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Faceless Butcher

The deformed flesh on this humanoid horror’s head bears grim holes where their eyes, nose, mouth, and ears should be, and little else. Stories of faceless butchers always center on the monstrous murderer’s preferred weapon: a wicked and bloodstained meat cleaver, which the butcher uses to carve flesh from skull to add to their collection of stolen faces. Once they’ve taken a victim’s face, the faceless butcher can wear it, transform into an exact replica of the deceased, and begin stalking their next victim.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 30
Unspecific Lore: DC 28
Specific Lore: DC 25

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Faceless ButcherCreature 11

Legacy Content

Uncommon NE Medium Humanoid 
Source Pathfinder #154: Siege of the Dinosaurs pg. 80
Perception +21; darkvision
Languages Common; one regional language (can't speak any language)
Skills Acrobatics +22, Athletics +24, Deception +24, Intimidation +22, Stealth +24
Str +7, Dex +5, Con +6, Int +1, Wis +3, Cha +5
Suppressed Alignment When using their Change Shape ability, the faceless butcher loses their alignment aura and thus cannot be detected by spells such as detect alignment.
Items bag of faces, cleaver
AC 31; Fort +23, Ref +22, Will +20
HP 175; Resistances bludgeoning 8
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 10 feet, DC 26. This aura is suppressed if the faceless butcher is using Change Shape.Attack of Opportunity [reaction]
Speed 25 feet
Melee [one-action] cleaver +24 [+19/+14] (forceful, sweep), Damage 2d12+7 slashingMelee [one-action] fist +24 [+20/+16] (agile, nonlethal), Damage 2d10+7 bludgeoningRanged [one-action] cleaver +22 [+17/+12] (thrown 10 feet), Damage 2d12+7 slashingChange Shape [one-action] (concentrate, occult, polymorph, transmutation) The faceless butcher can take on the exact form of any Small, Medium, or Large humanoid whose face they carry in their bag of faces, changing their shape and physical features to precisely match that of the victim whose face they wear. This doesn’t change the butcher’s Speed or attack or damage bonuses with their Strikes.Remove Face [two-actions] (attack) Requirements The faceless butcher is within reach of a dying, immobilized, or unconscious creature; Effect The faceless butcher attempts a cleaver Strike or an Athletics check against the creature’s Fortitude DC. On a success, the faceless butcher deals damage as if they had made a successful cleaver Strike against the creature and removes the creature’s face. On a critical success, the damage doubles and the creature takes 4d6 persistent bleed damage. Once its face is removed, the creature takes a permanent –4 status penalty to Charisma checks and Charisma-based skill checks. This penalty can be removed only if the victim recovers its face from the faceless butcher and has a restoration spell cast on it.Sudden Slices [two-actions] Requirements The faceless butcher is undetected by their target; Effect The faceless butcher Strides once and makes two cleaver Strikes against the target. During the Stride, they gain a +10-foot circumstance bonus to their Speed.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Boondocks Killer

Among small villages where locals whisper stories of the faceless butcher, one can never be sure if the local fisher or trapper who returns from an unexpectedly long trip upriver is who they have always been, or if something far more sinister has returned in their stead.