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Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 61
In ages past, ghouls shunned society and haunted cemeteries and city sewers. However, ghouls in the Pact Worlds are more likely to live in cities, especially settlements inhabited primarily by undead. Ghouls are resourceful and hardy, and make good workers across a variety of industries. Their adaptability is striking even for undead creatures, and ghouls who are patient and dedicated can become excellent researchers, scholars, soldiers, laborers, and more. Ghouls of all proficiencies and backgrounds are especially populous on the undead planet of Eox.

Ghouls spread—sometimes purposefully—a virulent disease known as ghoul fever through their saliva. As creatures that die of ghoul fever often rise as ghouls themselves, a population explosion can easily result. However, even in ghoul society, it is frowned upon to inflict ghoul fever on large numbers of living creatures. Such behavior leads to unwanted attention from authorities, particularly on worlds adjacent to or in the Pact Worlds.

Rather than spread the undead scourge they carry inside them, ambitious ghouls instead seek training and selfimprovement in pursuits that interest them. Many of these ghouls become ghoul shock troopers. Others find that technology suits them and become mechanics or technomancers, fusing their shrewd understanding of their own organic biology with the elegance of machinery. Ghoul envoys are rare, since undead are stubbornly independent as a rule, and few living crew members would follow the commands of someone so off-putting as a ghoul.

Whether on Eox or beyond, certain powerful ghouls known as ghasts can affect even elves with their paralysis, and exude a powerful stench; these undead usually hold important positions in ghoul society. Ghouls that lurk underwater and in coastal areas are called lacedons. In many cases, powerful ghouls and lacedons are high-ranking members of the military on Eox or even the Corpse Fleet.

Aliens in the "Ghoul" Family

Ghoul Shock Trooper11

Ghoul, Ghoul Shock Trooper

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 60

Ghoul Shock Trooper CR 11

XP 12,800
Ghoul soldier
CE Medium undead
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +20


HP 180
EAC 25; KAC 26
Fort +13; Ref +11; Will +14
Immunities undead immunities


Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)
Melee bite +23 (4d6+16 P plus ghoul fever and paralysis) or claw +23 (4d6+16 S plus paralysis)
Ranged perihelion artillery laser +21 (3d8+11 F; critical burn 2d6) or tactical autobeam rifle +21 (3d8+11 F; critical burn 2d6) or frag grenade IV +20 (explode [15 ft., 6d6 P, DC 18])
Offensive Abilities fighting styles (guard, hit-and-run), nimble fusillade, opening volley, soldier’s onslaught


STR +8; DEX +5; CON —; INT +3; WIS +2; CHA +3
Feats Cleave
Skills Acrobatics +25, Athletics +20, Stealth +20
Languages Common, Eoxian
Other Abilities duck and weave, unliving
Gear golemforged plating IV, perihelion artillery laser with 1 ultra-capacity battery (100 charges), tactical autobeam rifle with 1 high-capacity battery (40 charges), frag grenades IV (2)


Environment any
Organization solitary, gang (2–6), or pack (7–12)

Special Abilities

Paralysis (Ex) When a ghoul shock trooper deals damage to a creature with its bite or claw attack, the target must succeed at a DC 18 Fortitude saving throw or gain the paralyzed condition for 1d4+1 rounds. As a full action, the target can attempt a new saving throw to end the condition. Creatures with the elf subtype are immune to a ghoul’s paralysis.

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Ghoul Graft Template
- Ghast (Ghoul) Graft Template
- Lacedon (Ghoul) Graft Template