Brass Steed (CR 8)
Alignment: Always neutral
Languages: Cannot speak
AC: 22 (-1 size, +3 Dex, +10 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 19
Hit Dice: 8d10+30 (74 hp); DR: 5/adamantine
Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +2
Speed: 40 ft.
Space: 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +6; Grapple +16
Attack: Bite +11 melee or eye ray +5 ranged touch
Full Attack: Bite +11 melee and 2 hooves +6 melee and eye ray +5 ranged touch
Damage: Bite 1d8+6, eye ray 8d6 fire, 2 hooves 1d6+3
Special Attacks/Actions: Eye ray ((Can only be used once every 4 rounds)
Abilities: Str 23, Dex 11, Con -, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 1
Special Qualities: Construct traits, immunity to magic
Advancement: 9-16 HD (Large); 17-24 HD (Huge)
Organization: Solitary or herd (4-9)
Heroes of Battle
Eye Ray (Su): A brass steed's red eyes can produce a magical ray of fire with a range of 100 feet that deals 8d6 points of damage to a single target. The ray requires a ranged touch attack. The ray is usable only once every 4 rounds. A brass steed can fire its eye ray in the same round that it makes physical attacks.
Immunity to Magic (Ex): A brass steed is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells and effects function differently against the creature, as noted below.
A magical attack that deals acid damage (such as Melf's acid arrow) slows a brass steed (as the slow spell) for 1d3 rounds.
A fog cloud, obscuring mist, or solid fog spell entangles a brass steed (as the entangle spell) for 1d6 rounds.
A magical attack that deals fire damage breaks any slow or entangle effect on the steed and heals 1 point of damage for each 3 points of damage the attack would otherwise deal. If the amount of healing would cause the steed to exceed its full normal hit points, it gains any excess as temporary hit points. A brass steed gets no saving throw against fire effects.
Construct Traits: A brass steed has immunity to poison, magic sleep effects, paralysis, stunning, disease, death effects, necromancy effects, mind-affecting spells and abilities (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects), and any effect that requires a Fortitude save unless it also works on objects or is harmless. It is not subject to extra damage from critical hits, nonlethal damage, ability damage, ability drain, fatigue, exhaustion, or energy drain. It cannot heal damage but can be repaired.
Carrying Capacity: A light load for a brass steed is up to 600 pounds; a medium load, 601-1,200 pounds; and a heavy load, 1,201-1,800 pounds. A brass steed can drag 9,000 pounds.
Brass steeds are excellent mounts; due to their hit points and construct traits, they rarely get cut down from beneath their riders. They can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check.
A steed will use its eye ray as often as possible while biting and kicking opponents that come into melee range.