Ghouls were monstrous, undead humanoids who reeked of carrion.

A ghoul was said to be created on the death of a man or woman who savored the taste of the flesh of people; this was probably derived from the popular connection of the word “ghoul” with persons who delighted in the unsavory. They not only ate the dead, but also preyed on the unwary living. Ghouls are humanoid undead that fed on the flesh of corpses. They laired within ancient crypts or hid in graveyards where food was plentiful. Whenever possible, a ghoul would attack a living target as a rare opportunity to have fresh meat. People rightfully feared ghouls and their corpse-eating ways.

Ghouls speak the languages they spoke in life (usually Common).

Ghouls try to attack with surprise whenever possible. They strike from behind tombstones and burst from shallow graves.

Ghoul Fever (Su)
Disease—bite, Fortitude DC 12, incubation period 1 day, damage 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex. The save DC is Charisma-based.

An afflicted humanoid who dies of ghoul fever rises as a ghoul at the next midnight. A humanoid who becomes a ghoul in this way retains none of the abilities it possessed in life. It is not under the control of any other ghouls, but it hungers for the flesh of the living and behaves like a normal ghoul in all respects. A humanoid of 4 Hit Dice or more rises as a ghast, not a ghoul.

Paralysis (Ex)
Those hit by a ghoul’s bite or claw attack must succeed on a DC 12 Fortitude save or be paralyzed for 1d4 + 1 rounds. Elves have immunity to this paralysis. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Ghoul: Medium Undead; CR 1; AC 14; HD 2d12; hp 13; Init + 2; Spd 30 ft.; Atk bite + 3 (1d6 + 1 and paralysis), 2 claws + 0 (1d3 and paralysis); SA Paralysis (Fort DC 14), create spawn; SQ Undead, + 2 turn resistance; AL CE; SV Fort + 0, Ref + 2, Will + 5; Str 13, Dex 15, Con – , Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 16.
Skills and Feats: Climb + 6, Escape Artist + 7, Hide + 7, Intuit Direction + 3, Jump + 6, Listen + 7, Move Silently + 7, Search + 6, Spot + 7; Multiattack, Weapon Finesse (bite).


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