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Friday, April 27, 2012
Swarm of Husks
Likely the product of a deranged (and necromantically adept) mind, a swarm of husks is composed of undead insects that died in light fixtures or between window panes. These creatures died in crude despair as only the mindless can know it, and that inchoate emotion, combined with energy from the negative plane, is a powerful force. These swarms take some time to gather, but once formed will do the bidding of the necromancer who raised them.
Husk swarms have the standard properties of a swarm of diminutive creatures, plus those standard to undead. Any creature beginning its turn inside the swarm must make a saving throw or be nauseated for 1 round. The husk swarm is hungry for life force and will crawl into the mouth or nostrils of a victim (failed saving throw) over a period of 1 minute. Once inside a living thing, they drain 1d4 levels from it (or add negative levels, however you want to look at) like the spell enervation.
Some anecdotal reports suggest that bright lights can attract a swarm, distracting them from living targets.