Monster of the Month: Diseased Sludge

An ugly shade of brown-green, the viscous slime makes a wet squelching sound as it moves, releasing a putrid odour with every motion.

Diseased Sludge CR 5

diseased sludge

XP 1,600
N Small ooze
Init +2; Senses blindsight 60 ft.; Perception -5
AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +5 natural, +1 size)
hp 52 (7d8+21)
Fort +5, Ref +4, Will -3
Defensive Abilities ooze traits
Weaknesses vulnerable to remove disease
Speed 20 ft. (climb 15 ft.)
Melee slam +7 (1d4+1 plus disease)
Special Attacks disease
Str 13, Dex 14, Con 17, Int ―, Wis 1, Cha 1
Base Atk +5; CMB  +5; CMD 17 (can’t be tripped)
Environment urban
Organization solitary, outbreak (3-8), or epidemic (9-16)
Treasure none
Special Abilities
Disease (Ex) Tallow Fever: Slam―contact; save Fort DC 18; onset 2d8 hours; frequency 1 hour; effect 1 Con damage; cure 3 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.
The skin of a victim of tallow fever grows waxy and soft. The flesh of a creature that dies of tallow fever dissolves leaving a pile of slime and bones. 1d3 hours after death the slime coalesces into a new diseased sludge one size smaller than the infected creature.
Vulnerable to Remove Disease (Ex) A remove disease spell deals 1d6 points of damage per caster level to a diseased sludge.


 diseased sludge

Spawned from cramped city alleys and packed hospices, diseased sludge is a bacterial colony grown so large that it has become ambulatory. Diseased sludge best incubates in a living creature, so the colony instinctively seeks warm moving targets it can infect. They wandering aimlessly until they find victims. While not harmed by bright light, diseased sludge prefers the dark and is often found in alleys, sewers, and abandoned buildings.

The majority of diseased sludge are small, being discharged from humans and elves. However, both larger or smaller diseased sludge have been reported. Most variant diseased sludge were spawned in cities where the inhabitants were of different size, such as giant tribes or halfling communities. But occasionally, two or three diseased sludge will merge into a single large colony. Use the Giant Creature and Young Creature simple templates for diseased sludge of different size categories. There are rumours of massive diseased sludge, known as living pandemics. These large masses roam the countryside infecting entire villages, growing as they travel.