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Template Grafts | Universal Monster Rules


Source Interstellar Species pg. 176
Though many are students and educators at formal institutions, scholars are as likely to be solitary academics or self-taught. Adventurers might seek a scholar to decipher a mysterious text or perform a complicated spell. A scholar could be a party’s patron, sending them to retrieve artifacts or data from faraway planets. Villainous scholars might seek nefarious lore or publish dangerously fabricated research for profit or prestige.
These scholars have Intelligence-focused skills, yet you can replace these skills to represent other studies, such as a scholar of the arts having Profession (painter) instead of Engineering.

Aliens in the "Scholars" Family

Field Biologist7
Postgrad Student1
Scholar Of Magic11
Subject Expert5

Scholars, Subject Expert

Source Interstellar Species pg. 176

Subject Expert CR 5

XP 1,600
LN Large magical beast
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., electrolocation, low-light vision; Perception +11


HP 65
EAC 17; KAC 18
Fort +6; Ref +6; Will +8
Immunities poison; Resistances electricity 5


Speed 20 ft.
Melee tactical switchblade +13 (1d4+7 S)
Ranged sheet lightning pistol +11 (1d6+5 E) Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.


STR +2; DEX +0; CON +3; INT +5; WIS +0; CHA -1
Skills Acrobatics +11, Athletics +11, Bluff –3, Computers +16, Diplomacy –3, Engineering +16, Physical Science +16
Languages Brethedan, Common, Urog, up to 4 others; limited telepathy 30 ft.
Other Abilities lecture
Gear business stationwear, sheet lightning pistol with 2 high- capacity batteries (40 charges each), tactical switchblade

Special Abilities

Lecture (Ex) A subject expert can spend 1 minute delivering a lecture about an Intelligence-based skill to a number of creatures that doesn’t exceed their CR. When one of the lectured creatures attempts a check using that Intelligence- based skill within the next 8 hours, they can either use the subject expert’s modifier with a –5 penalty in place of their own modifier, or they can gain a +1 insight bonus to their check. For this check, the creature is treated as trained in the skill. Once a creature applies the lecture effect, they can’t modify another check in this way until they have a full night’s rest.


Subject experts boast exceptional academic and practical knowledge in their chosen fields. At academic institutions, they’re the department heads publishing groundbreaking research and teaching the most advanced classes. They might hire adventurers to perform surveys or collect samples from locations too dangerous or distant for them to go themselves.