RPG Design – Monster Monday: Kroskling

Kroskling                             CR 5
A mysterious figure in a brown cloak reveals his true nature with three twitching blue-skinned tails that end in needle-sharp spines. 
XP 1,600
CE medium outsider (native)
Init +8; Senses Darkvision 60 ft; Perception +11 Aura darkshards 15 ft.
AC 19, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+4 Dex, +5 natural)
hp 57 (6d10+24)
Fort +6, Ref +9, Will +7
DR 5/silver; Resist fire 10
Speed 30 ft.
Melee 3 tentacle rakes +11 melee (1d4+4 plus darkshard poison)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th)
At will–produce flame
           3/day–charm person, invisibility
           1/day–black tentacles
Str 19, Dex 19, Con 18, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 20
Base Atk +6; CMB +10, CMD 24
Feats Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (tentacle)
Skills  Climb + 13,  Bluff +11,Perception +11, Sense Motive +7, Stealth +11
Languages Celestial, Common, Abyssal, Infernal
Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or rustle (3-10)
Treasure standard
Special Abilities
 Darkshards (Su, aura): A kroskling’s magic tattoos cause it to be surrounded by a 15-ft. aura of whirling black shapes that can imprint themselves on a creature’s skin unless they make a will save. Creatures that fail this save take a -2 penalty on saves against the kroskling’s spell-like abilities and its darkshard poison. On a success, that creature cannot be affected by this kroskling’s darkshard aura for 24 hours.
Darkshard Poison (Ex): Tentacle–Injury: save Fort DC 17; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d3 Dex, cure 1 save. This strange poison causes a victim’s skin to break out in dark shapes like tattoos. Creatures that become immobile due to losing all of their dexterity slowly become krosklings over the next 24 hours.
Mercurial and wholly evil, krosklings live to cause pain and discord. No one knows where they came from, though the oldest krosklings speak of dark fissures in the earth that lead to other, stranger worlds. Though they normally stalk the fringe of society looking for victims, krosklings occasionally band together to convert entire villages into places of suffering and madness. More than one ghost town lies in the wilderness with strange bloody marks on the walls of empty houses, painted by newly converted krosklings mad with the sadism of their new existence.


I love monsters that bewilder and bemuse the players, or make them squirm at strange forms of evil.

This monster’s art was created specially for me by my brother, Israel Pesach Porter Zasada! Doesn’t it look gorgeous?


-Max Porter Zasada


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