Roach thralls learn the dominant human language in their area quickly-generally within a few weeks of emerging from their eggs. They lose the ability to speak if they emerge from their human host
, but they still understand any human language they know. In their true forms, roach thralls can wordlessly speak to each other by linking their antennae. In roach form, a roach thrall is about 5 feet long and weighs about 150 pounds.
Roach thralls have the following traits:
Once they've emerged from their human hosts
, roach thralls walk upright for a few days before reverting to the gait of a cockroach. This is a preference, not a mandate; the roach thrall can choose whether to be upright or not once per round as a free action. An upright roach thrall has a speed
of 30 feet and can use four limbs to attack. Otherwise, it has a speed
of 40 feet and can only use two limbs to attack.
Resistance to Massive Damage (Ex):
Although roach thralls aren't vermin, they share some attributes with cockroaches. Roach thralls gain a +5 species bonus on Fortitude saves to negate the effects of massive damage
Roach thralls outside of their human hosts
can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision
is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight, and otyughs can function with no light at all.
The roach thrall living inside a human host
gains a +10 species bonus on Disguise checks. It also gains a +5 species bonus on Bluff checks when attempting to pass itself off as its human host
CR 2; Medium aberration; HD 3d8+3; hp 16; Mas 12; Init +6 (+2 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative
); Spd 30 ft. (bipedal) or 40 ft. (as insect); Defense
18, touch 12, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +6 natural); BAB +2; Grap +2; Atk +2 melee (1d4, claw); Full Atk +2 melee (1d4, 2 claws or 4 claws); FS 5 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.; SQ human host
, multiple limbs
, resistance to massive damage
60 ft.; AL roach thralls; SV Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +4; AP 0; Rep +0; Str 11, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 7.
Bluff +5 (+10 when pretending to be its human host
), Climb +4, Disguise +5 (+15 inside human host
), Jump +4, Listen +6, Read/Write Language (any three), Sense Motive +5, Speak Language (any three), Spot +6, Swim +4.
4-6 HD (Medium) in cockroach form.