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Shadow Asp (2e)



Climate/Terrain Har'Akir (Warm Desert)
Activity Cycle Any
Frequency Rare (7%)
Organization Clutch (3d4)
Lair Tombs
Surprise -5 penalty to vicitm


Intelligence Animal (1)
Morale Fearless (19-2)
Alignment Neutral (Unaligned)


Size Tiny (6"-12" longl)
Hit Dice 1/4 (2 hp)
Armor Class 2 (+8)
Movement 0 (no movement)
Weaknesses A light or continual light spell cast on a shadow asp will slay it and cancel the spell.
Defenses Piercing attacks deal half damage.
Actions Shadow Bite
THAC0 20 (+0) 1d2 damage
Insidious Poison: Victim must save vs. poison or, over the next 5 rounds, gradually grow darker and more insubstantial. At the end of the 5th round, roll system shock - if you fail you die, if you succeed, you turn into a shadow, bound to the area. Remove Curse or Dispel Magic stops the transformation.


Treasure Type A
Level/XP III/65 xp

Shadow Asp (3e)

Shadow asp
CR 1
Always Neutral Tiny Magical Beast
Init +5; Senses Darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +7


AC 19; Touch 17; Flat-Footed 14; HP 7
Fort +4; Ref +7; Will +1
Incorporeal Form: As a free action, can be incorporeal for up to 1 hour (noncontinuous) per day. AC is 17 while incorporeal, and it cannot damage corporeal targets. 50% chance to ignore any damage from a corporeal source except force effects and ghost touch weapons. It can pass through solid objects and armor but deflection bonuses and force effects work normally. It is always silent while incorporeal form as long as it wishes to be.


Speed 30 ft.; climb 10 ft
Space/Reach: 2.5 ft. / 0 ft.
Melee Bite +8 (1d3-2 plus poison - Fort DC 12 negates or 1d6 initial and secondary STR damage and if this slays the target, they rise as a shadow in 1d2 days as an unconrolled shadow bound to within 100 ft of where it spawned)


Str 7 (-2), Dex 21 (+5), Con 15 (+2), Int 4 (-3), Wis 12 (+1), Cha 10 (+0)
Base Atk +1 ; Grapple +9
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +6, Hide +16, Listen +7, Move Silently +6, Spot +7
Climate/Terrain Any tomb or underground
Organization Solitary or clutch (3-12)
Treasure: 50% coins, goods, and items
Advancement 2-3 HD (small)

Shadow asps are serpents made of shadow. They are created by priests of Osiris, Set, or Nephythys to guard the tombs of the dead. Silent and stealthy, they attack intruders, turning them into shadows, who, now bound to this location, wind up improving the defenses of the crypt. Highly territorial, but otherworldly and immortal, they make ideal guardians for the dead.

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