Translucent wings protrude from this statuesque figure’s back. Patches of pale scales glisten on its skin.
Prydanu CR 16
AC 31, touch 19, flat-footed 26 (+5 deflection, +5 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 243 (18d10+144)
Fort +13, Ref +16, Will +20
DR 10/cold iron and evil; Immune electricity, mind-affecting effects, petrification; Resist cold 10, fire 10; SR 27
Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect), swim 30 ft.
Melee +2 aberration–bane returning trident +27/+22/+17/+12 (2d6+10/19–20)
Ranged +2 aberration–bane returning trident +24 (1d8+9/19–20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th; concentration +24)
At will—remove paralysis, water breathing, zone of truth (DC 18)
5/day—break enchantment, cure serious wounds, dimension door, dispel magic, freedom of movement, invisibility purge, remove disease
3/day—greater dispel magic, protection from spells (enchantment and illusion only)
Str 26, Dex 21, Con 24, Int 17, Wis 24, Cha 23
Base Atk +18; CMB +27; CMD 47
Feats Combat Reflexes, Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Critical (trident), Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack, Spell Penetration, Toughness
Skills Fly +32, Heal +28, Intimidate +24, Knowledge (dungeoneering, planes) +24, Perception +28, Sense Motive +28, Spellcraft +24, Swim +29 (+37 when performing a special action or avoiding a hazard)
Languages Aklo, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal; truespeech
SQ burst of restoration, lucid rain
Burst of Restoration (Su)
Once per day as a standard action, a prydanu can strengthen its aura to undo the physical tampering of others. Each creature within its aura suffering from a detrimental or unwanted transmutation effect can attempt a new saving throw against the effect. This power also works on any afflicted lycanthrope, entothrope, or similar creature, granting it a new saving throw to remove its affliction. At the GM’s discretion, burst of restoration can have a special effect on creatures permanently mutated by magic, such as fleshwarps or mana wasted mutants. A creature undergoing this greater effect loses its unwanted acquired templates or reverts back to its original form, but it must succeed at a DC 25 Fortitude saving throw or take 2 permanent negative levels as a result of the sudden and dramatic change to its physiology. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Clarity’s Grace (Su)
A prydanu’s aura protects those around it from mind control and all forms of deception, both magical and mundane. All allies within her aura gain a +4 sacred bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting spells and abilities and on Sense Motive skill checks. A prydanu’s aura negates illusions. This functions as globe of invulnerability, except it can affect only spells or spell-like abilities from the illusion school and can affect spells of any spell level.
Lucid Rain (Su)
Once per week as a full-round action, a prydanu can create an area of light rain centered on her with a radius of 120 feet that lasts for 10 minutes. Any creature touched by the rain that is under the effects of a mind-affecting spell or effect can attempt a new saving throw to end those effects. Prydanus often use this ability during naturally occurring rainstorms on villages or cities they feel may be in trouble.
Prydanus are fierce champions of Elysium who use their talents to undo the work of oppressors by revealing their deception and releasing their victims from bondage. Among the prydanus’ most hated foes are the alghollthus. Prydanus are drawn to civilizations under the thrall of tyrants. Prydanus do not tolerate such deceptions, and they combat them without hesitation whenever they encounter them. However, this lack of restraint sometimes makes for shortsighted plans of action leading to other consequences along the way.
Prydanus pride themselves on being guardian figures, and they delight in helping distressed individuals, especially those attempting to escape from any form of subjugation. Given their natural tendency toward vanity, prydanus appreciate (and perhaps even expect) being showered with praise for their good deeds, and those who sufficiently stoke a prydanu’s ego may find a returning ally in that azata when future troubles arise.
Radiant and poised, a prydanu appears as an attractive humanoid with small patches of iridescent scales on its glistening skin. A graceful pair of translucent finlike wings extends from its back, not only allowing it to soar with ease but also granting it impressive agility underwater. Their striking silver eyes are framed with long, feathery lashes and match their metallic-colored nails and lips. A prydanu’s hair varies from one individual to another but is usually several shades and decorated with jewels, flowers, shells, or other such adornments.
A typical prydanu stands 8 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds.
Creatures of Elysium, prydanus arise from the souls of brave liberators and defenders of justice. Though they enjoy spending time on their native plane, they often to venture onto the Material Plane, where they scour the lands for oppression.
Prydanus are well adapted to the water and often make temporary dwellings near oceans and lakes.
When it comes to underwater prowess, their sleek musculature and powerful wings place them on par with naturally aquatic creatures. This aptitude is a point of pride for prydanus, who enjoy racing marine life to prove their expertise.
The anatomy of prydanus resembles that of humanoids, and while they cannot reproduce, they engage in intimate acts with one another or mortal lovers. Similarly, they don’t need to eat or drink, but they partake of these pleasures in the spirit of camaraderie.
Habitat and Society
Prydanus enjoy the company of their kin, finding particular companionship in ghaeles and yamahs. Prydanus are athletic creatures, and their fondness for swimming and flying is well documented; presenting it a gift of artwork depicting seascapes or a collection of feathers and shells is a way to get on its good side.
They are also quite sentimental and keep small trinkets from places and people they’ve helped, often displaying these tokens in the form of small charms worn on bracelets or necklaces or woven into their colorful locks.
After using their powers to free creatures from domination and forced transformation, prydanus often continue to care for them even after their liberation to ensure they’re safe before continuing on their way. Though these sojourns are fleeting even by mortal standards, prydanus easily become emotionally attached to the creatures they save, and saying farewell is difficult for them. As such, most prydanus leave their companions’ sides in the middle of the night, when most are sleeping, to make the parting easier.
When not battling against tyranny, prydanus enjoy studying emancipated societies to view the daily life of mortals left to make their own choices. They chronicle these thoughts and observations in journals, which they then share with other celestials in Elysium.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #126: Beyond the Veiled Past © 2018, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Thurston Hillman, with Robert Brookes, Eleanor Ferron, Crystal Malarsky, and Scott Sharplin.