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    Coalblack Cock



    Tiny Magical Beast
    Hit Dice: 3d10+6 (22 hp)
    Initiative: +4
    Speed: 60 ft. (6 squares), fly 60 ft. (clumsy)
    Armor Class: 21 (+4 dex, +1 dodge, +4 natural, +2 size), touch 17, flat-footed 17
    Base Attack/Grapple: +3/-6
    Attack: Flurry +10 melee (1d4-2)
    Full Attack: Flurry x2 +10 melee (1d4-2)
    Space/Reach: 0 ft./0 ft.
    Special Attacks: Crawling touch, ferocity, pounce, rake, sneak attack 2d6, shadowswift
    Special Qualities: Crow at midnight, darkvision 120 ft., dual existence, low-light vision
    Saves: Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +4
    Abilities: Str 6, Dex 18, Con 14, Wis 12, Int 2, Cha 12
    Skills: Balance +8, Bluff +5, Escape Artist +8, Hide +22, Intimidate +5, Spot +5, Survival +5
    Feats: Dodge, Iron Will, Weapon Finesse (flurry)(B)
    Environment: Any land
    Organization: Solitary
    Challenge Rating: 3
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Always neutral
    Advancement: 4-7 HD (Tiny)
    Level Adjustment: -

    Coalblack cockerels are creatures of great rarity. They are born to mothers who die in the effort of egg laying upon unhallowed ground. The heat of decomposition warms the egg until the chick hatches. It feeds off the maggots of her corpse, growing rapidly. Within a week it has reached full bantie size. Witches are known to produce the required conditions and raise the cock for their own purposes. They are an evil mockery of the rooster's normal symbol of the sun, light and life.

    They are more than black, and even in the darkest cave, they can be seen as an even deeper darkness. They shun the day, but if forced into sunlight appear as a normal bantam rooster, albeit one with feathers completely hiding it's face. It's feathers are alike to tar-dripped spider webs, the lacing forming grotesque patterns in the wind. It's hackles are permanently raised in battle readiness. The legs are of bone-like paleness and it's beak full of razor, pin-like teeth. From it's beak there always seems to issue a vague shadow of many, long, writhing worms.


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    In spite of their humble stature coalblack cocks are vicious and deadly killers. They lie in wait from a hidden locale and spring at their prey, in complete silence.

    Crawling Touch (Ex): Any wound that a coalblack cock deals with its natural weapons does not heal naturally, but festers, attracting flies. Every day the wounds remain unhealed by magical means the damage increases by 1. Maggots infest the wound, which the cock feeds on in the night if it successfully sneaks within. Wounds from multiple attacks stack.

    Crow at Midnight (Su): A coalblack cock that crows does not produce sound, but an intense silence. This acts as a Silence spell by a 10th level caster. The cock can continue the crow, and thus the silence, as a standard action, and can continue for a number of rounds equal to it's Constitution modifier.

    Dual Existence (Ex): A coalblack cock exists both as spirit and flesh. As such it's natural weapons act as Ghost Touched. Death sense detects it as dead, while spells that detect life also register it as living. It takes only half damage from negative energy effects, and only heals half the amount from healing spells.

    Ferocity (Ex): A coalblack cock is such a tenacious combatant that it continues to fight without penalty even while disabled or dying.

    Pounce (Ex): If a coalblack cock charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including two rake attacks.

    Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +10 melee, damage 1d4-2.

    Sneak Attack: As Rogue ability. 2d6 damage.

    Shadowswift (Su): A coalblack cockerel is considered to be continuously under the effect of a Haste spell. Bonuses have been added to the stats above.

    Skills: Coalblack cocks have a +4 racial bonus on intimidate and bluff checks, a +4 bonus to balance, escape artist, hide and spot checks, and a +6 bonus to survival checks. While in tall undergrowth this hide bonus increases to +6.
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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    They have always neutral, but are an evil mockery of life and light? That seems kinda . . . contradictory.

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden-Esque View Post
    They have always neutral, but are an evil mockery of life and light? That seems kinda . . . contradictory.
    It's creation is evil, not the creature's alignment itself. It doesn't even have sentience to be evil with.

    Crafting a knife to kill with is evil, but the knife isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden-Esque View Post
    They have always neutral, but are an evil mockery of life and light? That seems kinda . . . contradictory.
    I really like that its contradictory. It shows a bias for the describer. Perhaps it makes the monster a little more confusing but I think its also more realistic.

    These would make classic evil familiars.

    I think there should be some sort of evil ritual that murders a human mother to make one.

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    If I had to guess I would say this is something you either dashed off REALLY quick or have had sitting around a while?

    The underlying design is up to your usual standards (although it is hardly your most detailed design), but isn't the usual format "2 Flurries +10 melee (1d4-2)" not "Flurry x2 +10 melee (1d4-2)"?

    Also, I would personally have marked this (3.0) somewhere if you are going to be using Weapon Finesse to be specific to the weapon type, but that I could see either way...

    I could MAYBE see arguments for Neutral Evil, for similar reason to why skeletons and zombies get that, but since it is a thinking creature, if only on an animal level, I will trust your judgment.
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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by DracoDei View Post
    If I had to guess I would say this is something you either dashed off REALLY quick or have had sitting around a while?
    I have like a list of dozens of monsters I've never done... so I picked one and spent like 5 minutes on it to get it off the list

    The underlying design is up to your usual standards (although it is hardly your most detailed design), but isn't the usual format "2 Flurries +10 melee (1d4-2)" not "Flurry x2 +10 melee (1d4-2)"?
    Well, basically it has two flurries because of being hasted. So it's not 2 flurries, but a single flurry done twice as fast.

    Also, I would personally have marked this (3.0) somewhere if you are going to be using Weapon Finesse to be specific to the weapon type, but that I could see either way...
    I had recently read another monster entry that had it specific to a weapon and didn't even think about it and did the same. Removing it.

    I'm starting to worry my continuous work schedule is dulling my touch.

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Keep up the underlying quality(as you have), and I don't think ANYONE is going to get too annoyed about a few technical errors.
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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    Coalblack Cock

    Crow at Midnight(Ex): A coalblack cock that crows does not produce sound, but an intense silence. This acts as a Silence spell by a 10th level caster. The cock can continue the crow as a standard action, and can continue for a number of rounds equal to it's Constitution modifier.
    Do you mean start to crow instead of continue? Otherwise I'm confused about what this actually means.

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainbownaga View Post
    Do you mean start to crow instead of continue? Otherwise I'm confused about what this actually means.
    Nope, it can continue crowing, i.e. continuing the silence effect.

    I've heard roosters crow for quite awhile before. They just draw it out.

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    Crow at Midnight (Ex): A coalblack **** that crows does not produce sound, but an intense silence. This acts as a Silence spell by a 10th level caster. The **** can continue the crow as a standard action, and can continue for a number of rounds equal to it's Constitution modifier.
    This really should be a spell-like ability; it should be a Standard Action; and it should be limited to a number of times per day. A silence spell cast by a 10th level caster lasts 10 minutes so why does the crow need to continue to crow? It doesn't have to maintain the spell. Rather, it should be able to use this ability 2 times per day (since you already based it on Con 14).

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by Debihuman View Post
    This really should be a spell-like ability; it should be a Standard Action; and it should be limited to a number of times per day. A silence spell cast by a 10th level caster lasts 10 minutes so why does the crow need to continue to crow? It doesn't have to maintain the spell. Rather, it should be able to use this ability 2 times per day (since you already based it on Con 14).

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    It does have to maintain the crow, because it's not casting. It has an ability that 'duplicates' the effects, i.e. the area of silence while it makes a specific action, but does not 'cast'.

    I only gave it a 10th level caster level for the purposes of spells that remove silence.

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    Well when a special ability "acts" like a spell of a certain level then it simply mimics the spell. Otherwise, you have to change the way the special ability works. If the silence only lasts as long as the crowing does, then you need to say the ability works like the spell except that its duration is for a long as the crowing lasts and you need to put time limit in place. How long can it crow for? Does 1d4+1 rounds sound sufficient?

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    Default Re: [Creature] The Rooster Crowed At Midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by Debihuman View Post
    Well when a special ability "acts" like a spell of a certain level then it simply mimics the spell. Otherwise, you have to change the way the special ability works. If the silence only lasts as long as the crowing does, then you need to say the ability works like the spell except that its duration is for a long as the crowing lasts and you need to put time limit in place.
    How long can it crow for? Does 1d4+1 rounds sound sufficient?
    You did read the ability, right? That's all mentioned and included.

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