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Serpentfolk Reclaimer

Ophidian imagery decorates the fine robes of this sinuous, fanged humanoid, and a narrow, forked tongue flicks from its serpentine head.

Serpentfolk Reclaimer CR 6

XP 2,400
NE Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +13

DEFENSE

AC 20, touch 16, flat-footed 14 (+6 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 68 (8d10+24)
Fort +5, Ref +12, Will +10
Immune mind-affecting effects, poison, paralysis; SR 17

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk dagger +15/+10 (1d4/19–20), bite +9 (1d6 plus poison)
Special Attacks poison
Psychic Magic (CL 9th, concentration +14)

12 PEanticipate thoughts (2 PE, DC 17), call spirit (5 PE, DC 20), command (1 PE, DC 16), disguise self (1 PE, DC 16), hypnotism (1 PE, DC 16), instigate psychic duel (2 PE, DC 17), suggestion (2 PE, DC 17), synesthesia (3 PE, DC 18)

STATISTICS

Str 10, Dex 23, Con 17, Int 18, Wis 15, Cha 20
Base Atk +8; CMB +8; CMD 24
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lunge, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +10, Bluff +11, Disguise +13, Escape Artist +18, Knowledge (arcana) +10, Perception +13, Sense Motive +10, Spellcraft +12, Stealth +13, Use Magic Device +17; Racial Modifiers +8 Escape Artist, +4 Use Magic Device
Languages Aklo, Common, Draconic, Undercommon; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ spiritspeaker

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Poison (Ex)

Bite—injury; save Fort DC 17; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Str; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Spiritspeaker (Su)

A serpentfolk reclaimer can affect undead creatures with its mind-affecting psychic magic.

ECOLOGY

Environment any land (usually jungles or underground)
Organization solitary, pair, vision cult (1–3 plus 3–5 allips), or conclave (3–6 plus 4–10 degenerate serpentfolk)
Treasure NPC gear (mwk dagger, other treasure)

Even though the Age of Serpents has long since passed, serpentfolk reclaimers have retained a small fraction of the psychic magic over which their people once held mastery. Serpentfolk claim they once shared a powerful psychic connection with their god.

Though that connection has grown weaker since the fall of their patron deity, reclaimers now hold sway over spirits and the dead, a consequence of their god’s half-living state. As such, a reclaimer can use psychic magic to affect undead that are normally immune to mind-affecting effects.

Serpentfolk reclaimers are determined to restore both their empire’s former glory and the potent psychic magic their people once wielded, and have long moved past any squeamishness about how they accomplish their goals. They find the degeneration of their kind deeply offensive, and perform occult experiments on their degenerate kindred, attempting to uplift them to greater intelligence. These procedures usually kill their subjects, or drive them mad, but the reclaimers consider this a small price to pay—their kin’s degenerate state is humiliation beyond imagining, and those who die in a reclaimer’s attempts to elevate them are spared the agony of such a wretched existence. Some reclaimers seek to make mental contact with the still-living head of their god, hoping to revive him or merge their psyches with his, perhaps giving him the psychic strength to reinstate the connection he once had with his people. Some adherents, however, believe their god’s fleshless state is an evolution in his existence, and that his mind is now free of physical restraints.

Many serpentfolk see reclaimers as paragons of their kind, and are eager to aid them in rebuilding the great civilization they lost. Others, however, distrust reclaimers due to the contempt in which they hold their degenerate kinfolk, as well as their willingness to spend the lives of those they consider their inferiors.

Reclaimers are too few in number to risk their lives needlessly. They prefer to beguile, confuse, and enthrall their opponents whenever they can, turning their foes into their unwilling allies. If forced to fight, they let undead allies or degenerate serpentfolk take the brunt of the attack, fleeing if they feel they are in danger. When cornered, they are ruthless, for their poisonous bite saps their foes’ strength, allowing the reclaimer to finish them off with less risk to itself.

Serpentfolk reclaimers stand 6 feet tall and weigh 120 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Occult Bestiary © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Josh Colon, John Compton, Paris Crenshaw, Adam Daigle, Eleanor Ferron, James Jacobs, Joe Homes, Mikko Kallio, Mike Kimmel, Ron Lundeen, Kate Marshall, Kalervo Oikarinen, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, and F. Wesley Schneider.