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Xulgath Skulker

Xulgath warrens are patrolled—some might say “haunted”—by the community’s skulkers. These xulgaths specialize in stealth, striking swiftly from the shadows and otherwise ambushing foes.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 16

Xulgath SkulkerCreature 2

CEMediumHumanoidXulgath
Source Bestiary pg. 337
Perception +7; darkvision
Languages Draconic, Undercommon
Skills Acrobatics +8, Stealth +8, Thievery +8
Str +3, Dex +4, Con +2, Int -1, Wis +1, Cha +0
Items dagger (4)
AC 19, Fort +8, Ref +10, Will +5
HP 28
Stench (aura, olfactory) 30 feet. A creature that enters the area must attempt a DC 16 Fortitude save. On a failure, the creature is sickened 1, and on a critical failure, the creature also takes a –5-foot status penalty to its Speeds for 1 round. While within the aura, the creature takes a –2 circumstance penalty to saves to recover from the sickened condition. A creature that succeeds at its save is temporarily immune to all xulgaths’ stenches for 1 minute.
Stench Suppression Free ActionFree Action A xulgath skulker can suppress its stench aura as a free action to better hide its presence. The skulker can resume its stench aura as a free action.
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action dagger +10 (agile, finesse, versatile S), Damage 1d4+3 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +9, Damage 1d6+3 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +10 (agile, finesse), Damage 1d4+3 slashingRanged Single ActionSingle Action dagger +10 (agile, thrown 10 feet, versatile S), Damage 1d4+3 piercingHidden Movement If a xulgath skulker starts its turn undetected by a creature or merely hidden from it, that creature is flat-footed against the skulker’s attacks until the end of the skulker’s turn.Sneak Attack A xulgath skulker deals an additional 1d6 precision damage to flat-footed creatures.

All Monsters in "Xulgath"

NameLevel
Xulgath Leader3
Xulgath Skulker2
Xulgath Warrior1

Xulgath

Source Bestiary pg. 336
Reptilian humanoids who live in the uppermost reaches of the Darklands, xulgaths (known as troglodytes to many surface-dwelling folk) often attack intruders in their territory on sight. They live in simple familial communities, battling rival groups and other aggressive Darklands inhabitants in order to survive. They occasionally raid surface settlements, usually at the behest of cruel, bloodthirsty leaders who are often themselves in the thrall of more powerful creatures like nagas or demons. A typical xulgath has dull gray, dark gray, or ashen scales, with a long tail and bony protrusions that run the length of its spine. A typical xulgath is 5 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Although today the xulgaths are brutal and scattered, they were one of the first intelligent humanoids to rise in the primeval world, once ruling over a mighty empire that stretched throughout the Darklands. Today, all that remains of this era are ruins of massive stone ziggurats and crumbling cities found within some of the larger caverns. Some groups of xulgaths continue to live among these ruins, venerating their ancestors’ accomplishments, while others consider these areas taboo and leave them to become infested with Darklands vermin. Sages don’t agree on why the ancient xulgath civilization fell. Some suspect it was the result of a loss of several wars waged against serpentfolk, while others suggest that the corruptive influence of demon worship rotted their culture from within.

Certainly, many xulgath settlements continue to worship demons to this day, paying homage and offering live sacrifices to terrible creatures from the Abyss. Occasionally, a xulgath shaman can call forth and bind a lesser demon to help serve the group, but a shaman who delves too deep into occultism might summon a more powerful fiend that either tears the xulgaths to pieces or enslaves them.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Xulgath Society

Xulgaths respect strength, and the leader of a community is usually the strongest of all of them. The leader’s dominance is rarely questioned until a potentially stronger xulgath believes it’s time for a change in rulership. The two xulgaths then face off in a fight to the death, with the victor claiming rule.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Xulgath Treasure

Xulgaths are relatively primitive, using tools and weapons of stone and other materials scavenged from the surface. These can replicate most simple and a few martial melee weapons, as well as simple thrown ranged weapons. An advanced tribe of xulgaths might be able to craft low-level magical talismans, such as a potency crystal or a returning clasp.