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RattusSphinx

 

The creature pads out of the shadows of the decrepit library. It has the body of a large fat house cat, wings like a raven, and the head and tail of a large rat.

 

 

RattusSphinx CR 6

XP 2,400

CN Small Magical Beast

Init ; Senses Darkvision 60 feet, Low Light Vision

Perception +14

AC 19 , Touch 14, Flat Footed 16(+1 size, +3 Dexterity, +5 Natural)

hp 60 (8d10+16)

Fort +8; Ref +9; Will +7

Speed 20 feet, Fly 60 Feet (Poor), Climb 20 feet

Melee Bite +8 (1d4), 2 claws +8 (1d3)

Spells known (CL 8th)

4th level (4/day)- Triggered Suggestion (DC 18)

3rd level (5/day)- Accursed Glare (DC 17), Clairaudience/Clairvoyance,

2nd level (7/day)- Invisibility, Miserable Pity (C 16), Touch of Idiocy,

1st level (7/day)- Bungle (DC 15), Erase, Grease (DC 15), Memorize Page, Ventriloquism(DC 15)

0- Arcane Mark, Detect Magic, Flare (DC 14), Light, Message, Open/close, Prestidigitation, Read Magic

Str 10, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 16, Cha 18

Base Atk +8; CMB +7; CMD 11 (15 against trip)

Feats Deceitful, Iron Will, Magical Aptitude, Persuasive

Skills: Bluff +14, Climb +14, Diplomacy +14, Fly +14, Knowledge (Local)+14, Knowledge (History) +14 Perception +14, Stealth +14, Use Magic Item +14, Racial Bonus: Uses dexterity for climb checks, Treat all knowledge skills as class skills.

Languages Common, Sphinx

SQ Secret Keeper, Bookworm Infestation

Environment Any Urban

Organization Solitary or pair.

Treasure Standard

 

Secret Keeper (SP): Once per day, a RattusSphinx can impose a special type of Geas on a subject to prevent them from revealing a specific secret or piece of information. The target must make a will save DC 18 or be unable to tell the designated secret to anyone. The Secret must be something that both the target and the Rattusphinx both know, but otherwise this functions similarly to a Geas Spell. The save is Charisma based, and this is a mind affecting ability.

 

Bookworm Infestation (Ex): A RattusSphinx's fur and feathers are infested with Bookworms (See Tome of Horrors Complete page 756). As a standard action once per week, a RattusSphinx can shake itself, throwing the bookworms all over the place to infest any nearby books or tomes.

 

Spellcasting ability: RattusSphinx have the spellcasting ability of an 8th level Sorcerer.

 

RattusSphinx are the smallest of the known Sphinx species, roughly the size of a dog, The RattusSphinx resembles an ungainly combination of feline, crow and rat.

 

RattusSphinx, love to do two things: Acquire knowledge, and keep that knowledge secret. They love to spy on humans and other intelligent creatures, then learn valuable information, then destroy that information so that no one else can have it. They especially love to get information that someone is looking for, then dangle it in front of the knowledge seeker like a carrot. RattusSphinx sometimes get hired on by unscrupulous nobles and thieves guilds as a spymaster or cleaner.

 

While RattusSphinx lack the physical power of their larger relatives, they are powerful spellcasters, although their magic is usually geared to gathering information, destroying information, or getting out of tight spots.

 

Where RattusSphinx fit into the already confusing mating habits of other Sphinx is a mystery. Both AndroSphinx and CrioSphinx ignore them, while HirecoSphinx and GynoSphinx devour them where they find them. In addition, RattusSphinx seem to be entirely genderless themselves, leading some to believe they are not a naturally occuring species.

 

A RattusSphinx is 2 feet long and weighs 80 pounds.

Authors Note: And here is the next entry in Rat Week: The RattusSphinx. I'm actually proud of this one, since its my first monster with natural spellcasting ability, and its my first Sphinx.

I've always liked Sphinxes (Their problematic mating cycles notwithstanding), so I wanted to add my own spin to them. I also wanted to give them a personality quirk based around finding information and keeping secrets.

Plus, I got to reference Tome of Horrors. Which, seriously go out and buy it, its a great book.

Anyways, tune in tomorrow for my next thing.

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