A grim metal mask floats above ceremonial armor that shifts and writhes, and long blades form fingers on gauntleted hands.
|Apostate Devil (Deimavigga)||CR 17|
AC 46, touch 20, flat-footed 36 (+14 armor, +10 Dex, +12 natural)
hp 261 (18d10+162); regeneration 5
Fort +20, Ref +16, Will +20
DR 10/good and silver; Immune fire, poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10; SR 27
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 claws +28 (1d8+9/19–20 plus 1d6 Wisdom drain)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks boundless reach, ohrwurm
Spell-like Abilities (CL 18th; concentration +27)
At will—alter self, dream (DC 24), greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), major image (DC 22), mirage arcana (DC 24), ventriloquism (DC 19)
3/day—blasphemy (DC 26), dominate person (DC 24), hold monster (DC 24), insanity (DC 26), touch of idiocy, veil (DC 25)
1/day—mind fog (DC 24), screen (DC 27), summon (level 8, 1d6 bone devils or 2d4 bearded devils 50% or 1 ice devil 20%)
Str 28, Dex 31, Con 28, Int 21, Wis 24, Cha 28
Base Atk +18; CMB +28; CMD 47
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Improved Critical (claw), Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Persuasive, Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills Acrobatics +28, Bluff +30, Diplomacy +34, Disguise +27, Fly +18, Intimidate +34, Knowledge (history, planes, religion) +26, Perception +28, Sense Motive +28, Stealth +36
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal; indomitable oration, telepathy 100 ft.
SQ armor bond, evangelization, indomitable oration, malleable form
A deimavigga’s armor is as much a part of its body as a second skin. A deimavigga ignores its armor’s speed reduction, max Dex bonus, and armor check penalty.
A deimavigga’s claws slice through reality, allowing it to make melee attacks against any creature it is aware of—typically meaning creatures within 100 feet. The devil still only threatens the 10-foot area around it and cannot make attacks of opportunity against creatures farther away. This ability can span vast distances, allowing a deimavigga making use of divination magic to detect distant creatures and attack foes separated by miles or even planes. Spells like forbiddance, which prevent planar travel, protect against a deimavigga’s claws. The spell dimensional anchor also prevents a deimavigga from using this ability for the duration of that spell. An attacked creature can retaliate until the beginning of the deimavigga’s next turn, striking at the devil’s claws with weapons or spells as if it were physically present, but the deimavigga’s claws receive a size bonus to AC as if they were two sizes smaller than the deimavigga, and the attacked creature cannot grapple or otherwise prevent the claws from vanishing out of reach at the end of the round.
The words of deimaviggas are poison to the mind. Every round a deimavigga speaks (a free action), all non-devils with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher within 30 feet must make a DC 28 Will save or become vulnerable to its blasphemous discourse. The DC of this Will save increases by 1 for each consecutive round a creature has listened to the same deimavigga speak. Creatures must be listening to a deimavigga to be affected by its oration.
Deafened creatures and those in combat—either with the deimavigga or with other creatures—are not considered to be listening. Victims cannot simply declare they are not listening without taking steps to impede their hearing. Upon failing this save, a victim can be affected by the heretical power of a deimavigga’s words. The devil may use its speech to affect a listener in ways that mimic any of the following spells:
calm emotions (DC 21), charm monster (DC 23), command (DC 20), confusion (DC 23), crushing despair (DC 23), deep slumber (DC 22), enthrall (DC 21), modify memory (DC 23), rage (DC 22), or suggestion (DC 22).
Victims still receive saving throws against these spell effects, but if they fail their saves they are not aware the devil is working its power upon them. A deimavigga can affect multiple victims with different spell effects in the same round. This is a sonic mind-affecting effect. The base save DC is Charisma-based.
A deimavigga’s speech is always perfectly clear and cannot be silenced or warped. Even in areas of incredible noise, through water or airless voids, or in areas of magical silence, these devils‘ voices can still be heard normally. All beings understand deimaviggas, as if these devils constantly spoke in all tongues at once.
A deimavigga has complete control over its physical form, and if transformed into another shape against its will, it can revert to its own form as a free action.
As a standard action, three times per day, a deimavigga can whisper a fundamental and terrifying multiversal truth to one creature within 5 feet. The target must make a DC 28 Will save or have the devil’s words take root in its psyche. Outsiders and elementals have a +2 bonus on their saves to resist this ability. Initially, the deimavigga’s words seem to have no effect. Any time the victim tries to rest, though, he must make an additional DC 28 Will save or be affected as per the spell nightmare (even if the victim doesn’t technically sleep). After a night of suffering vivid dreams and wrestling with the devil’s words, the victim must make yet another DC 28 Will save or have its alignment shift one step toward lawful evil. Only by unlearning what the deimavigga told it can a victim be free of this effect, requiring a spell such as miracle, modify memory, or wish.
Environment any (Hell)
Treasure double (+5 shadow full plate, other treasure)
Regal, fearsome, and unfeeling, deimaviggas seek to turn the faithful from their gods, using cold logic to proselytize the path of atheism, the freedom of the mortal spirit, and the order offered by Hell. Their ever-shifting masks speak envenomed words and give their hollow lies the ring of truth. Speaking out against all deities—except for Asmodeus, whom they subtly tout as a bringer of discipline even as they downplay his divinity—these deadly intellectuals know that those who turn from their deities are more likely to succumb to the temptations of diabolism.
Rather than attempting to sway the souls of individual mortals, these cunning fiends take on the roles of prophets of reason, disguising themselves beneath layers of illusion to evangelize the virtues and freedoms of lives unshackled by the demands of egotistical deities. Occasionally one might focus its arguments on a soul of particular piety, delighting in throwing a deity’s most devoted servant into an inescapable crisis of faith. Deimaviggas care little for what gods their depredations affect, disenfranchising the worshipers of the pure and the profane alike.
In their natural shapes, deimaviggas stand 7 feet tall and weigh a mere 120 pounds. When disguised, though, they typically take the forms of wise elders who have lived long enough to understand fundamental truths about the universe, priests who have “realized their folly” and rejected their former dogma, or even “angels” of truth. Though they prefer to fight with words rather than with physical means, deimaviggas attack those who attempt to strip away their disguises and illusions, or who can argue as eloquently as they—though if possible, they prefer to do so discreetly and dispose of the bodies secretly.
Deimaviggas prefer to spend most of their time upon the Material Plane, swaying the weak and corruptible souls of mortals.
There they seek out either vast mortal cities, where their heresy might reach many ears, or small communities where the isolated might fall to their blasphemous philosophizing. When in Hell, though, they linger in Caina, tormenting the souls of those trapped upon its lonely islands, developing and testing complicated and often confusing arguments.
Preferring to operate alone, these poison-tongued devils rarely work with others of their kind, even though their status affords them control over their lesser brethren.
They find that their arguments benefit from a single voice, and that their endeavors are complicated by even the most obedient minions. They bow to Hell’s hierarchy, however, and serve if compelled to do so. Pit fiends and infernal dukes sometimes utilize deimaviggas as personal majordomos, spies, and spreaders of dissension, though even among devilkind these enigmatic fiends are considered particularly unnerving.
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