Today we’ll be featuring a shapeshifting ooze monster: the mimic gel. These terrible creatures have the ability to assume the form of whatever they eat, gaining access to some of the special abilities and powers of their victims. Though more intelligent and powerful while mimicking other creatures, mimic gels lose the ability to transform again while mimicking another creature, and they are forced to return to ooze form for a time before they can take on another creature’s form.
What at first appeared to be a man suddenly coalesces into a roiling, grey-purple goo that stretches and strains its amorphous form, trying to gain a humanoid shape.
MIMIC GEL CR 5
N Medium ooze
Init -4; Senses blindsight 100 ft., Perception +1
AC 6, touch 6, flat-footed 6 (-4 Dex)
hp 73 (7d8+42)
Fort +8, Ref -2, Will +3
Defensive Abilities mindless; Immune ooze traits
Speed 30 ft., swim 10 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee slam +9 (1d6 +4 plus 1d6 acid damage)
Special Attacks acid, digest, mimic food
Str 18, Dex 3, Con 22, Int -, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +9; CMD 15
Acid (Ex): A mimic gel’s natural attacks deal an additional 1d6 points of acid damage. Additionally, while mimicking another creature, all attacks made by the mimic gel deal an additional 1d6 points of acid damage. A mimic gel’s acid deals double damage to objects and ignores hardness of 10 or less.
Digest (Su): A mimic gel’s acid is comprised of special digestive enzymes which are highly adapted to destroying flesh and incorporating it into the mimic gel. As a standard action, a mimic gel can destroy a corpse, as well as any nonmagical gear or equipment worn by the corpse, and absorb the nutrients contained therein. Magical gear and equipment may also be destroyed, but such items are allowed a Fortitude save (DC 19) to resist the effect. Bodies or objects which are immune to acid or which have at least 10 points of acid resistance are immune to this effect. Because of the supernatural nature of the mimic gel’s digestive process, if it is slain, any creature or object destroyed by mimic gel’s digest ability within the last 24 hours is expelled from the mimic gel’s remains.
Mimic Food (Ex): As a swift action, a mimic gel can assume the form of any creature it has destroyed with its digest special ability within the last 24 hours. The mimic gel becomes a perfect physical copy of that destroyed creature, and may choose to use any of the assumed form’s physical ability scores, or keep its own if they are higher, for the duration of its transformation. While the mimic gel also replicates the target’s worn or held gear at the time of the target’s destruction, all gear created in this way is actually part of the mimic gel’s body and does not retain any of its actual properties. While transformed in this way, a mimic gel has an Intelligence score of 6 and gains any feats and skill ranks (modified by the mimic gel’s ability scores) that the target possessed. The mimic gel is able to use any special attacks of the form it assumes, including spellcasting, though it cannot regain new spells once it expends the target’s prepared spells or spell slots. A mimic gel gains any special defenses of the new form (though not those granted by magic or equipment). So long as it is transformed in this way, the mimic gel loses the ability to assume the form of a creature it has slain with its digest special ability. A mimic gel can retain its altered shape in this way for up to 24 hours before it is forced to return to its natural state.
Mimic gels are strange creatures whose origins are shrouded in mystery. Some scholars insist that they are the nefarious creations of doppelgangers, owing to their unique skill set, though others claim them to be alien in origin, entering the world from the depths of the void. Still others believe them to be a natural mutilation or some form of evolved mimic. Whatever the case, the mimic gel is a deadly and cunning predator, especially after having assumed the form of a living creature, increasing its intellect. Due to the fact that a mimic gel gains an intellect when it assumes the form of a creature it has slain, many become addicted to the idea of personality and intelligence and use this ability more often than they have to, in order to preserve that feeling. Mimic gels favor intelligent humanoid prey, though the reasons for this are unclear as they receive many of the same benefits regardless of what kind of creature they consume.