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Golden Bull, the

by Kranar Drogin & Joe Mashuga


The Golden Bull (? PD - current) is the spiritual leader of the Fellowship of the Mahstoic Circle, and much of his history is clouded in mystery. Where he came from exactly is unknown, but he arrived to a small few of the Chôt-tang and preached the word of Mah-Jor (Majere). He claimed he was a lesser prophet and a servant of Mah-Jor, and that he was bringing her teachings to the minotaur people. He taught the philosophies of old, of the Mahstoic Circle, and of Mah-Jor, she who places all things in the Circle, and guides all to find their place in the Circle. Many believe that because of his work, he was gifted with a long life from the god Mah-Jor.

In the wake of the Great Wave, the minotaur nation of Chôt-tang Empire was decimated. The Golden Bull appeared before his people and wanted to move away from the "religion of ascendancy" to a study of the old philosophies, and live a communal lifestyle instead. He had the former noble manor homes fully converted to hilltop monasteries, and by 200 AD this task was completed. The people adopted a new name, Mahjoran, and the religion spread beyond just the hilltops with the help of the Golden Bull's teachings and his High Prefects.

The Golden Bull designated Mah-Jor as where his holy temple to Mah-Jor would be, and where he would lead his followers. He chose Mah-Jor because it was the capital of Galachot, and would be close to the heart of government. He also started advising the Galachot government, such as having them establish trade with the Midlands to the west and Etlarn to the east, and he led his people into a new renaissance of philosophical notoriety.

He continues to lead the minotaur faithful of Galachot from his temple atop Mount Mah-Jor in the Golden City of Mah-Jor. During a rare public appearance in 421 AD, the Golden Bull announced his final days. He indicated that before the turn of the generation he would rejoin the Great Circle, but left the when and how vague.

In truth, the Golden Bull is a gold dragon whose original identity is unknown. He has kept his true name and race a secret for at least five hundred years, walking the lands quietly in minotaur form even before making himself known after the Drowning. During this time he has never changed back to his original dragon shape, even for a moment. Whether this is because he has come to love his fellow citizens of Galachot or because he is permanently bound to his current shape is unknown. What is certain is his dedication to Mah-Jor and to Galachot's people. Whether or not he will reveal his true nature to his people before his passing has yet to be seen.


Gaming Stats

3.5 Edition


The Golden Bull (Dragon Form)

CR 28

Male great wyrm gold dragon
LG Colossal dragon
Init +6; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., keen senses; Listen +59, Spot +59
Aura frightful presence (360-ft. radius, HD 40 or less, DC 40 Will resists)


Defense

AC 60, touch 20, flat-footed 58 (+2 Dexterity, +16 monk, +40 natural, -8 size)
hp 758 (41d12+492)
Fort +33, Ref +24, Will +35 (+37 vs. enchantments)
Defensive improved evasion; DR 20/magic; Immune non-magical disease, fire, paralysis, poison, sleep; SR 33
Weakness vulnerability to cold


Offense

Spd 120 ft, fly 310 ft. (clumsy), swim 120 ft.
Melee flurry of blows +53/+53/+53/+48/+43/+38 (8d8+20) or
bite +53 (4d8+20) and
2 claws +48 (4d6+10) and
2 wings +48 (2d8+10) and
tail slap +48 (4d6+30)
Space 30 ft.; Reach 20 ft. (bite 30 ft.)
Special Attacks breath weapon (70-ft. cone, 24d10 fire, DC 42 Reflex half or 12 Strength damage, DC 42 Fortitude resists), crush (4d8+30, DC 42 Reflex avoids), quivering palm 1/week (DC 32 Fortitude resists), tail sweep (40-ft. half-circle, 2d8+30, DC 42 Reflex half)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th)
1/day - foresight, geas/quest, sunburst (DC 28)
3/day - bless, detect gems
Spells Known (CL 19th, +37 ranged touch)
9th (7/day) — astral projection, time stop
8th (8/day) — maze (DC 35), moment of prescience, sympathy (DC 35)
7th (8/day) — control weather, greater scrying (DC 34), vision
6th (8/day) — antimagic field, repulsion (DC 33), true seeing
5th (8/day) — break enchantment, dismissal (DC 32), dream, teleport
4th (9/day) — hallucinatory terrain (DC 31), lesser geas (DC 31), polymorph, remove curse
3rd (9/day) — haste, nondetection, secret page, suggestion (DC 30)
2nd (9/day) — continual flame, darkness, obscure object, protection from arrows, spider climb, web (DC 29)
1st (9/day) — comprehend languages, hold portal, shield, sleep, unseen servant
0 (6/day) —detect magic, ghost sound, light, mending, message, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic, resistance


Statistics

Str 50, Dex 15, Con 33, Int 32, Wis 37, Cha 30
Base Atk +41; Grp +77
Feats Alertness, Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Diehard, Endurance, Flyby Attack, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Improved Trip, Improved Unarmed Strike, Leadership, Power Attack, Snatch Arrows, Stunning Fist, Wingover
Skills Balance +26, Bluff +32, Climb +31, Concentration +33, Decipher Script +22, Diplomacy +58, Disguise +54 (+56 in character), Gather Information +23, Heal +46, Intimidate +12, Jump +33, Knowledge (arcana) +33, Knowledge (history) +33, Knowledge (local) +33, Knowledge (religion) +55, Listen +59, Move Silently +46, Search +55, Sense Motive +57, Spot +59, Swim +42, Tumble +26, Use Magic Device +43 (+45 involving scrolls)
Languages Common, Draconic, Etlarnish, Elven, Gildanesti, Igurni, Kundaspeak, Minotaur; tongue of the sun and moon
SQ abundant step, alternate form, empty body, ki strike (adamantine, lawful, magic), monk abilities, slow fall (any distance), timeless body, water breathing, wholeness of body (38 points/day)


Special

Alternate Form (Su) The Golden Bull should have the ability to assume any animal or humanoid form of Medium size of smaller as a standard action three times a day. However, the Golden Bull has remained in his Mahjoran minotaur form for centuries, and his ability to return to draconic form (or assume any other alternate form) is in question.

Monk Abilities As a devout follower of Majere (some would call him a proxy), the Golden Bull lives an introspective and monastic life and has never developed the ability to know and cast arcane spells. The Golden Bull instead possesses all of the class features possessed by a 19th-level monk.


Male Minotaur Form

CR 28

LG Medium dragon (fire)
Init +7; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., keen senses; Listen +59, Spot +59
Aura frightful presence (360-ft. radius, HD 40 or less, DC 40 Will resists)


Defense

AC 31, touch 29, flat-footed 28 (+3 Dexterity, +16 monk, +2 natural)
hp 758 (41 HD)
Fort +24, Ref +26, Will +35 (+37 vs. enchantments)
Defensive improved evasion; DR 20/magic; Immune non-magical disease, fire, paralysis, poison, sleep; SR 33
Weakness vulnerability to cold


Offense

Spd 90 ft.
Melee flurry of blows +43/+43/+43/+38/+33/+28 (2d8+2) or
gore +43/+38/+33/+28 (1d6+2)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks gore charge (2d6+3), quivering palm 1/week (DC 32 Fortitude resists)


Statistics

Str 15, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 32, Wis 37, Cha 30
Base Atk +41; Grp +43
Feats Alertness, Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Diehard, Endurance, Flyby Attack, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Improved Trip, Improved Unarmed Strike, Leadership, Power Attack, Snatch Arrows, Stunning Fist, Wingover
Skills Balance +29, Bluff +32, Climb +13, Concentration +26, Decipher Script +22, Diplomacy +58, Disguise +54 (+56 in character), Gather Information +34, Heal +46, Intimidate +12, Jump +15, Knowledge (arcana) +33, Knowledge (history) +33, Knowledge (local) +33, Knowledge (religion) +55, Listen +59, Move Silently +25, Search +55, Sense Motive +57, Spot +59, Swim +24, Tumble +27, Use Magic Device +43 (+45 involving scrolls)
Languages Common, Draconic, Etlarnish, Elven, Gildanesti, Igurni, Kundaspeak, Minotaur; tongue of the sun and moon
SQ abundant step, alternate form, empty body, ki strike (adamantine, lawful, magic), monk abilities, slow fall (any distance), timeless body, timeless form, water breathing, wholeness of body (38 points/day)


Special

Timeless Form The Golden Bull's minotaur form has greater physical ability scores than the average minotaur, due to his centuries of remaining in the same form and the monk's timeless body class feature.