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Herald of Runes

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This large creature has the upper body of a winged woman and the lower body of a snake. She looks withered, like a preserved corpse.

Herald of Runes CR 15

XP 51,200
LE Large outsider (evil, extraplanar, lawful)
Init +10; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +25


AC 30, touch 17, flat-footed 24 (+2 deflection, +6 Dex, +13 natural, –1 size)
hp 229 (17d10+136); regeneration 5 (acid)
Fort +20, Ref +11, Will +17
DR 10/cold iron and magic; Resist cold 30, electricity 30, fire 30, sonic 30; SR 26
Weaknesses divine separation


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +21 (1d6+5 plus 1d4 Intelligence drain), tail slap +16 (1d8+2 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks constrict (1d8+5), power surge
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 15th; concentration +22)

At will—detect magic, floating disk, mage hand, read magic, tongues
3/day—cure serious wounds, dispel magic, displacement, fireball (DC 20), greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), hold person (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 20), limited wish, magic missile, plane shift (DC 24), slow (DC 20), stinking cloud (DC 20), vampiric touch


Str 20, Dex 23, Con 26, Int 31, Wis 20, Cha 25
Base Atk +17; CMB +23 (+27 grapple); CMD 41 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Craft Wondrous Item, Great Fortitude, Hover, Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Scribe Scroll
Skills Diplomacy +24, Escape Artist +23, Fly +21, Heal +22, Intimidate +24, Knowledge (arcana) +30, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +27, Knowledge (history) +27, Knowledge (planes) +30, Knowledge (religion) +27, Perception +25, Sense Motive +25, Spellcraft +30, Stealth +22, Swim +22, Use Magic Device +27
Languages Aklo, Draconic, Infernal, Terran, +2 additional; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ change shape (human; alter self), feed, spell-like crafting


Divine Separation (Su)

The herald has been separated from the goddess of Runes for thousands of years and does not know where her master is. The loss of her connection to the goddess severely weakens the herald, and she gains 1 negative level per day, up to a maximum of 16 negative levels. These negative levels cannot be suppressed or removed in any way (including restoration spells), except by using her feed ability. If goddess of Runes returns and the herald regains her connection to her master, she permanently loses this weakness and its associated negative levels.

Feed (Su)

Once per day, the herald can devour an outsider's corpse as a full-round action. For each Hit Die of the devoured outsider, the herald automatically removes 1 negative level gained from her divine separation ability. The consumed outsider must have at least 8 Hit Dice.

Intelligence Drain (Su)

The herald drains 1d4 points of Intelligence each time she hits with her slam attack. (The herald does not heal any damage when she uses her Intelligence drain.)

Power Surge (Su)

Three times per day as a swift action, the herald can increase the DC of her next spell-like ability (if it is cast that round) by +2.

Spell-Like Crafting (Su)

The herald may use any of her spell-like abilities when crafting magic items as if they were actual spells.