Oni, Yeren

Oni, Yeren CR 6

XP 2,400
NE Large outsider (giant, native, oni, shapechanger)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +11


AC 17, touch 10, flat-footed 16 (+1 Dex, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 76 (8d10+32); regeneration 5 (acid or fire)
Fort +10, Ref +3, Will +6


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +11 (1d6+4), bite +11 (1d8+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks yeren scrawlings
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 8th; concentration +11)


Str 19, Dex 13, Con 18, Int 14, Wis 11, Cha 16
Base Atk +8; CMB +13 (+15 steal); CMD 24 (26 vs. steal)
Feats Combat Expertise, Deflect Arrows, Improved Steal, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Acrobatics +12, Bluff +14, Climb +15, Intimidate +14, Knowledge (nature) +13, Perception +11, Stealth +11, Survival +11
Languages Common, Giant SQ change shape (Medium or Large humanoid; alter self or giant form I), woodland stride


Woodland Stride (Ex)

A yeren can move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. Undergrowth that has been magically manipulated to impede movement still affects the yeren.

Yeren Scrawlings (Su)

Once per day, over the course of 10 minutes, a yeren can inscribe a powerful symbol across a natural surface (dirt, stone, wood, etc). A creature reading this symbol (similar to how a symbol of death works) becomes confused for 2d4 rounds (DC 17 Will negates). At the end of this effect, a creature forgets any interactions with a yeren oni that occurred over the past 24 hours, their memory clouded over such interactions. A creature can be affected only once per day by a scrawled yeren symbol. The save DC for this is Charisma-based.


Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or tribe (5—10)
Treasure incidental

At a height of almost twelve feet, this humanoid figure is built like an ogre. Its form is marred by patches of reddish fur, with sections of browned skin showing through. A face locked in the form of a permanent sneer stares out, with eyes moving as though trapped in a wax mask.

If oni are the embodiment of excess, then the yeren are the oni who want to abandon all life and live in the woods.

They’re rarely found in collusion with other oni, for they have no concerns with the mortal world—beyond indulging in its wilderness. Yeren despoil lands, hunt areas to extinction, and actively push back the advances of civilization. They’re often confused for other, more curious species, such as sasquatches or yetis, but are far more aggressive in nature. A yeren that is seen often attacks in a rage, while those remaining unseen steal any trinkets they can. Yeren oni are 11 feet tall and weigh 700 pounds.

Groups of yeren sometimes form in the deepest of wilderness regions, preferring the secluded nature of forests, jungles, or mountains. Unlike peaceful species, the yeren are quick to tax the natural resources of a location, and often relocate. Yeren pick up others of their kind, creating continually growing tribes, though sometimes they come into conflict among one another. They constantly vex innocent kami, whose wards they defile at the earliest opportunity; yeren not being far enough removed from their oni brethren to leave even an unobtrusive kami to its business.

Symbols scrawled across the breadth of yeren territory are the hallmark of these creatures. Yeren can magically imbue their scrawled symbols to befuddle those viewing them. If a yeren views an outsider affected by their scrawled symbols, they’ll quickly break from cover and attempt to steal from the confused target. After taking a few choice items, the yeren retreats back into whatever natural cover is available, and the final magic of its symbol erasing all memory of the yeren from its target. Those of sufficient willpower, can overcome the power of a yeren scrawling, earning the deadly ire of the oni.

Yeren fight to the death against creatures who discern their whereabouts and overcome the magic of their symbols, unwilling to risk discovery by others.

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Asian Monsters (PF1) © 2022, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Robert J. Grady, Andrew Ha, Gord Henderson, Thurston Hillman, Aurélien Lainé, Jeff Lee, Alex Riggs, Loren Sieg, Mike Welham.

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