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    Lament
    Medium Undead (Incarnum, Incorporeal)
    Hit Dice: 10d12 (65 hp)
    Initiative: +7
    Speed: Fly 50 ft. (10 squares) (perfect)
    Armor Class: 18 (+3 Dex, +5 deflection), touch 18, flatfooted 15
    Base Attack/Grapple: +5/ó
    Attack: Incorporeal Touch +8 melee (1d8)
    Full Attack: Incorporeal Touch +8 melee (1d8)
    Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
    Special Attacks: Corpse puppet, soul proxy
    Special Qualities: Damage reduction 5/good, darkvision 60 ft., immunity to cold, incorporeal traits, spell resistance 18, undead traits
    Saves: Fort +3, Ref +6, Will +6
    Abilities: Str ó, Dex 16, Con ó, Int 8, Wis 18, Cha 18
    Skills: Bluff +13, Concentration +12, Intimidate +13, Spellcraft+12
    Feats: Undead Meldshaper, Necrocarnum Acolyte, Lifesense, Improved Initiative
    Environment: Any
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 7
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Always Neutral Evil
    Advancement: By class level (Favored Class: Incarnate)
    Level Adjustment: +6

    Laments are fragmented, damaged souls, created whenever someone dies in a period of intense emotional stress. Unable to cope with their agony, their souls fracture, part of it going on to the afterlife, the remainders lingering in the world of the living as a Lament. These incomplete souls are able to fuse themselves to dead bodies, animating them as corpse puppets, used in accomplishing whatever goals the Lament had as it died. Most Laments single-mindedly fixate one a single task, going to any lengths to achieve it and viciously attacking anyone who stands in their way. A Lament in its natural form appears as an incorporeal, vaguely humanoid figure that glows a dark blue. Where its face would normally be, there is instead a smooth, mirror-like surface across which cracks spread in intricate patterns.

    Corpse Puppet (Su)
    As a full-round action, a Lament may possess the corpse of any dead corporeal creature that has a skeleton. The possessed corpse is animated as a necrocarnum zombie, under the Lamentís control. The Lament uses the necrocarnum zombieís HD to determine your hp, BAB, and base saves, as well as its Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores. It retains its own Intelligence, Charisma, and Wisdom scores, as well as its skills and feats, which it does not gain from the zombie, though it still gains Toughness as a bonus feat. It gains all special attacks and qualities possessed by the creature, while retaining all of its own. While possessing a corpse, the Lament uses the zombie's hp in place of its ownódamage dealt to the zombie is also dealt to the Lament, and they are treated as a single fused creature. If the zombie is destroyed, the Lament is as well. A Lament may exit a possessed corpse as a full-round action; upon doing so, it reverts to its own hp at the time it possessed the corpse. If the dispel evil is cast on a possessed necrocarnum zombie, the Lament is forced out and takes 10d6 damage, while the zombie is destroyed. A Lament cannot re-possess a body it has been expelled from. To determine the Challenge Rating of a necrocarnum zombie possessed by a Lament, treat them as a mixed group of the zombie and the Lament.

    Soul Proxy (Su)
    While possessing a corpse, a Lament gains the ability to shape soulmelds as a 5th level incarnate. It has no essentia of its own, instead using that of the necrocarnum zombie it possesses. However, it grants the zombie one point of bonus essentia, plus an additional point for every four HD the zombie has. A Lamentís soulmelds have an essentia capacity of two, and it can bindone of its soulmelds to its hostís chakras. A Lament can access the crown, feet, and hands chakra, assuming its hostís body possesses the anatomy to allow those chakras. Most Laments shape the fellmist robe, lightning gauntlets, necrocarnum circlet, and necrocarnum shroud soulmelds. The effects of these soulmelds are not factored in to the statblock above.
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    And a bump for good measure.
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    Not much to add -

    It's pretty cool. I'm of the opinion that Incarnum doesn't get enough love, and a spirit possessing the dead is appropriately creepy. Creepy enough that I'm kind of hoping we don't run into one in 'Beneath the Sea'.

    Also, typo in the first sentence (should be 'damaged souls').
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    Hmmm... really nice concept. I like it.

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    It's pretty cool. I'm of the opinion that Incarnum doesn't get enough love, and a spirit possessing the dead is appropriately creepy. Creepy enough that I'm kind of hoping we don't run into one in 'Beneath the Sea'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Demented One View Post
    Gentlemen, behold Specimen A: A live specimen, captured in the deepest darkness of the Homebrew forums, of the strange beast called "irony."
    I'm not always good at recognizing irony.

    Is it ironic because until I said anything, you hadn't thought of using it in our PbP game?
    People seemed to like this better, but only marginally so - the way one might prefer to be stabbed than shot. Optimally, one isn't stabbed or shot. Optimally, one eats some cake! But there are times when cake is not available, and instead we are destroyed. This is the deep poetry of the universe. -- Tycho Brahe

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyslexicfaser View Post
    I'm not always good at recognizing irony.

    Is it ironic because until I said anything, you hadn't thought of using it in our PbP game?
    Bingo. Much cooler than just normal ghosts.
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