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Elementals are born from the raw essence of the Elemental Chaos. In keeping with the plane's wild nature, elementals come in a near infinite variety of shapes, sizes, and behaviors. Some epitomize a single element, such as fire, while others combine two or more into a deadly fusion of power. Most elementals are sentient to some degree, but some are little more than exotic beasts.

Glacial Spike Edit

Glacial spikes are bestial, parasitic creatures that attach themselves to other elementals. Although they will bond with virtually any variety of elemental, they prefer frostblade progenitors, which live in the same environments as the spikes. Individually they are weak and fragile, but in large groups they can pose a serious threat. They gather in collective groups of up to a dozen individuals and instinctively protect their hosts, even going so far as to sacrifice themselves in order for the host to live.

Glacial Spike
Level 12 Minion Brute
Small elemental beast (cold)
XP 175
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +7
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion.
AC 24; Fortitude 24, Reflex 23, Will 21
Immune disease, poison; Resist 10 cold
Speed 6
BasicMelee Impale (standard; at-will) ♦ Cold
The glacial spike shifts up to its speed and makes an attack; +15 vs. AC; 9 cold damage, and the target gains vulnerability 5 cold (save ends).
Close Shatter (immediate reaction, when an attack misses the glacial spike; at-will) ♦ Cold
Close burst 1; +11 vs. Reflex; 12 cold damage, and the target is chilled (see frostblade progenitor's hypothermia). Effect: the glacial spike is reduced to 0 hit points and destroyed.
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Str 20 (+11) Dex 16 (+9) Wis 12 (+7)
Con 16 (+9) Int 2 (+2) Cha 5 (+3)

Glacial Spike Tactics Edit

Glacial spikes are not clever tacticians: they simply approach the closest target and attempt to impale it repeatedly. They typically only shatter once their host is bloodied or once half of their numbers have been killed, if they aren't with a host.

Glacial Spike Lore Edit

A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.

DC 20: Glacial spikes are relatively minor creatures that attach themselves to other elementals. They feed off of the heat that living creatures give off.
DC 25: If pressed, glacial spikes can cause their bodies to violently rupture, pelting creatures with frozen shrapnel.

Frostblade Progenitor Edit

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A frostblade progenitor (right), with several glacial spikes on its head and back. Image by Wayne Reynolds

Frostblade progenitors are creatures of raw ice. Their bodies are covered with spiky protrusions which are actually entirely separate, semi-parasitic creatures known as glacial spikes. These lesser elementals feed off of the heat of the frostblade's victims; in exchange, they help defend the progenitor against foes that it is not able to defeat by itself. These parasites, coupled with the frostblade progenitor's own arsenal of deadly abilities, make it a feared predator of the icy wastes.

Frostblade Progenitor
Level 12 Controller (Leader)
Large elemental magical beast (cold)
XP 700
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +9
Permafrost Spawn aura 5; all glacial spike allies within the aura gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls. The aura of multiple frostblade progenitors stacks (maximum +10 bonus).
HP 126; Bloodied 63
AC 26; Fortitude 25, Reflex 23, Will 23
Immune disease, poison; Resist 10 cold
Speed 6
BasicMelee Frostblade (standard; at-will) ♦ Cold
+17 vs. AC; 1d8 + 5 cold damage, and the target is chilled until the end of the frostblade progenitor's next turn.
Melee Icy Fury (standard, usable only while bloodied; at-will) ♦ Cold
The frostblade progenitor makes two frostblade attacks against the same target.
Close Hypothermia (standard; recharge D6 (5) D6 (6)) ♦ Cold
Affects chilled targets; close burst 3; +14 vs. Fortitude; 3d8 + 5 cold damage, and ongoing 5 cold damage (save ends). First Failed Save: The target is slowed (save ends).
Area Frostspear (standard; recharge D6 (4) D6 (5) D6 (6)) ♦ Cold
Area burst 3 within 10; +14 vs. Reflex; 2d6 + 5 cold damage, and the target is chilled until the end of the frostblade progenitor's next turn. Effect: The frostblade progenitor cannot use icy fury until frostspear recharges.
Glacial Genesis (minor 1/round; at-will)
If the frostblade progenitor has fewer than four glacial spikes, it spawns one glacial spike within 2 squares of it.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Primordial
Str 20 (+11) Dex 16 (+9) Wis 17 (+9)
Con 22 (+12) Int 6 (+4) Cha 10 (+6)

Frostblade Progenitor Tactics Edit

A frostblade progenitor begins combat by using frostspear against the largest group of enemies, moving into melee range, and then following up with hypothermia the next round. It makes frostblade attacks against the closest enemy until its other abilities recharge, then seeks to withdraw from melee and repeat the strategy. Once it is bloodied, the progenitor remains in melee at all times to make good use of its icy fury ability. It will use glacial genesis whenever one of its spikes is killed.

Frostblade Progenitor Lore Edit

A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.

DC 20: Frostblade progenitors are elementals of ice that sometimes wander into the arctic regions of the world. They are predatory creatures and, while sentient, act much like any hunting animal in their pursuit of prey.
DC 25: Covering the frostblade progenitor are several parasitic creatures known as glacial spikes. These creatures protect the frostblade, whom they depend upon in order to acquire sustenance.

Firecrest Typhoon Edit

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A boiling mass of water is a difficult foe to face.

Firecrest typhoons are entities that embody both fire and water. Its body is composed of water, but the liquid constantly boils and churns within the creature's form. A firecrest typhoon's form is approximately humanoid, with two "limbs" serving as legs and another two as arms, but it can shift its body into almost any shape. These creatures are always accompanied by the angry hiss of boiling water.

Firecrest Typhoon
Level 20 Brute
Large elemental magical beast (aquatic, fire, water)
XP 2,800
Initiative +16 Senses Perception +13
HP 234; Bloodied 117
AC 32; Fortitude 35, Reflex 32, Will 29
Immune disease, poison; Resist 25 fire
Speed 8, swim 10
BasicMelee Boiling Fist (standard; at-will) ♦ Fire
+23 vs. AC; 3d6 + 7 fire damage, and the target is dazed until the end of the firecrest typhoon's next turn.
Ranged Inferno Geyser (standard; at-will) ♦ Fire
Ranged 10; +21 vs. Fortitude; 2d6 + 7 fire damage, and the target is pushed 3 squares. Miss: Half damage, and the target is not pushed.
Ranged Reactive Geysers (immediate reaction, when first bloodied; encounter) ♦ Fire
The firecrest typhoon makes two inferno geyser attacks. If both attacks hit the same target, the firecrest typhoon makes a secondary attack against the target. Secondary Attack: +21 vs. Fortitude; the target is knocked prone.
Close Scalding Tsunami (standard; sustain move; encounter) ♦ Fire, Zone
Close burst 5; the zone is filled with crushing waves of boiling water; +20 vs. Reflex; 2d6 + 7 fire damage, and the target is knocked prone. The firecrest typhoon makes new attack rolls when it sustains the zone.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Primordial
Str 29 (+19) Dex 23 (+16) Wis 17 (+13)
Con 24 (+17) Int 8 (+9) Cha 15 (+12)

Firecrest Typhoon Tactics Edit

A firecrest typhoon has no preference towards either melee or ranged combat, but most of its abilities push foes away or knock them down, so it usually winds up depending on inferno geyser to strike most foes. It uses scalding tsunami early in the fight, when it can most afford to lose some of its mobility. While sustaining the tsunami, it prefers to use its remaining actions to move closer to foes so it can catch as many of them as possible in its area. If foes are already within range, it uses boiling fist against the nearest one.

Firecrest Typhoon Lore Edit

A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.

DC 20: Firecrest typhoons embody churning waves and blistering heat. Its body is a boiling mass of water that steams and sizzles.
DC 25: A firecrest typhoon's main advantage is its ability to repeatedly knock foes down, or push them away from itself. It can most easily be taken down from long range.

Rockcap Glacier Edit

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The sight of a riled rockcap glacier is not one many live to tell about.

Rockcap glaciers are ancient entities that have existed at least since the fallen giant empires spanned the world. They are universally dull and brutish creatures, but they take great offense to any suggestions that their intelligence is less than stellar. Rockcaps are typically uninterested in the events around them, almost to the point of being apathetic. Once angered, however, a rockcap glacier is a nigh unstoppable engine of destruction that will not rest until everything around it has been leveled to the ground.

Rockcap Glacier
Level 27 Solo Soldier
Gargantuan elemental magical beast (cold, earth)
XP 55,000
Initiative +23 Senses Perception +17; low-light vision
Glacial Sheet (Cold) aura 2; creatures in the aura are slowed. If the target has moved more than 2 squares when it enters the aura, its movement ends immediately.
HP 1,280; Bloodied 640
AC 45; Fortitude 44, Reflex 41, Will 35
Immune disease, petrification, poison; Resist 30 cold
Saving Throws +5
Speed 6
Action Points 2
BasicMelee Icy Slam (standard; at-will) ♦ Cold
Reach 3; +34 vs. AC; 3d8 + 9 cold damage.
Melee Frostshatter Strike (standard; at-will) ♦ Cold
Reach 3; +32 vs. Fortitude; 2d8 + 9 cold damage, and ongoing 15 cold damage. If the target is already taking ongoing cold damage, this attack deals an extra 10 points of damage.
Close Avalanche (immediate reaction, when reduced to 0 hit points; encounter) ♦ Cold, Zone
Close burst 5; the zone is filled with chunks of rock and broken ice; +30 vs. Reflex; 5d12 + 9 cold damage, and the target is knocked prone. The zone is treated as difficult terrain, and persists for 5 minutes.
Close Chill of Winter (standard; recharge D6 (6)) ♦ Cold
Targets enemies; close blast 5; +30 vs. Reflex; 4d10 + 9 cold damage. Effect: One ally within the blast may make a melee or ranged basic attack as an immediate reaction.
Area Frozen Comet (standard; at-will) ♦ Cold
Area burst 3 within 10; +30 vs. Reflex; 2d8 + 9 cold damage, and the area is treated as difficult terrain until the end of the rockcap glacier’s next turn.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Primordial
Str 29 (+22) Dex 26 (+21) Wis 17 (+16)
Con 32 (+24) Int 6 (+11) Cha 9 (+12)

Rockcap Glacier Tactics Edit

A rockcap glacier makes frozen comet attacks against enemies, waiting for them to come to it. It relies on its glacial sheet aura to give it an advantage in close combat, where it uses frostshatter strike every round. If fighting with allied creatures, it typically saves chill of winter until it can catch the ally and one or more enemies in the blast. Once bloodied, rockcap glaciers prefer to move out of melee combat and use frozen comets to harry opponents from a distance.

Rockcap Glacier Lore Edit

A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.

DC 25: Rockcap glaciers are immensely powerful elementals of rock and ice. They are typically only found in the coldest reaches of the Elemental Chaos.
DC 30: When roused, a single rockcap glacier has been known to destroy entire armies by itself. They can rain down icy boulders that crush their foes, and their very presence chills creatures to the bone.

Encounter Groups Edit

Level 12 Encounter (XP 3,500) — Parasite Hosts

  • 2 frostblade progenitors (level 12 controller)
  • 12 glacial spikes (level 12 brute minion)



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