Damu Chura



Large Monsterous Humanoid (aquatic)
Hit Dice: 7d8+21 (52 hp)
Initiative: +1
Speed: 30 ft. (4 squares), swim 40 ft.
Armor Class: 16 (+1 dex, +6 natural, -1 size),
Base Attack/Grapple: +7/+15
Attack: Slam +10 melee (1d8+4 plus poison)
Full Attack: 2 slams +10 melee (1d8+4 plus poison)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Harmony of the marsh, poison, pounce, veinburst
Special Qualities: Amphibious, blindsight 120 ft., low-light vision, immunity to poison, scent, song cycle
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +7
Abilities: Str 18, Dex 13, Con 17, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 16
Skills: Jump +10, Listen +9, Perform (Percussion or Wind) +13, Perform (sing) +13, Spot +9, Swim +12
Feats: Dive for Cover, Great Fortitude, Leap Attack(B), Power Attack
Environment: Warm Marsh (aquatic)
Organization: Mates, Family (2-12), Tumble (20-60)
Challenge Rating: 8
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Usually chaotic neutral
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: -

A damu chura appears as an enormous man of slick black skin with vibrant red veins twitching and stretches all across his body. His neck is so thick that his head merely seems to meld into the body, and a great fleshy throat-sac expands with each breath. His eyes are amphibious looking, with nictitating membranes that flashes across the orbs every few moments. Atop the hairless head is a large fleshy looking lump with pulses with the hearbeat. The legs are strong and muscular and end in flippers, as do the hands.

Damu Chura are frighteningly strange beings rarely seen by those who live on land. Within the waters of the deepest swamps they are to be found, where the mud is thick and the water dark with silt. Great masses of reeds, grass and bamboo are woven to the the deep reaching roots of nearby trees and buried into the mud, so coated in algae and slime that the entrance must often be burrowed into.

Damu chura live not by the day or season, but by the rise and fall of enviromental patterns. For years on end they remain within their rank dwellings, surrounded by a thick bubble of slime and poison. Only when the swamps are thick with the sweltering fogs and the rain falls til great floods spread through the forest do they awaken. It is within these brief drips and puddles of time that they emerge.

Even then they hide within the waters until the cloudy wet nights and the thickest fogs cover the land in unpiercable darkness to sing their songs and feast.

Damu churas weigh nearly 300 lbs. and stand some 8-10 feet high. They speak Giant and their own language of Swallok.

Combat
Damu churas when they come out of their hibernation are often greatly hungered. They perform a ceremony to aid them in melding their spirits with their surroundings and luring its inhabitants to them. Waiting within the fogs, seeing by sound and scent, are damu chura hunters ready to pounce upon potential meals to feed the gathered. With blows of their feet and hands and their poison touch they seek to paralyze their victims into docility. They are then dragged down into the waters to rot and gather flavor.

Blindsight (Ex): Damu chura can 'see' by scent and emitting high-frequency sounds, inaudible to most other creatures, that allow them to locate objects and creatures within 120 feet. A silence spell reduces this to a mere 10 feet.

Harmony of the Marsh (Su):
When a damu chura sings or plays the swamp momentarily goes silent before every creature who lifts its voice in the heat of the night joins in. Every cricket and frog, cicada and heron mixes in with the melody thats both eerie yet invigorating. All creatures not joined in the song within 200 feet must succeed on a DC 16 Will save or suddenly lose their way in the fogs. A new will save must be made each round or every movement they make takes them in the direction of the damu chura. For each damu chura involved in the music the DC increases by 1. The save DC is Charisma-based.
In the hands of a damu chura a hollow reed or bamboo becomes a masterwork woodwind instrument, and a mossy log or tree trunk a masterwork percussion instrument.

Poison (Ex): A damu chura constantly secretes a powerful neural poison. Those hit must succeed on a DC 16 fortitude save or take 1d4 Dexterity damage, and paralysis as secondary damage. The save DC is Consitution-based.

Pounce (Ex): If a damu chura charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including two additional slam attacks. A damu chura may even pounce underwater. If it succeeds in hitting with two of its attacks while submerged it may then shove its opponent away with a backward flip, sending both 10 feet in the opposite direction.

Song Cycle (Ex):
Damu chura can exist in temperatures between 80 and 130 degrees comfortably without having to make fortitude checks. If the temperatures drop below this for more than a week a damu chura dives back for its home to instinctively weave a slimy sack about itself that fills with a special poison. While within this sack it go into a state of suspended animation, aging at a rate of one day per year spent within. Starvation can occur, though at the extended rate mentioned above. While in this state the damu chura can survive temperatures down to 0 degress before having to make fortitude checks. When the right mixture of temperature and flooding begin once more the damu chura awakens.

Veinburst (Ex): If a damu chura is injured with a slashing or piercing melee weapon the wound literally screams as hundreds of miniscule, bright red frogs leap forth, wailing piercingly. The injurer must succeed on a 16 reflex save or have a spray of these tiny creatures cling to the weapon and then leap for the wielder. These frogs cling momentarily, giving a dose of the poison mentioned above.

If harmed while underwater these frogs fill a five-foot square for 1d4 rounds. Those who begin their turn in the square must make a save against the poison each round. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Skills: A damu chura has a +8 racial bonus on swim checks. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.