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Bake Kujira

Gargantuan monstrosity, neutral evil

Armor Class 21 (natural armor)
Hit Points 372 (24d20 + 120)
Speed 0 ft., swim 100 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
26 (+8) 10 (+0) 20 (+5) 6 (–2) 10 (+0) 7 (–2)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage from nonmagical attacks
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages
Challenge 20 (25,000 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Transparent. The bake kujira is transparent and only its skeleton is visible, which makes it appear to be some undead monstrosity. Attacks upon the bake kujira require successful DC 19 Wisdom (Perception) checks or are made at disadvantage.
  • Ghastly Swarms. The bake kujira is accompanied by 2d4 swarms of hostile birds and 2d4 swarms of carnivorous fish (see monster entries). These creatures accompany the larger monster to scavenge from its feeding, but also appear to be attracted to the bake kujira’s overwhelmingly evil lifeforce. These swarms attack anything that attacks the bake kujira.

ACTIONS

  • Breach. The bake kujira makes a full move, breaches into the air, then crashes down upon its target. Any Huge or smaller creatures in the bake kujira’s space must make a DC 19 Dexterity save or take 48 (4d8 + 30) bludgeoning damage and be forced into the nearest square that is adjacent to the bake kujira.

ABOUT

The bake kujira is a horrific monstrosity that outwardly appears to be the skeleton of a gargantuan whale. In reality, its flesh and organs are transparent, giving the impression that it is an entirely disembodied skeleton. Its common moniker, “ghost whale,” refers to this, but the bake kujira is not actually undead. The bake kujira’s origins are unknown, but some claim demons or evil gods created them to carry out acts of mayhem and destruction on the sea in the name of their masters. Others think they may have originated on another plane or are the creation of mad sorcerers.

Bake kujira are indeed living creatures despite their appearance, but they are definitely not natural. Encounters with the bake kujira are invariably fearful experiences. Those few who survive their meetings with the ghost whales are plagued by nightmares and terrible visions for the rest of their lives. It is said that only by destroying the bake kujira who committed the original attack can their victims ever fully be free.

Grim forces of evil and destruction, bake kujira seem to attract other hostile creatures. Survivors of encounters with bake kujira report that the monsters are accompanied by flocks of vicious birds and biting fish that appear to serve the ghost whale’s will. Especially aggressive birds and fish may actually herald a bake kujira’s appearance, and superstitious mariners strongly advise a quick return to the safety of port should such creatures make themselves known.

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