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Baykok

Baykok CR 9

This howling corpse swoops through the air with hideously elongated legs and a pistol glowing with lambent necrotic energy.

XP 9,600
NE Medium undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +17

DEFENSE HP 145

EAC 22; KAC 24
Fort +11, Ref +11, Will +10
Immunities undead immunities

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (Su, good)
Melee claw +21 (2d10+13 S)
Ranged spectral needler +19 (3d6+9 P plus 1d6 negative energy plus immobilization)
Special Attacks devour soul, dread howl

STATISTICS

Str +4, Dex +6, Con –, Int +0, Wis +0, Cha +3
Skills Acrobatics +17, Intimidate +17, Stealth +22
Languages Common
Other Abilities unliving

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Devour Soul (Su)

As a standard action, a baykok can eat the soul of an adjacent dead or dying creature. Such a creature can resist this attack with a DC 16 Fortitude save. If the creature is already dead, it is not entitled to a save, though it cannot have been dead for more than an hour. Creatures affected by this ability can be brought back by a 5th-level (or higher) mystic cure. When the baykok uses this ability, it heals 5d6+10 points of damage and gains the benefit of a haste spell for 4 rounds. This is a death effect.

Dread Howl (Su)

Once per day, a baykok can unleash an earsplitting scream. All living creatures within a 30-foot-radius burst become paralyzed with fear for 1 round unless they succeed at a DC 16 Will save. Creatures that make this save are instead shaken for 1 round. This is a fear effect.

Spectral Needler (Ex)

The baykok’s ghostly pistol fires spectral flechettes that bypass normal armor, targeting a creature’s EAC. In addition to dealing additional negative energy damage, these deadly needles paralyze their targets for 1d3 rounds on a successful hit (DC 16 Fortitude negates). If the baykok scores a critical hit, the duration of the paralysis effect is doubled.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), or flight (6–12)

When hunters become utterly obsessed with the chase and indulge excessively in the savagery of the kill, their souls become progressively tainted.

When such remorseless hunters perish before they can capture and kill their quarry, they sometimes rise from death as baykoks—flying undead horrors that kill purely for the ecstasy that only murder can bring them. Unlike many undead who feed on and hate all living things, a baykok seeks always to prove its mastery of the hunt. Though thoroughly wicked, baykoks often ignore all but the most powerful-looking foe in a group, only picking off lesser creatures if they dare to get between the baykok and its true prey. When it finally lays low its quarry, the baykok swoops down on the victim to devour the creature’s soul in an attempt to make sure the creature never returns to seek revenge.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Alien Bestiary (Starfinder) © 2018, Legendary Games; Lead Designer: Jason Nelson. Authors: Anthony Adam, Kate Baker, John Bennet, Eytan Bernstein, Robert Brookes, Russ Brown, Duan Byrd, Jeff Dahl, Robyn Fields, Joel Flank, Matt Goodall, Robert J. Grady, Jim Groves, Steven T. Helt, Thurston Hillman, Tim Hitchcock, Nick Hite, Daniel Hunt, Mike Kimmel Marshall, Isabelle Lee, Jeff Lee, Lyz Liddell, Jason Nelson, Richard Pett, Tom Phillips, Alistair J. Rigg, Alex Riggs, Wendall Roy, Mike Shel, Neil Spicer, Todd Stewart, Russ Taylor, Rachel Ventura, Mike Welham, George Loki Williams, Scott Young.