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Herald

Source Inner Sea Gods pg. 274
Heralds are a special class of unique, godly servants. With few exceptions, each of Golarion’s deities has its own herald, a favored minion that serves as a messenger and emissary throughout the planes. Creatures of myth, the heralds’ interventions on the Material Plane mark lives and are events of legend.

Heralds are unique outsiders of approximately CR 15 with 18 or fewer Hit Dice, making them available for summons via greater planar ally. Only a deity’s worshipers can summon its herald; thus, even the most powerful worshiper of Sarenrae can never summon the herald of Iomedae. In addition, only divine spellcasters can summon heralds, preventing arcane casters and spells like planar binding from effectively calling upon such beings. Even if a character proves powerful enough to call out to a herald, a deity has the final say in whether or not its emissary answers a worshiper’s summons, granting its herald’s service only to followers in the most extreme need or whose acts directly further its will.

Herald Subtype: Heralds are unique representatives of their respective gods and sometimes have a specific outsider subtype such as “devil” or “psychopomp” that grants it additional abilities. A herald has the following traits.
  • Always Armed (Su) Heralds can summon their signature weapon as a standard action. If its herald doesn’t have a signature weapon, it can summon any nonmagical weapon as a standard action (including adamantine, etc.); the weapon disappears if it leaves the herald’s grasp.
  • Emissary (Ex) Heralds can always be summoned by the faithful using greater planar ally or gate, regardless of limitations of that spell, even if it’s not an outsider.

Creatures in "Herald" Category

NameCR
Arcanotheign15
Basileus15
End's Voice15
Gravedragger15
Great Elder Iuu15
Hand of the Inheritor15
Latten Mechanism15
Lawgiver15
Mother’s Maw15
Night Monarch15
Personification of Fury15
Steward of the Skein15
Sunlord Thalachos15
Tarrasque25
Thais15
The First Blade15
The Grand Defender15
The Grim White Stag15
The Menotherian15
The Old Man15
The Prince in Chains15
The Spirit of Adoration15
The Stabbing Beast15
The Stabbing Beast (Scorpion Form)15
Yethazmari15

Herald, Arcanotheign

This cloud of swirling energy flickers like lightning, with raw magical power playing across its form.

Arcanotheign CR 15

Source Inner Sea Gods pg. 298, Pathfinder #41: The Thousand Fangs Below pg. 82
XP 51,200
N Medium outsider (herald, incorporeal)
Init +12; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft., arcane sight 120 ft.; Perception +25
Aura energy channel (30 ft., DC 26)

Defense

AC 27, touch 27, flat-footed 18 (+8 deflection, +8 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 195 (17d10+102)
Fort +18, Ref +13, Will +17; +2 vs. chaos/evil/good/law
Defensive Abilities incorporeal; Immune poison; Resist acid 30, cold 30, divine power 30 (such as from flame strike), electricity 30, fire 30, sonic 30; SR 31

Offense

Speed 40 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 incorporeal touches +25 (4d6 plus energy channel)
Ranged 2 eldritch blasts +25 touch (4d6 plus special)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 17th; concentration +25)
Constant—arcane sight, protection from chaos/evil/good/law
At will—clairaudience/clairvoyance, greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only)
3/day—cloudkill (DC 23), cure critical wounds, lightning bolt (DC 21), telekinesis (DC 23)
1/day—harm (DC 24), heal, limited wish (DC 25), plane shift (DC 25)

Statistics

Str —, Dex 27, Con 22, Int 31, Wis 20, Cha 27
Base Atk +17; CMB +25; CMD 44
Feats Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Command Undead, Dodge, Great Fortitude, Greater Spell Penetration, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Spell Penetration
Skills Craft (alchemy) +30, Diplomacy +25, Fly +36, Heal +22, Intimidate +25, Knowledge (arcana, planes, religion) +30, Knowledge (history) +27, Linguistics +27, Perception +25, Perform (sing) +25, Sense Motive +25, Spellcraft +30, Stealth +28, Use Magic Device +28
Languages Abyssal, Ancient Osiriani, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal, Protean; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ change shape (corporeal form)

Ecology

Environment any (Maelstrom)
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Corporeal Form (Ex) As an immediate action, the herald can take physical form, losing its incorporeal special quality and subtype and its deflection bonus to AC, but gaining a Strength score of 20 and a natural armor bonus equal to its incorporeal deflection bonus.

Eldritch Blast (Su) The herald chooses an additional effect for its eldritch blasts each round (DC 26 negates). A creature that fails its saves against both blasts in the same round suffers an increased effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Dement (Will): The creature is confused for 1 minute. Increased effect: The creature goes insane (as insanity).
Displace (Fortitude): The creature teleports (as dimension door) 5 feet in a random horizontal direction at the end of its turn each round for the next 10 rounds. Increased effect: The creature is affected by maze.
Ignite (Reflex): The creature takes 2d6 points of fire damage. Increased effect: The creature catches on fire.

Energy Channel Aura (Su) On its turn, the herald can channel energy (Will DC 26 half) to deal 2d6 points of acid, cold, electricity, or fire damage to each creature in its aura. A creature struck by its incorporeal touch attack also takes this damage (no saving throw). The save DC is Charisma-based.

Description

In its natural, incorporeal form, Nethys’s herald is a storm of magic, immediately recognizable as a creature of the arcane and divine. It rises just over 7 feet tall, and has a habit of floating a few inches above the ground instead of walking.