Shadowspirit

With a loud snap the twig breaks under my left foot.

Screaming the creature turns around in front of me. I feels his gaze upon me although it’s face isn’t visible. It makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck. Goose bumps appear on my bare arms as the invisible gaze pierces my soul and despite the balmy spring-night I’m shivering.

The shadowspirit shakes its head. As long it stand still its body fades away in the darkness between the trees only to become visible as its moves. As a shadow between shadows. On my guard I tighten my grip on the hilt of my sword. The point of my unwieldy, two-handed weapon points towards the ground. Hoping that my clumsy posture and burdensome sword-strikes will mislead my opponents, but this isn’t an ordinary opponent. It will not underestimate me. It underestimates nobody.

The shadowspirit one of the creatures Xuno faces during her journeys throughout the lands of Ianna and Terria. As I’m reading through Xuno will try to put the enemies Xuno faces into stat bloks.

Xuno has recently been release and is available in any (online) bookstore or the Celtica’s webshop and is written by my wife Maite Donker.

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Starstone Monsters

Recently I watched the Evolution movie again, and it gave me an idea for a monster and encounter, that I’m currently incorporating into a new adventure, that goes further the court of the dryad queen (L3-T8) ends.

For simplicity the template and monster I have created isn’t exactly the same, but it does bring the idea into the game. And it would make a good recurring monster. The Starstone Evoled creature template that works well on any animal, fey, humanoid, magical beast, plant or vermin creature. While the Starstone Ooze, is a little menace that keeps the players on their toes, when they are eradicating these pests.


CREATING A STARSTONE EVOLVED CREATURE

A “Starstone Evolved” is an inherited template that can be added to any creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature). Most starstone evolved creatures are based upon animals, fey, humanoids, magical beasts, plants or vermin. A starstone evolved uses the base creature’s statistics and abilities except as noted here.

CR: Same as the base creature +1.
Alignment: Always Neutral.
Hit Points: A starstone evolved creature gains +2 hp per HD.
Defensive Abilities: A starstone evolved creature has immunity to fire and slashing damage, gains a weakness to cold and the following defensive abilities. But losses the any other elemental resistances it might have.

Reactive Regeneration (Ex): Whenever hit by an attack that deal fire or slashing damage, it regerates 5 hit points and gains 1 evolution point.

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