Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bestiary: Jehmorcha

by Adam Frank and Tim Wallace

Their regal gold head crests billowing behind them, a man-sized lizard skitters towards the adventuring party. It bellows twice, a loud screeching noise. The large scales scintillate between gold and charcoal grey. The powerful reptile stares with commanding eyes upon the heroes. Suddenly the lizard’s purpose is made clear: fear is coming. This creature is only here to announce it.

© Nicholas Cloister, Monsters by Email, licensed to Timothy Wallace

XP 51,200
CE Medium magical beast (extraplanar, fire)
Init +6; Senses cinder sight, darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +28
AC 30, touch 16, flat-footed 24 (+6 Dex, +14 natural)
hp 214 (20d10+100)
Fort +18, Ref +18, Will +13
DR 10/cold iron or silver; Immune fire; SR 26
Weaknesses vulnerable to cold
Speed 90 ft.
Melee bite +26 (2d6+6 plus 1d6 fire), 2 claws +26 (1d8+6)
Special Attacks breath weapon (100-ft. line, DC 24, 20d4 fire), rend (2 claws, 1d8+9)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th; concentration +24)
   1/day—incendiary cloud
Str 23, Dex 22, Con 18, Int 13, Wis 20, Cha 19
Base Atk +20; CMB +26; CMD 42 (46 vs. trip)
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+30 to jump), Perception +28, Stealth +29, Survival +25
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic; telepathy 100 ft.
Environment any
Organization always six
Treasure standard
Cinder Sight (Su) A jehmorcha sees through fire, fog, and smoke without penalty as long as there is enough light to otherwise allow her to see normally.
Distracting Charge (Ex) When another jehmorcha uses the charge action and hits, the jehmorcha gains a +2 bonus on its next attack roll against the target of that charge. This bonus must be used before the other jehmorcha’s next turn, or it is lost.
Incendiary Cloud (Sp) Six jehmorcha operating together can conjure an incendiary cloud.
Outflank (Ex) Whenever two jehmorcha are flanking the same creature, their flanking bonus on attack rolls increases to +4. In addition, whenever a flanking jehmorcha scores a critical hit against the flanked creature, it provokes an attack of opportunity from its ally.
Shake It Off (Ex) When a jehmorcha is adjacent to one or more other jehmorcha, it gains a +1 bonus on saving throws per adjacent jehmorcha (maximum +4).
Snapping Flank (Ex) When flanking with another jehmorcha, as a swift action the jehmorcha can make a bite attack against the opponent it and the other jehmorcha are flanking.

Before the terror that is the ghidjarin comes the jehmorcha. Able to telepathically communicate with the ghidjarin and advise the gigantic dragon of the presence of prey, the jehmorcha’s primary goal is to scout. Omnivorous creatures, they will eat the scraps from the ghidjarin's kill after their master has razed the area.
These lizards will not go out of their way to attack anyone or anything but they will defend themselves if the need arises. Related to dragons, the jehmorcha has a heat ray breath attack that is capable of cooking anything it comes in contact with. Their scales are nearly impenetrable by normal weapons and even their head crests are deceptively durable and difficult to damage.
Like the ghidjarin, the origins of the jehmorcha are unknown and any living specimens that have been captured escape mysteriously. What is most confusing is this: No matter how many are killed there are always six jehmorcha in a scouting group.