Ephialtes Kyton CR 16
Something emerges from among the hanging chains, a fleshy mass that the chains follow and surround like a second skin.
DEFENSE HP 300
EAC 30; KAC 32
Fort +18, Ref +18, Will +16; DR 15/good or silver; Immune cold, pain; SR 27
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +31 (6d10+23 P; critical bleed 2d10) or chains +31 (2d10+23 S plus grab)
Multiattack bite +25 (6d10+23 P; critical bleed 2d10), 3 chains +25 (2d10+23 S plus grab)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (30 ft. with chains)
Offensive Abilities animate chains, breath weapon (30 ft. cone, 10d10 S plus pull, DC 22, usable every 1d4 rounds)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 16th, melee +31)
Animate Chains (Su)
The ephialtes can animate any unattended chain or cable line within 30 feet, allowing it to make its chain attacks from those chains’ locations rather than from its own.
A character carrying a chain or cable line must attempt a DC 22 Will save at the beginning of the Ephialtes’s turn or the kyton can use their items in the same way. A character attacked by an item they are carrying is flat-footed for the purpose of that attack.
Breath Weapon (Su)
The ephialtes exhales a writhing mass of chains, then begins swallowing them to expel again. Any character that fails their Reflex save against the breath weapon is entangled by the chain. The entangled condition lasts until that chain is destroyed (EAC 30, KAC 24, 30 HP), the character escapes with a DC 32 Acrobatics check, or the ephialtes uses its breath weapon again. At the beginning of the ephialtes’s turn, it drags each entangled creature 10 feet towards itself. Destroying these chains in no way harms the ephialtes.
Environment any (Plane of Shadow)
Organization solitary or team (2–8)
Sadistic hunters and tormentors of all living souls, ephialtes kytons usually roam the planes in service to the lords of Hell and Shadow, but occasionally in pursuit of their own fell interests. They ruthlessly abduct the innocent and retrieve the damned, dragging their victims into the fires of Hell or the gnashing, wailing dark of the Plane of Shadow.
They have no fear, tracking their chosen prey regardless of distance or challenge, and shackle dragons, giants, and humanoids alike for their eternal torturous rewards.
Ephialtes kytons travel in silent grace while cloaked in darkness but drop their stealthy veils when ready to intimidate those they’ve come to collect or punish. Then, their frightening gaze matches the deadly intent of the chains piercing their flesh.
These animated, wrought iron bands serve as protection and weapons in the hands or claws of all kytons, but may also bind and lash their victims to the ephialtes’ ever-bleeding hide to carry them into the darkest reaches of the planes.
Ephialtes grow through the ranks hunting mortals and other kytons alike, becoming among the most powerful of kytons. They are known for their skill as hunters and trackers, with most serving dark gods or powerful termagant kytons. The remaining few hunt for their own joy or are bound to serve mortals as glorified hunting hounds, pitied and despised despite their power.
A typical ephialtes stands 25 feet tall and weighs over 15 tons with the combined burden of their deadly chains.
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