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These slippery, scaly horrors dwell in remote cave networks in the Darklands, preferring to nest in narrow fissures. When on the hunt, they flick barbs from their long legs, or spray down their foes with a clear, toxic oil. The same oil coats the scalathrax's body, all of which is quite flammable—whether it's coating a victim or the scalathrax itself.

While a scalathrax appears feral, it's more intelligent than it seems and is capable of speaking in a wet, slithery voice. The vast majority of scalathraxes are foul-tempered and quick to anger, and most of them enjoy killing. It's possible to forge an alliance with a scalathrax, but doing so requires either constant bribes of new creatures to kill or a particularly intimidating personality—scalathraxes often respect bullies, seeing in them a mirror of their own cruel values.

Recall Knowledge - Aberration (Occultism): DC 21

ScalathraxCreature 4

Source Pathfinder #163: Ruins of Gauntlight pg. 86
Perception +11; darkvision
Languages Undercommon
Skills Acrobatics +11, Athletics +11, Stealth +13
Str +3, Dex +5, Con +3, Int -2, Wis +3, Cha +0
AC 21; Fort +11, Ref +13, Will +9
HP 60; Resistances poison 5; Weaknesses fire 5
Oily Scales A scalathrax constantly sweats a glistening oil that makes it exceptionally slick. It treats the results of Acrobatics checks to Squeeze or of any skill check to Escape as one degree of success greater than the rolled result. A scalathrax loses this benefit for 1 minute after it takes any amount of fire damage.
Speed 25 feet, climb 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +13 [+8/+3] (finesse), Damage 2d8+5 piercing plus scalathrax venomRanged Single ActionSingle Action leg quill +13 [+8/+3] (range increment 20 feet), Damage 2d4+5 piercingScalathrax Venom (poison) Saving Throw Fortitude DC 21; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 clumsy 1 (1 round); Stage 2 clumsy 1 and slowed 1 (1 round); Stage 3 clumsy 1 and slowed 2 (1 round)Spray Toxic Oil Two ActionsTwo Actions (conjuration, primal) The scalathrax disgorges a gout of toxic oil from its mouth in a 15-foot cone. Creatures in the area must attempt a DC 21 Reflex save. The scalathrax can't use Toxic Oil Spray again for 1d4 rounds.
Critical Success The creature is unaffected.
Success The creature takes 1d8 poison damage.
Failure The creature takes 2d8 poison damage. For 1 minute, the creature gains weakness to fire 5, and whenever the creature critically fails with an attack roll with a wielded weapon, it drops the weapon.
Critical Failure As failure, but 4d8 poison damage.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Agents of Empty Death

As with will-o'-wisps and their less powerful kin, flickerwisp, voidgluttons are associated with the Outer Goddess Nhimbaloth. Her cultists see voidgluttons as roving incarnations of her hunger and have been known to offer themselves up to voidgluttons as prey in order to achieve religious insights. Most who attempt this get a closer look at death than they intended.