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by John Walter Biles

Six foot long undead fish with long spines sticking up from the top of their ‘back’. They live deep underground, using illusions generated through reading creatures’ minds to find what they like in order to trick creatures into touching their energy-draining spines. Once the creatures die, they devour them. Normally, they use this power on stupid, weak fish and may be somewhat nonplussed when the PCs survive and begin trying to kill them. However, since they live deep in the ocean, PCs are few and far between down where there is no light from the surface. Anyone not devoured will rise in 1-6 days as a Phygorax.

Phygorax, Level 8 Controller
Large natural beast (fish) XP 350
Initiative +7 Senses Perception +11; darkvision
HP 88; Bloodied 44
AC 22; Fortitude 20, Reflex 20, Will 20
Immune Disease; Poison; Sleep; Breathing
Resist Illusions 10
Speed Swim 6
m Tempting Illusion (standard; at-will) | Arcane, Illusion
Reach 2; +12 vs. Will; 1d8+5 Necrotic damage and lose 1 Healing Surge
Grand Fisher’s Illusion (standard; Refresh 5-6)
The Phygorax tempts you with your heart’s desire, so close you could touch it....
Reach 2; +12 vs. Will; 3d8+5 Necrotic damage and lose 2 Healing Surges
Pleasing to All Sight (minor; at-will) | Arcane, Illusion, Invisibility
Phygorax cloak themselves in illusion to avoid scaring off savvy prey; viewers see them as something harmless or which they would expect to see there. This renders them effectively invisible. This power lasts one encounter, or until they make an attack on someone, which shuts it off.
Alignment Chaotic Evil Languages Common, Aquatic
Skills Bluff +14, Insight +11, Nature +11
Str 16 (+7) Dex 16 (+7) Wis 14 (+6)
Con 16 (+7) Int 16 (+7) Cha 20 (+9)