Monster: Soundblaster Kyton

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Kyton, Soundblaster

A emaciated, grey-skinned androgynous figure with metal-tipped fingers and a mane of unkempt hair. A groupings of long metal needless stick out of their body, with bundles of strings stretched between them. Strips of studded leather are wrapped around the creature's body, forming a harness that reveals more than it covers.

CR 8; XP 4,800

LE Medium Outsider (evil, extraplanar, kyton, lawful)
Init +8; Senses blindsense 30 ft. (sonic), darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +15

AC 21, touch 18, flat-footed 16 (+1 armor, +3 deflection, +4 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 natural)
hp 105 (10d10+50); regeneration 5 (good spells and weapons, silver weapons, sonic)
Fort +8, Ref +11, Will +11
Defensive Abilities resonant mantle; DR 10/silver; Immune cold, deafened condition; SR 19
Weakness vulnerable to sonic

Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +13 (1d8+3 plus 2d6 sonic)
Ranged 3 cutting riffs +14 touch (3d6 sonic)
Special Attacks death-scream, unnerving gaze (DC 18)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 10th; concentration +13)
At Will—ghost sound (DC 13), ventriloquism (DC 14)
1/day—plane shift (restricted to moving between Material and Shadow Planes), 

Str 16, Dex 18, Con 20, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 17
Base Atk +10; CMB +13; CMD 31
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot
Skills Acrobatics +18, Intimidate +20, Knowledge (planes) +14, Perception +15, Perform (sing) +20, Perform (string) +20, Sense Motive +15; Racial Modifiers +4 Intimidate, +4 Perform
Language Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Elven, Infernal, Sylvan; telepathy 100 ft.

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, band (3–5), or orchestra (1 or more with up to 24 drummers)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Cutting Riffs (Su) Soundblaster kytons can play dreadful riffs on their strings, sending waves of devastating sound against targets within 60 feet. Cutting riffs inflict 3d6 points of sonic damage on a successful ranged touch attack. A soundblaster kyton can multiple riffs cutting with a full-attack action or single riff as an attack action, treating them as natural weapon attacks.

Death-Scream (Ex) A soundblaster kyton dropped below 0 hit points issues a terrible scream as an immediate action unless the effect also destroyed its body (such as disintegrate or destruction), dealing 10d6 points of sonic damage to creatures within 30 feet and deafening for 1 hour. A successful Fortitude saving throw halves the damage and reduces deafness duration to 1 round. A death-scream is a sonic effect. It can pierce through magical silence as if using dispel magic against it, using the soundblaster kyton's caster level.

Resonant Mantle (Ex) A soundblaster kyton is surrounded by vibrations that apply its Charisma bonus as a deflection bonus to AC. A soundblaster kyton caught within area of silence can't use its spell-like abilities, cutting riffs, does not inflict additional sonic damage with its claw attacks, and loses its deflection bonus to AC. Instead, it becomes enraged, gaining +4 morale bonus to Strength and Constitution ability scores, and can make two additional claw attacks during a full attack. This effect has the same restriction's as barbarian's rage on using skills and abilities.

Unnerving Gaze (Ex) Sapient creatures that succumb to a soundblaster kyton unnerving gaze become overwhelmed with nihilistic hopelessness for 1 minute. During that time they reject beneficial and harmful effects alike, being treated as unwilling targets and making saving throws against harmless effects.

Soundblaster kytons are virtuosi of inflicting pain and injury with sounds. They compose pieces of fiendish music by weaving the riffs played on their embedded strings, the haunting shrills they sing, and the screams of pain of their victims. They often mix terrible cacophony with eerily beautiful parts. When they communicate, they usually sing in a deeply resonant voice drawn from the depth of their throat.

Drummers (CR 4) are lesser kytons that occasionally accompany soundblaster kytons. They use ostiarius stats with young template applied, no spell-like abilities, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores of 13. Their unnerving gaze causes shaken condition for 1 round.

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