Alicia Sh’rde

Note: This NPC was originally written as part of The Kriegan location, found here.

Alicia Sh’rde
Female elven ghost cleric 16:
CR 18; Medium undead (augmented humanoid) (incorporeal); Hit Dice 16d12; 96 hp; Init +2; Spd fly 30 ft. (perfect) (6 squares); AC 18 (+2 Dex, +6 deflection), 18 touch, 16 flat-footed or 21 (+1 Dex, +8 armor, +2 shield), 11 touch, 20 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +12/+12; Atk +14 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) and +9 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) and +4 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) or +14 ranged (by spell); Full atk +14 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) and +9 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) and +4 melee (1d8, heavy mace; ethereal targets only) or +14 ranged (by spell); SA corrupting gaze, malevolence, manifestation, rebuke undead, spells; SQ +2 racial bonus on saves vs. enchantment spells and magical effects, elf traits, immunity to sleep spells and magical effects, low-light vision, rejuvenation, turn resistance +4, undead traits; AL LE; SV Fort +10, Reflex +7, Will +15; Str 10, Dex 14, Con -, Int 13, Wis 20, Cha 22.
Skills and Feats:
Concentration +13 (7 ranks +6 Cha), Diplomacy +8 (2 ranks, +6 Cha), Heal +10 (5 ranks, +5 Wis), Hide +10 (+2 Dex, +8 racial), Knowledge (arcane) +6 (5 ranks, +1 Int), Knowledge (history) +11 (10 ranks, +1 Int), Knowledge (religion) +20 (19 ranks +1 Int), Knowledge (the planes) +8 (7 ranks, +1 Int), Listen +15 (+5 Wis, +10 racial), Search +11 (+1 Int, +10 racial), Spot +15 (+5 Wis, +10 racial), Spellcraft +8 (7 ranks, +1 Int); Ability Focus (malevolence), Augment Summoning, Extra Turning, Greater Spell Focus (necromancy), Improved Turning, Spell Focus (conjuration), Spell Focus (necromancy).
Evil Domain: Alicia Sh’rde casts spells with the [Evil] descriptor as a 16th level caster.
Knowledge Domain: All Knowledge skills are class skills for Alicia Sh’rde. Additionally, she casts all spells from the school of divination as a 17th level cleric.
Graduate: Alicia Sh’rde is a graduate of The Kriegan. She gains the Greater Spell Focus (necromancy) feat and 5 skill ranks to place in Knowledge skills. Her undead servant was destroyed long ago.
Rebuke Undead: Shin Wan Hu rebukes and commands undead as a cleric of 17th level.
Skills: Elves have a +2 racial bonus on Listen, Search and Spot checks. As a ghost, Alicia Sh’rde also gains a +8 racial bonus to Hide, Listen, Search and Spot checks. This is reflected in the above stat block.
Corrupting Gaze (Su): Alicia Sh’rde can blast living beings with a glance, at a range of up to 30 feet. Creatures that meet her gaze must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 24) or take 2d10 points of damage and 1d4 points of Charisma damage.
Malevolence (Su): Once per round, Alicia Sh’rde can merge her body with a creature on the Material Plane. This ability is similar to a magic jar spell (caster level 16th), except that it does not require a receptacle. To use this ability, Alicia Sh’rde must be manifested and must try to move into the target’s space; moving into the target’s space to use the malevolence ability does not provoke attacks of opportunity. The target can resist the attack with a successful Will save (DC 23). A creature that successfully saves is immune to Alicia Sh’rde’s malevolence for 24 hours, and she cannot enter the target’s space. If the save fails, Alicia Sh’rde vanishes into the target’s body.
Manifestation (Su): Alicia Sh’rde dwells on the Ethereal Plane, and as an ethereal creature, she cannot affect or be affected by anything in the material world. When she manifests, she partly enters the Material Plane and becomes visible but incorporeal on the Material Plane. She can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons, or spells, with a 50% chance to ignore any damage from a corporeal source. She can pass through solid objects at will, and her own attacks pass through armor. Alicia Sh’rde always moves silently, and can strike with her touch attack or with a ghost touch weapon. When manifested, Alicia Sh’rde remains partially on the Ethereal Plane, where she is not incorporeal. She can be attacked by opponents on either the Material Plane or the Ethereal Plane; her incorporeality helps protect her from foes on the Material Plane, but not from foes on the Ethereal Plane.
When she is not manifested and is on the Ethereal Plane, Alicia Sh’rde's spells cannot affect targets on the Material Plane, but they work normally against ethereal targets. When Helena manifests, her spells continue to affect ethereal targets and can affect targets on the Material Plane normally unless the spells rely on touch. Her touch spells don’t work on non-ethereal targets.
Alicia Sh’rde has two home planes, the Material Plane and the Ethereal Plane. She is not considered extraplanar when on either of these planes.
Rejuvenation (Su): It’s difficult to destroy Alicia Sh’rde through simple combat; she will often restore herself in 2d4 days. When she would otherwise be destroyed, she automatically returns to her old haunt in the bowels of The Kriegan. Consecrating her physical remains puts her to rest permanently.
Typical Cleric Spells Prepared (6/7+1/6+1/6+1/5+1/5+1/3+1/3+1/2+1; Save DC 15 + spell level or 16 + spell level for spells from the school of divination or 17 + spell level for spells from the school of necromancy): 0th—detect magic (x3), read magic (x2), virtue; 1st—bane, cause fear, command, comprehend languages, deathwatch, protection from good*, summon monster I (x2); 2nd—augury, death knell, desecrate, detect thoughts*, hold person, silence, summon monster II; 3rd—animate dead (x2), bestow curse, dispel magic, locate object, magic circle against good*, summon monster III; 4th—divination, inflict critical wounds, lesser planar ally, summon monster IV, tongues, unholy blight*; 5th—commune, dispel good*, slay living, summon monster V, true seeing, unhallow; 6th—create undead*, harm, summon monster VI, undeath to death; 7th—blasphemy, destruction, legend lore*, summon monster VII; 8th—create greater undead, greater planar ally, unholy aura*.
*domain spell
Languages: Common, Elven, Infernal
Possessions:
Full plate, heavy mace (masterwork), heavy steel shield (divine focus).

Personality:
Alicia Sh’rde only teaches one or two semesters every few years and is rarely seen during a semester when she’s not teaching. She is very mild-mannered and soft-spoken. She rarely speaks when she doesn’t have to, though when she does speak, people tend to stop and listen. She nods in polite greeting and smiles when it’s appropriate, which gives many people the impression of a harmless spirit. However, Alicia Sh’rde is anything but harmless. It’s rumored that many years ago a student happened upon the chamber where her remains are housed and disrupted her sleep. If the story is to be believed, she inhabited the poor student’s body and dashed his head against the stone floor over and over, splitting it like a ripe melon. Once the boy was dead, she brought him back as a vampire, but locked him away where he could never feed, cursing him to an eternity of hunger. For her own part, Alicia Sh’rde has never confirmed or denied this rumor.

Teaching Style:
Alicia Sh’rde is considered by most to be a good professor. She is able to teach her students not only about divine magic and necromantic theory, but also has much to teach about what it’s like to not only be undead, but incorporeal as well. Her classes most often take the form of a question and answer session. Once she gives the answer to a question, the class is set to discussion and debate until another important question requiring her answer is extended. Many students leave her classroom still discussing and debating amongst themselves, which Alicia Sh’rde believes is a good way to teach without even having to be there.