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Darkmantle

Darkmantle

Small Magical Beast

Hit Dice:

1d10+1 (6 hp)

Initiative:

+4

Speed:

20 ft. (4 squares), fly 30 ft. (poor)

Armor Class:

17 (+1 size, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 17

Base Attack/Grapple:

+1/+0

Attack:

Slam +5 melee (1d4+4)

Full Attack:

Slam +5 melee (1d4+4)

Space/Reach:

5 ft./5 ft.

Special Attacks:

Darkness, improved grab, constrict 1d4+4

Special Qualities:

Blindsight 90 ft.

Saves:

Fort +3, Ref +2, Will +0

Abilities:

Str 16, Dex 10, Con 13, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 10

Skills:

Hide +10, Listen +5*, Spot +5*

Feats:

Improved Initiative

Environment:

Underground

Organization:

Solitary, pair, clutch (3-9), or swarm (6-15)

Challenge Rating:

1

Treasure:

None

Alignment:

Always neutral

Advancement:

2-3 HD (Small)

Level Adjustment:

-

The darkmantle hangs from a ceiling by a muscular 'foot' at the top of its body. It can look like a stalactite, by holding its tentacles stiffly under itself, or like a lump of rock, spreading its tentacles so the membrane between them covers its body. Its shell and skin usually resemble limestone, but a darkmantle can change its color to match almost any type of stony background.

A darkmantle is about 4 feet long from the tips of its tentacles to the top of its head. It weighs about 30 pounds.

Combat

A darkmantle attacks by dropping onto its prey and wrapping its tentacles around the opponent's head. Once attached, it squeezes and tries to suffocate the foe. A darkmantle that misses its initial attack often flies up and tries to drop on the opponent again.

Darkness (Su): Once per day a darkmantle can cause darkness as the darkness spell (caster level 5th). It most often uses this ability just before attacking.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a darkmantle must hit a Large or smaller creature with its slam attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.

If it wins the grapple check, it attaches to the opponent's head and can constrict.

Constrict (Ex): A darkmantle deals 1d4+4 points of damage with a successful grapple check.

Blindsight (Ex): A darkmantle can 'see' by emitting high-frequency sounds, inaudible to most other creatures, that allows it to ascertain objects and creatures within 90 feet. A silence spell negates this ability and effectively blinds the darkmantle.

Skills: A darkmantle has a +4 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks.

These bonuses are lost if its blindsight is negated. The creature's variable coloration gives it a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks.


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