Golem, Necrophidius and Scarecrow
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||L (12' long)
||M (6' tall)
The necrophidius and scarecrow are constructs like all other golems, but they
are less powerful because of the magical shortcuts employed in their
The necrophidius, or "death worm," is built and animated for a single task,
such as protection or assassination. It has the bleached-white skeleton of a
giant snake, a fanged human skull, and constantly whirling, milk-white eyes. Its
bones are warm to the touch. The necrophidius is odorless and absolutely silent;
the skeleton makes no noise, even when slithering across a floor strewn with
leaves. A necrophidius is constantly moving with a macabre grace.
The necrophidius prefers to surprise opponents, and its silence imposes a -2
penalty to their surprise rolls. If the necrophidius is not surprised, it
performs a macabre maneuver called the Dance of Death, a hypnotic swaying backed by
minor magic. The Dance rivets the attention of anyone who observes it, unless a
successful saving throw vs. spell is rolled. Intelligent victims are
immobilized, as per the hypnotism
spell. This allows the necrophidius to attack without opposition.
Besides taking damage as indicated, a bitten victim must make a saving throw
vs. spell or be paralyzed and unconscious for 1d4 turns. This effect can be
cancelled only by dispel magic
; neutralize poison
This creature acts and reacts as if it had Intelligence 10. However, its mind
is artificial, so mind influencing spells have no effect. The creature is
immune to poison and requires no sleep or sustenance. It is not undead and cannot be
Statistics in italics above refer to conscious scarecrows.
Scarecrows are enchanted creatures made from the same materials as normal
scarecrows. Though non-intelligent, they can follow simple, one- or two-phrase
orders from the priest who created them. They do so to the best of their ability,
without regard to their own safety.
Each scarecrow is unique, but all share several characteristics. Their bodies,
arms, and legs are always made of cut wood bound with rope. Tattered rags
cover the frame, and are sometimes stuffed with grass or straw. A hollow gourd with
a carved face serves as head. Once animated, a fiery light burns in the
scarecrow's eye sockets. Scarecrows are light but slow. Their leg and elbow joints
bend both ways, so they move with an uneven, jerky gait, and the head spins
Scarecrows do not speak, but cackle madly when attacking.
Once per round, a scarecrow can gaze at one creature within 40 feet. Any
intelligent person meeting this gaze must make a successful saving throw vs. spells
or be fascinated, standing transfixed, arms hanging limply, allowing the
scarecrow to strike again and again (automatic hit each round). The charm lasts until
the scarecrow either dies or leaves the area for a full turn. The scarecrow's
touch causes 1d6 damage and has an effect identical to the gaze (saving throws
apply). A scarecrow attacks one victim at a time, striking the first person
charmed until dead. While slaying its victim, the scarecrow uses its gaze attack
to charm other opponents as possible. Scarecrows attack until destroyed or
ordered to stop.
Scarecrows are vulnerable to fire. Fire-based attacks gain a +1 bonus to the
attack roll and a +1 damage bonus per die.
The magic that created them keeps their tattered parts from decomposing and
shields them from the effects of cold.
Most scarecrows disintegrate when their creators die, but a few (10%) become
conscious, gaining an evil alignment, average Intelligence (8-10), and great
cunning. They gain a desire for self-preservation, so their morale drops to elite
(13-14). They hide by day and stalk the night, committing acts of evil. Because
scarecrows hate fire and are immune to cold, conscious scarecrows try to reach
colder climes. During the trek they kill everything they encounter, including
those who pose no threat. Conscious scarecrows hate all life and kill humans
and demihumans whenever possible.
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