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    I'll get around to finishing this soon. I want to add some unique abilities, so this may take a while longer.

    Out from the ocean arises a great beast, its leonine orange face contrasting with its green, heavily muscled tauric body. As it roars, its fiery mane rises up into the air like a garden of spikes. Lightning strikes the side of its horns, though the creature doesn't seem to notice.

    Nián Sḥu CR 16
    XP 76,800
    NE Huge Magical Beast (Aquatic)
    Init +0; Senses Blindsense 60 ft., Darkvision 60 ft., Lowlight vision; Perception +33
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    Defenses

    AC 20, Touch 8, flatfooted 20; (+12 natural, -2 size)
    hp 299 (26d10+156); fast healing 10
    Fort +22, Ref +17, Will +14
    DR 15/Red SR 37
    Immunity Electricity
    Weaknesses Fear of Sound, Vulnerability to Sonic
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    Offenses

    Speed 40 ft., Swim 40 ft.
    Melee Gore +34 (2d8+15/19-20), Bite +32 melee (2d6+10), 2 Claws +33 melee (1d8+10)
    Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
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    Statistics

    Str 31, Dex 10, Con 21, Int 14, Wis 19, Cha 16
    Base Atk +26; CMB +38; CMD 48
    Feats Ability Focus (Frightful Presence), Awesome Blow, Bleeding Critical, Combat Expertise, Critical Focus, Great Fortitude, Improved Critical (Gore), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack, Toughness, Weapon Focus (Claw)
    Skills Intimidate +32, Knowledge (History) + 31, Survival +33
    Languages Mandarin
    SQ Amphibious
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    Special Abilities

    Blindsense (Ex): A nián sḥu can locate creatures within 120 feet by nonvisual means (mostly hearing and scent, but also by noticing vibration and other environmental clues). Opponents the nián sḥu can’t actually see still have total concealment against it.

    Damage Reduction: Nián Sḥu have near-impenetrable armor, but for reasons unknown these creatures have a strange aversion to the color red. Weapons that are dipped in red powder or covered in red paint or dried blood bypass this damage reduction. Covering a weapon in the nián sḥu's own blood does not bypass thisdamage reduction.

    Fear of Sound: Every time a nián sḥu suffers more than 30 points of sonic damage in a single strike, the nián sḥu must make a DC 18 Will save, or become shaken for 3d4 rounds. If a nián sḥu suffers more than 50 points of sonic damage in a single hit, the creature must make a DC 20 save or become frightened for 2d6 rounds. Should the nián sḥu take more than 100 points of sonic damage, the creature is panicked for a full minute and will attempt to flee to the nearest large body of water as quickly as possible.

    Frightful Presence (Su): A nián sḥu can inspire terror by charging or attacking. Affected creatures must succeed on a DC 28 Will save or become shaken, remaining in that condition as long as they remain with 60 feet of the nián sḥu. The save DC is Charisma-based. Every time another creature is affected by this ability, the nián sḥu gains a number of bonus hit points equal to one-half the victim's total number of HD (minimum 1).

    Swallow Whole (Ex): A nián sḥu can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 4d10+15 points of bludgeoning damage and 12 points of acid damage per round from the nián sḥu’s gizzard. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 40 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 15). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out. A Huge nián sḥu’s gizzard can hold 2 Medium, 8 Small, 32 Tiny, or 128 Diminutive or smaller opponents.
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    Ecology

    Environment: Warm Ocean
    Organization: Solitary
    Treasure: Double Standard

    It is said that, many hundreds of years ago, there was a village that was attacked annually by a great beast. This monster, a chimerical creature with the worst features of ox and lion, was said to rise out of the seas and attack the villagers who lived in the mountain. There was nothing they could do to stop its rampage, for its very presence sent even the stoutest of warriors running back from whence they came. The beast would savagely assault men and women in the very hearts of their villages, only to disappear at the end of each New Year. The creature would hibernate until the next New Year, where the cycle would begin all over again.

    This continued for many a year, until a few brave heroes decided that enough was enough. Together, they rallied themselves and the rest of the village in order to fight back against the seemingly unstoppable foe. They gathered gongs and explosives, and as the beast came forward towards the mountains they unleashed their attacks. The monster, which seemed to feed off of the fear that it usually created, was distraught to find that these tiny people would act so courageously against it. Their red weapons hurt the monster, and their loud noises frightened it. It lashed out, before trying to flee back into the water from whence it came. The creature was ultimately killed before it could flee, however, and the villagers were quite happy to be rid of the Nián Sḥu.

    Yearly celebrations are still held in honor of the creature's defeat, with people using gongs and firecrackers and dressing in red. There are those that say that the beast was not one of a kind, though; these vigilant souls are convinced that there are other nián sḥu living deep under the ocean. The appearance of just one, it is said, would be enough to throw civilization into chaos. Whether there are any more remains to be seen.
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