Totally Not GG
Scout by Land: This area of the forest is severely blighted. A DC 10 Perception check reveals that one or two enormous and aggressive predators reside within this area, and a subsequent DC 15 Survival check reveals it to be a pair of Dire Bears, most likely mates. A DC 15 Perception check reveals that the source of the blight is southeast of here. A DC 20 Perception check causes the Scout to find their cave, their current location; the two animals are both severely blighted as well.
Scout by Air: A DC 10 Perception check reveals that this area of the forest is severely blighted. A DC 15 Perception check reveals that the source of the blight is southeast of here. A DC 20 Perception check reveals that one or two enormous and aggressive predators reside within this area, and a subsequent DC 20 Survival check reveals it to be a pair of Dire Bears, most likely mates. A DC 25 Perception check causes the Scout to find the two bears prowling through the forest; both of them are severely blighted as well.
Two dire bears, one male and one female. The two bears attempt to “corral” the PC’s in between them, granting them flanking and hampering escape. If a bear successfully grabs a PC, the grabbing bear always attempts to pin the PC (against the ground) before making further attacks against it, while the other bear focuses on the remaining ungrabbed PC’s.
Giant Blighted Dire Bear (CR 7)
N Huge animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +10
AC 18, touch 9, flat-footed 17 (50)
Fort +12, Ref +5, Will +2
Speed 40 ft.
Melee 2 claws 9 plus grab), bite 9)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Str 29, Dex 7, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 8, Cha 6
Base Atk 23 grapple); CMD 27 (31 vs. trip)
Feats: Endurance, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Run, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills: Perception +10, Swim +21; Racial Modifiers +4 Swim
Special: +5 to DC of Wild Empathy checks, +10 to DC of Handle Animal checks
The path to the bears’ cave is very easy to find. Inside the cave are three corpses, upon which the party finds their loot.
Elf Corpse: +2 Elven Chain Mail
Dwarf Corpse: +1 Keen Pickaxe
Halfling Corpse: +1 Titanic Full Plate, “sized” for the halfling. The armor automatically resizes to “fit” its wearer.
If the blood of a creature in L02, L03, K02, or K03 is harvested, the result is a dark, thick, sickly liquid which applies the Blightblood disease.
Type: magical disease, contact, ingested; Save: Fort 17
Onset 1 day; Frequency 1/day
Effect: 1d2 STR, 1d2 DEX, and 1d2 CON damage per day.
Cure: until removed