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Marai

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This finely robed and nimble fiend has six colorful vipers in place of arms, and a long, forked tongue in its fanged mouth.

Marai are deviant spellcasters first and fiendish corruptors second. If allowed to indulge in their desire for perverse mystical study, most marai are content to serve as part of another rakshasa's cabal. A solitary marai might pose as a neophyte magician to infiltrate another spellcaster's abode. If the marai is successful, the master soon becomes either the servant or a corpse.

The possibility of new magical discoveries drives a marai. Morality and compassion never constrain the fiend's experiments. A marai prefers to torment and exploit mortals who have no idea of the rakshasa's true nature, and it takes great pleasure in using magical might to bring would-be heroes, especially those who invade its lair, to their knees. Such a game offers a marai enjoyment, however, only if subjects are unaware of the danger or at least unable to oppose it.

A marai is 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. Its serpentine arms render fine manipulation or wielding Weapons unfeasible, and so it typically assumes Humanoid form when working on experiments that require manual Dexterity. A marai unable to do so must rely upon cantrips like Mage Hand for such tasks—or perhaps the aid of a slave or charmed ally.

Special Abilities

Confusion (Su) A Creature bitten by a marai's bite (from either its actual mouth or the snakes it has for hands) must succeed at a DC 19 Will save or become confused for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Energy Bolts (Ex) Once every 1d4 rounds as a Standard Action that provokes an attack of opportunity, a marai's six snake arms can each spit a bolt of energy to a maximum range of 60 feet. Each bolt deals 1d8 points of Damage and has an additional effect if the target fails to resist it with a DC 19 Fortitude save, as summarized below. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Amethyst Viper : Cold Damage plus sickened for 1d4 rounds.

Crimson Viper : Fire Damage plus burn (1d4, DC 19).

Emerald Viper : Acid Damage plus nauseated for 1 round.

Magenta Viper : Electricity Damage plus staggered for 1 round.

Turquoise Viper : Sonic Damage plus stunned for 1 round.

Violet Viper : Force Damage plus knocked prone.

Spells A marai casts Arcane Spells as a 5th-level Sorcerer.

Attributes

AC
21, Touch 16, Flat-footed 15 (+5 Dex, +1 Dodge, +5 Natural)
Alignment
Le
Base Atk
+9
CMB
+11
CMD
27
CR
CR 8
Cha
18
Con
20
Creature Type
Outsider (Native, Rakshasa, Shapechanger)
DR
10/good And Piercing
Dex
21
Environment
Any
Feats
Dodge , Iron Will , Silent Spell , Still Spell , Weapon Finesse
Fort
+8
HP
94 (9d10+45)
Init
Le Medium Outsider ( Native , Rakshasa , Shapechanger ) +5
Int
11
Languages
Common, Infernal, Undercommon
Melee
7 Bites +14 (1d4+2 Plus Confusion)
Organization
Solitary, Pair, Cult (312)
Racial Modifiers
+4 Bluff , +8 Disguise
Ranged
6 Energy Bolts +14 Touch (1d8 Plus Special)
Ref
+11
SQ
Change Shape (Any Humanoid; Alter Self )
Senses
Darkvision 60 Ft.; Perception +10
Size
Medium
Skills
Acrobatics +14 (+18 When Jumping), Bluff +20, Climb +7, Disguise +16, Knowledge (Arcana) +8, Perception +10, Sense Motive +12, Spellcraft +8
Special Attacks
Detect Thoughts (Dc 18), Energy Bolts
Speed
40 Ft.
Spell Resistance
23
Spells Known
(Cl 5th; Concentration +9) 2nd (5/day)— Invisibility, Scorching Ray 1st (7/day)— Charm Person (Dc 15), Jump , Mage Armor , Magic Missile 0 (At Will)— Bleed (Dc 14), Detect Magic, Ghost Sound (Dc 14), Mage Hand, Open/close, Read Magic
Str
14
Treasure
Standard
Will
+9
Wis
13
XP
4,800
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