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    Tangled Christmas Lights Golem



    Small Construct
    Hit Dice: 4d10+10 (32 HP)
    Initiative: +2
    Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Armor Class: 19 (+2 dex, +6 natural, +1 size), touch 13, flat-footed 17
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+9
    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
    Skills: --
    Feats: Ability Focus(skein) (B)
    Environment: Any
    Organization: Solitary, Tangle (2-3) or Jumble (4-8 )
    Challenge Rating: 4
    Treasure: None
    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.

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    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.

    Know Dead Yet (Ex): Tangled christmas lights golems are difficult to destroy as when their strands are separated they almost immediately begin to knot themselves back together, gaining fast healing 2.

    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 30 Use Rope or Profession (christmas decoration) checks, one each round. If one is successful the golem is pulled straight and is rendered helpless. An unknotted golem also loses its skein ability 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 +8 bonus on grapple checks, which is already included in the statistics above.

    Skein (Sp):
    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 sub-dual damage per round and become nauseated.

    Spells such as Animate Rope, Remove Curse, Undulant Innards or other similar transformation spells counteract and dispel the skein. The save DC is Dexterity-based.
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    Tribble, BRAVO! Well reasoned, flavored, and humorous.

    You may want to put something in there about the creature's resistance to heal as well, having just spent half a day tracking down which freaking lights were the ones that were causing the strand to not light up. >:(

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    Yay! They're absolutley awful. Perhaps there ought to be a slightly less challenging version where the light bulbs are smaller & clear?

    Though I think that you should up the CR. And perhaps show it to Wukei, see if she wants to use it in those Christmas games.
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    You may want to put something in there about the creature's resistance to heal as well
    Don't quite getcha ;)

    having just spent half a day tracking down which freaking lights were the ones that were causing the strand to not light up.
    Hehehe, was sitting there tugging on them and loe and behold, an idea struck!

    Though I think that you should up the CR.
    Aye, I'm debating on upping it to CR 5. Looking over some others of equivalent challenge and comparing.


    And perhaps show it to Wukei, see if she wants to use it in those Christmas games.
    Been meaning to glance at what that was all about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Vorpal_Tribble
    Don't quite getcha ;)
    I think he meant he couldn't "heal" it, in that he couldn't re-light it, without a whole lot of work.

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Vorpal_Tribble
    Been meaning to glance at what that was all about...
    I don't really know anything about it. I would assume that there are Xmas-themed adventures, though, as I saw a reindeer character in someone's sig somewhere.
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    Great monster, VT. It somehow reminds me of a Christmas Treant, maybe in an ancient Dragon article...or maybe something I just made up...that threw its own ornaments. Maybe it used its tinsel like an entangle spell too.

    Anyway, nice golem. Since it's made of lights, would it one be able to see it from greater distances than normal in the dark, or can it control how bright its lights are?


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    As its missing the majority of its lights and those that do work are only flashing on and off at random it's probably not illuminating anything worth mentioning ;)


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    VT:

    I read your Golem post 10 minutes ago, and I'm still laughing!!! ;D

    Bravo!

    What a delightfully twisted mind you have...
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    What a delightfully twisted mind you have...
    Them lights'll do that to you... >:(

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    Excellent monster (and great pun, too!)
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    how bout' an electric shock if you touch it wiht somthing metal...
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    Thought about it, but as the Shocker Lizard doesn't have anything like that, or any other electrical critters to my, perhaps incomplete, knowledge, I decided it was nasty enough.

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    Very well done, VT.

    I have one quick question: How does the X-max light golem have a feat? To my knowledge, golems can not have feats.

    At any rate, I'd love seeing these things work with...oh...Pine Treants. That'd be fun.
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    To my knowledge, golems can not have feats.
    They can if you put that little (B), for bonus, in front of it ;)

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    Okiedokie, then. :)
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    Yay VT!

    You're my hero! :)

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    *snicker* Brilliant, VT. Brilliant. Where do you come up with the time to do this sort of thing?
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    Most monsters don't take but maybe 10-15 minutes, tops. The flavor text takes most of that.

    (The proofreading and going over it may takes months though, but by then its already posted ;P )

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    Huge Monsterous Humanoid (cold)
    Hit Dice: 16d8+80 (152 HP)
    Initiative: -2
    Speed: 20 ft. (4 squares)
    Armor Class: 15 (-2 dex, +9 natural, -2 size)
    Base Attack/Grapple: +16/+33
    Attack: Bite +13 melee (2d6+10)
    Full attack: Bite +13 melee (2d6+9) and 2 slams +11 melee (1d6+9)
    Space/Reach: 15 ft./15 ft.
    Special Attacks: Killjoy, roar, swallow whole
    Special Qualities: Bumble's bounce, immunity to cold, low-light vision, scent
    Saves: Fort +12, Ref +8, Will +9
    Abilities: Str 29, Dex 6, Con 21, Int 3, Wis 8, Cha 17
    Skills: Listen +8, Spot +9
    Feats: Diehard, Endurance, Great Fortitude, Multi-Attack, Power Attack, Snatch
    Environment: Any cold land
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 11
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
    Advancement: 17-23 HD (Huge), 24-36 HD (Gargantuan)
    Level Adjustment: --

    Artic terrors of the deep north, bumbles are a menace to those who wander far from Christmastown. Attracted to the home of Santa by the collective hatred of Christmas, bumbles would like nothing less than to tear it asunder. They are held in fear of the Fat Man himself however, and instead make raids and bring fear to those nearby.

    A bumble appears almost as a giant, but is covered in a thick pelt of snow-white fur everywhere but its feet and hands. The skin beneath is an icy blue and as cold to the touch. Its face is beastial with huge round eyes above a sensitive nose, and below a gaping maw of sharp teeth complete with a long, rough tongue.

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    A bumble is a mixture of stealth and brazen boldness. It hides behind glaciers and large stones and leaps out upon its foes with its terrifying roar. It then boldy charges its prey, grabbing with its thick-skinned hands to shove them down its maw.

    Bumble's Bounce (Ex):

    Bumbles ignore the first fifty feet of a fall and takes only subdual damage from greater heights.

    Killjoy (Ex):
    When witnessing anything to do with Christmas and other winter-time festivities the Bumble goes into an uproar similar to the barbarian’s rage (+4 Strength, +4 Constitution, +2 morale bonus on Will saves, –2 AC penalty). The furor lasts until the cause of its wrath is vanquished or removed from view, and the Bumble suffers no ill effects afterward.

    Quicksink (Ex):
    A Bumble is unable to swim, sinking within 1 round when immersed.

    Roar (Ex):
    As a free action every 1d4 rounds a bumble can unsettle those within 60 feet with a horrifying roar. A potentially affected creature that succeeds on a DC 21 Will save remains immune to the Bumble's roar for 24 hours. On a failure, creatures with 4 or less HD become panicked for 4d6 rounds and those with 5 or more HD become shaken for 4d6 rounds. The save DC is charisma based.

    Swallow Whole (Ex): A Bumble can try to swallow a snatched Medium or smaller opponent by making a successful grapple check.

    A swallowed creature takes 2d8+8 points of bludgeoning damage and 8 points of acid damage per round from the bumble's stomach. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 25 points of damage to the stomach (AC 14). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.

    A bumble’s stomach can hold 2 Medium, 8 Small, 32 Tiny, or 128 Diminutive or smaller opponents.



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    *attempts to think of something clever*

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    Alright, you need the Fat Man!
    Santa Claus
    Rank 3 Demigod
    Medium Outsider (Native, Good, Christmas)
    HDs: 20d8+20d6, hit points 800
    Initiative +1
    Speed 50ft
    AC: 46 (+1 Dex, +19 Natural, +3 divine, +15 deflection)
    Base Attack/Grapple: +33/+36
    Attacks: Punch +33 melee or Switch +38 melee
    Full Atk: 4 punches +33/28/23/18 melee (1d3+1/20/x2) or 4 switches +38/33/28/23 melee (2d4+1 nonlethal/20/x2)
    Space/Reach: 5ft/5ft
    Special Qualities: DR15/epic, Fire Resistance 8, SR 35, Remote Sensing, Portfolio, Divine Aura, Bard abilities
    Special Attacks: Divine Abilities
    Saves: Fort +25/Will+25/Ref +25
    Abilities: Str 16, Con 35, Dex 13, Int 16, Wis 15, Cha 40
    Skills: Sense Motive +40, Spot +40, Sleight of Hand +30, Speak Lanquage (all), Escape Artist +20, Profession (toymaker) +30
    Feats: *Investigator, Iron Will, Nimble Fingers, Great Fortitude x3, Deft Hands, Diehard, All metamagic feats, Stealthy
    Organization: Solo or with 1d100 "elves" (Gnome Exp5)
    CR: 32
    Treasure: Huge amounts of toys!
    Environment: North Pole, or anywhere where there are children
    Alignment: LG

    Santa Claus has all the abilities of a 20th-level Bard.
    His Portfolio consists of: Good, Children, Christmas, Winter
    He grants the Good, Weather, Creation and Luck domains (if there is a Cold domain, he also grants it).
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    This is awsome stuff. You guys amaze me.
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    Oh dear gods that bumble picture scared me,
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    I'm definitely drawing up reindeer soon... anyone up for some elves? ;)
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    Reindeer are in Frostburn, or do you mean the flying kinda reindeer? ;)

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    Well done VT and B's Evil Twin!

    My ideas for christmas creatures:
    Vengeful gift; and
    Unsatisfied Child

    The vengeful gift are created by a mysterious being called 'Mehatex Mas'. This being infuses unappreciated gifts with feelings of hate and revenge towards the receiver, christmas and probably the rest of the world too.

    The unsatisfied child is a template you can apply to anyone who believes in Father Christmas. (Age is not an issue, anyone who believes Santa Claus exists can be used as the base creature, eg. Elan.)
    The unsatisfied child gaines power akin to the barbarian rage.

    I will work these two creatures out and post stat blocks and flavour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Vorpal_Tribble
    Reindeer are in Frostburn, or do you mean the flying kinda reindeer? ;)
    Yes, I mean the flying reindeer. But I think it might behoove them to have other interesting features... I haven't quite worked out what, yet... should they get Teleport, or just have to fly?

    Oh, and I think Santa should be able to use Mass Haste at will. Both for elves and reindeer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HempRope
    Oh, and I think Santa should be able to use Mass Haste at will. *Both for elves and reindeer.
    Either that, or some sort of time compression. Is there a spell for that kind of thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jothki

    Either that, or some sort of time compression. Is there a spell for that kind of thing?
    There's Time Stop. And it can be Extended. Added.
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    Maybe he ought to get both. Though I might put a limit on the number of uses of Time Stop. Alternatively, he can use it 1/year for a duration 24 hours.
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    My uncle was killed by a Tangled Christmas Lights Golem. :'(

    Time Stop, 1/Year for 24 hours works best. Or he could travel at 1.2 (actual speed he has to go to visit every house in the world in 24 hours :o) times the speed of light, either way.
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