Lumusi the Crawling Horde

Mystery obscures Lumusi’s origins. Through some ancient ritual, an entire rat swarm became awakened. This in itself wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, but Lumusi possesses an evil disposition and a desire to inflict loss on others. It lurks in the hidden places of urban areas and farming communities. From its lair, it stealths out under cover of night to wreak havoc. It uses its spells to charm animals and vermin (thanks to its Vermin Heart feat), damage crops and property, and cause sickness and death.

Lumusi the Crawling Horde
Awakened rat swarm blight druid 9
CR 10; XP 9,600
NE Tiny magical beast (augmented animal, swarm)
Init +9; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +20
Aura forgetfulness (30-ft. radius, Will DC 19, 9 rounds/day)

DEFENSE
AC 15, touch 15, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +2 size)
hp 94 (14d8+28)
Fort +12, Ref +10, Will +12
Defensive Abilities swarm traits (as a swarm of tiny creatures, a rat swarm takes only half damage from piercing and slashing attacks); Immune disease, nauseated condition, sickened condition

OFFENSE
Speed 15 ft., climb 15 ft., swim 15 ft.
Melee swarm (1d6 plus disease)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks disease (Fort DC 16), distraction (Fort DC 16), miasma (Fort DC 19)
Druid Spells Prepared (CL 9th):
5th (2+1)- cure critical wounds, enervation*, flame strike (Elemental Spell, Heighten Spell) (Ref DC 20)
4th (3+1)- cure serious wounds, dispel magic, hurricane blast (Heighten Spell) (Ref DC 20), shadow conjuration*
3rd (4+1)- burning gaze (Elemental Spell, Heighten Spell) (Fort DC 18), cure moderate wounds, deeper darkness*, protection from energy, sleet storm
2nd (5+1)- barkskin, blindness/deafness* (Fort DC 17) (blindness only), elemental speech, glide, pox pustules (Fort DC 17), wood shape
1st (6+1)- charm animal (Will DC 16), cure light wounds (x2), entangle (Ref DC 16), longstrider, obscuring mist*, touch of the sea
0 (4)- create water, detect magic, read magic, resistance
*Domain Spells
Nature Bond Subdomain Loss

STATISTICS
Str 2, Dex 17, Con 15, Int 8, Wis 20, Cha 9
Base Atk +9; CMB –; CMD
Feats Ability Focus (disease, distraction), Aspect of the Beast (wild instinct), Blind-Fight (B), Elemental Spell (cold), Heighten Spell, Improved Initiative, Natural Spell, Skill Focus (Perception), Vermin Heart
Skills Acrobatics +7, Climb +24, Knowledge (nature) +5, Perception +20, Stealth +15, Survival +21, Swim +16 (+24 to perform a special action or avoid a hazard); Racial Modifiers +8 Climb, +8 on Swim checks to perform a special action or avoid a hazard, uses Dex to modify Climb and Swim
Languages Common, Druidic
SQ nature sense, vermin empathy +8, wild shape 3/day, woodland stride

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Aura of Forgetfulness (Su): Lumusi can emit a 30-foot aura of forgetfulness for 9 rounds per day. These rounds do not need to be consecutive. Creatures you target in this area must make a DC 19 Will save or have no memory of any time spent inside the area. In addition, spellcasters in the area lose one prepared spell or available spell slot per round spent in the area, starting with 1st-level spells and going up through higher-level spells. Spellcasters are allowed a save each round to negate this loss (this save is separate from the memory loss save).

Disease (Ex): Filth fever; injury; save Fort DC 16; onset 1d3 days; frequency 1/day; effect 1d3 Dex damage and 1d3 Con damage; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Distraction (Ex): Lumusi can nauseate the creatures that it damages. Any living creature that takes damage from a creature with the distraction ability is nauseated for 1 round; a Fortitude save negates the effect.

Miasma (Ex): If Lumusi is adjacent to a creature at the beginning of its turn, the creature must succeed at a DC 19 Fortitude save become sickened for 1 round. A creature of the animal, fey, or plant type that fails its save is nauseated for 1 round and sickened for 1 minute thereafter. If the creature makes its save, it is immune to this effect for 24 hours, as are creatures immune to disease.

Touch of Darkness (Sp): As a melee touch attack, Lumusi can cause a creature’s vision to be fraught with shadows and darkness. The creature touched treats all other creatures as if they had concealment, suffering a 20% miss chance on all attack rolls. This effect lasts for 5 rounds. Lumusi can use this ability 8 times per day equal.

Vermin Empathy (Su): Lumusi can improve the attitude of vermin as a normal druid can with animals. Vermin have a starting attitude of unfriendly. Lumusi can also improve the attitude of animals and mindless undead creatures that were formerly animals, but it takes a -4 penalty on the check unless the animal or undead has a disease special attack.

Wild Shape (Su): Lumusi has the ability to turn itself into any Diminutive, Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, or Huge animal and back again. This ability functions like the beast shape III spell, except as noted here. Lumusi can also assume the form of a Small or Medium elemental as if using elemental body II. Furthermore, it can take the form of a Small or Medium plant creature as if using plant shape I.

Lumusi loses its ability to speak while in animal form because it is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, but it can communicate normally with other animals of the same general grouping as its new form. (The normal sound a wild parrot makes is a squawk, so changing to this form does not permit speech.) The effect lasts for 9 hours, or until Lumusi changes back. Changing form is a standard action and doesn’t provoke an attack of opportunity.

NOTE
Due to Lumusi’s unusual nature, it has no equipment. As a result, its CR is 1 lower than expected.

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