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Stone Lion

Stone lions are a common sight outside of banks, temples, palaces, and even private residences. The fierce expressions affixed on their faces remind passersby to stay on their best behavior.

Stone lions remain faithful guardians of a site, regardless of whether it falls into disrepair. Even if people abandon a place, the lion remains dutiful until its statue is too worn or broken to inhabit any longer.

Recall Knowledge - Celestial (Religion): DC 21

Elite | Normal | Weak

Stone LionCreature 4

UncommonNGLargeCelestial
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 125
Perception +13; darkvision
Languages Celestial, Common; telepathy 60 feet
Skills Athletics +12, Intimidation +8, Meteorology Lore +11, Religion +13
Str +4, Dex +3, Con +3, Int +1, Wis +5, Cha +0
Anchored Soul The stone lion is mystically bonded to its bonded vessel and must remain within 1 mile of it. Some might be further restricted to the location it guards.
AC 21; Fort +11, Ref +9, Will +13; +1 status to all saves vs. evil
HP 50; Immunities disease, paralyzed, petrified, poison
Bonded Vessel The condition of a stone lion's vessel dictates the lion's maximum Hit Point value. Undamaged, the vessel is an object with 50 Hit Points (BT 25). When the stone lion is in spirit form, damaging it doesn't hurt the vessel, but damaging the vessel deals an equal amount of damage to the stone lion. When the stone lion Inhabits its Vessel, they're a single target, and damage reduces the Hit Points of both the stone lion and the vessel. If the vessel is broken, the stone lion can still fight normally while inhabiting it and suffers no ill effect, but if the vessel is ever destroyed, the stone lion is instantly slain and can't reconstitute.
Reconstitution (divine, necromancy) When the stone lion reaches 0 Hit Points, its spirit dissipates. If its bonded vessel is intact, the stone lion re-forms in this vessel after 2d4 days, fully healed. If the vessel is broken, it must first be Repaired, after which the stone lion reforms in 3d4 days.
Speed fly 40 feet
Divine Innate Spells DC 21; 3rd dream message; 1st detect alignment (at will; evil only)
Ferocious Roar Two ActionsTwo Actions (auditory, emotion, fear, mental, sonic) The lion makes a terrifying roar that deals 2d8 sonic damage (DC 23 basic Fortitude save) to each creature in a 20-foot cone. Creatures that fail this save become frightened 1.Inhabit Vessel Two ActionsTwo Actions (manipulate) The lion touches and melds with its bonded vessel, bringing the statue to life. It can cease Inhabiting its Vessel by spending a single action, which has the concentrate trait. While Inhabiting the Vessel, it loses its fly Speed and gains Immunities healing, nonlethal;Resistances physical 5 (except bludgeoning); Speed 30 feet; and the following Strikes.
  • Melee [one-action] jaws +14, Damage 2d6+7 bludgeoning plus Grab
  • Ranged [one-action] stone ball +13 (range increment 30 feet), Damage 2d4+7 bludgeoning
Spirit Body When not Inhabiting its Vessel, the stone lion is incorporeal and gains resistance 5 to all damage (except force damage and damage from Strikes with the ghost touch property rune; double resistance against non-magical).

Sidebar - Additional Lore Bleeding Omen

Legends say that stone lions can predict incoming storms or floods. If a stone lion's eyes, nose, or ears bleed, preparations should be made. Lone survivors of these disasters claim those who disparage such omens as superstition often don't live to see the next dawn.

All Monsters in "Guardian Beast"

NameLevel
Stone Lion4
Stone Lion Cub2

Guardian Beast

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 124
Stone statues of beasts can often be found paired and standing guard to either side of an entryway. While some seem like merely lifeless statues, others are far more than they appear to be. Guardian beasts ward against evil and misfortune. Some of these celestial spirits were assigned this task, while others assumed their roles out of a sense of duty. To allow them to maintain a constant presence in the material world, pious artisans carve stone vessels of the beasts in their likeness; these statues then serve as anchors for the guardian beasts' souls. Should the need arise, guardian beasts can merge with their stony form, becoming a dangerous foe with noble courage, an indomitable will, and few weaknesses.

By day, guardian beasts stay in their vessels and pretend to be inanimate. Past nightfall, they might patrol the grounds in their stone form or leave the heavy vessel behind to go where a solid body can't reach. Some take this chance to visit the dreams of individuals they favor and send them messages, notifying them of strange occurrences or warning them of incoming danger. Despite their good intentions, the dream messages from guardian beasts can be obscure, often overshadowed by the spirit's personality or strange assumptions they make due to their nature as resolute guardians.

While guardian beasts can work alone, they usually appear in bonded pairs who complement each other in nature. One could be a jokester, the other gloomy; another could be nurturing, the other strict. To make two otherwise identical-looking beasts distinct, sculptors often depict one stone animal with their young. In the case of stone lions, a common type of guardian beasts, this approach means carving stone lion cubs to accompany one of the guardians.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Animal Varieties

Guardian beasts can take many forms. For example, Tian-Min culture calls upon the service of stone guardian dogs to guard their temples. Shrines to Daikitsu, the Lady of Foxes, on the other hand, use stone guardian foxes.