Elephant, Undead War (CR 5)

Huge Undead
Alignment: Always neutral evil
Initiative: +0; Senses: Listen +13 and Spot +13


AC: 17 (-2 size, +9 natural), touch 8, flat-footed 17 or 27 (-2 size, +9 natural, +10 extreme half-plate barding), touch 8, flat-footed 27
Hit Dice: 11d12 (71 hp)
Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +8
Speed: 50 ft. (30 ft. with extreme halfplate barding)
Space: 10 ft./15 ft.
Base Attack +12; Grapple +20
Attack: 1 slam +12 melee, 2 stamps +7 melee, or gore +12 melee
Full Attack: 1 slam +12 melee, 2 stamps +7 melee, or gore +12 melee
Damage: Slam 2d6+7, stamp 2d6+3, gore 2d8+10
Special Attacks/Actions: Fiery feet, trample 2d8+10 (+5 fire)
Abilities: Str 25, Dex 10, Con -, Int 4, Wis 13, Cha 9
Special Qualities: Undead, provide cover
Feats: Cleave; Power Attack
Skills: Intimidate +11, Listen +13, and Spot +13
Advancement: 12-33 HD (Gargantuan)
Climate/Terrain: Any land
Organization: Solitary or herd (6-24)
Treasure: None

Source: Dragon Annual 5

Undead war elephants are enormous undead raised from the bones of a mammoth, mastodon, or elephant killed in battle or during a sacrifice to the gods of death. The thick hide of these elephants is covered with necromantic sigils and tattoos; their ivory tusks are blackened, as if by extreme age. Their eye sockets glow as if lit from within by fiery lanterns, and their flopping ears are often little more than shredded leather.

Their spirits are angry at being trapped in a dead body, and they sometimes seek to wander off to the Elephant's Graveyard if not carefully controlled by their makers. More often, though, they are titanic centerpoints of undead armies, or command posts and observation platforms for generals commanding undead cavalry. While they are not quite as fast as undead warhorses or ghost horses, they are virtually impregnable when fitted with full armor.

The bone ribcage of an undead war elephant is sometimes used by lesser undead as a strange chariot, and a howdah made of wood and covered in green leather is often set on top of the undead war elephant. Truly wealthy undead generals often commission barding for their undead war elephants; this amounts to a wall of iron plating that makes the elephant a battering ram.