Ghostly Visage (CR 2 o)
AC: 17 (+2 size, +2 Dex, +3 deflection), touch 17, flat-footed 15
Hit Dice: 1d12 (6 hp)
Fort +0, Ref +2, Will +3
Speed: Fly 10 ft. (perfect)
Space: 2 1/2 ft./0 ft.
Base Attack +0; Grapple -
Attack: Incorporeal touch +4 melee
Full Attack: Incorporeal touch +4 melee
Damage: Incorporeal touch, meld
Special Attacks: Gaze of terror, meld, visage
Abilities: Str -, Dex 14, Con -, Int 12, Wis 9, Cha 16 (Ego: 10)
Special Qualities: incorporeal subtype, mind shielding, symbiont traits, undead traits
Feats: Alertness (B); Iron Will
Skills: Bluff +7, Hide +10, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (arcana) +5, Knowledge (religion) +5, Listen +5, Search +5, and Spot +5
Climate/Terrain: Any land and underground
Organization: Solitary (symbiont)
A minor undead spirit similar to a ghost, a ghostly visage inhabits corporeal bodies. Its name comes from its ability to
manifest a transparent face on its host's body.
When not attached to a host, a ghostly visage looks like little more than a puff of smoke about 1 foot in diameter.
Only by looking carefully can a character discern its eyes, which appear simply as dark spots within the smoke. When attached to a host, the visage normally lurks inside the host's body. It can, however, manifest a face on the host's body, including covering the host's own face. This face has a horrible appearance, contorted in the agony of undeath.
Ghostly visages speak Common and any one additional language.
Ghostly visages avoid open conflict, instead trying to incorporate themselves into a host through stealth.
Because a ghostly visage is automatically affected by spells its host casts on itself, it rarely chooses to join a character capable of casting healing spells or similar spells that would damage it while benefiting the host.
Gaze of Terror (Su): Anyone within 30 feet of a ghostly visage who meets the eyes of its manifested face (see visage below) must make a Will saving throw (DC 13) or be paralyzed with fear for 1d4 rounds. Ghostly visages are immune to their own gaze attacks and to those of others of their kind.
Meld (Su): Once per round, a ghostly visage can merge its body with a corporeal creature. If it makes a successful incorporeal touch attack, the ghostly visage's body disappears into the opponent's body. The target can resist the attack with a successful Will save (DC 13). A creature that successfully saves is immune to that ghostly visage's meld for one day.
Visage (Ex): At will, a ghostly visage can manifest a face anywhere on its host's body, including over the host's own face (the host's vision is unaffected). This face looks corporeal and fleshy, but it is actually the visage's incorporeal form. When manifesting a visage, the ghostly visage is susceptible to attacks separate from its host. Attacks that miss the visage because of its incorporeal nature (including attacks from nonmagic weapons as well as attacks that are foiled by the 50% chance to ignore damage) target the host instead. For attacks that require attack rolls, if the attack roll exceeds the AC of the host, the host takes damage instead of the visage.
Incorporeal Subtype: A ghostly visage can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, +1 or better magic weapons, spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities. The creature has a 50% chance to ignore any damage from a corporeal source, except for force effects or attacks made with ghost touch weapons. A ghostly visage can pass through solid objects, but not force effects, at will. Its attacks ignore natural armor, armor, and shields, but deflection bonuses and force effects work normally against them. A ghostly visage always moves silently and cannot be heard with Listen checks if it doesn't wish to be.
Mind Shielding (Ex): When attached to a host, a ghostly visage protects the host from mind-affecting spells and effects. This ability is similar to a mind blank spell, but does not protect the creature from divination spells that are not mind-affecting. In essence, the ghostly visage confers its undead immunity to mind-affecting spells upon the host.
Undead Traits: A ghostly visage is immune to mind-affecting effects, poison, sleep, paralysis, stunning, disease, death effects, necromantic effects (unless they specifically affect undead), and any effect that requires a Fortitude save unless it also works on objects. It is not subject to critical hits, subdual damage, ability damage, ability drain, energy drain, or death from massive damage. A ghostly visage cannot be raised, and resurrection works only if it is willing. The creature has darkvision (60-foot range).
Skills: A ghostly visage has a +4 racial bonus on Bluff and Intimidate checks.
Telepathy (Su): A fiendish symbiont can communicate telepathically with its host creature, if the host has a language.
Symbiont Traits: When joined with a host, a symbiont gains a number of benefits. It acts on its host's turn each round, regardless of its own initiative modifier. It is not flat-footed unless its host is, and it is aware of any danger its host is aware of.
If a symbiont is grafted onto a visible part of the host creature's body, opponents can attack the symbiont itself instead of its host creature. This works the same way as attacking an object: The symbiont gains the benefit of the host's Dexterity modifier to AC instead of its own, and gains any deflection bonus to AC the host has as well. Its own size modifier and natural armor bonus, if any, apply. Attacking a symbiont instead of its host provokes an attack of opportunity from the host.
A symbiont never takes damage from attacks directed at the host. Like a worn magic item, a symbiont is usually unaffected by spells that damage the host, but if the host rolls a 1 on its saving throw, the symbiont is one of the "items" that can be affected by the spell. A symbiont uses its host's base saving throw bonuses if they are better than its own.
Share Spells (Su): Any spell the host creature casts on itself automatically also affects the symbiont. Additionally, the host may cast a spell with a target of "Self" on the symbiont instead of on itself. Likewise, a symbiont can choose to have any spell or spell-like ability it uses on itself also affect the host creature, and may cast a spell with a target of "Self" on its host instead of on itself. The host and symbiont can share spells even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the host or symbiont's type. Spells targeted on the host by another spellcaster do not affect the symbiont, and vice versa.