By John R. Troy
Identifier: Undead, Spirit
Habitat: Astral, Netherplanes, Night Material
Size: 1 x human-size
Number Appearing: 1
Modes & Rates of Movement:
Attacks BAC Damage Type Base Bonus Vampiric Touch x2 55 Physical (or Spiritual 2D6 N/APowers:
Assume NPM (Astral) Form
Base Scheme M(Cunning):76 P: 50 WL: CL: S: 130 EL:104 MM: 34 MR: 34 PM: 25 PN: 25 SM: 65 SP: 65 MMCap: 12 MRCap: 12 PMCap: 16 PNCap: 16 SMCap: 25 SPCap: 25 MMPow: 11 MRPow: 11 PMPow: 4 PNPow: 4 SMPow: 20 SPPow: 20 MMSpd: 11 MRSpd: 11 PMSpd: 12* PNSpd: 12* SMSpd: 20 SPSpd: 20 * Effective Spd is multiplied by 2 (see quirk)Armor Scheme:
PIER CUT BLUNT FIRE CHEM STUN ELEC Ultra 48 36 24 * * 40 12 Super 24 18 16 * * 30 8 Vital - - - - - - - Non - - - - - - - Average 18 13 10 * * 17 5Commentary & Description: Skullspooks are a form of Vampiric Undead that is something akin to a Spirit-Golem. Unlike other spirit-based undead, these creatures have no true intellect, yet possess a great cunning and have utilized considerable tactics in combat and stealth as well as performing tasks for summoners.
Skullspooks are believed to be created by forces or being from the Netherplanes, such a Great Demons or other beings capable of Supernatural Castings. However, such creatures are summonable, and their are primarily found in the service of some Devilshine practitioner (Necromancy, Witchcraeft, or even Sorcerey), though other practitioners utilize them (various Demonurgists, some powerful Black School Mages). The creatures are also utilized by certain Priests of Darkness (mostly Gloom but not unknown to Shadow), and castings to summon these creatures are known to several sects, including those serving Hectate, Orcus, Dispater, Set, Lovitar, Dadga, The Tibetan Bon, Hel, The Atlantian Ancient Masters and other Dark Dieties.
When manifesting themselves on the Material, Skullspooks appear as in a strange PPM. They appear similar to wraiths, a smokey, translucent form, but of a more vague shape. Two features, however, remain static. The first is a pair of hands, which glow a deep crimson. The second and more prominent one is the Skull, a sickly fulgelinous colored human, clean of all flesh, with sickly mauve pinpricks of light where the eyes should be.
Skullspooks are only of one race, but because of some differences in their powers, they come under "three" categories. The first are "Wild" Skullspooks, which are not serving a being, and are usually seeking prey to devour. There are also "Sentinel" Skullspooks, which are bound to a certain area, as guards for some item/creature/area. Then there are "Seeking" Skullspooks, which are tasked to either spy or assault a target with its powers. The latter two will only serve for short-term unless allowed to feed regularly.
The Skullspook primary attack form is its vampiric touch. Each hand drains 2D6 P from the persona, draining his or her blood. Of course, the hands being non-corporeal, they can penetrate all armor that is not designed to keep out such forms. The creature can also use this ability to drain spiritual energy from a persona or creature, but will only do so if it is unable to drain P from the creature (either due to a protective dweomer vs. Vampirism, attacking another NPM, etc.) since it prefers blood.
Skullspooks also have the power to unleash dark bolts from their eyes, though they can't utilize the power that often. "Wild" and "Sentinel" Skullspooks also have the ability to summon others of their ilk from the Netherplanes, the creatures hearing the unholy howl across the Astral dimension. "Seeking" Skullspooks also have the power to track a specific target, and also are the only Skullspooks seen using the Hex Gaze power.
The Skullspooks PPM prevents most attacks. The Skull, however, is the creatures weak spot. While having some minimal armored "hide" and invulnerabilities, the Skull is susceptible to attacks. In combat, the Skull is treated as either a Super-vital or Ultra-vital location. This makes any blow towards the skull damaging as it is affected by the x3 or x4 multiplier, but the attacker must specifically aim for the skull, and thus make the successful roll on the Strike-Location Table. (The PPM is treated as 1 "Being", since the hands interpose themselves and the Skull is "attached" to the ectoplasmic form). If the JM/Players don't use the Strike Location rules, then to simulate this difficulty all combat rolls vs. A Skullspook are made at -1 DR.
Skullspooks can only operate at night or places shielded from the light of the sun. The Sun does no damage to the creature, but forces it into NPM. Skullspooks take damage from Holy Water, which burns their skulls, and incense. In addition to magickal weapons and electricity, They can be hurt by Silver or Gold weapons, and incense burned in their presence "poisons" their spiritual forms. A Skullspook is immune to mental attacks but not spiritual damage. While in NPM the Skullspook is susceptible to Spirit Traps, it should be noted that, even though there is a PPM form to the Skullspooks material manifestation, a Skullspook can't be Spirit Trapped since the Skull is in FPM.