2008-08-21, 10:11 AM
[Creature] Sometimes what is behind the mask... is a mask
This is one of my first ever creations from years back. I've spruced it up just for you, ladies and gentlebeings!
Hit Dice: 2d10 (11 hp)
Speed: Fly 40 ft. (perfect)
Armor Class: 20 (+6 dex, +2 natural, +2 size), flat-footed 14, touch 18; 80% miss chance
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/-9
Attack: Bite +9 melee (1d6-2)
Full attack: Bite +9 melee (1d6-2)
Space/Reach: 2 1/2 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks: Grimaces, spell-like abilities
Special Qualities: Construct Traits, darkvision 60 ft., dispellable, eyes of the maker, illusion form, tongues
Saves: Fort +0, Ref +6, Will +0
Abilities: Str 6, Dex 22, Con -, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 17
Skills: Bluff +8, Intimidate +10, Perform (act) +7, Sense Motive +8
Feats: Combat Expertise, Improved Feint(B), Weapon Finesse (B)
Challenge Rating: 2
Alignment: Usually chaotic neutral
Level Adjustment: -
A masqueradin appears to most an extravagantly clothed figure wrapped within a cloak. Seemingly hiding its face is a large, festive mask. In reality only the mask is real, with the rest of its form an illusion.
These creatures are often made by wizards, and sometimes bards, to defend, scout or sometimes simply to entertain. They have a dramatic personality, sometimes whimsical, other times dark and foreboding, each one being different upon creation, though ofter flavored by their creator.
A masqueradin can understand and speak all languages by use of the Tongues spell.
A masqueradin normally uses its magical grimaces to discourage battle. If this is not enough, it will swoop down upon its opponents, the mask sprouting sharp, overly large teeth. If it finds itself losing however it will quickly fly out of reach of weapons.
A masqueradin is vulnerable to Dispel Magic as a normal magical item. The item has a caster level equal to it's creator at the time of it's making for purposes of dispelling it. As its flight speed is magical in nature it will plummet to the ground if successfully dispelled.
Eyes of the Maker (Su): Those who craft a masqueradin may at any time see through the eyes of their creation as a standard action as long as they are within a number of feet equal to 100 x the caster level of the maker. They may do this even if the masqueradin has gained independence.
A masqueradin has a gaze attack in the way of a selection of facial expression that has very real consequences upon those that it considers its foes within 30 feet if they fail a DC 14 will save. It can only make one expression per round. Roll a d6 each round to see what kind of grimace it makes that round. Caster level 5th. Save DC's are Charisma-based.
If it looks upon those about it with a sobbing frown they are affected as if by Crushing Despair.
If the features stretch out in a yawn those who look upon it are affected as if by Deep Slumber.
If its features twist into a rictus of horror, those whom look upon the mask are affected as if under a Fear spell.
If the features become one of hilarity those who look upon it are affected as if by Hideous Laughter. The masqueradin does not take the penalties from being of a different type than those it affects.
If the features twist into a sneer of disgust while meeting the eyes of one of its opponents, they must make a DC 14 will save or become nauseated for as long as it holds the gaze and remains within that distance. Every round the victim may attempt a new saving throw.
If the features turn into a wide-eyed look of surprise those who look upon it take a -10 penalty to listen and spot checks and a -4 penalty to Initiative.
Illusion Form (Sp):
A masqueradin continuously forms itself a body as if using the Major Image ability, and can even appear to bring forth weapons, but all are completely immaterial. If struck this illusion does not fade, but causes the masqueradin to appear as if it is incorporeal.
Because of this trick upon the senses blows against a Masqueradin are assessed an 80% miss chance. True Seeing and True Strike foils this miss chance.
A masqueradin is considered Medium sized for the purpose of Intimidate checks.
Spell-like Abilities: Caster level 5th. Save DC's are Charisma-based.
At Will - Mage Hand, Prestidigitation.
Tongues (Su): A masqueradin can speak with any creature that has a language, as though using a tongues spell (caster level 5th). This ability is always active.
Skills: A masqueradin gains a +4 bonus to Perform (act) checks.
Creating A Masqueradin
A masqueradin is made from leather or rubber stretched over a carven darkwood mask and painted with specially prepared pigments mixed with a vial of the creator's tears. The creature’s master may construct the mask or hire someone else to do the job. Creating the mask requires a DC 14 Craft (woodworking) check or a DC 14 Craft (leatherworking) check. After the mask is completed, it is animated through an extended magical ritual that requires a specially prepared laboratory or workroom, similar to an alchemist’s laboratory and costing 500 gp to establish. If the creator is personally constructing mask, the building and ritual can be performed together.
Craft Construct, crushing despair, deep slumber, eagle's splendor, fear, hideous laughter, permanent image, stinking cloud, tongues, caster must be at least 11th level; Price 5,000 gp; Cost 2,550 gp + 200 XP.
There is a 10% chance when a masqueradin is made that it becomes independent from its master, taking on individuality with its newfound sentience.
Last edited by The Vorpal Tribble; 2008-08-21 at 10:58 AM.