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Type Magical beast
CR 1
Environment Any (Abyss)
Images of ostovites

Source: Bestiary 5, pg(s). 187

Ostovites are a species of tiny Abyssal scavengers.[1]


An ostovite resembles a silverfish made of fish bones with a pair of glowing red eyes. Adult ostovites are two feet long and weigh three pounds.[citation needed][2]


Ostovites skitter across battlefields, sewers and graves in search of flesh, and digest it with acidic saliva. Though barely intelligent, ostovites are jealous of larger creatures and shameful about their own form. As soon as it has sated its hunger, an ostovite starts to soften the prey's bones, reconstructs them into a twisted parody of the original form, animates it while resting within it, then controls it and experiences the feeling of being big and important. Due to ostovites' lack of understanding of anatomy, these bone chariots tend to look more unusual than undead.[citation needed][2]


Ostovites often squabble over smaller corpses, but might band together to form a gigantic bone chariot if a sufficiently massive corpse is located. They regularly replace bone chariots to increase social status and impress potential mates. Naturally cowardly, ostovites believe themselves invincible when inside a bone chariot. They universally hate vermlek demons, who often compete with them over corpses.[citation needed][2]


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  1. Ron Lundeen. (2019). The Dead Roads. The Dead Roads, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-111-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dennis Baker et al. (2015). Bestiary 5, p. 187. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-792-5