This is what comes of an unholy fusion of Pitch Black
and cool illustrations in Lords of Madness. I'd quite like help with the bits in blue, if that's okay- Is the CR okay? Are the feats okay? Should it be reach 10? Are the DCs too high? Plus any other comments would be good.
17d8 + 85 (165hp)
16 (-2 Size, +8 Natural Armour), flat-footed 16, touch 8
+12 / +28
Tentacle +20 melee (3d8+8 bludgeoning)
3 Tentacles +20 melee (3d8+8 bludgeoning)
Madness Aura, Tendrils of Paranoia
Darkvision 60ft, Darksense, Madness Rapture, Lightburn, Telepathy
Fort +12, Will +13, Ref +5
Str 26, Dex 11, Con 20, Wis 12, Int 20, Cha 26
Knowledge (The Planes) +28, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) +25, Knowledge (Arcana) +25, Intimidate +28, Diplomacy +28, Sense Motive +21, Bluff +28
Ability Focus (Tendrils of Paranoia), Great Fortitude, Iron Will, Alertness, Skill Focus (Knowledge(The Planes)), Improved Disarm
17-20 hd (Huge)
Are you joking?
In darkness, alone, the Nachtmahr waits. The Nachtmahr stands about ten feet high and is a mass of rubbery, writhing tentacles. It has a small mouth of sharp teeth for its irregular feeding and a long, pointed centre body.
Something a little like this...
The Nachtmahr is an aberration from the deep darkness, and that is where it revels. It feeds off of the madness and pain it causes creatures more than any natural sustenance. It spends most of its time alone and takes pains to settle in a place with minimal (although not non-existent) traffic so it is rarely disturbed whilst it meditates constantly on how to plunge the universe into madness. It would be a font of knowledge for adventurers except that it would rather die than yield its knowledge.
Nachtmahrs can only speak telepathically, but they have the ability to understand Common, Undercommon, Abyssal, Infernal, Terran and Aquan.
The Nachtmahr will usually keep silent in a hidden recess than be disturbed. If it wishes food, it will target creatures it can sense with its Tendrils of Paranoia ability. If it is caught unawares, it will let its Madness Aura do the job, or failing that as a last resort it will attack with a tentacle.
Madness Aura (Su):
The Nachtmahr exudes an aura of madness that affects all creatures within 50ft. All intelligent creatures within this radius must succeed on a DC 26
will save (DC 10 + ˝ hit dice +Int mod) each round or be affected by confusion for that round. Mindless creatures and those with an intelligence of less than 3 are unaffected. The aura is permanent and cannot be supressed at will by the Nachtmahr.
Madness Rapture (Su):
The Nachtmahr feels ecstasy at the madness of others. For each creature that is under the power of the Nachtmahr’s Madness Aura, Nachtmahr suffers a -1 penalty to Attack Rolls, Armour Class, Saves and Intelligence-based skill checks.
The Nachtmahr can sense the existence of any creatures that are fully submerged in darkness within 500ft. A creature that is illuminated by any form of light is invisible to the Darksense ability. The Nachtmahr cannot tell anything about that creature, including the direction and distance from itself, except that it exists. If a creature is submerged in Darkness and then becomes illuminated, the Nachtmahr loses the ability to sense that creature.
Tendrils of Paranoia (Su):
The Nachtmahr can cause even good friends to turn against one another. The Nachtmahr may target one intelligent creature that it can sense with its Darksense ability. That creature must succeed on a DC 29
Will save (DC 10 + ˝ hit dice + Cha mod +2) or feel the effects of Creeping Paranoia. If the creature re-enters light, they may re-take their will save each round.
The Nachtmahr takes additional damage from light-producing spells such as Searing Light, Sunlight, and Sunbeam as if it were Undead.
The Nachtmahr can speak telepathically to any creature within 60ft.
- 1: The target is suspicious of their friends; They suffer a -1 penalty to skill checks and will not use the Aid Another action
- 2-4: The target is highly suspicious; the penalty to skill checks increases to -2, and adjacent allies may be treated as enemies in terms of flanking the paranoid creature.
- 5-7: The target is delusional; they fall prone and will not make any actions, and refuse to communicate with their friends.
- 8+: They perceive their friends to be their enemies. They will get up and either attack their friends (50%) or flee directly away from their friends as fast as possible (50%) as if frightened.