The NPC Corner: Shagga the Pale (BBEG)


Shagga the Pale


At first glance, orcish in appearance, this scarred human steps forward menacingly. With a brutal mask covering his face and wielding a vicious looking greataxe, this orc war chief steps forward.

Shagga the Pale                                                                                                                     CR 11

XP 12,800

NE Medium Humanoid (Human) Scarred Witch Doctor 13

Init +3; Perception +13


AC 24, touch 15, flat-footed 22 (+4 Armor, +3 Deflection, +2 Dex, +5 Shield)

hp 136 (13d6+91)

Fort +14, Ref +12, Will +13

Special Defenses Scar Shield (+6 natural armor)


Speed 30 ft.

Melee +4 Vicious Greataxe +14 (2d12 + 17 +2d6, x3)

Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.


Str 25, Dex 14, Con 20, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 8

Base Atk +6; CMB +13; CMD 28

Feats Furious Focus, Power Attack, Racial Heritage, Toughness, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (Greataxe), Weapon Proficiency (Greataxe)

Skills Intimidate +17, Perception +13, Spellcraft +17

Languages Common, Orc

Traits arcane temper, deft dodger

Witch Hexes

Hex: Cackle, Cauldron, Hex of Fortune, Healing Hex, Pale Plague*

Major Hex: Major Healing

Spells Prepared (CL 13th; concentration +19)

7th lvl: harm (DC 22)

6th lvl: flesh to stone (DC 21), transformation

5th lvl: cure critical wounds, dominate person (DC 20), feeblemind (DC 20), waves of fatigue

4th lvl: enervation, enervation, enervation, phantasmal killer (DC 19), phantasmal killer (DC 19)

3rd lvl: fly, lightning bolt (DC 18), lightning bolt (DC 18), lightning bolt (DC 18),vampiric touch

2nd lvl: blindness/deafness (DC 17), blindness/deafness (DC 17), see invisibility, web (DC 17), web (DC 17)

1st lvl: cure light wounds, cure light wounds, burning hands (DC 16), burning hands (DC 16), burning hands (DC 16), enlarge person

Cantrips: detect magic, light, message, putrefy food and drink


Environment any

Organization usually has 5 level 5 orc barbarians with him

Treasure Belt of Physical might (Str/Con +2), +4 Mithril Buckler, +4 Greataxe, Ring of Protection +3, Bracers of Armor +4, 5 potions of cure critical wounds (4d8+13), fetish mask (contains all spells prepared, plus patron spells, plus 2 additional spells per level, chosen by the DM. In addition, it grants its wearer a +5 resistance bonus to all saves) and assorted gems worth 2,175gp.

The story goes… Shagga was born into a nomad human tribe. Suspecting foul play, his father confronted the mother about their child, who was born as pale as the moon, with grey eyes, and not brown skin with olive eyes like their people. It was eerie he thought, they had tried for years to have children, him and his wife and when they do, the child is born with those deformities. Not one to ignore an obvious evil omen, he took the child to the top of a hill, to abandon it under clear skies where wolves could see it easily and get to it. Distraught the woman ran towards her husband, begging him not to harm the child and to raise it into their tribe none the less. After a struggle, the man was left with no choice, for the sake of his tribe he thought, he struck his wife down. Abandoning the child atop that lonesome hill, not being able to bring himself to end the life of that small creature, he left without ever looking back.

That same night, a small tribe of orcs were traveling near that hill. Their shaman noticed the small creature and decided to bring it along with him, noticing its pale skin and grey eyes. “This is a moon child”, the shaman declared to his tribe, “He’ll one day become our chief.”

Or so the story goes, Shagga was raised by those orcs, worshipers of the moon. Many years passed and Shagga became wise and strong, stronger than most orcs in his tribe, with a dread cunning that pushed him to the position of warchief by his 16th life year. Now his “moon orcs” travel the land, taking and doing as they wish. However, over the past few months Shagga has become even more brutal, there was once a time where his tribe of orcs would leave women and children alive. Now not even they survive and more and more reports of children being abducted by these orcs are increasing.

Adventure Hook

Nothing survives a raid by the moon orcs, and more often than not the dried up pale carcass of children are found near where the moon orcs set up camp. Shagga has been planning something foul. What it is however, none know. Rumors have spread of a profane ritual to summon a moon god, to perform a profane wedding that will grant Shagga immortality, others believe he is using the life force of the children to add to his own.

New Witch Hex

*Pale Plague (Su): The witch places the hex on a dead creature and that creature’s skin dries up rapidly and becomes pale white. A corpse affected by this hex will never rot and will remain preserved unless  destroyed.

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