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This ratlike Creature has tiny human hands in place of its front paws, and an unnerving human face with a toothy mouth.

The ratling is a hideous amalgamation of rat and human: a long-haired rodent with handlike front paws and a face reminiscent of the face of a leering old man. Within the ratling's Humanoid mouth are long, yellow incisors more akin to those one might find in the jaws of a rat.

Ratlings are carnivores. While they can subsist on grubs, other rodents, and carrion, they prefer living food and fresh blood, particularly that of Humanoid children and elderly folk. They also have a sense for magic, and lurk around temples and universities searching for scraps of Knowledge or overlooked books and scrolls to steal.

Ratlings associate with common rats and even mate with them, producing anything from large, aggressive rats (often with vestigial humanlike features or other sickening deformities) to infant ratlings to deformed rats. In a mixed litter, the infant ratling usually kills and eats its siblings, then arranges the dismembered and disemboweled corpses in semi-occult patterns.

Elder ratlings often gain the advanced simple template or levels in Cleric, oracle, witch, or Wizard (a rare few gain rogue levels, especially if they associate with a thieves' guild or wererats). These elders often become leaders of their own kind, creating cabals organized like the universities they frequently inhabit. If the ratling can gain a familiar, it usually chooses a rat—an association that often brings with it more than mere supernatural companionship. Ratlings can never select another ratling as a familiar.

A Chaotic evil spellcaster can gain a ratling as a familiar at 7th level by taking the Improved Familiar feat. A ratling familiar gains Commune once per week as a spell-like ability, which it can use on its master's behalf. The master usually allows the familiar to drink her blood at least once per week.

A ratling measures just over 2 feet long (although half that length is its long, ratty tail) and weighs 10 pounds.

Special Abilities

Scroll Use (Ex) A ratling can cast Spells from any magic scroll as if it had the spell on its spell list.

Attributes

AC
16, Touch 15, Flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +1 Dodge, +1 Natural, +2 Size)
Alignment
Ce
Base Atk
+3
CMB
+3
CMD
12 (16 Vs. Trip)
CR
CR 2
Cha
13
Con
13
Creature Type
Magical Beast
Defensive Abilities
Evasion
Dex
15
Environment
Any Urban
Feats
Dodge, Mobility
Fort
+4
HP
19 (3d10+3)
Immune
Disease, Poison
Init
Ce Tiny Magical Beast +2
Int
12
Languages
Aklo; Speak With Animals (Rodents Only), Tongues
Melee
Bite +3 (1d32 Plus Bleed 1)
Organization
Solitary Or Conclave (220 Plus 212 Dire Rats And 14 Rat Swarms)
Reach
0 Ft.
Ref
+5
SQ
Scroll Use
Senses
Darkvision 60 Ft., Detect Magic , Low-light Vision; Perception +6
Size
Tiny
Skills
Climb +6, Knowledge (Planes) +4, Perception +6, Stealth +16, Swim +6
Space
2-1/2 Ft.
Special Attacks
Sneak Attack +1d6
Speed
30 Ft., Burrow 10 Ft., Climb 20 Ft., Swim 30 Ft.
Spell-Like Abilities
(Cl 6th; Concentration +7) Constant— Detect Magic , Read Magic , Speak With Animals (Rodents Only), Spider Climb , Tongues 3/day— Cause Fear (Dc 12), Dimension Door , Invisibility (Self Only) 1/day— Summon Swarm (Rat Swarm Only) 1/week— Commune (Only When Serving As A Familiar; 6 Questions, Cl 12th)
Str
6
Treasure
Standard
Will
+1
Wis
10
XP
600
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