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    "[...]Of that nighted, penguin-fringed abyss"

    Killer Penguins!

    Medium Aberration (Aquatic)
    Hit Dice:
    12d8+84 (138 hp)
    Initiative: +8
    Speed: 50 ft. (10 squares), fly 90 ft. (perfect), swim 100 ft.
    Armor Class: 27 (+4 Dex, +13 natural), touch 14, flat-footed 23
    Base Attack/Grapple: +9/+16
    Attack: Tentacle +16 melee (1d8+7 + 1 Con + rotting caress)
    Full Attack: 4 tentacles +16 melee (1d8+7 + 1 Con + rotting caress)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: Cacophonous dirge, flatulent propulsion, rotting caress, shivering touch
    Special Qualities: Aquatic subtype, damage reduction 5/-, darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, immunity to cold and petrification, uncanny dodge, unraveling visage
    Saves: Fort +13, Ref +9, Will +13
    Abilities: Str 24, Dex 16, Con 24, Int 16, Wis 16, Cha 20
    Skills: TBA
    Feats: Cleave, Great Cleave, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes
    Environment: That penguin-fringed abyss
    Organization: Solitary, pair, or (3-5)
    Challenge Rating: 16
    Treasure: No coins; double goods; standard items
    Alignment: Always evil (any)
    Advancement: 13-18 HD (Medium); 19-36 HD (Large)

    It is a curious oddity; the superficial appearance that of a normal penguin. Yet the similarities end there. The very length of its body is smeared with offensive faeces and piss; hanging at its side are twin sets of tentacles, their tips glowing with malefic viridian. Its feet are bloody claws; heavyset and simian.
    Its face is hidden behind a blank expressionless mask, but you see the beginnings of tentacles. A vile screech sounds as its mask slowly opens.
    You scream, a neverending wail that stops as soon as your heart erupts from your chest


    Who can fathom the infinite depths of madness?
    Some knowingly venture into the yawning chasm unprepared; so that the edifying waters of deleterious sanity may wash over them, bringing clarity and loathing in equal measure.

    Others vomit forth from their enlightenment as gibbering husks; their lucidity becoming ever unhinged as they seek to claw the very brains from their skulls.

    Injurious whispers claim such boundless aberrance is encapsulated in the very form of killer penguins.

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    Cacophonous Dirge (Ex): The killer penguin may sing a dirge of such utter regret and unspeakable cacophony that all who hear it go irrevocably insane. 3/day, the very air around the killer penguin erupts in a combined dissonance of hideous laughter and symbol of insanity. All who hear it within a 60-foot radius must additionally succeed on a DC 21 Will save or be stunned for 1d6 rounds. The save DC is Charisma-based. Furthermore, all who hear the penguin sing are depressed, taking a -2 penalty on all attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks.

    Flatulent Propulsion (Ex): The killer penguin propels itself through offensive flatulence. Those under its odorous attentions are affected as if by the cloudkill spell. The killer penguin can use its flatulence to fly, hover, take off from a vertical position or negate the scent ability of creatures. All with scent have the ability rendered temporarily ineffective. Creatures with scent must succeed against a DC 23 Fort save or forever lose their ability. The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Rotting Caress (Ex): Each caress of the killer penguin's tentacles induces ineffable rot in its victims; its very touch ravaging flesh. All multilated by the killer penguin take 1d6 points of Str and Dex ability damage.
    Such physical scarring is tenacious; all damage dealt by the killer penguin is vile damage.
    Additionally, the killer penguin may choose to forego damage to force a hideous transformation upon the victim. A creature so hit by the killer penguin must succeed on a DC 23 Fortitude save or begin to physically transmute into another killer penguin.The save DC is Constitution-based.

    Shivering Touch (Sp): The killer penguin may cast shivering touch as an at will spell-like ability; at caster level 12th.

    Unraveling Visage (Ex): The very presence of the killer penguin is anathema to reality; its very being, injurious. All who look upon the unmasked killer penguin must succeed on a DC 23 Fortitude save or die as their heart flees their chest. Success causes the victim to violently seek to gouge their eyes out, taking 1d6 Con damage in the process.

    Uncanny Dodge (Ex): A killer penguin retains its Dexterity bonus to AC when flat-footed, and it cannot be flanked except by a rogue of at least 16th level. It can flank characters with the uncanny dodge ability as if it were a 12th-level rogue.
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    Cacophonous Dirge ain't no laughin' matter.

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    How does this fight flying characters? At level 14 every wizard is going to have fly, and he just has to get 61ft. above it and drop rocks on it. It doesn't have any ranged attacks, flying, or massive jump mod. (yet) either give it some kind of levetation or jump mod or anti-magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dust View Post
    Cacophonous Dirge ain't no laughin' matter.
    It sure ain't.

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    How does this fight flying characters? At level 14 every wizard is going to have fly, and he just has to get 61ft. above it and drop rocks on it. It doesn't have any ranged attacks, flying, or massive jump mod. (yet) either give it some kind of levetation or jump mod or anti-magic.
    They've got the shivering touch angle down pat; plus, they could catch the offending spellcaster in an unraveling visage.
    I was thinking of giving them V/STOL powered by their own flatulence. Yea?
    To see the world in a grain of sand
    and Heaven in a wild flower
    To hold infinity in the palm of your hand
    and eternity in an hour.

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    Sure. That would be hilarious. Might want to heighten the CR, though...
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    Awesome; I'll go and edit it in
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    and eternity in an hour.

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    My Brother always told me the world would end because of Penguins and i didn't believe him... Why! Oh, WHY DIDN'T I LISTEN?!?!
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    "If you help their Verse you'll just make things Worse"
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    May not operate a travelling kitchen since not all wandering monsters taste like chicken, even if we do add garlic.

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    And it'd be exactly like this; except on a massive scale
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    In their expressionless eyes, there is only your doom and despair.
    To see the world in a grain of sand
    and Heaven in a wild flower
    To hold infinity in the palm of your hand
    and eternity in an hour.

    - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

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