Forsaken Shell (CR 6)

Medium Undead
Alignment: Always chaotic evil
Initiative: +5; Senses: darkvision 60 ft., Listen +11, and Spot +15


AC: 17 (+1 Dex, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 16
Hit Dice: 14d12+14 (105 hp)
Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +9
Speed: 30 ft., 15 ft. (burrow)
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +7; Grapple +12
Attack: Skin slap +7 melee
Full Attack: Skin slap +7 melee
Damage: Skin slap 1d6+10
Special Attacks/Actions: Constrict, create spawn, improved grab
Abilities: Str 21, Dex 13, Con -, Int 11, Wis 10, Cha 10
Special Qualities: undead traits
Feats: Alertness; Improved Initiative; Improved Toughness; Lightning Reflexes; Power Attack.
Skills: Climb +13, Hide +22, Listen +11, Move Silently -18, Spot +15, and Swim +9
Advancement: 15-30 HD (Medium)
Climate/Terrain: Any
Organization: Solitary, gang (2-4), or mob (2-4 plus 5-10 zombies)
Treasure: Standard

Source: Libris Mortis

*Includes adjustments for Power Attack feat.

Roiling and coiling, this long, slender creature snakes forward. At first, it does seem like a snake, if strangely wide and loose skinned, but an instant later the creature is revealed for what it is - an evacuated but horribly animate humanoid skin that continues to slither onward in an unmistakably aggressive manner.

Forsaken shells are what they appear to be - the empty skins of past victims, purged of their bloody and visceral former contents. The loose skins possess an amazing strength and elasticity, driven by necromantic élan and a predatory nature that cannot be denied.

This creature's ability to strip a skin from a victim and animate new versions of itself is terrible enough, but far worse is the accidental discovery of the creature's depredations before uncovering the creature itself. When a forsaken shell skulks into a new area, it seeks to hide the evidence of its predation in out-of-the-way places such as little-opened closets or beneath piles of discarded supplies. Still, sometimes a telltale finger or toe peeking our from the obscuring barrier leads to the discovery of tangled, skinless bodies of fellow friends or family, their dead eyes reflecting their last silent screams.

Forsaken shells weigh about 20 to 30 pounds.

Forsaken shells do not speak, but they understand Common.