Grizzly Brute

Arikam Pathfinder RPG Stat Block:

Grizzly Brute

Pawing about on all fours, this thing, not quite shaggy bear or wolverine, not quite giant dark-skinned man, turns its attention towards you. In its dim expression and monstrous face, you sense the creature is somehow not natural.
     Grizzly Brute                     CR 5
XP 1,600
N Large monstrous humanoid
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +0
DEFENSE
AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, –1 size, +6 natural)
hp 63 (6d10+30)
Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +5; –4 on saves vs. enchantment or transmutation
DR 5/silver
OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +10 (1d8+5 plus grab), bite +10 (1d6+5)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks rage
STATISTICS
Str 21, Dex 14, Con 19, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 8
Base Atk +6; CMB +12 (+16 to grapple); CMD 24 (28 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Power Attack, Toughness
Skills Climb +13, Intimidate +8, Perception +0, Survival +9
Languages Common
SQ weakness to magic
ECOLOGY
Environment cold forests
Organization solitary, pair, or family (3 – 12)
Treasure incidental
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Rage (Ex): A grizzly brute that takes damage in combat flies into a rage on its next turn, madly clawing and biting until either it or its opponent is dead. It gains +4 to Strength, +4 to Constitution, and –2 to AC. The creature cannot end its rage voluntarily.
Weakness to Magic: Due to the way grizzly brutes where first created using magic, they take a –4 penalty on saves against enchantment or transmutation effects.

Before the start of the Civil War, a brilliant wizard named Dr. Judas White began conducting experiments in a remote outpost in the cold wilderness of Damita. Sensing the approaching abolition of using humans as slaves, he set to work creating a new breed of slave – strong, enduring, obedient, and utterly non-human. His research led him to experiment on native lycanthropes and attempting to apply it to the bodies of purchased dark-skinned slaves, altering them into the perfect artificial slave race. These chimerical creatures incorporated attributes from the mad doctor’s two favorite animals: the grizzly bear, and the dire wolverine.
Naturally, the authorities found out about his experiments, arrested him, tried him, and had him hanged for his criminal use of magic on human life. Before the authorities could confiscate his experiments, a large number of the creatures broke free and wandered into the wilderness, where, like owlbears and bulettes before them, they bred true and began to propagate through the wilds.
Grizzly brutes are massive, fierce-looking monsters. Muscular, deadly, and ferocious, these creatures have dark brown skin covered in coarse black hair with silver streaks. Their faces are a strange mix of bear, wolverine, and man – though they understand the Common language, their throat structure is such that they have difficulty speaking, and are often mute. They were created to have simple minds and limited intelligence, doing work as asked and accepting a master that could control them with magic. When they fight it is usually to rip wild prey to shreds or to retaliate against hunters that attack them; they also attack any bears or wolverines that cross their path compulsively, usually emerging victorious. Theirs is a frenzied style without tactics or intelligence.
A typical grizzly brute is 11 feet tall (though often slouched), and weighs up to 2,000 pounds.

 

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