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Quintessivores are cunning creatures that wield arcane magic and scalpel-sharp spider limbs that can rend one's soul just as easily as flesh. A quintessivore doesn't immediately kill its prey—it drags the creature to its lair and separates the victim's soul from their body with its bladed limbs. The flicking blades then pull out the creature's individuality, reducing the soul down to pure soul-stuff called quintessence, which the quintessivore then consumes.

Recall Knowledge - Beast (Arcana, Nature): DC 32

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QuintessivoreCreature 10

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 209
Perception +17; darkvision
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Infernal, Undercommon
Skills Arcana +25, Athletics +17, Intimidation +19, Stealth +20
Str +3, Dex +6, Con +6, Int +7, Wis +3, Cha +3
Items scroll of fly, scroll of dimensional anchor
AC 28; Fort +22, Ref +20, Will +21
HP 180
Instant Suspension ReactionReaction Trigger The quintessivore reduces a creature within 15 feet of it to 0 Hit Points; Effect The quintessivore uses Suspend Soul, targeting the creature.
Speed 40 feet, climb 20 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action blade-leg +22 [+17/+12] (finesse, magical), Damage 1d10+9 slashing damage plus 1d10 negative damage and tattered soulArcane Prepared Spells DC 29, attack +21; 5th black tentacles, grim tendrils, passwall; 4th clairvoyance, enervation (×2); 3rd slow, vampiric touch (×2); 2nd comprehend language, see invisibility, web; 1st feather fall, fleet step, ray of enfeeblement; Cantrips (5th) daze, detect magic, mage hand, ray of frost, read aura
Feed on Quintessence (arcane, exploration, manipulate, necromancy) Over the course of 1 hour, the quintessivore removes and deconstructs the soul of a creature. The creature must either be captive or have been dead for no more than 2 hours before the start of the process. At the end of the hour, the quintessivore consumes the quintessence of the creature's soul. For the next month, it gains a +1 status bonus to its spell DC and spell attack roll, and it adds 6th-level feeblemind and vampiric exsanguination to its arcane prepared spells.
Deconstructing a soul maps the unique properties of the creature's soul into the quintessivore's blade-legs. The soul can be reconstructed by binding it to quintessence. A dead quintessivore's soul flees its body as pure quintessence suitable for this purpose.
Suspend Soul Single ActionSingle Action (arcane, necromancy) The quintessivore suspends the life processes of a dying creature within 15 feet of it. The creature can't decrease or increase its HP or dying value for 10 minutes. The creature can attempt a DC 29 Will save to avoid this effect. If the creature receives magical healing, it can attempt a new save, ending the effect and being healed normally on a success. The effect ends if the quintessivore uses Suspend Soul again.Tattered Soul A creature hit by the quintessivore's blade-leg Strike must succeed at a DC 29 Fortitude save or become drained 1 (drained 2 on a critical failure). If the creature is already drained, it's immune to this effect.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Quintessence

Quintessence not only makes up a creature's soul, but also forms most of the planes of the Outer Sphere. Through the cycle of life and death, mortal souls travel to the Boneyard for judgment before moving on to their afterlives. After eons, souls lose their individuality and are recycled. Passed through the Maelstrom, the quintessence is broken down to pure potentiality, then reforms as new quintessence that sprouts in the Positive Energy Plane as the source of new souls.