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Tsukumogami, Biwa bokuboku

Tsukumogami, Biwa bokuboku
Source
Demiurge113
Orginally
posted on Probing the Membrane of Science

Hobbling forth with a cane is a robed man with the head of a biwa. The neck of the instrument is held aloft like a crest, and the instrument’s body bears a pained expression.

There are a number of tsukumogami that are created from neglected, abandoned or rejected musical instruments, but of them, the most well known is the biwa-bokuboku. Rather than hide in deserted buildings as many tsukumogami do, most biwa-bokuboku take to the streets, playing on street corners and begging for money and alms. Although they can see perfectly well, the painted visages of biwa-bokuboku resemble the shut eyes of blind men, a ruse that the tsukumogami are happy to perpetuate.

Biwa-bokuboku value material wealth much more than most other tsukumogami, and if they cannot earn it, they will gladly steal it. A few biwa-bokuboku even operate as crime lords, using
their powers of both mundane and magical persuasion to recruit gangs of thieves and thugs. Other types of tsukumogami can often be found in the company of a biwa-bokuboku, dancing merrily to even its saddest melodies.

Biwa-bokuboku CR 4
XP 1,200

CN Medium construct (tsikumogami)
DEFENSE
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed
13 (+1 Dodge, +1 Dexterity,
+3 natural)

hp 50 (4d10+28)

Fort +1; Ref +2; Will +1

DR 10/bludgeoning; Resist sonic 10

Defensive Abilities soul-powered

Weakness haunted
Offense

Speed 20 ft.

Melee 2 slams +6 (1d4+2) or club +6 (1d6+2)

Special Attacks melancholy song

Spell-like Abilities CL 4th, concentration +7 (+11 casting defensively)

 

At will—ghost
sound
(DC 13), ventriloquism

 

3/day—sculpt
sound
, sleep (DC 14)

 

1/day—charm
monster
(DC 17), sound burst
(DC 15)

STATISTICS
Strength 15, Dexterity 13, Constitution
—, Intelligence 16, Wisdom 11, Charisma 16

Base Atk +4; CMB +6; CMD 18

Feats Combat Casting, Dodge

Skills Bluff +7, Knowledge (history) +7, Knowledge (local) +7, Perception +4, Perform (string) +7

Languages Common, Elven, Halfling
ECOLOGY
Environment urban

Organization solitary or band (2-8)

Treasure standard
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Melancholy Song
(Su) As a standard action, a biwa-bokuboku can create a mournful tune.
Living creatures within 30 feet of a playing biwa-bokuboku must succeed
a DC 14 Will save or be slowed for 5 rounds, as per the spell. Creatures
with the tsukumogami subtype are affected as per the spell haste with a duration of 5 rounds. A biwa-bokuboku can use this ability three
times per day. The save DC is Charisma based.
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