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Neutral Evil Female Vampire Medusa

Str 20   Dex 23   Con -   Int 14   Wis 17   Cha 20   Hit Points: 141

Status: Dead
Campaign Appearances:
        Virtue Sin Love

Once, Chalun was known as ďthe inner-eyed,Ē a talented shaman of the Sheynarís Four-Faced God. However, Chalun was cursed and cast out from the Siso clan of the Shinomen for the murder of Achcha, as she slept. Achcha had been a rival priestess, against whom Chalun had competed for the attention of Kyshaso, a mighty warrior of the Four-Faced Godís Aspect of Wrath, Kyshastravedra. When Kyshaso learned of Chalunís cowardly deed he took her from his bed to be judged before the Samadhina, deathless ancestral spirits. In revenge for her, a coward, touching him and sullying his embodiment as a warrior, Kyshaso called upon Kyshastravedra and cursed her so that no one would ever touch her again. The curse transformed her into a medusa and she was banished naked from the clan.
    Robbed of her future-sight, Chalun wandered for decades, hiding in the foothills of the Cruth Mountains. Locals called her the Snake-Ghost, but Chalun lived alone and never took the name as her own. Miserable, she prayed aloud every night (too shamed to do so by day) until one day her prayers were heard. It was not her god who answered, but a Babau demon-spirit which had been summoned by her hate and despair filled prayers.
    The demon offered to return to her the future-sight which she had been robbed of if she washed herself in the mud of the Daul Swamp and devoted her soul to the spirit of Wrath. Cruelly ironic is that without her future-sight she could not have known that the demon meant to fill her soul with the wrath of the Abyss, not the holy wrath of Kyshastravedra. Chalun acceded to the demons wishes and traveled south to the Great Daul Swamp.
    Guided by the Babau, she washed herself in the mud of the Daul Swamp, in the place that the demon led her to. As she bathed her toe was stubbed upon a sharp stone hidden in the mud. She reached into the swamp-water and from it lifted a rusty iron box, a hand-span square on each side and decorated with strange symbols. The demon did not need to even bid her to open it, her curiosity was enough to break the ancient seal, revealing a strange ivory mask. Tendrils of ancient magic wrapped themselves about her arms, forcing her to draw the mask to her face where it was bound to her, evil burrowing deep into her soul. Within moments she was transformed into undeath, changed into a terrible vampire creature.
    When Chalun awoke, she no longer was ashamed of her crimes and a fresh cunning malice directed her every action. She became a terror of communities which dwelt on the fringes of the Daul Swamp. After a year of this terrorism, adventurers drove her out of the swamps and southward to the City of Hana. There, her spirit found a weak, yet numerous populace that was largely unprotected by its uncaring and selfish leaders.
    Before daylight could reveal her to the populace, she found passage into one of the massive sepif, mighty stone structures on which the ruling class of Hana dwell. There, she intended to plot her rise to power. However, fate intervened for the catacombs that she had intruded into were the lair of an ancient undead wizard, Erin.
    The lich discovered Chalun as she slept and so it sent its minions to capture her. Chalun was a powerful adversary though and easily defeated her would-be captors; so Erin went to her and with magic brought Chalun under its dominion. Erin then cut a fragment of the mask away and placed it in a magical vessel, with which he would be able to eternally command Chalunís services. Thus, she became a slave to Erin for many years.
    Given eternal life, Chalun slowly tired of existence. To busy her idle mind and hands she turned to art work. First experimenting with painting, which she possessed a natural talent at, but without a mentor she reached a plateau of skill and eventually turned to other artistic expressions. Fascinated with her ability to turn flesh to stone, she briefly dabbled with arranging her victims as befit her artistic sense. It was not long before she turned her hands to sculpture, attempting to mimic the perfection with which her gaze could petrify, but her skill in sculpture was mediocre at best. Her attempts to sculpt her petrified victims were an even less successful, only illustrating to her an expansive lack of skill. With centuries perhaps she would have changed all that.
    However, this was not to be. Adventurers in pursuit of a relic called the Fotis Mantle learned that Chalun has petrified its last owner. They sought out her lair and in a great battle slew Chalun. Before she could seek the sanctuary of her coffin, Kyshastravedra, Shinomen god of Wrath, sent its avatar to claim her soul. It appeared in a flash of fire and snatched Chalun's soul to the underworld, saying, "Chalun, how you disappoint me. Despair, for now you shall suffer cruelly in death, as life was not cruel enough for your evil."

Advanced Medusa Vampire; CR 14
Hit Dice: 14d12 (71hp, 141hp with Mask the of Nightborn)
Initiative: +10 (+6 Dex, Improved Initiative)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class: 25 (+6 Dex, +9 natural), touch 16, flat-footed 19
Base Attack/Grapple: +14/+19
Attack: Shortbow +23 ranged (1d8+8/x3 plus 1d6 electrical plus poison)
Full Attack: Shortbow +23/+18 ranged (1d8+8/x3 plus 1d6 electrical plus poison) and snakes +12 melee (1d4+2 plus poison). Slam attack +12 melee (1d6+5 plus energy drain) and snakes +12 melee (1d4+2 plus poison).
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Blood drain, children of the night, create spawn, dominate, energy drain, petrifying gaze, poison
Special Qualities: Alternate form, DR 10/silver and magic, darkvision 60 ft., Fast Healing 5, gaseous form, resistance to cold and electricity 10, spider climb, turn resistance +6
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +15, Will +9
Abilities: Str 20, Dex 23, Con -, Int 14, Wis 17, Cha 20
Skills: Bluff +19,Disguise +19, Hide +16, Listen +13, Move Silently +16, Spot +13
Feats: Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Point Blank Shot
Treasure: +3 Shortbow of Shock, Mask of the Nightborn
Poison (Ex): Injury, Fortitude DC 19, initial damage 1d6 Str, secondary damage 2d6 Str. The save DC is based on her former Constitution score of 14.
    Petrifying Gaze (Su): Turn to stone permanently, 30 feet, Fortitude DC 22 negates. The save DC is Charisma based.
    Blood Drain (Ex): Pin foe to drain 1d4 Con and gain 5 temporary hit points each round the pin is maintained.
    Children of the Night (Su): Once per day call 1d6+1 rat swarms, 1d4+1 bat swarms, or 3d6 wolves as standard action. Creatures arrive in 2d6 rounds and serve for 1 hour.
    Dominate (Su): Gaze attack, 30 ft. range, standard action. Will save DC 22 negates. Dominate CL 12th.
    Create Spawn (Su): Creatures slain arise as vampire spawn 1d4 days after burial. Erin does not allow Chalun to create spawn.
    Energy Drain (Su): Creatures hit by Chalunís slam attack gain two negative levels. Chalun gains 5 temporary hit points for each negative level bestowed. She can use this attack once per round.
    Gaseous Form (Su): Standard action, speed 20 ft. and perfect maneuverability, as gaseous form spell, CL 5th.
    Alternative Form (Su): Assume the shape of a bat, dire bat, wolf, or dire wolf as a standard action. Similar to polymorph spell cast at 12th level.