04 September 2016

Monster: Totentanzer

Totentanzer

A skeletal figure dances a terrifying, unearthly dance.

CR 2; XP 600
CE Medium Undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


Defense
AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3

Defensive Abilities endless dance, invigorating dance; DR 5/bludgeoning;  Immune undead traits

Offense
Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +4 (1d4+2 plus grab)

Special Attacks constrict (1d4+2), dance of the death, grab

Statistics
Str 14, Dex 14, Con —, Int 11, Wis 11, Cha 15

Base Atk +2; CMB +4 (+8 grapple); CMD 16
Feats Escape Route, Improved Initiative
Skills Acrobatics +8, Escape Artist +8, Knowledge (religion) +6, Perform (dance) +8

Languages Common
SQ deathly grace

Ecology
Environment any

Organization a pair, a band (3-12), or a team (13-24)
Treasure standard (clothing and jewelry)


Special Abilities

Dance Of Death (Su) When a totentanzer makes a grapple check to maintain a grapple it always chooses move option, moving together with grappled creature at its full speed. It always tries to pull the grappled victim into a danger, such as hazardous location or into a group of enemies, and the victim doesn't get a free attempt to break out. A humanoid that is forced to dance with a totentanzer remains conscious even when disabled or dying, and it will becomes a totentanzer 1d4 rounds after death if killed while dancing with a totentanzer.

Deathly Grace (Ex) A totentanzer treats Acrobatics, Escape Artist, and Perform (dance) as class skills.

Endless Dance (Su) A totentanzer ignores difficult terrain, and is immune to magic that would impede its movement, such as halt undead, solid fog, slow, or web.

Invigorating Dance (Su) A totentanzer grappling a living humanoid gains channel resistance +4. Whenever it deals its constrict damage to a grappled living humanoid, it heals the same amount of hit points.

Death is inescapable to most mortals, and yet, it is not the final end. Before the entropy swallows all that is, there is an eternity of unlife, like the life itself bleak or joyful, stagnant or dynamic. Totentanzers are manifestations of joy in despair, momentum among stillness, chain of souls leaving the lands of the living for the lands of the dead, celebrating entropy and erosion of existence until they unmake them.

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