The Scorching King (4e Creature)

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Whenever a creature dies of fire, a sinister laugh sounds in its ears. This is the laugh of the Scorching King.

The Scorching was once a mortal king, challenged by Asmodeus to stand in demon-fire for a full day, with the reward of immortality. The fire was unable to kill, only to cause pain. The power-hungry king stood in the flames, screaming in pain, eventually fulfilling the wager. By the end, his skin had become black, and his eyes red orbs. In his ascension, he proclaimed himself the lord of death by fire. Evil pyromancers and other fire-wielders created cults for the Scorching King. These cults meet in ancient volcanoes and other places of great heat, where they pray to the King and bring his sacrifices. Slaves are burnt in homage to the King's path to immortality. These cultists are called “pyroscorchers”, and the most fanatic followers are the “pyroscarred”. The pyroscarred burn their skin and dye their eyes so as to resemble their king, and in return he directly grants them power: the power to kill by fire, and send the souls of those immolated to permanent enslavement in the King’s palace.


Encounters[edit]

Cults of the King may wish to join creatures of elemental fire or may be met with their slaves. The Scorching King himself likes to patrol around his palace in the Elemental Chaos with an army of fanatics.

Level 16 Encounter (XP 7,200)
  • 2 Pyroscorched Cultists (Level 15 Artillery)
  • 1 Pyroscarred Fanatic (Level 16 Elite Soldier)
  • 1 Field of Everflame [Dungeon Master’s Book p. 221] (Level 18 Hazard)
Level 19 Encounter (XP 12,000)
  • 1 Pyroscarred Fanatics (Level 16 Elite Soldier)
  • 6 Azer Warriors [Monster Manual p. 22] (Level 17 Minion)
  • The Scorching King (Level 18 Elite Controller)


Pyroscorched[edit]

Pyroscorched Cultist
Level 15 Artillery
Medium Natural Humanoid
XP 1200
HP 111; Bloodied 55 Initiative +12
AC 27; Fortitude 27, Reflex 29, Will 26 Perception +10
Speed 6 Low-light vision, Blindsight 5
Resist Fire 10
Traits
Flame-Drunk
When the pyroscorched cultist resists fire damage, he gains temporary hit points equal to the amount of damage resisted.
Standard Actions
Basicmelee.png Flaming Longsword (fire, weapon)♦ At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +20 Vs. AC
Hit: 2d8 + 8 fire damage.
Area.png Scorching Burst (fire)♦ At-Will
Attack: Area burst 1 within 10 (creatures in burst); +20 Vs. Reflex
Hit: 2d8 + 8 fire damage.
Close.png Flaming Blast (fire, weapon)♦ Encounter
Attack: Close blast 2 (creatures in blast); +20 Vs. Reflex
Hit: 3d8 + 8 fire damage, and ongoing fire damage 5 (Save ends).
Miss: Half damage, no ongoing damage.
Skills Religion +13
Str 19 (+11) Dex 20 (+12) Wis 16 (+10)
Con 21 (+12) Int 13 (+8) Cha 16 (+10)
Alignment Evil Languages Common
Equipment longsword

The Pyroscorched begins fighting with Scorching Bursts, using Flaming Blast when first bloodied.

Pyroscarred[edit]

Pyroscarred Fanatic
Level 16 Elite Soldier
Medium Elemental Humanoid (Fire)
XP 2800
HP 304; Bloodied 152 Initiative +12
AC 32; Fortitude 29, Reflex 28, Will 27 Perception +11
Speed 7 Low-light vision, Blindsight 10
Resist Fire 20
Saving Throws +2; Action Points 1
Traits
Heat Radiation ♦ Aura 1
Each enemy within the aura takes a -2 penalty to Fortitude and attack rolls.
Standard Actions
Basicmelee.png Flaming Greataxe ♦ At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +21 Vs. AC
Hit: 3d8 + 12 fire damage, and the target is grabbed.
Melee.png Fire Fist (fire)♦ At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature grabbed by flaming greataxe); +21 Vs. AC
Hit: 3d8 + 12 fire damage.
Scorched Attack (fire, weapon)♦ At-Will
Effect: The Pyroscarred makes a Flaming Greataxe attack. If the attack hits, he makes a Fire Fist attack against the same target as a free action.
Triggered Actions
Close.png Minor Scorching Sacrifice (fire)♦ Encounter;
Trigger: When first reduced to 0 hit points.
Attack: Close burst 3 (enemies in burst); +19 Vs. Reflex
Hit: 3d10 + 10 fire damage, and ongoing fire damage 5 (Save ends).
Miss: Half damage, no ongoing damage.
Effect: The Pyroscarred explodes in a burst of flames and dies.
Skills Athletics +20, Religion +16
Str 24 (+15) Dex 19 (+12) Wis 17 (+11)
Con 23 (+14) Int 16 (+11) Cha 18 (+12)
Alignment Evil Languages Common, Abyssal
Equipment greataxe
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As the most fanatic followers of the King, the Pyroscarred will just run into battle to serve as human shields for him.

The Scorching King, Lord of Death by Fire[edit]

The Scorching King
Level 18 Elite Controller
Large Elemental Humanoid (Fire)
XP 4000
HP 336; Bloodied 168 Initiative +16
AC 32; Fortitude 30, Reflex 32, Will 28 Perception +16
Speed 7, Fly 5 (clumsy) Low-light vision, blindsight 20
Immune Fire Resist 10 necrotic
Saving Throws +2; Action Points 1
Traits
Volcanic Ground ♦ Aura 2
Squares within the aura are difficult terrain.
Death by Fire
When the Scorching King kills a creature using a power with the Fire keyword, he regains 20 hit points.
Standard Actions
Basicmelee.png Flaming Falchion (Fire, Weapon)♦ At-Will
Attack: Reach 2; +23 Vs. AC
Hit: 3d8 + 18 fire damage, and the target is knocked prone.
Close.png Burning Hands (Fire)♦ At-Will
Attack: Close blast 3 (creatures in blast); +21 Vs Reflex
Hit: 3d6 + 9 fire damage.
Melee.pngClose.png Flaming Frenzy (Fire)♦ At-Will
Effect: The Scorching King makes a Flaming Falchion attack and then a Burning Hands attack.
Area.png Scorching Sacrifice (Fire)♦ Recharge D6 (6).png
Attack: Close burst 5 centered on a single willing bloodied ally within 15 squares; +21 Vs. Reflex
Hit: 3d12 + 4 Fire damage, and the target is weakened and takes ongoing fire damage 5 (Save ends both).
Miss: Half damage, no ongoing damage, and the target is weakened (Save ends).
Effect: The target ally explodes in a burst of flames and dies.
Triggered Actions
Fiery Remains ♦ Recharge D6 (5).png D6 (6).png
Trigger: An enemy within 10 squares makes a successful saving throw against ongoing fire damage.
Attack: (Immediate Reaction): +21 Vs. Will
Hit: The target is dazed until the end of the Scorching King's next turn.
Skills Religion +21, Endurance +19
Str 22 (+15) Dex 24 (+16) Wis 21 (+14)
Con 21 (+14) Int 25 (+16) Cha 22 (+15)
Alignment Chaotic Evil Languages Common, Abyssal
Equipment falchion
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The Scorching King enters combat only with a few fanatics and slaves with him, which he keeps as a meat shield while using Burning Hands, even with allies in front of him. When his ally has few hit points, he uses Scorching Sacrifice on him.

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