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Expanding Codex: Bookkeeper

Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a bookkeeper without modifying its challenge rating. Creator’s Mark. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: the bookkeeper marks the target with an invisible rune, which it and its creator can see. The mark can be removed with a dispel magic or similar magic. The bookkeeper loses its Bite action. Dual Binding. The bookkeeper is attuned to two books...

Expanding Codex: Void Giant

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a void giant without modifying its challenge rating. Deep Void Casting (Recharge 4–6). As a bonus action, the void giant can infuse a spell with powerful void magic. One creature that...

Expanding Codex: Swolbold

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a swolbold without modifying its challenge rating: Audience-Driven Overconfidence. The swolbold has advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of the swolbold’s...

Expanding Codex: Venom Elemental

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a venom elemental without modifying its challenge rating: Air Form. Aerosolized versions of the venom elemental are rarer than their liquid cousins on the demiplane of poisons. The...

Expanding Codex: Albino Death Weasel

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter an albino death weasel without modifying its challenge rating: Albino Camouflage. The albino death weasel is naturally camouflaged in areas with white backgrounds, such as...

Expanding Codex: Arcanaphage

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter an arcanaphage without modifying its challenge rating. Diviniphage. A diviniphage feeds solely on divine magic but still interacts with all types of magic. It is immune to damage from...

Expanding Codex: Ziphius

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a ziphius without modifying its challenge rating: Capsize. If the ziphius moves at least 20 feet straight toward a seagoing vessel and then hits and damages it with a dorsal fin...

Expanding Codex: Leonino

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter a leonino without modifying its challenge rating: Favored Messenger. While the leonino is delivering a message, it has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical...

Warlock’s Apprentice: Treasure Vaults of Midgard

Many are those needing to store wealth, information, and other odds and ends they’d prefer not fall into the hands of thieves. All across Midgard, special repositories are built to this end: difficult to locate and access and often featuring traps and guardians to destroy intruders. Here are detailed but a few of those. Bemmean Wandering Vault The Wandering Vault is a semi-sentient construct that roams the Magocracy of Allain. The hexagonal...

Expanding Codex: Moon Drake

The Expanding Codex series fleshes out monsters from the Creature Codex, giving GMs ways to modify the existing monsters to surprise well-prepared players or to introduce monsters to a campaign. Alternate Traits and Actions The following changes allow GMs to alter moon drakes without modifying its challenge rating: Shiftersense. The moon drake can sense the presence of shapeshifters within 30 feet. The moon drake’s darkvision is reduced to 60...

Con Report: Shadows of the Dusk Queen

Paizocon may be over, but our enjoyment of it certainly is not! Mike Welham braved the lovely weather and terrific gamers of the Northwest to run Shadows of the Dusk Queen for some Pathfinders ready for action. Sounds like they had a wonderfully fun time—and even had a surprise teammate in the form of artist Bryan Syme. Needless to say, there are spoilers after this paragraph. (No, learning about Bryan being there is not a spoiler.) If you...

Monarch of the Monsters 4: Green Strangler

In the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the green strangler by Mike Welham. This plant, composed of writhing roots and vines, is arranged in a vaguely humanoid form. It...

Friday Funny: Dire Turkey

Gunnar the Huntsman studied the tracks in front of him, grimacing when he saw those made by a pair of large birds. Trina, a young woman who had accompanied him on his annual hunting trips to Fairview in the past, fidgeted at his side. Why the new mayor of Fairview had suggested she accompany him this time, in spite of the protestations the mayor had made just weeks before regarding the barbaric practice of “turkey hunting,” was...

Lemming Swarm

Anton Swordbender swaggered out of the tavern, heading for Puffin Bluff after a full night of drinking. While he hadn’t succeeded in finding company before he left, he knew he caught the eye of at least one lass who would be easier to persuade later. A forced cough interrupted his thoughts as he reached the bluff. Anton recognized the halfling standing at a nearby tree. “Thaddeus,” Anton nodded at the small humanoid. “We meet again, my old...

Drake Options: Variant Class Rules, Part 2

It’s raining drakes! Find a whole slew of these fierce mini-dragons in the Book of Drakes. Masters Daigle and Welham can show you the way… Style Feat Drake Style: Mimicking the unpredictability of drakes, practitioners of this style attack their foes with a series of confounding, random movements, which eventually provide a clear opening for more deadly attacks. Masters of this style learn to jump so well they appear to actually fly. Feats...

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