2006-02-03, 12:51 AM
Re: Swim, swim, hungry...
Here you go:
Tangled Christmas Lights Golem
Hit Dice: 4d10+10 (32 HP)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class: 19 (+2 dex, +6 natural, +1 size), touch 13, flat-footed 17
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+5
Attack: Slam +5 melee (1d3+2 plus 1d6 electricity)
Full attack: 2 slams +5 melee (1d3+2 plus 1d6 electricity)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Constrict 1d3+1, improved grab, skein
Special Qualities: Construct traits, fast healing 2, damage reduction 2/magic, darkvision 60 ft., immunity to bludgeoning, low-light vision
Saves: Fort +1, Ref +3, Will -4
Abilities: Str 14, Dex 15, Con -, Int -, Wis 1, Cha 4
Feats: Ability Focus(skein) (B)
Organization: Solitary, Tangle (2-3) or Jumble (4-8 )
Challenge Rating: 4
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 5-9 HD (Small), 10-26 HD (Medium), 27-39 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: --
It all started as an innocent december night as a kindly mage went down into the highest reaches of his tower to bring forth the year's decorations. Oh how the children loved his light display.
However, he had merely tossed the lights into a sack and the mass had somehow woven itself together with intricacies that would have made a lesser mind shiver to behold. But the mage was not one to be so easily deterred and went to work with a vengeance. Hours later, however, he was no closer than when he had started. He resorted to spells, anything to get them undone, but they remained stubbornly knotted.
With an enraged exclamation he then cursed the pile and watched in amazement as the entire mass flickered and twitched and rose up. Lights flickering at random upon its surface, it took its first step towards its creator and half the lights exploded with a sizzling sound. The mage flinched away and found to his astonishment that his clothes began to knot themselves together till he could barely move.
A tangled christmas lights golem appears vaguely as a rearing slug constructed from a mass of coiled green and white wires spotted with lights of all colors and sizes. Most of the bulbs however are shattered, with their wires protruding and sparking. Two tentacle-like protrusions dangle from each of its sides.
Tangled christmas lights golems attack with a seething, mindless anger bestowed upon them by the rage of the mage that constructed them. Anything that attacks or gets in their way is fair game to be crushed and twisted by their wirey strength and skein ability.
These golems are difficult to destroy however, as when their strands are seperated they almost immediately begin to knot themselves back together. However, any who can pin a tangled christmas lights golem down can make an attempt to undo its tangles. It must make 10 consecutive DC 25 Use Ropes or Profession (christmas decoration) checks, one each round. If the golem is pulled straight it is rendered helpless and loses its supernatural abilities until a knot is made along part of its length, at which point it reforms.
Constrict (Ex): On a successful grapple check, a tangled christmas lights golem deals 1d3+1 points of damage plus 1d6 electricity.
Immunity to Magic (Ex): A christmas lights golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells and effects function differently against the creature, as noted below.
Animate rope, or a magical attack that deals electricity damage slows a christmas lights golem (as the slow spell) for 1d6 rounds, with no saving throw.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, the golem must hit with a 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 establishes a hold and can constrict or use its skein ability.
Tangled christmas lights golems recieve a +4 bonus on grapple checks, which is already included in the statistics above.
Any easily malleable objects such as ropes, string, loose clothing (imposing a -2 penalty to dexterity-based skills and saves unless removed), chains, etc within 20 feet of a tangled christmas lights golem twists and jumbles itself into a horrible mass of knots. To make use of these items once more requires a DC 30 Use Rope check and takes 2d6 minutes.
The golem may also make a touch attack that causes living creature with an inner anatomy to suffer great pain as their bowels themselves try to knot themselves. Those affected must make a DC 16 Fortitude save or suffer 1d4 subdual damage per round and become nauseated.
Spells such as Animate Rope, Remove Curse, Undulant Innards or other similiar transformation spells counteract and dispel the skein. The fortitude save DC is dexterity based.