Necro Bound (Template)
By: Matt Rosengren
Type: Template, Undead
Difficulty: CR +4 or x2
Game: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)

Necro Bound (Template)

The Necro Bound are the results of a powerful necromatic ritual called "Dark Sleep". They gain a number of powers.

Creating a Necro Bound:
"Necro Bound" is an aquired template that can be added to any humanoid or monstrous humanoid creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature).

Size and Type: The creature's type changes to Undead. Size is unchanged.

Hit Dice: All the base creature's Hit Dice (current and future) become d12s.

Armor Class: The Necro Bound gains +4 Natural Armor.

Special Attacks: The creature gains the following special attacks:

Death Touch (Sp): A Necro Bound can make a Death Touch attack (as the Death domain's special ability) as a Cleric of its HD, 3/day.

Spell-like Abilities (Sp): Animate Dead 5/day, Create Undead 3/day, Create Greater Undead 1/day, as a Cleric of its HD. The undead are automatically under the control of the caster. The Necro Bound can control any number of undead created with this ability who's total HD do not exceed his own. This ability functions seperate from other undead controlling abilities: e.g. a level 10 Necro Bound Cleric could control 1 undead of 10 HD through this ability, plus another undead of 10 HD through Rebuke Undead (but not 1 undead of 20 HD).

Spells: The Necro Bound can cast spells as a Cleric (domains: Evil, Death) and as a Necromancer of a level equal to its HD.

Special Qualities: A Necro Bound gains the following special qualities: Turn Resistance +4, Undead Traits, Fast Healing 1, (Regeneration 2 (see note)).

Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: Str +6, Dex +6, Int +6, Cha +6. As undead, the Necro Bound has no Constitution score.

Alignment: Any evil.

Advancement: By character class.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +4 or x2, whichever is greater.

Level Adjustment: -.

[Editor's Note: The author submitted Regeneration 2 as a special ability for this monster. It should be noted that the Regeneration ability requires a Constitution score, which the Necro Bound doesn't have. Suggestion: either ignore this rule or grant a Fast Healing-like ability that also regenerates lost limbs.]

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Related Material:
Spells: Dark Sleep

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