Friends & Foes: He’s His Own Best Friend

Shadar-Kai Deathmaster Level 13 Elite Brute
Medium Shadow Humanoid (shadar-kai) XP –
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +10
HP 316; Bloodied 158
AC 27; Fortitude 28, Reflex 25, Will 29
Resist 10 necrotic; Vulnerable 10 radiant
Saving Throws +2
Speed 6
Action Points 1
M Shadowfist (Standard; at-will) ♦ necrotic
+16 vs. AC; 3d6+6 damage and secondary attack vs. same target: +14 vs. Fortitude; ongoing 7 necrotic damage and target is weakened.
R Mindslice (Minor; at-will, not more than 1/round) ♦ psychic
Ranged 10; +14 vs. Will; target takes 1d10+6 psychic damage and is dazed (save ends).
Split (immediate reaction when first bloodied; daily)
The shadar-kai deathmaster is replaced with a Cast-off Shell, and a Final Breath is placed in an adjacent square. If there are no empty adjacent squares, the final breath is placed in the closest available square. The cast-off shell and final breath share the same HP total, which is equal to however many HP the shadar-kai deathmaster has left when this power is activated.
Alignment Chaotic Evil Languages Common
Str 22 (+12) Dex 17 (+9) Wis 19 (+10)
Con 18 (+10) Int 20 (+11) Cha 23 (+12)

Final Breath Level 13 Artillery
Medium Shadow Humanoid (shadar-kai, undead) XP 800
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +10
HP 316; Bloodied 158; see shared essence
AC 25; Fortitude 22, Reflex 25, Will 27
Resist 10 necrotic, insubstantial; Vulnerable 10 radiant
Speed fly 6 (hover); phasing
R Mindslice (Standard; at-will) ♦ psychic
Ranged 10; +14 vs. Will; target takes 1d10+6 psychic damage and is dazed (save ends).
Shared Essence
The cast-off shell and final breath which came from the same shadar-kai deathmaster share the same HP total.
Alignment Chaotic Evil Languages Common
Str 6 (+4) Dex 17 (+9) Wis 19 (+10)
Con 12 (+7) Int 20 (+11) Cha 23 (+12)

Cast-off Shell Level 13 Soldier
Medium Shadow Humanoid (shadar-kai, undead) XP 800
Initiative +11 Senses Perception +6
HP 316; Bloodied 158; see shared essence
AC 29; Fortitude 26, Reflex 24, Will 22
Speed 6
M Malevolent Grope (Standard; at-will)
+20 vs. AC; 1d10+6 damage and target is grabbed. Effect: Target is marked.
M Om nom nom (Standard; at-will)
May only be used while grabbing someone; grabbed creature takes 1d10+6 damage and cast-off shell regains that many HP.
Shared Essence
The cast-off shell and final breath which came from the same shadar-kai deathmaster share the same HP total.
Alignment Chaotic Evil Languages
Str 22 (+12) Dex 17 (+9) Wis 11 (+6)
Con 18 (+10) Int 9 (+5) Cha 13 (+7)

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6 Responses to “Friends & Foes: He’s His Own Best Friend”

  1. Lol, I don’t know why, but as I was reading this, I suddenly thought of a Koopa Trooper, loosing it’s shell and having it chase you around the room… :P
    Hmm… wouldn’t it be cool to have a series of old-school video game-inspired D&D monsters? lol
    If I had time to work on anything else, ever, I would make some up in the OpenArchive… blah… too much stuff lol

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  2. That’s just odd. Did the shells actually ever do anything aside from bounce back and forth in any of the games?

    Also, goombas = baby myconids

    bob-omb homonculi would totally work.

  3. I’d be curious to hear some fluff associated with this – descriptions of the shells and powers might be neat for such a unique set of creature(s)

  4. http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Shedinja

  5. Hey, these are really interesting, and I think you pulled it off pretty well. There was a similar “die but split into multiple monsters” entry in Blackdirge’s Dungeon Denizens, but that one split into minions and didn’t work out so well with 4E’s xp scheme (not to mention the minions were almost useless in battle).

    I’m currently DMing a shadow plane-themed campaign, so I might have to yoink these to annoy my players :D

  6. @Hawke: The idea is that when this guy ‘dies,’ his soul and body continue to fight on as two separate, but connected, undead. The shell is basically just a fancy name for a zombie and the breath is basically just a fancy name for a wraith or ghost.

    @Anonymous: Nice. Of course, these guys are a bit more durable than a shedinja. That reminds me, I really need to stat up a gible…

    @Doomhound: There was also one in the Dragon article on zombies. It was a large zombie that split into 4 smaller zombies on death. I don’t recall if they were minions or not off the top of my head.

    Bizarre fact: This idea is the ultimate evolution that I came up with when I originally started thinking about, of all things, statting up Lina and Gourry from Slayers. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out the jump that lead to that. :D

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