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Leng Ghoul

In the icy nightmare dimension of Leng, ghouls with hoofed feet gather in morbid groups to worship and research, forming societies that mockingly mimic (and in their opinion, surpass) those of the living. Most worship the malevolent gods of the Elder Mythos and see the living as little more than fodder who will eventually die and provide memories for Leng ghouls to consume and absorb. Not all Leng ghouls are evil, but most are, and even those who aren't possess sardonic senses of humor and grisly appetites that make them disturbing allies at best.


Recall Knowledge - Undead (Religion): DC 29

Leng GhoulCreature 10

UncommonCEMediumDreamGhoulUndead
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 107
Perception +19; darkvision
Languages Aklo, Common, Necril
Skills Acrobatics +21, Arcana +19, Athletics +19, Occultism +21, Religion +19, Stealth +21
Str +5, Dex +7, Con +5, Int +3, Wis +5, Cha +6
Erudite Leng ghouls can cast arcane, divine, and occult spells from scrolls, with a spell DC of 28 and a spell attack roll of +20.
Items scroll of fly, scroll of confusion
AC 29; Fort +18, Ref +21, Will +19; +1 status to all saves vs. positive
HP 180 (negative healing); Immunities cold, death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious
Speed 25 feet, burrow 25 feet, climb 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +23 [+18/+13] (finesse), Damage 2d8+8 piercing plus Leng ghoul fever and paralysisMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +23 [+19/+15] (agile, finesse), Damage 2d6+8 slashing plus paralysisAbsorb Memories Single ActionSingle Action (manipulate) Requirements The Leng ghoul is adjacent to the corpse of a creature that retains flesh on its bones; Effect The Leng ghoul devours a chunk of the corpse and regains 6d6 Hit Points. At the same time, they also absorb some of the memories stored in the flesh from when the corpse was alive, gaining a +1 status bonus to all skill checks for 10 minutes.
The Leng ghoul can immediately attempt an Occultism check to learn one non-secret memory the corpse had when it was alive (use the standard DC for the creature's level). The exact memory learned is determined by the GM but is typically something of use to the Leng ghoul. The memory can't be one the creature was trying to keep secret unless the check was a critical success. A Leng ghoul can Absorb Memories from any given corpse only once.
Leng Ghoul Fever (disease) Saving Throw DC 28 Fortitude; Stage 1 carrier with no ill effect (1 day); Stage 2 4d8 negative damage and regains half as many Hit Points from all healing (1 day); Stage 3 as stage 2 (1 day); Stage 4 4d8 negative damage and gains no benefit from healing (1 day); Stage 5 as stage 4 (1 day); Stage 6 dead, and rises as a Leng ghoul the next sunsetParalysis (incapacitation, occult, necromancy) Any living creature hit by a Leng ghoul's attack must succeed at a DC 28 Fortitude save or become paralyzed. It can attempt a new save at the end of each of its turns, and the DC cumulatively decreases by 1 on each such save.Sneak Attack A Leng ghoul deals an extra 2d6 precision damage to flat-footed creatures.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Corpse Libraries

Because Leng ghouls can draw lore from the flesh they consume, their temples often contain libraries that would, to the untrained eye, look more like abattoirs of preserved corpses. Here, a curious Leng ghoul can browse and feed simultaneously, or even research secrets that have long laid dormant in the dead.

All Monsters in "Ghoul"

NameLevel
Barnacle Ghoul9
Ghast2
Ghoul1
Leng Ghoul10

Ghoul

Source Bestiary pg. 168
Few creatures are more ubiquitous to sinister locations such as lonely graveyards and ruined crypts than the flesh-eating undead known as ghouls.

Creating Ghouls

You can turn a living creature into a ghoul by completing the following steps. When creating a ghast, double these numerical adjustments. The monsters in this section are built from the ground up, so their numbers don't match these guidelines exactly. Custom-building ghouls is recommended if you have time, using the special abilities listed here but creating the other statistics to match what you want the ghoul to be. First, increase the creature's level by 1 and change its statistics as follows.
  • Increase its AC, attack bonuses, DCs, saving throws, and skill modifiers by 1.
  • Increase its damage with Strikes and other offensive abilities by 1. If the creature is limited in how often it can use an ability (such as a breath weapon), increase the damage by 2 instead.

Ghoul Abilities

A ghoul gains the undead and ghoul traits, and it usually becomes evil. If the base creature has any abilities that come from it being a living creature, it loses them. It also loses any traits that represented its life as a living creature, such as human and humanoid. You might also need to adjust abilities that conflict with the theme of a ghoul. All ghouls gain the following abilities. The save DC for all abilities uses the DC of the ghoul's level.
Darkvision
Negative Healing
Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious
Claws If the creature had hands, it gains a claw Strike (an agile unarmed attack that deals slashing damage plus paralysis). If it had any agile attacks, the damage dealt by its claws should be roughly the same as the damage dealt by those attacks. If it had only non-agile attacks, its claws should deal three-quarters that damage.
Jaws If the creature had a mouth, it gains a jaws Strike (an unarmed attack that deals slashing damage plus ghoul fever and paralysis). The damage amount should be the same as the creature's non-agile attacks.
Consume Flesh Single ActionSingle Action (manipulate) Requirements The ghoul is adjacent to the corpse of a creature that died within the last hour. Effect The ghoul devours a chunk of the corpse and regains 1d6 Hit Points plus 1d6 for every 2 levels it has. It can regain Hit Points from any given corpse only once.
Ghoul Fever (disease) Saving Throw Fortitude; Stage 1 carrier with no ill effect (1 day); Stage 2 2d6 negative damage and regains half as many Hit Points from all healing (1 day); Stage 3 as stage 2 (1 day); Stage 4 2d6 negative damage and gains no benefit from healing (1 day); Stage 5 as stage 4 (1 day); Stage 6 dead, and rises as a ghoul the next midnight.
Paralysis (incapacitation, occult, necromancy) Any living, non-elf creature hit by a ghoul's attack must succeed at a Fortitude save or become paralyzed. It can attempt a new save at the end of each of its turns, and the DC cumulatively decreases by 1 on each such save.
Swift Leap Single ActionSingle Action (move) The ghoul jumps up to half its Speed. This movement doesn't trigger reactions.

Ghast Abilities

A ghast has all the abilities above, plus following additions.
Stench (aura, olfactory) 10 feet A creature entering the aura or starting its turn in the aura must succeed at a Fortitude save (use a DC based on the monster's level; Core Rulebook 503) or become sickened 1 (plus slowed 1 as long as its sickened on a critical failure). While within the aura, the creature takes a –2 circumstance penalty to saves against disease and to recover from the sickened condition. A creature that succeeds at its save is temporarily immune for 1 minute.
Claws and Jaws As ghoul, but apply ghast fever instead of ghoul fever.
Consume Flesh Single ActionSingle Action As ghoul, but it regains 1d6 additional Hit Points.
Ghast Fever (disease) Saving Throw Fortitude; Stage 1 carrier with no ill effect (1 day); Stage 2 3d8 negative damage and regains half as many Hit Points from all healing (1 day); Stage 3 as stage 2 (1 day); Stage 4 3d8 negative damage and gains no benefit from healing (1 day); Stage 5 as stage 4 (1 day); Stage 6 dead, and rises as a ghast the next midnight
Paralysis (incapacitation, occult, necromancy) As ghoul, but elves are not immune.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Ghoulish Society

Ghouls are quite intelligent and, more so than almost any other undead, prone to forming societies and cultures (if vile and repugnant ones centered around flesh eating and acts of depravity) in tangled warrens below boneyards, or even entire cities hidden away in the depths of the Darklands.

Sidebar - Additional Lore The First Ghouls

Legend holds that the first humanoid (an elf, as it so happened) to feed upon the flesh of his brother rose as a ghoul after death, in time embracing his new life and ascending to great power as a demon lord of ghouls, graves, and secrets kept by the dead. That ghouls of humanoids warp and twist to take vaguely elven features, and that elves themselves are immune to ghoul paralysis, are unusual side effects of this ancient source, yet today, ghouls are as likely to worship other vile gods—or simply eschew faith entirely—as they are to honor the first of their kind.