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Raktavarna

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What at first appears to be a bejeweled blade shimmers and writhes, transforming into a hideous, red-eyed serpent.

Made up of smoke, blood, and gold, raktavarnas are the least of the rakshasas—they are born not from humanoids, but from the souls of rakshasas who failed utterly in their previous incarnation and who are thus reborn from a serpent's egg.

These terrors drift through society, passing from hand to hand as Weapons or strange tokens from foreign lands, curiosities brought home by traders and emissaries and given to leaders as tribute. In this manner the raktavarnas gain entry into corridors of power throughout the world, and what they see, their foul masters know. A raktavarna's servitude to a master ends only when its master decrees, or (more commonly) upon the master's death. Little disconcerts raktavarnas more than having no master, and when they are cast adrift in this manner, they seek a replacement as soon as they can.

A 7th-level Lawful evil spellcaster with the Improved Familiar feat can gain a raktavarna Rakshasa as a familiar.

Special Abilities

Change Shape (Su) As a Full-Round Action, a raktavarna can take the shape of a handheld object, most often an ornamental light, a one-handed weapon, or a piece of treasure. If the Rakshasa Remains stationary in such a form, it can attempt Stealth Checks even while being observed. It can remain motionless in object form indefinitely, but reverts to its True Form as soon as it takes any Action.

Master's Eyes (Su) A raktavarna can designate a single Creature as its master as a Standard Action. If the raktavarna is a spellcaster's familiar, its master is automatically that spellcaster, and the raktavarna cannot change this. As a Full-Round Action, a raktavarna's master can observe the world as if looking through the raktavarna's eyes. The master must concentrate to maintain this link each round. The master's visual senses are suppressed for this time, and he uses the raktavarna's Darkvision, Detect Magic , and regular eyesight to observe the world. This ability has no limit on range, and functions even across planar boundaries. If the raktavarna is slain while its master is using this ability, the master is stunned for 1d4 rounds (no save).

Poison (Su) Bite—injury; Save Fort DC 13; Frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; Effect 1d2 Wis plus Modify Memory ; Cure 1 save. Each time a victim takes Wisdom Damage from this Poison , a Modify Memory Effect causes the victim to forget the previous minute's interactions with the raktavarna, as long as the raktavarna is no longer visible or is in object form. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Attributes

AC
17, Touch 15, Flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +2 Natural, +2 Size)
Alignment
Le
Base Atk
+3
CMB
+4
CMD
12 (Can't Be Tripped)
CR
CR 2
Cha
14
Con
15
Creature Type
Outsider (Native, Rakshasa, Shapechanger)
DR
5/good Or Piercing
Dex
16
Environment
Any
Feats
Alertness , Weapon Finesse
Fort
+3
HP
22 (3d10+6)
Init
Le Tiny Outsider ( Native , Rakshasa , Shapechanger ) +3
Int
12
Languages
Common, Infernal, Undercommon; Comprehend Languages
Melee
Bite +8 (1d42 Plus Poison )
Organization
Solitary, Pair, Or Rack (310)
Racial Modifiers
+4 Bluff , +8 Disguise
Ref
+6
SQ
Change Shape (Tiny Living Object), Master's Eyes
Senses
Darkvision 60 Ft., Detect Magic ; Perception +9
Size
Tiny
Skills
Bluff +12, Climb +14, Disguise +16, Escape Artist +6, Perception +9, Sense Motive +9, Stealth +17, Swim +11
Special Attacks
Detect Thoughts (Dc 13)
Speed
20 Ft., Climb 20 Ft., Swim 20 Ft.
Spell Resistance
17
Spell-Like Abilities
(Cl 6th; Concentration +8) Constant— Comprehend Languages 1/day— Charm Person (Dc 13), Suggestion (Dc 15) 1/week— Commune (Cl 12th, 6 Questions)
Str
7
Treasure
Standard
Will
+4
Wis
13
XP
600
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