Wandering Wednesday: Kaolisk

A lesser cousin to the feared Basilisk, the Kaolisk is much smaller and more agile, with adults growing up to around 6 feet in length. Their long and sharp claws allow them to climb easily up walls and structures, allowing them to get close to their victims, which they can then petrify. Unlike Basilisks, it is the touch of a Kaolisk’s icy breath that turns others to stone almost instantaneously. A common tactic for these creatures is for several of them to attack the same target at the same time, as Kaolisks are immune to their own breath. Once targets are fully petrified, Kaolisks will start to eat the new statues. Many scholars have theorized that Kaolisks exist on a diet composed entirely of that which they have turned to stone.



Alignment: Chaotic
No. Encountered:
Move: 120′ (40′), Climb 60’ (20’)
Level Dice:  3 hit dice
Armor Class: 5 [14]
Attacks:  1 bite (1d6), 1 breath
Special Attacks: See below
Save: F4
Special Abilities: See below
Loot: See below

Special Movement: Kaolisks can easily climb up non-sheer walls and structures, making almost no noise when doing so. Often they will spend hours lying in wait for their victims by clinging to walls or ceilings, dropping down upon them.

Special Attacks: Kaolisks have a breath attack that they can fire in a 30’ cone in the direction their head is pointing once every round. Anyone caught within this cone must Save vs petrification each time or have them and all of their equipment be turned to stone over 1d4 rounds.

For every 10’ that a Kaolisk drops upon a target, they do 1d6 damage to the target while taking 1d2 damage themselves.

Special Abilities: Kaolisks are immune to their own breath petrification.

Loot: Kaolisk heads are treasured for the glands that produce the petrifying breath, which does not work once the creature is dead but is of value to many magic users. Kaolisk nests and dens are often littered with the unpetrified remains of items that were either never petrified or were and excreted.


Disclaimer:  The Kaolisk is one of many creatures that appears in Issue #3 of the Another Bunch of Content series released by InfiniBadger Press. It is Open Game Content.

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