Encounters: Anauroch - In or Near the River of Gems (Day)

Lacedon (CR 1)

Medium Undead
Alignment: Always chaotic evil
Initiative: +2 (Dex); Senses: darkvision 60 ft., Listen +7, and Spot +7
Languages: usually Common


AC: 14 (+2 Dex, +2 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 12
Hit Dice: 2d12 (13 hp)
Fort +0, Ref +2, Will +5


Speed: Swim 30 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +1; Grapple +2
Attack: Bite +2 melee
Full Attack: Bite +2 melee and 2 claws +0 melee
Damage: Bite 1d6+1 and paralysis; claw 1d3 and paralysis
Special Attacks: Ghoul fever, Paralysis


Abilities: Str 13, Dex 15, Con 0, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 16
Special Qualities: Undead, +2 turn resistance
Feats: Multiattack; Toughness
Skills: Climb +6, Escape Artist +7, Hide +7, Jump +6, Listen +7, Move Silently +7, Search +6, Spot +7, and Survival +3
Advancement: 3 HD (Medium-size)


Climate/Terrain: Any aquatic
Organization: Solitary, gang (2-4), or pack (7-12)
Treasure: None


Source: Monster Manual

Paralysis (Ex): Those hit by a lacedon's bite or claw attack must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 14) or be paralyzed for 1d6+2 minutes. Elves are immune to this paralysis.

Create Spawn (Su): In most cases, lacedons devour those they kill. From time to time, however, the bodies of their humanoid victims lie where they fell to rise as lacedons themselves in 1d4 days. Casting protection from evil on a body before the end of that time averts the transformation. (The statistics above are for human lacedons. Lacedons may vary depending on their original race or kind.)

Lacedons try to attack with surprise whenever possible.

These aquatic cousins of the ghouls lurk near hidden reefs or other places where ships are likely to meet their end. They have a swim speed of 30 feet.

Lacedons are said to be created on the death of a living man or woman who savored the taste of the flesh of people. This may or may not be true, but it does explain the disgusting behavior of these anthropophagous undead.

That lacedons were once people is obvious to those with the courage to look upon them. Although they still appear more or less humanoid, their mottled, decaying flesh is drawn tight across clearly visible bones. The transformation from living beings into fell things of the night has warped their minds, making them cunning and feral. Their eyes burn like hot coals in their sunken sockets.

Lacedons speak the languages they spoke in life (usually Common).

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