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Nullification Shadow

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Kendermage

Medium Undead (Incorporeal)
Hit Dice: 5d12 (32 hp)
Initiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: Fly 40 ft (good), 10 squares
Armor Class: 15 (+3 Dex, +2 deflection), touch 15, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +2/-
Attack: Incorporeal touch +5 melee (1d4 plus 1d6 Intelligence drain)
Full Attack: Incorporeal touch +5 melee (1d4 plus 1d6 Intelligence drain)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Intelligence drain
Special Qualities: Undead traits, incorporeal traits, Darkvision 60 ft, turn resistance +3, unnatural aura, Intelligence drain, life sense, indomitable spirit
Saves: Fortitude +5, Reflex +5, Will +7
Abilities: Str -, Dex 16, Con -, Int -, Wis 16, Cha 16
Skills: -
Feats: Ability Focus (Intelligence Drain), Hover
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary, though often encountered in mobs.
Challenge Rating: 5
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Always chaotic evil
Advancement: 6-10 HD (Medium), 11-15 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: -

The creature before you resembles a human-sized, inky black shadow with menacing red eyes. It reaches into your mind with pitch black hands and you can feel your mind slipping away by it's icy grip. For a moment the shadow recedes and you see the fuzzy, indistinct form of a human, though you cannot make out any of its features. The last thing you think before your mind is completely erased is how hate-filled the creature looks.

A nullification shadow is born when a strong willed creature is nullified, or swept out of existence by the touch of a frost or shadow wight. A fragment of the creature's personality refuses to die, and so creates a body of shadows to reside in. Nullification has erased all memory of the creature's life, the only thing the shadow knows is that it hungers for the memories of the living. It lives on due to its powerful will, and its intense hatred of the living.

Nullification shadows are the same size they were in life. They appear as two hate filled red eyes, staring out of an inky humanoid shadow. When it is feeding the shadows recede, and reveals a blurry, indistinct image of the way the creature used to look. This revelation is short lived and as soon as the nullification shadow ceases feeding, the shadows once again obliterate all traces of its former existence.


Unnatural Aura (Su): No animal, whether wild or domesticated, will approach within 30 feet of a nullification shadow. Animals can sense the unnatural presence of the nullification shadow, and will not willingly approach, becoming panic-stricken if forced to remain in close proximity to the nullification shadow.

Intelligence Drain (Su): Living creatures struck by the nullification shadow's incorporeal touch attack must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude Save or take 1d6 points of Intelligence drain. The save DC is Charisma-based. On each successful attack, the nullification shadow gains 5 temporary hit points. The more a nullification shadow feeds, the bigger it becomes. For every 100 points of Intelligence it drains, the nullification shadow gains one Hit Die. The nullification shadow is a glutton, no matter how much it feeds, its hunger is never slaked. Those completely drained by a nullification shadow are still alive, but in a permanent, persistent vegetative state. Lost intelligence can be regained through restoration spells.

Life Sense (Su): A nullification shadow notices and locates all living creatures within 60 feet, just as if it possessed the blindsense ability. It also senses the strength of their life force automatically, as if it had cast deathwatch.

Indomitable Spirit (Su): Having survived being completely nullified once, nullification shadows are immune to further nullification attacks. They can be destroyed but it is incredibly difficult to do so. Any attack that would destroy a nullification shadow does so, but by making a DC 12 Will save, the nullification shadow can reform. If the nullification shadow fails this check, it is forever dead. The only way to completely destroy a nullification shadow is for someone to discover the identity of the nullification shadow and call it by name. A most daunting task, as all memory of the creature has been wiped from everyone else's mind as well. The best one can hope for is to find a written account of the creature's history.

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