Monday, October 22, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day Four


PYRE WRAITH

FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1 (or 11-20)
ARMOR CLASS: 2
MOVE: 9”
HIT DICE: 3+1
% IN LAIR: 100%
TREASURE TYPE: U
NO. OF ATTACKS: 4
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 2-7
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Very
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: S
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Pyre wraiths are a unique combination of undead and elemental formed from a specially constructed funeral pyre or cremation fire. They are usually imprisoned in a funeral urn, whence they are incapable of escaping. However, if freed, they will lash out at any living beings in the vicinity, in a blind rage at their undead status. They are usually encountered singly, but in a crematorium or columbarium, they can be found in large numbers.

Pyre wraiths are able to cast fireball and fire charm once per round. Although they appear as some sort of fire-based elemental, they are, in fact, undead creatures and thus are immune to the usual mind-affecting magics as other such creatures. They are immune to fire-based attacks, although cold and water based spells do double damage. Only weapons of +1 or greater enchantment can harm them. They appear as pillars of fire, lashing out with tentacles of flame; any flammable substance or object struck by a pyre wraith must make a saving throw vs. (normal) fire or burst into flames itself. Clerics turn them as if they were shadows.

3 comments:

Billy Billerson said...

That's one nasty surprise to find in an urn!

If the players survive it, I imagine them looting the other urns and giving them to their enemies as presents!

Timothy Brannan said...

I like it. I will have to try these little beasties out.

frothsof said...

that is one nasty monster right there