Ghoul, True (CR 3)

Medium Undead
Alignment: Always neutral evil
Initiative: +3 (Dex); Senses: darkvision 120 ft., life-sense 60 ft., and Spot +9


AC: 19 (+3 Dex, +4 chain shirt, +2 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 16
Hit Dice: 4d12+3 (29 hp)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +6
Speed: 30 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +2; Grapple +6
Attack: Longsword +6 melee
Full Attack: Longsword +6 melee and claw and bite +4 melee
Damage: Longsword 1d8+4/19-20, claw 1d4+2 plus paralysis, bite 1d6+2 plus paralysis and ghoul fever
Special Attacks/Actions: Ghoul Fever, paralysis
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 16, Con -, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 18
Special Qualities: spectral transformation, +4 turn resistance, undead traits
Feats: Multiattack; Toughness
Skills: Balance +6, Climb +10, Hide +8, Jump +6, Move Silently +8, and Spot +9
Advancement: By character class
Climate/Terrain: Underdark
Organization: Solitary, pair, troupe (2-5 plus 1-3 ghast servants), patrol (7-12 plus 1 noble), slaving expedition (13-24 plus 1d6 underpriests and 1 priest), or legion (70-120 plus 2d6 underpriests, 1d6 priests, and 1d10 nobles)
Treasure: Standard

Source: Dungeon #128

His clothes are the genteel, rotted garments of a generation ago, and he speaks in the tones of a reasonable man. His skin is sallow, almost parchment-like in texture. Only his taloned fingers, black split tongue, and cruel hooked teeth betray his deep corruption.

True ghouls (also called shadow ghouls or greater ghouls) are much more human than common ghouls and ghasts. They are as well-spoken and cultured as they are utterly ruthless and evil. True ghouls have pale skin, sharp teeth, a long black tongue and sunken eyes. Unlike most undead, the true ghouls are not the product of necromantic tinkering or magic. They are evolved ghouls who have managed to overcome their bestial and feral natures, or at the very least, have learned to control them.

True ghouls speak Undercommon. These creatures originally appeared in DRAGON #252, and were featured in DUNGEON #70's "Kingdom of the Ghouls" adventure. DMs seeking more information concerning true ghouls and the White Kingdom they rule are encouraged to seek out these sources.