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A mysterious black mist leaves the child’s corpse gradually and calculatedly, as if it was aware of its actions. The smoke slowly forms a dark cloud, inside which you think you see the face of a demon’.

Monster Encyclopaedia II: The Dark Bestiary
Author J. C. Alvarez
Series Monster Encyclopaedia
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2005

These awful undead creatures roam the jungles seeking small humanoids, such as children, to devour their life essence. For this purpose, they have the ability to possess the bodies of small creatures and slowly kill them from the inside. In its natural form, an abiku appears as a black thick mist, inside which can be gleaned demonic white eyes and monstrous jaws.

Small undead (Incorporeal)
Hit Dice1d12 (6 hp)
Speedfly 40 ft. (8 squares) (average)
AC13 (+1 size, +1 Dexterity, +1 deflection), touch 13, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple+0/-
AttackIncorporeal touch +1 melee (1d4 plus 1d2 Constitution drain)
Full AttackIncorporeal touch +1 melee (1d4 plus 1d2 Constitution drain)
Space/Reach5 ft. /5 ft.
Special AttacksCreate spawn, energy damage, possession
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60 ft., incorporeal traits, invisibility, +2 turn resistance, undead traits
SavesFort +0, Ref +1, Will +3
AbilitiesStrength -, Dexterity 12, Constitution -, Intelligence 8, Wisdom 13, Charisma 12
SkillsHeal +5, Listen +5, Spot +5
FeatsAbility Focus (possession)
EnvironmentWarm forests
Challenge Rating3
AlignmentAlways neutral evil
Advancement2-3 HD (Small)
Level Adjustment


An abiku fights by attempting to touch and thus possess the nearest victim. If there are no Small humanoids to possess nearby, the abiku attempts to flee; however, it is still capable of using its incorporeal touch attack to defend itself if necessary.

Create Spawn (Su): Any Small humanoid slain by the abiku’s energy drain ability (see below) becomes an abiku himself 1d6 hours after death. Abiku spawn retain none of the abilities or memories of their former life.

Energy Damage (Su): An abiku’s touch deals 1d2 Constitution damage from any living creature unless the target succeeds at a Fortitude save (DC 11, Charisma based).

invisibility (Sp): An abiku can become invisible at will as per greater invisibility; thus it can attack without becoming visible.

Possession (Su): By successfully making a touch attack against a Small living humanoid, an abiku can attempt to possess its body. The target is allowed a Will save (DC 13, Charisma based); if this save fails, the abiku can physically enter and merge with the target creature’s body. If the save succeeds, the creature cannot be affected by the same abiku’s possession ability for the next 24 hours. A possessed creature is considered helpless; not even the abiku can move or control the possessed creature. Every day the creature remains possessed by an abiku, it suffers 1d2 points of Constitution damage unless it succeeds at a Fortitude save (DC 11, Charisma based). An abiku may maintain possession of a body indefinitely, unless forced out. The abiku is automatically forced out of the host body once its Constitution reaches zero (at which point the host body dies).

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