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Latest revision as of 20:13, 12 July 2019

Dragloth

Dragloth (CR 15)

Neutral Evil - Large - Fey (Dragon)
When the Matriarchs sought more powerful males to do their bidding and crush their enemies, after decades of work they created the Driders. No one can argue with the power of the Driders, and usually their loyalty is without peer. The houses that developed the Driders saw their fortunes rise compared to other great Houses among the Drow, and they were smug and well-pleased.
However, not all was perfect for the Drow, even with the incredible might of the Driders at their side.
The Drow Matriarchs needed vast armies to enact their terrible wars of conquest and vengeance. And while the Driders are incredible engines of destruction, they are also...expensive. Thus it was that, after a goodly time passed, the houses that had not developed Driders on their own began to experiment in developing new males, equally as dangerous and powerful in battle as the Driders, but who were easier to create, so that vast armies of them could be fielded to destroy everything in their path.
The Drow Strategists tasked with this work were utterly ruthless, as you would expect, and they tried everything. Demon hybrids, spider hybrids, aboleth hybrids, every type of aberration you can imagine, even devils and dark, horrible things from the Outer Madness, all these things were attempted. And while hundreds of sickening abominations were created, none of them were quite what they were looking for.
Until, in the fullness of time, the heartless, searching Drow decided to try something really scary... they made a hybrid with a dragon.
Here, at last, the Drow had everything they could wish for. Incredible power, ridiculous fecundity, and if they were just a touch too arrogant for perfect obedience, well, so be it, it was a small price to pay for being so ideal in so many other ways.
The new creations were called Dragloths, and finally, the Houses that lacked Driders had their own mighty and deadly troops to bring to the battlefield.
The use of Dragloths spread like wildfire among the Great Houses, with nearly every House acquiring some breeding stock as quickly as they could. Equality reigns among the Drow Great Houses once again, and with the eternal deadlock renewed, the Drow are once again turning their dark, jealous gaze to the outside world, always seeking more resources, more power, with which to wage their eternal battles.

General

Lore Check: Know (Nature) (Basic: DC 32; Full: DC 45)
Init: +27
Ambush Chance: 10+ on d20 (req's 1 minute prep)
Senses: Standard Senses, Blindsense 30 feet, Darkvision 60 feet,
Passive Perception: 37 (Spot: +27, req's move action)

Defense

AC: 37    Touch: 26
Maneuver Defense (MD): 39
Hit Points: 328     (Bloodied Value: 164)    Hit Dice: 29
Fort: +18    Refl: +14    Will: +14
Special Defenses:
Strong Against:
Weak Against:
  • (Fey 1) Vulnerable (1.5x damage): Cold Iron
  • Vulnerable (1.5x damage):Cold Iron

Offense

Movement Types: Walk 30 ft., Lesser Flight 50 ft.
Space / Reach: 10 ft. / 10 ft.
Standard Attack:
  • 1x Dark-Toothed Bite +24 (3d10+23/x2) as (undefined damage type)
Full Attack:
  • 1x Dark-Toothed Bite +24 (3d10+23/x2) as (undefined damage type)
  • 2x Blackened Claws +24 (3d6+9/x2) as (undefined damage type)
Standard Ranged:
  • 1x Bolt of Darkness +24 (3d10+23/x2) as (undefined damage type) (Increment: 50 ft.; Max Range: 500 ft.) ; Negative Energy Damage
Full Ranged:
  • 3x Bolt of Darkness +24 (3d10+23/x2) as (undefined damage type) (Increment: 50 ft.; Max Range: 500 ft.) ; Negative Energy Damage
Maneuver Offense: +24
Siege Damage: Not siege capable
Special Attacks: Breath of Shadow, Shattering Scream
Action Points: 0

Statistics

Str: 22    Dex: 24    Con: 18    Int: 10    Wis: 14    Cha: 22
Feats:
Skills:
Languages: Undercommon, Common

Special Abilities

Breath of Shadow (Su)

Once per encounter, as a standard action, a Dragloth brings forth a dense cloud of roiling black negative energy. This affects all enemies in a 5x5 space and has a three hundred foot range.
Breath of Shadow deals 3d8+16 of negative energy damage and all enemies caught in it must make a Will save versus a DC of 28. Those who make their save take only half damage from the breath. Those who fail their save take full damage and are Dazzled for the rest of the encounter. If creatures with a Dazzled condition fail a second save against Breath of Shadow they become Baffled until the end of the encounter. Baffled creatures who fail a third save against Breath of Shadow are Confused until the condition is broken with a Dispel Magic. The Caster Level of Breath of Shadow is the Challenge Rating (CR) of the Dragloth.

Shattering Scream (Ex)

Once per encounter, as a standard action, a Dragloth may emit an ear-shattering howl. This is a sonic-based attack that affects all enemy creatures within 30 feet of the Dragloth's space. The Dragloth must have line of effect for this power to operate, but does not require line of sight. This power inflicts 4d10+23 of sonic damage. Shattering Scream allows a Fort save versus a DC of 28 to take half damage. If this save is failed, the Dragloth may roll one free Sunder attempt against their victim, choosing an item to attack at random and rolling a d20 plus their Maneuver Offense of 24 against their victim's Maneuver Defense. If they equal or exceed the Maneuver Defense, they inflict a Sunder on their chosen item, although as always, if the victim has a shield they may interpose it to take the Sunder on that instead.


Combat Tactics

Dragloths are not gifted tacticians, but with their terrible powers, they hardly need to be. They begin combat with a third to a half of them using Breath of Shadow and the rest Bolts of Darkness as they advance toward their enemies. The reason they alternate is so that they can stagger their Breath of Shadow power, seeking to stack up status conditions, looking to Confuse or otherwise hamper enemy spell casters and ranged attackers.
As they close in, the leading Dragloths use their Shattering Scream, to soften up their foes even more, while more of them will use Breath of darkness. As the front row of attackers moves to melee, they will use their weak Blindsense to find any hidden or invisible enemies (they were designed to fight Drow), and will engage spell casters, ranged attackers, and hidden foes in melee.
As the reserve Dragloths enter melee range, they repeat this process, seeking to swamp their foes in a tidal wave of damage and status conditions. It is a simple and brutally effective tactic.
Once engaged in battle, Dragloths are as proud as their draconic heritage would indicate, and are very unlikely to disengage in battle. Once Dragloths attack, not even a female Drow can order them off their victims.

Out of Combat

"Off Duty", Dragloths are indolent and proud, and the Matriarchs are well-pleased to indulge their mighty pets. That said, the Ladies of Shadow are also not ones to abide a shirker, and as such, they seek to keep their powerful and capricious Draconic toys busy with projects and activities. It would not do for their adorable little monsters to get bored, or heaven forbid, lose their edge.

Rewards

XP: 51,200
Treasure: Sellable Goods worth 32,125 gp.
Weight: 160 lbs.     Volume: 6 cu ft
Optional Treasure Rules: Roll on the following table once per encounter (NOT per creature). Any items discovered are in addition to the normal treasure for the encounter.
Table 1: Roll a d20:
Result Remnant Found (If Any)
1 - 10 Nothing Found
11 - 14 1 Languid Remnant (tier 1)
15 - 17 1 Pale Remnant (tier 2)
18 - 19 1 Bright Remnant (tier 3)
20 Roll on Table 2
Table 2: Roll a d20:
Result Remnant(s) Found
1 - 5 3 Languid Remnants (tier 1)
6 - 10 3 Pale Remnants (tier 2)
11 - 14 1 Intense Remnant (tier 4)
15 - 17 1 Blazing Remnant (tier 5)
18 - 19 1 Vital Remnant (tier 6)
20 Roll on Table 3
Table 3: Roll a d20:
Result Remnant(s) Found
1 - 5 3 Bright Remnants (tier 3)
6 - 8 3 Intense Remnants (tier 4)
9 - 11 3 Blazing Remnants (tier 5)
12 - 14 3 Vital Remnants (tier 6)
15 - 17 1 Prime Remnant (tier 7)
18 - 19 1 Mythic Remnant (tier 8)
20 1 Empyrean Remnant (tier 9)