Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stock Fantasy Monsters: The Royal Landwarden (CR 13)

I thought I'd preview my PFRPG Stock Art Bestiary (as yet unnamed). Like Space Monsters, this book will take cool stock illustrations and build an entirely new monster around them. It's been a fun diversion while I wait for the last art for the Choicer Player's Guide to come in. Tonight, the Stock Art Bestiary stands at 16 critters, and I expect to have around 20, maybe more, before I publish it.

This monster was inspired by the image on the right, which is produced by Malcolm McClinton of Inkwell Arts.

Royal Landwarden (CR 13)
Large LN Outsider (earth) 

XP 25,600
Init +13*         Senses Darkvision 90 ft, Tremorsense 30 ft, Perception +21*
Languages Common, Celestial, Terran and the official language of the kingdom it serves

AC 18 Touch 16 Flatfooted 13 (-1 size, +5 DEX, +2 equipment, +2 deflection)
HP 18d10 + 36 hp (135 HP)
FORT +10 REF +16 WILL +13
Weaknesses Impudence Weakens Her (see text)

Spd 40 ft
Melee +21/+16/+11/+6 (1d12+5 slashing, 17-20/x2) 
            Two +20 kicks (1d8+3 bludgeoning)
Ranged +23/+18/+13 Magic Stones (1d6+1 bludgeoning or 2d6 vs undead, 20 ft range increment)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th)
            Constant – Detect Snares & Pits
                        - Speak with Animals
            At Will – Magic Stones
            3x/day – Barkskin (+5 natural armor while active, to max AC 23)
                        - Call Lighting (3d6 electrical, DC 18)
- Wall of Thorns
1x/day - Summon Nature’s Ally VI (usually summons 1 Dire Bear or 1d4+1 Dire Boars or Dire Wolves)
            -Bestow Curse (only upon thieves from the territory- DC 18)
- Find the Path

Str 17 Dex 22 Con 15 Int 15 Wis 22 Cha 17
Base Atk +18 CMB +21 CMD 36
Feats Simple/Martial Weapons Proficiency, Light Armor Proficiency, Blinding Critical, Combat Expertise, Critical Focus, Great Fortitude, Improved Critical (longsword), Improved Feint, Improved Initiative, Weapon Focus (longsword)
Skills Acrobatics +17, Climb +15, Handle Animal +15, Heal +17, Intimidate +15, Knowledge (geography) +18*, Knowledge (nature) +14, Knowledge (nobility) +14, Perception +21*, Sense Motive +17, Stealth +21*, Survival +21*
Gear +2 axiomatic greatsword, mwk leather armor, Ring of Protection +2, potion of haste, 3x/potion of cure moderate wounds (CL 10th)

Environment any forest (The Royal Landwarden limits her hunting to the designated boundaries of a specific royal preserve or hunting ground, and will not pursue trespassers past the self-imposed border of the territory.)
Organization always solitary
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

            Impudence Weakens Her (SU)
            Brazen poaching and brigandry both infuriates and weakens the Royal Landwarden. For a poacher to be so bold as to take game right in front of her eyes is an almost physically painful insult to the Landwarden. If an opponent kills a living creature  of at least Medium size native to The Territory within 100 ft of the Landwarden, she must succeed at a DC 25 WILL Save or be stunned for 2d4 rounds; success means she is only stunned for a single round.

            Take Not from the Territory (SU)
            The Royal Landwarden can instantly sense if a theft occurs anywhere within the Territory. For the Landwarden, theft is defined as the killing of an animal or the taking of fruit or vegetables (or spell components) from any plant within the Territory, without the King’s express permission. The Landwarden can sense the distance and direction to any such thief, so long as that thief remains within the territory, and receives a +10 insight bonus on Survival checks made to track that character.

            When the Landwarden uses any spell-like ability against such a thief that offers a saving throw, the victim must make two saving throws. If either saving throw fails, the victim is affected by the Landwarden’s spell-like ability.

            The Territory (EX)
            The Royal Landwarden makes her lair in a specific royal hunting preserve or forest, a territory that can easily encompass several hundred square miles, though most preserve a territory not much larger than five miles on any given side. Within this region, the Landwarden gains the benefit of a Ranger’s Favored Terrain class feature.

While within the Territory, the Landwarden receives a +4 bonus on Initiative checks (factored in), as well as Knowledge (geography), Perception, Stealth and Survival checks. The Landwarden does not leave a trail and cannot be tracked within the Territory, though she may elect to leave a trail if she wishes.


            The Royal Landwarden has the shape of a semi-human female a powerful eight foot tall, with a lithe and hard build. Her face is that of an older human woman, with serious, driven eyes and a dour expression. Her manner is that of a military officer, used to instance obedience and deference. Great horns rise from the crown of the Landwarden’s head, reflecting the kind of animals most prevalent in her Territory. The Landwarden’s feet are stag-like and allow her to move with unearthly grace.

Reports From The Field

            “The Royal Landwarden gives proof to the peasant superstition that the land and the king are one. Within a year and a day of his coronation, the Landwarden appears and takes residence in the King’s most beloved hunting preserve, a living symbol of the lord’s control over his lands and all within in. The Landwarden is a merciless harrier or poachers and trespassers. Only the King and those who carry a token presented by their lord can safely hunt in a protected royal preserve. Occasionally, the Royal Landwarden walks to the edge of her vigil, the body of some deer hunter slung over her shoulder; she impales the corpse at the edge of the forest as a warning to other miscreants.”
-         Sir Victor Tressellia, court historian

“Notes: hunts by sight, hearing. No better nose than my own. Doesn’t sleep, but eats. Good with a sword, faster than a stag. Too much druid type witchery for my taste. Predictable. Roves the Greenend in the same pattern and hasn’t spotted me yet.  Drinks at the J-bend in the river, leaves spoor by the puthak bush. I can take this one.”
-Dar Rutledge, local woodsman and legendary hunter, whose body was found impaled at the edge of the Greenend three days later.

            “King Hrothjul’s Landwarden has a familiar face. ‘Neath her horns, the beast is his mother, as she was when she bore him, more than 50 years afore. Land and mother are one, for kings, you know.”
            -Hymthan Silvermug, Dwarven bard

            “They are not summoned. No circle and candle invocation. Oh no, a Landwarden simply appears a year and a day after a king takes the throne. No Landwarden has ever served more than a single king, nor do they appear to queens, nor to regents. Only to kings. And don’t think of them as obedient servants either; they guard the king’s forests, mercilessly, that is all. They don’t go to war, don’t serve as bodyguards or court magiciains. These things would not lift a finger to aid their king if he lay bleeding at their hooves, and they’d slaughter the king’s only son if he went hunting in his father’s forest without permission.”
            -Thysis Oberon, summoner

Try the Landwarden out, see how she plays in your game. I'm also including roster of monsters as it stands tonight. Expect this to change a bit as I add more critters. 

Size, Alignment, Type
Challenge Rating
Stock Art Origin
Arcane Evolutionary
Large LE or LN aberration
CR 17
Michael Ng
Medium LE Aberration
CR 7
Purple Duck Games
Arm Taker
Large CE Aberration
CR 9
Purple Duck Games
Belly Ripper
Small NE Magical Beast
CR 1
Headless Hydra Games Clip Art
Counterfeit Man
Medium CE Aberration
CR 1
Black Hand Source
Diamond Owl
Small N Magical Beast
CR 3
Black Hand Source
Executioner’s Sphere
Medium N Construct
CR 4
Vic Shane
Green Node
Large N Plant
CR 6
Headless Hydra Games Clip Art
Haurusprex Owl
Large LE Magical Beast
CR 8
Ignus Innovations
Machine Angel
Large LG Outsider (angel)
CR 15
Cerberus Stock Art
Moor Spider
Gargantuan NE Magical Beast
CR 9
Headless Hydra Games Clip Art
Neon Imp
Small CN Fey
CR 5
Empty Room Studios Standard Stock Art
Petit Tarrasque
Huge N Magical Beast
CR 11
Purple Duck Games
Plague Rider
Small CE Aberration
CR 3
Empty Room Studios Standard Stock Art
Royal Landwarden
Large LN Outsider (earth)
CR 13
Inkwell Arts
Whore Eater
Medium NE Undead
CR 5
Black Hand Source

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