Revenant (3.5e Creature)

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A revenant.
Size/Type: Medium Undead [Evil, Semi-Corporeal]
Hit Dice: 16d12+16 (120 hp)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares), hover 40 ft. (good)
Armor Class: 25 (+3 Dex, +4 natural armor, +8 profane), touch 21, flat-footed 22
Base Attack/Grapple: +8/+14
Attack: +1 unholy bastard sword +15 melee (1d10+7/19-20 plus 2d6 against good)
Full Attack: +1 unholy bastard sword +15/+10 melee (1d10+7/19-20 plus 2d6 against good)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Dust vortex, spell-like abilities, swarm
Special Qualities: Blindsight 60 ft., immunity to electricity, regeneration 10, semi-corporeal traits, undead traits
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +14
Abilities: Str 23, Dex 17, Con —, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 19
Skills: Concentration +23, Listen +9, Spellcraft +20, Spot +10
Feats: Alertness, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (bastard sword)B, Great Fortitude, Improved ToughnessCW, Iron Will, Power Attack, Spell Penetration
Environment: Underground crypts and ruins
Organization: Solitary or burial (2-4 plus 2-4 greater shadows)
Challenge Rating: 11
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral evil
Advancement: 17-48 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment:

This horrible creature howls like malignant crypt winds, and oozes a smell of death through its porous form. A whirlwind of biting dust swirls around it, eroding the very life of those that venture too close.

Revenants are the spirits of the evilest and most horridly ambitious of mortals, given form by their wretched undying desires. Appearing as grey or ochre-skinned humanoids, a large amount of sand and dust has been accrued and compacted into a grotesque semblance of its former self. Revenants stand about 6 feet, and weigh 180 pounds.


Above all else, revenants wish to live again, to supplant their transitory body moulded from grayed dust for a real, living form. Their torture is in knowing but being unable to accept that they are forever doomed to take this cursed shape, and as such harbour towards any living creature a vile, envious hatred that defies description.

A revenant's natural weapons and any weapons it wields are treated as evil-aligned for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. This includes its swarm damage. A revenant's +1 unholy bastard sword is a product of its vile animus and is destroyed when the revenant is dispersed or destroyed.

Dust Vortex (Su): As a move action, a revenant can create a whirlwind of dust around its body that extends in a 10-foot radius and lasts for one round. The dust vortex may be sustained for more than one round, but this expends a move action every round, meaning that the revenant can only take a single move-equivalent or standard action every turn while it is active. A revenant can not make weapon attacks whilst in vortex form.

Those caught within the vortex are damaged as per the revenant's swarm attack (see below) as the dust particles eat away at their very flesh and attempt to subsume it into its own physical form. For every round of direct exposure to the vortex, a living creature must make a DC 18 Fortitude save or be drained of 1 point of Constitution.

Regeneration (Ex): Acid, positive energy effects, spells with the Good descriptor, divine damage sources (such as from the flame strike spell) and weapons with the ghost touch enhancement deal normal damage to a revenant. Due to its semi-corporeal nature, a revenant cannot lose any limbs, as any physical injuries are insubstantial to their dust and sand-formed body.

When a revenant's total nonlethal damage exceeds its total hit points, it is partly dispersed and effectively stunned until its regeneration reduces nonlethal damage back to below its total hit points. A revenant whose hit points are reduced to 0 or lower by lethal damage immediately disperses, can't take actions, and slowly draws together over the space of 2d4 minutes with its hit points restored.

Spell-Like Abilities: At will—black sandSand (DC 17), soul of the wasteSand; 3/day—dispel magic, wall of sandSand (DC 18); 1/day—chain lightning (DC 20), choking sandsSand (DC 19), mummifySand (DC 20). Caster level 11th. Save DCs are Charisma-based.

Swarm (Ex): Revenants bear many traits attributed to swarms. Comprised of countless miniscule particles of sand and dust that accrete into a humanoid shape, a revenant is immune to all weapon damage, although it is not immune to the added energy damage from a special weapon enhancement such as flaming. When in its dust vortex shape, a revenant has a swarm attack that deals 4d6 damage. A revenant in dust vortex form does not gain a swarm's Distraction special attack. Unlike swarms, a revenant never takes increased damage from area effect spells.

Vulnerabilities: Only sufficiently powerful weapons and effects that attack the spirit holding the revenant together, like a good-aligned ghost touch weapon, a turning effect strong enough to destroy it, or an undeath to death, limited wish, wish, miracle, freedom or similar spell cast while the revenant is dispersed, will be able to lethally damage and permanently destroy a revenant.

It is possible to permanently destroy a dispersed revenant using the soul bind spell in conjunction with a bottle of unholy waterSpC. This imbues the unholy water with the essence of the revenant's rotted spirit, turning it in an utterly black liquid known as blackshadow elixir. When ingested or used as element in a magical trap, the blackshadow elixir bestows 2d4 permanent negative levels. When drank by an undead, it grants permanent fast healing 5. When the elixir is applied to a weapon with at least a +1 enhancement, that weapon permanently gains the unholy enhancement. The market price for a bottle of blackshadow elixir is 16,000 gp.

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