Mar 12 2012

Monster Monday: Tunnel Reaper (Pathfinder)

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Enormous, vicious beasts who terrorize underground passages, these umber, hulking creatures are the bane of dwarves and goblins alike. And have no resemblance whatsoever to certain copyrighted beasts that didn’t make it into the OGL. Really. We promise.

Tunnel Reaper (CR 7)

CE Large Aberration
Init +1; Senses Darkvision (60 feet), Tremorsense (60 feet); Perception +13

AC 19, touch 10, flat-footed 18 (+1 Dex, -1 size, +9 natural)
hp 95 (10d8+50)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +7

Spd 20 ft., Burrowing (20 feet)
Melee Bite +13 (2d6+6/20/x2) and
Claw x2 +12 (1d6+6/20/x2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Abilities Str 23, Dex 13, Con 18, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 13
Base Atk +7; CMB +14; CMD 25
Feats Improved Natural Attack: Bite, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Toughness +10, Weapon Focus: Bite
Skills Acrobatics +10, Climb +14, Intimidate +6, Perception +13, Stealth +9, Survival +10, Swim +10
Languages Common, Terran (can’t speak)
SQ Confusion Gaze (DC 16)

Confusion Gaze (DC 16) Gaze attack 30′. Effected targets become confused (as per the spell).
Tremorsense (60 feet) Sense non-flying things and creatures without seeing them.

Umber Hulk by !greystudio on deviantART

Because they have no speech other than clicking and stridulating noises, tunnel reapers are often taken for dumb beasts, but in actuality they are intelligent and crafty (if brutish and cruel) creatures, capable of laying elaborate ambushes or figuring out complex traps. Drow and other creatures of the underworld sometimes make mutually-beneficial agreements with tunnel reapers, exchanging the reaper’s muscle for regular sources of food or other benefits.

One should never make the mistake of believing the tunnel reaper is a friend, however. More than one goblin keeper has learned the hard way that the reaper it raised from an egg will one day decide that goblins are tasty.

-The Gneech

The text is open content using the OGL. The illustration was created by !greystudio and shared under their agreement with DeviantArt. The Tunnel Reaper was created by John “The Gneech” Robey, inspired by the original creation of Gary Gygax and/or Robert J. Kuntz. Stat blocks created by Hero LabĀ®.

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