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Monday Monster: Fright

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UndeadThe ghastly humanoid cadaver jerks and shudders forward with shocking speed. Rotting skin flaps back from its grotesque carcass, uncovering insects scuttling over moldering sinew and gristle. Entrails dangling from its abdominal cavity writhe about, as if grasping at things unseen. The corpse screeches an open war razor along the floor as it comes, and its visage twists into a heart-freezing leer that should not exist outside of a nightmare.

Those who believe that their own nightmares contain horrors more terrifying than anything dwelling in the real world have never laid eyes on a fright. Frights are the undead cadavers of folk killed by their own terror, people literally scared to death. Undeath warps them into hideous, cunning monstrosities inexorably driven to terrify others to death. Few can look upon a fright for more than a handful of moments without horror overwhelming them utterly. Most who cannot escape these freakishly swift sadists die in heart-stopping terror…

Fright (CR 2)

XP 600
NE Medium undead
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10

DEFENSES
AC 14, touch 13, flat-footed 11 (+3 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 22 (3d8+9)
Fort +4, Ref +4, Will +3
Defensive Abilities DR 5/slashing; Immune undead traits
Weaknesses reflection vulnerability

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft., fly 20 ft. (good) (see uncanny glide ability)
Melee war razor +5 (1d4/18-20), +0 bite (1d6)
Special Attacks create spawn, mortifying appearance, terrifying traps
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 3rd)
1/day—darkness, dimension door, silent image (DC 14)
3/day—dancing lights, ghost sound (DC 13)

STATISTICS
Str 10, Dex 16, Con —, Int 15, Wis 10, Cha 16
Base Atk +2; CMB +2; CMD +15
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +6, Climb +8, Craft (traps) +9, Fly +13, Intimidate +8, Perception +10, Stealth +13, Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +4 Craft (traps), +4 Perception, +4 Stealth
Languages Common
SQ uncanny glide

ECOLOGY
Environment any land
Organization solitary, pair, gang (3-6), or pack (7-12)
Treasure standard (war razor, other treasure)

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Create Spawn (Su) All humanoids slain by a fright’s mortifying appearance dies with a horrified expression frozen on their faces, and they rise as free-willed frights 24 hours later.

Mortifying Appearance (Su) During each round that a living creature sets eyes on a fright, it must make a DC 14 Will save or become shaken for 1d6 rounds. Anyone already shaken becomes frightened. Anyone already frightened becomes panicked. Anyone already panicked becomes stunned, unable to look away from the fright. Anyone already stunned dies of terror. This is a mind-affecting fear effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Reflection Vulnerability (Ex) A fright that sees a clear reflection of itself must make a DC 14 Will save or be stunned for 1 round. Once it saves successfully, it cannot be stunned again by the same reflective surface for 24 hours.

Terrifying Traps (Su) Frights imbue mechanical traps that they craft with supernatural fear. Anyone snared or injured by such a trap must make a DC 14 Will save or become shaken for 1d6 rounds. This is a mind-affecting fear effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Uncanny Glide (Su) Although frights can fly with a speed of 20 ft. over any surface with a slope of 45 degrees or less, they can’t fly more than 1 ft. above the surface.

Physical Characteristics

Frights manifest death’s most ghastly aspects. Some are bloated bags of death fluids. Others are skeletal horrors bound together by quivering slivers of muscle, blackened tendons, and pulsing veins dripping gore. No two are alike. All frights’ dying expressions mutate into supernatural masks of terror. All move with harrowing speed, their jarring, preternatural mobility appalling to behold.

A Small-sized fright has AC 15 (touch AC 14, flat-footed AC 12); Melee Attack +6 war razor (1d3/18-20), +1 bite (1d6); CMB +1, CMD +14.

Combat

Frights yearn to scare victims to death, not kill them with blows. Masters of suspense and shock, frights dart in and out of sight and cover, far beyond melee reach, until their mortifying appearance overwhelms foes. They dimension door directly behind foes that consistently avert their eyes. They pursue fleeing victims relentlessly. They relish the knives, war razors, and flensing tools they use to skin helpless victims. Only their own reflections unnerve them.

Habitat & Predations

Frights haunt fear-inspiring locations notorious for past atrocities, like abandoned insane asylums and derelict slaughterhouses. Within, they erect macabre gauntlets of hidden, fear-inducing traps, over which they glide. (Frights favor low-damage traps, Wisdom-damaging poisons, and snares that entangle or pin.) They adorn these crucibles with depravities, like decapitated heads strung up with viscera, and then drive victims inside. Frights also hunt abroad, feverishly stalking former friends and loved ones (who suffer -2 or -4 penalties, respectively, on their mortifying-appearance saves), and babies, which become dreadful, shocking spawn.

(Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible)

    8 Comments

  1. The monster and the illustration are both quite disturbing. I’m glad I checked this out in the morning.

    Mike

    February 1, 2010

  2. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, is there a way to tell if this creature (and others on this site) are OGC or not?

    John Reyst

    February 1, 2010

  3. Thanks for all the bonus Web content! I recently discovered the site and the magazines (via the Haiti Relief bundle – thank you for your contribution!), and will be picking up more issues from RPGNow.

    If I could make a suggestion: please label the Web content as to what game system they are intended for, i.e. 3.5e, 3.5e/Pathfinder, Pathfinder or 4e. Maybe even make those “tags” to facilitate searching. That would be really useful!

    Thanks again!

    jaerdaph

    February 1, 2010

  4. Always nice to have a low CR undead creature that isn’t a zombie or a ghoul. The reflection vulnerability also gives PCs an interesting alternate way to combat this monster. I like this one a lot.

    Stefen

    February 1, 2010

  5. Fiendishly delightful, Ted!

    Adam Daigle

    February 1, 2010

  6. This one is awesome and it just became the central figure in this weekends game.

    Robert

    February 1, 2010

  7. I love your monster! I’m going to be having nightmares about it for weeks :-)! Though I’m not sure i’m crazy about the picture.

    Lachesis

    February 8, 2010

  8. This is a really good blog posting, im thankful I discovered it. Ill be back later to check out other posts that you have on your blog.

    Christena Liveoak

    March 11, 2010

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