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This looming humanoid figure is made of rune-etched metal and polished stone, with crystalline eyes that glow with blue light.

Aluum CR 10

Source Inner Sea World Guide pg. 306, Dark Markets - A Guide to Katapesh pg. 58
XP 9,600
N Large construct
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0


AC 25, touch 10, flat-footed 24 (+1 Dex, +15 natural, -1 size)
hp 107 (14d10+30)
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +4
DR 10/adamantine; Immune magic, construct traits


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +21 (2d10+8 plus paralysis)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks soul shriek


Str 27, Dex 12, Con —, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk +14; CMB +23; CMD 34


Environment any (Katapesh)
Organization solitary or squad (3-4)
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Immunity to Magic (Ex) An aluum is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells and effects function differently against the creature. A magical attack that uses negative energy (such as channel negative energy, inflict light wounds, or enervation) deals no damage, but speeds up the aluum’s attacks and movement as if it were under the effects of a haste spell for 1d6 rounds. A magical attack that uses positive energy slows the aluum as if by a slow spell for 1d6 rounds and dispels any haste effects currently affecting it. Magic jar confuses the creature for 1d6 rounds.

Paralysis (Su) The touch of an aluum paralyzes living creatures that fail a DC 17 Fortitude save for 1d4 minutes. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Soul Shriek (Su) As a free action every 1d4 rounds, the aluum’s enslaved souls may emit a keening wail in a 15-foot cone. Creatures in the cone take 10d6 points of sonic damage and are stunned for 1 round. A DC 15 Will save halves the damage and negates the stun effect. This is a sonic mind-affecting effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.


Aluums are magical constructs created from metal and stone native to Katapesh. They are the fighting juggernauts that maintain order within the city of Katapesh when the city’s normal means of doing so fail. Aluums are powered by the souls of Katapeshi slaves and prisoners bound into glowing gems in their chests.

An aluum stands approximately 14 feet tall and weighs over 2 tons. They are controlled by magical pendants called charms of aluum control (see page 298).


Although the secret to the creation of aluums is closely guarded by the Pactmasters, near approximations have appeared elsewhere, indicating that some have either reverse-engineered the process or have stolen those secrets from Katapesh. During the creation process, the souls of a dozen slaves are siphoned from their bodies as they die. Fragments of these souls are placed within the inert body of the aluum, giving it its animating force.

CL 13th; Price 80,000 gp
Requirements Craft Construct, geas/quest, hold monster, limited wish, magic jar, creator must be caster level 13th; Skill Craft (armor) or Craft (weapons) DC 18; Cost 40,000 gp