Crouching in the shadows is a twisted giant, its hands tipped with iron claws and its legs in iron hooves. Its head is that of a snarling wolf, a single eye glaring balefully from over its muzzle. The stink of rotting meat wafts off of the creature.
Psoglavs are monstrous predators native to the Plane of Shadow. Psoglavs have an affinity for the undead, treating smaller and weaker undead as snacks and minions and kowtowing to more powerful creatures such as liches or nightshades. They delight in spreading panic and will terrorize a community for days before striking, digging up graves in order to consume corpses and loot burial goods. Avaricious creatures, they hoard gemstones with fervor and will take foolish risks in order to obtain especially fine specimens.
A psoglav is a cunning adversary and rarely fights fair. They use their natural abilities to weaken and harass opponents before closing in for the kill. Most psoglavs do not hesitate to flee if the battle turns against them, and may attempt to abduct a weakened adversary and whisk them away to the Plane of Shadow as a parting insult. Psoglavs are not especially cooperative creatures, and combats with multiple psoglavs often turn into competitions between the monsters to slay more opponents. A psoglav stands 12 feet tall and weighs about 1000 pounds.
Psoglav CR 9
CE Large monstrous humanoid (extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision, Perception +17, scent
AC 23, touch 12, flat-footed 20(-1 size, +3 Dex, +11 natural)
hp 115 (11d10+55)
Fort +8, Ref +10, Will +10
Defensive Abilities negative energy affinity
Speed 50 ft.
Melee 2 claws +14 (1d8+4), bite +13 (2d6+4)
Ranged baleful bolt +12 touch (6d6 negative energy plus stun)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks carrion breath, rend (2 claws, 1d8+6), trample (DC 19, 1d8+6)
Spell-like Abilities CL 11th, concentration +13
1/day—plane shift (DC 17)
Str 18, Dex 17, Con 20, Int 12, Wis 17, Cha 15
Base Atk +11; CMB +16; CMD 29
Feats Dazzling Display, Improved Bull’s Rush, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Shatter Defenses, Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills Acrobatics +14 (+22 when jumping), Climb +18, Intimidate +16, Perception +17, Stealth +13
Environment Plane of Shadow or underground
Organization solitary, pair or horde (3-8)
Treasure double standard
Baleful Bolt (Su) As a standard action, a psoglav can fire a beam of red-black energy from its eye. This functions as a ranged touch attack with a range of 100 feet and no range increment. Any creature struck by this bolt takes 6d6 negative energy damage and must succeed a DC 17 Fortitude save or be stunned with pain for one round. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Carrion Breath (Su) As a standard action, a psoglav can breathe a 30 foot cone that causes all living creatures to be sickened for one minute and take 1d6 points of Strength damage. A successful DC 20 Fortitude save eliminates the Strength damage. A psoglav can use its carrion breath 3 times per day, and must wait 1d4 rounds between uses. The save DC is Constitution based.