the radius of the crimson master’s Crimson Vortex talent are treated as having died to a vampire’s energy drain special attack for the purposes of the vampire’s create spawn ability, producing crimson master-variant vampire spawn.

Feats: A crimson master gains Basic Magic Training, selecting the Blood sphere, and Advanced Magic Training as bonus feats. A crimson master cannot select a drawback which removes the blood control ability; if the crimson master possesses a drawback which removes the blood control ability, it must buy back that drawback with the talent gained from the Extra Magic Talent feat. Creatures that already have caster levels may choose to exchange Advanced Magic Training for Extra Magic Talent, selecting a bonus magic talent from the Blood sphere. Additionally, the crimson master gains the Blood sphere Crimson Vortex talent.

For every 4 Hit Dice the crimson master possesses, the crimson master gains Extra Magic Talent as a bonus feat, selecting a bonus talent from the Blood sphere.

This replaces the base template’s Combat Reflexes, Toughness, and Transformation feats.

Suzerain Chymist (CR +2)

The suzerain chemist is a vampire who understands the complexities of living and unliving biologics, enhancing weaponizing or preparing alchemical formulae and poisons in hidden laboratories or elsewhere. Their unique strain of vampirism grants them the ability to analyze substances, which gives them a predisposition towards alchemy and scientific experimentation. Many suzerain chymists are able to blend with society, acting as merchants of alchemical goods while sheltered from the sunlight in their own homes, shops, or warehouses.

Suzerain chymists all eventually discover the strength of their own weaponized blood, which when vaporized by certain tools, emits a cloying, heavy black mist which saps the life force of those unfortunate enough to stand within. Some suzerain chymists hold this as the blessing of their unique strain of vampirism, while others see it as a deadly and egregious tool of mass death.

A suzerain chymist alters the vampire (spheres) template (“base template”) as follows:

Special Abilities: A suzerain chymist gains the analytical savant and practiced chemist special ability. This replaces the base template’s dominate and energy drain special abilities and spider climb special quality.

Analytical Savant (Ex): The suzerain chymist can understand the current condition of any creature by observing it. Treat this as the Life sphere Diagnose talent as a constant extraordinary ability, except the suzerain chymist can learn about any creature it can see. In addition, the suzerain chemist gains a +10 bonus on checks made to identify substances (such as Craft (alchemy) for alchemical concoctions, Knowledge (nature) for mushrooms or minerals, etc.).

Practiced Chemist (Ex): Through study, experimentation, and intuition, the suzerain chymist has mastered creating and modifying alchemical items. The suzerain chymist gains a bonus on all Craft (alchemy) checks equal to its Hit Dice. After 8 hours of rest (or study, contemplation, or other restful activity, as a vampire does not need to sleep), the suzerain chymist may exchange any (formulae) talents it possesses for any other (formulae) talent. The suzerain chymist must still meet any prerequisites (if legendary talent).

In addition, the suzerain chymist may create a special formulae with the Alchemy sphere that carries quirks of its blood:

Suzerain’s Mist (formulae)
Craft DC: 15
A suzerain chymist infuses a capsule with its own blood which is released as a spectral vapor. The formulae can be thrown as a ranged touch attack with a range increment of 10 feet that releases a heavy blanket of crimson, clinging mist into a 20-foot radius on impact. A moderate wind (11+ mph) disperses the smoke in 4 rounds; a strong wind (21+ mph) disperses the mist in 1 round. Otherwise the smoke dissipates after 1 minute.

The mist does not obscure sight but is treated as difficult terrain by anyone other than a suzerain chymist, clinging to those who pass through as though feeding on them. Any creature which inhales the mist, begins their turn in the mist, or enters this mist during their turn must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or take 1 negative level, as though struck by a vampire’s energy drain (this allows a suzerain chymist to raise those slain by this formulae to be raised as suzerain chymist vampire with its create spawn ability, should it choose to do so).

The suzerain chymist can increase the Craft DC for this item in increments of 10; each time it does so, the area of effect improves by 10 feet. The suzerain chymist can separately increase the Craft DC for this item by 10; if it does, creatures who succeed at their saving throw against the mist’s effects are instead sickened for 1 round.

Feats: A suzerain chymist gains Blood Potion, Distill Compound, Extra Combat Talent, selecting the Alchemy sphere and the (forumae) package, and Versatile Crafter as bonus feats. If the suzerain chymist possesses the Alchemy sphere and does not possess the (formulae) package, it must select the Alchemy sphere Master Chemist talent for the (formulae) package. A suzerain chymist uses its Charisma as its practitioner modifier.

For every 4 Hit Dice the suzerain chymist possesses, the suzerain chymist gains Extra Combat Talent as a bonus feat, selecting a bonus talent from the Alchemy sphere.

This replaces the base template’s Combat Reflexes, Toughness, and Transformation feats.

Variant Skeleton and Zombie: Brutal Undead (CR +1) [SB:UatIF]

A brutal undead is a variant skeleton or zombie that can be created using animate dead or the Death sphere Expanded Necromancy talent and count as twice their normal number of Hit Dice when casting the reanimate sphere effect.

Challenge Rating: As a normal skeleton or zombie +1.

Abilities: Wis +2, Cha +2. If the brutal undead possesses another template that would alter its ability scores, you may apply this change last.

Special Qualities: A brutal undead gains the brutal combatant special quality.

Brutal Combatant (Ex): A brutal undead gains one bonus combat talent, plus an additional combat talent for every 4 Hit Dice it possesses. Brutal undead are innately aware of how to use these abilities and use Wisdom as their practitioner modifier. Brutal undead may gain talents from any combat sphere except Alchemy, Beastmastery, Leadership, Tech, and Trap (or any similar sphere which grants minions or requires crafting or large amounts of time). Mindless brutal undead still gain skill ranks from combat spheres with associated skills. However, mindless brutal undead may only use those skills as appropriate for a mindless undead or to use its combat sphere abilities properly.

Virulent Sensor Template (CR +Varies)

Virulent sensor is an acquired template that can be applied to any creature who, while using the Divination sphere talent Viewing, saw a creature who died or was destroyed suffering from the effects of madness (although not necessarily because of the madness).

CR: As base creature, +1 per 5 Hit Dice (minimum +0).

Alignment: Creatures with the virulent sensor template replace any good or evil alignment they have with neutral, thus lawful good becomes lawful neutral, and neutral evil becomes true neutral. Types of insanity or madness may override this alignment.

Type: Changes to undead (keeping any subtypes their previous form may have had)

Hit Dice: Change all Hit Dice (including those gained from class levels) into d8s. Virulent sensors use their Charisma modifier to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).

Saves: The base saves remain unchanged, except that Fortitude uses Charisma instead of Constitution.

Defensive Abilities The templated creature loses all defensive abilities and gain the qualities and immunities of the undead type. In addition, the templated creature gains the insubstantial quality.

Speed Virulent sensors lose all movement speeds. If the templated creature has the Scrying Divination advanced talent, it gains a fly speed of 150 feet.

Attacks: Virulent sensors lose all attacks (including special attacks) that are not magic talents, spells, sphere-like or spell-like abilities.

Reach: The templated creature has its reach reduced to 0 feet.

Abilities: Virulent sensors have no Strength or Constitution scores.

Special Qualities
Virulent sensors lose special qualities that are dependant upon having a physical body. The virulent sensors gains insanity, insubstantial and naturally stealthy as special qualities.

Insanity: The templated creature permanently suffers from the effects of whatever madness it had before its destruction.

Insubstantial (Ex): Virulent sensors may appear to be made out of flames, mist, smoke, or some other gaseous substance, and are effectively weightless. Virulent sensors being insubstantial are normally not hit or damaged by conventional means, but may still be attacked or even damaged by spells or abilities that do not target the virulent sensor, but rather affect everything in its area of effect. An insubstantial creature may still target itself however. Insubstantial creatures gain a size penalty to their combat maneuver bonus (CMB) and may squeeze through openings as if they are up to three sizes smaller, but gain a size bonus to combat maneuver defense (CMD) as if they are up to three sizes larger. In addition, insubstantial creatures gain DR 10/- and are not subject to precision damage or critical hits.

Naturally Stealthy (Su): The virulent sensor is particularly difficult to notice outside of combat and requires a Perception check DC 20 + its caster level to spot. The virulent sensor if it casts a spell, instantly becomes visible to all creatures within line of sight for 1 minute before fading back into stealth.

Languages: The templated creature continues to understand any language it had before it acquired the template, but loses all ability to speak.

Spell Points: Lose all spell points, except those gained through feats and traits.

Walking Bomb (CR +1)

“Walking Bomb” is an acquired template that can be applied to any corporeal creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature). This template can be acquired through a variation of the walking bomb incantations, or by magical accidents or wild magic zones overcharging an exposed creature.

CR: As base creature +1.

Detonation: When the walking bomb is reduced to 0 or fewer hit points, it detonates, dealing damage as a destructive blast (1d6 per odd Hit Die) with the Explosive Orb (blast shape) and a blast type selected at creation with a caster level equal to its Hit Dice and save DCs equal to 10 + 1/2 Hit Dice + Constitution modifier.

Walking God (CR +Varies) [Cata. HB]

The gods, wherever in the universe they may reside, rarely cast themselves down to walk amongst mortals. When the physical body of a god appears upon a world, their presence pretends great fortune or great woe whose ramifications will echo for lifetimes. These physical walking gods may be avatars of divinity, the magically-bound essence of a deity, or even a god in the entirety of their power. What is known about these walking gods is that, in dramatic and often blasphemous circumstances, they can be destroyed. Such acts, rare though they may be, often have ramifications which reach all across existence.

Walking god is an acquired or inherited template which can be applied to any creature with mythic ranks (hereafter referred to as the base creature). A walking god uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: As base creature +3, plus an additional +1 for every 2 mythic ranks the creature possesses.

Senses: In addition to the abilities granted by the portfolio sense ability, a walking god gains low-light vision and the see in darkness ability.

Defensive Abilities: A walking god gains DR 10/epic (which improves to DR 20/epic if they are above CR 12 and DR 30/ epic if they are above CR 20), and gains additional immunities depending on their mythic rank (see Table: Walking God Immunities, entries are cumulative). They gain SR equal to their final CR + 10 + half their mythic rank. If they already had SR at least this good, instead their SR increases by 4. They may allow effects to ignore this spell resistance if they so wish. In addition, a walking god gains the following abilities:

Divine Constitution (Ex)
A walking god gains additional hit points equal to their number of Hit Dice multiplied by their mythic tier. In addition, they gain both an increase to natural armor and a deflection bonus to AC equal to their mythic tier.

Unassailable Power (Ex)
A walking god may choose to ignore any dead magic zones, antimagic fields, or similar effects which would impede the function of their abilities or equipment.

Table: Walking God Immunities
Mythic Rank Immunities
1-2 Aging, death effects
3-4 Ability damage, energy drain
5-6 Disease, paralyses, poison, sleep
7-8 Ability drain, petrification, polymorph (may allow themselves to be polymorphed), stunning
9-10 Banishment, divinations (as per the Mind Blank advanced talent), mind-affecting effects (may allow themselves to be affected)

Special Attacks: A walking god gain the following special attacks:

Divine Aura (Su)
A walking god projects an aura out to 60 feet which grants all of their allies (including the walking god) a +4 sacred or profane bonus to attack rolls, damage rolls, saves, and skill checks. Opponents of the walking god in this aura take a -4 penalty on all such rolls. A walking god may suppress or resume this aura as a free action.

Special Qualities: A walking god gains the following special qualities:

Divine Providence (Ex)
Whenever a walking god would roll any sort of dice as part of using their abilities (such as an attack roll, damage roll, skill check, or saving throw), they may treat the die roll as having rolled twice their mythic tier or the maximum possible result of the die, whichever is lower. This ability does not cause a walking god to automatically succeed at an attack roll or saving throw as a result of having rolled a natural 20, however, nor does it apply on d% rolls. This ability can be used a number of times per round equal to the walking god’s mythic tier. This ability also applies to all of the walking god’s Hit Dice for the purpose of determining their hit points.

Divine Tradition
As it is a deity, a walking god may select a divine tradition (see Divine Traditions).

Domain Mastery (Su)
As an incarnate god, a walking god is capable of granting spells and other magic abilities to followers. Every walking god possesses a number of domains equal to half their mythic tier (minimum 1). For every domain that a walking god possesses, they gain three bonus magic talents from the magic sphere corresponding to that domain (see Table: Domains and Spheres to see which magic spheres correspond to what domains). If the walking god does not already possess the domain’s base sphere, they gain the base sphere in place of one of the bonus talents. If the walking god does not possess any spherecasting abilities from race, class, or some other source, they gain Advanced Magic Training as a bonus feat (even if they do not meet the prerequisites).

When a walking god creates effects from a sphere tied to one of their domains, the spell point cost is reduced by half their mythic tier (minimum 0).

Table: Domains and Spheres
Domain Magic Sphere Example Event for Portfolio Sense
Air Weather Pollution in the air
Animal Alteration A change in the living conditions of animals
Artifice Creation The construction or invention of something that affects many people
Chaos Fate An ideological shift towards or away from chaos
Charm Mind The rise of an influential or popular figure
Community Protection The assembly of an organization or founding of a city
Darkness Dark Activity under the cover of night
Death Death The death of creatures
Destruction Destruction A violent cataclysm
Earth Nature Mining or quarrying of stone
Evil Fate An ideological shift towards or away from evil
Fire Nature A fire that consumes a location
Glory Enhancement Feats of great personal achievement
Good Fate An ideological shift towards or away from good
Healing Life Creatures saved from death or disease
Knowledge Divination Education or discoveries
Law Fate An ideological shift towards or away from law
Liberation Warp A people in bondage or freed from bondage
Luck Fate Unlikely or ironic events
Madness Mind The spread of an unstable or dangerous ideology
Magic Divination A powerful ritual or invention of a new spell
Nobility War The crowning of a new leader
Plant Nature The cultivation of crops
Protection Protection Displays of selflessness or repulsions of assault
Repose Life Funerary rites (or lack thereof) of a person
Rune Enhancement The recording of events or stories
Scalykind Alteration The fate of dragons or other scaled creatures
Strength Enhancement Great feats of athleticism
Sun Light Activity during the daytime
Travel Warp The movement of people or goods
Trickery Illusion The spread of lies or great acts of deception
Void Warp The arrival of creatures or relics from other worlds
War War Conflict between groups or nations
Water Nature The movement of ships across the sea
Weather Weather A storm which would destroy an environment or provide for it

Mythic Outpouring (Ex)
A walking god is considered to have an infinite number of uses of mythic power and may use them however they wish.

Portfolio Sense (Su)
A walking god is capable of sensing events tied to their domains. A walking god gains the Divination sphere as a bonus sphere. Any (sense) talents as well as any divinations the walking god can utilize are always considered active. The caster level for these effects is equal to the walking god’s CR. In addition, a walking god can sense any events which are related to their domains. There is no limit to the range of a walking god’s portfolio sense, but a walking god may not be able to sense or figure out insignificant events depending on the walking god’s mythic rank (see Table: Portfolio Sense for details on what walking gods of various mythic ranks can detect and how they can interact with them). Depending on their role in the setting, walking gods may be restricted to sensing events of a certain type based on their designated purview (for example, a god of assassins with the Death domain may only be able to sense when creatures are killed by another intelligent creature, not when they perish of old age, disease, or other causes). All walking gods automatically sense when they are being worshiped or blasphemed against.

Table: Portfolio Sense
Mythic Rank Portfolio Sense
1-2 Senses events that affect 1,000 or more creatures
3-4 Senses events that affect 50 or more creatures
5-6 Senses events that affect 1 or more creatures, knows the name of each affected creature but not how they are affected
7-8 Senses events that affect 1 or more creatures, knows the name of each affected creature and how they are affected, may observe and communicate with affected creatures as per the Scrying advanced talent and Project Thoughts talent without spending spell points (CL equal to twice mythic tier)
9-10 Senses events that affect 1 or more creatures, knows the name of each affected creature and how they are affected, may observe and communicate with affected creatures as per the Greater Scrying and Greater Communication advanced talents as a free action without spending spell points (CL equal to twice mythic tier)

Powers of Faith (Su)
A walking god gains the Powers of Faith of a mythic character with 10 tiers. See Churches and Powers of Faith for the rules on the Powers of Faith.

Truespeech (Su)
A walking god is capable of speaking and understanding all languages.

Employing Walking Gods In Your Game

Walking gods are intended to represent a deity emerging in the setting at their full power, and for this reason should be handled with a great deal of caution by GMs. Even beyond their immense combat potential, the ability of walking gods to grant spells means that their presence or removal can dramatically shape events on a grand scale across the setting. For these reasons, any sort of combat with a walking god should be a dramatic and world-shaking event with great long-term consequences, perhaps even as the final encounter of a campaign.

The sheer amount of power given to a walking god makes them generally unsuitable for player use, and GMs should exercise extreme caution in allowing players access to the power of such a being. An adventure which procures a god's involvement is abnormally epic, but an adventure where the players actually are gods involves a completely unique set of paradigms.

It should be noted that while deities have mythic ranks similar to players and other mythic creatures, the comparison may not always be completely analogous from a lore perspective. A character with multiple mythic tiers who ascends to godhood would likely lose at least some of them in the ascension process, as a tier 6 walking god is many steps above a tier 6 mythic character in terms of power and influence.

Wightborne (CR +1) [SB:UatIF]

“Wightborne” is an acquired template that can be added to any living humanoid creature (referred hereafter as the base creature). Wightborne are unusually rare wights (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 276) which retain a fragile sense of their former self, although warped and twisted by the rage and emotions surrounding their demise. A wight does not choose to create a wightborne, they are rare occurrences when a strong-willed humanoid dies at the hands of a wight, and gaining this template is subject to GM discretion.

Challenge Rating: Base creature‘s CR +1.

Alignment: Any evil. Although non-evil wightborne exist, they are usually a product of a free-willed wightborne having the time and capacity to overcome the strong rage and hatred which animated them.

Type: The creature’s type changes to undead and keeps any subtypes.

Armor Class: A wightborne gains a +4 natural armor bonus.

Hit Dice: Change all of the creature’s racial Hit Dice to d8s. Hit Dice from class levels are unchanged. As undead, wightborne use their Charisma modifier to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).

Defensive Abilities: Wightborne lose all their defensive abilities and gain all the qualities and immunities granted by the undead type.

Weaknesses: Wightborne gains the resurrection vulnerability and spawn’s shackles weaknesses.

Resurrection Vulnerability (Su): A raise dead spell, Life sphere Resurrection sphere effect, or similar spell or ability destroys the wightborne (Will negates). Using a spell in this way does not require a material component.

Spawn’s Shackles (Su): When spawned, a wightborne suffers spawn penalties and is under the command of the wight that spawned them (as detailed in the create spawn ability).

Speed: Same as the base creature.

Melee: A wightborne gains a slam attack if the base creature did not have one. Damage for the slam depends on the wightborne’s size.

Special Attacks: A wightborne gains the create spawn and energy drain special attacks.

Create Spawn (Su): Any humanoid creature that is slain by a wightborne becomes a wight in 1d4 rounds. Spawn created are less powerful than typical wights, and suffer a –2 penalty on all d20 rolls and checks, as well as –2 hit points per Hit Die. Spawn are under the command of the wightborne that created them and remain enslaved until its death, at which point they lose their spawn penalties and become full-fledged and freewilled wights. Wights spawned this way do not possess any of the abilities they had in life.

Energy Drain (Su): Any creature hit by a wightborne’s attack action, first hit of a full-attack action, or attack of opportunity gains one negative level. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Ability Scores: Cha +2. As an undead creature, a wightborne has no Constitution score.

Skills: A wightborne gains a +8 racial bonus on Stealth checks.

Feats: A wightborne gains Blind Fight as a bonus feat.


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