Tangtal

Tangtal

A large feline creature approaches, covered in stiff, short, brown fur. Small white flecks cover its head, throat, neck, and shoulders, and its long, upward curving tail ends with a white tip. It stands on muscular legs with huge paws and razor claws.

Tangtal

XP 200 ()

NE Medium

Initiative +3


DEFENSE

AC 13

hp: 19 (3d8 + 6)


OFFENSE

Speed: 40 ft.

Multiattack: A tangtal bites once and attacks once with claws.

Melee Attack—Bite: +5 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d6 + 3 piercing damage.

Melee Attack—Claws: +5 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d8 + 3 slashing damage.


STATISTICS

Str 16 (+3), Dex 17 (+3), Con 15 (+2),

Int 12 (+1), Wis 13 (+1), Cha 10 (+0)

Languages: Common, Sylvan

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


TRAITS

Duplicate (1/day): As an action, a tangtal creates 2d4 images of itself. The images can move up to 30 feet away from the tangtal, but each must stay within 10 feet of at least one other image. Images have the same AC and speed as the tangtal and 1 hit point apiece; an image disappears when it takes any damage. An image can be damaged only by an attack that targets and damages it specifically; images aren’t affected by area attacks or nondamaging effects. An attack that targets the tangtal has a chance to hit an image instead, in exact proportion to the number of images; e.g., if there are six images, an attack against the tangtal has a 1-in–7 chance to hit it and a 6-in–7 chance to hit an image.


ECOLOGY

Environment: Temperate and

Organization: Solitary

Tangtals, or dupli-cats, have the appearance and ferocity of normal panthers, but they are far more intelligent and they have a magical ability to project illusory images of themselves. They roam haunted woodlands or , but also often lair near civilized areas.

Tangtals are solitary creatures; no recorded encounter has ever been with more than one of these creatures. Tangtal young are unknown; none have ever been killed, captured, or even seen.

Tangtals are carnivores that prefer to dine on rabbits, squirrels, grouse, and other small game. When food is scarce, it is not unheard of for a tangtal to sneak into a civilized area and carry off chickens, sheep, calves, dogs, cats, and even children.

A tangtal is about 7 feet long from nose to tail and weighs 350 to 400 pounds.

Tangtals are ferocious on the attack, but they are also smart enough to know when a fight is lost. If combat goes against one, it flees, usually while it still has images remaining to distract the enemy.