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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Faerie Bestiary: Card Soldier

by Adam Frank and Tim Wallace

Card Soldier
Waddling towards you is a single rectangular creature with stubby arms and legs grasping a spear. The rectangle is solid white with a large single spade printed on it. Its face is dour. As it marches to you it splits, and splits again soon you are surrounded by numerous of these soldiers, their faces all holding a similar expression, the only difference between these creatures is that each one has a different number of spades, diamonds, clubs or hearts.
  

CARD SOLDIER      CR 1/2
XP 200
NE Small construct
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +1
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DEFENSE
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AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 11 (+1 size)
hp 15 (1d10+10)
Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +0
DR 5/slashing; Immune construct traits
Weaknesses susceptible to mind-affecting effects, unbalanced
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OFFENSE
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Speed 20 ft.
Melee spear +4 (1d6+1/×3)
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STATISTICS
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Str 13, Dex 11, Con —, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 7
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 11 (7 vs Trip Attempts)
Feats Weapon Focus (spear)
Skills Perception +1, Profession (soldier) +1
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ stack 'em up
Other Gear spear
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Stack 'Em Up (Ex) Ten card soldiers of a single suit (spades, clubs, hearts, or diamonds) can stack themselves together as a full-round action to become larger and more powerful.
Susceptible to Mind-Affecting Effects (Ex) A card soldier is susceptible to mind-affecting effects, despite the fact that it is a construct.
Unbalanced (Ex) A card soldier takes a –4 penalty to CMD against trip attempts.

The card soldiers are a creation of the Queen of Hearts who will follow her orders without fail, if sometimes they do so ineptly. She uses these soldiers to perform duties, or guard the castle and nearby grounds. Despite their fragile appearance each is hardy. At any given time there are forty soldiers, if one is struck down another will inevitably show up soon. They are simple creatures, about four feet tall, feet at the bottoms of their large rectangular bodies and short stubby arms one of which grips a long, deadly spear. Their faces are actually on the rectangle they do not have discernible heads.
In battle they focus on their large flat bodies to block the enemy from moving or will stack themselves into groups of ten to fight better. The soldiers are hardy creatures shrugging off all but the mightiest of blows while they fiercely defend their turf. The power of a single card soldier, while negligible, becomes a frightening thing when paired with their fellows. The Queen of Hearts is willing to employ these soldiers as kingdom, army, castle guard, groundskeeper, or janitor as the mood strikes. Even when doing jobs other than soldiering, their spears are always nearby, or, if the job permits, in hand. The soldiers are always ready to do battle at a moment’s notice and will fight fiercely to the bitter end.

CARD SOLDIER STACK     CR 8
XP 4,800
NE Large construct
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +10
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DEFENSE
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AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 19 (+2 Dex, +10 natural, -1 size)
hp 95 (10d10+40)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +4
DR 10/adamantine; Immune construct traits
Weaknesses susceptible to mind-affecting effects, unbalanced
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OFFENSE
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Speed 30 ft.
Melee +1 spear +16/+11 (2d6+8/×3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
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STATISTICS
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Str 20, Dex 14, Con —, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 11
Base Atk +10; CMB +16; CMD 28 (24 vs Trip)
Feats Great Fortitude, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Toughness, Weapon Focus (spear)
Skills Perception +10, Profession (soldier) +10
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ cut the cards
Other Gear +1 spear
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Cut the Cards (Ex) A card soldier stack can spit into its ten component card soldiers as a full-round action.
Susceptible to Mind-Affecting Effects (Ex) A card soldier stack is susceptible to mind-affecting effects, despite the fact that it is a construct.
Unbalanced (Ex) A card soldier stack takes a –4 penalty to CMD against trip attempts.