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Manasaputra

Source Bestiary 5 pg. 162
For most creatures, the path to self-perfection ends as all mortal pursuits do: in death. For a few, however, the path to self-perfection ends with fiery rebirth in the heart of the Positive Energy Plane, where the souls of those not yet born fuse with the potential of those who’ve learned from lifetimes of reincarnation to form wholly new entities—the manasaputras. These outsiders continue their path to perfection by striving to achieve oneness with the universe, further evolving and discovering new cosmic truths, as well as guiding mortals on their paths to similar ends.

Manasaputras are benevolent and compassionate entities that follow strict practices of contemplation, introspection, and meditation. Others often view their directness and disciplined nature as inflexible, yet in truth, manasaputras are accepting when presented with new ideas and challenges—adapting to accommodate these changes can simply take hundreds or thousands of years as the manasaputras gradually evaluate and reevaluate the slightest adjustment to their personal beliefs or ideals. The patience of manasaputras is legendary, and can make action seem like inaction from a mortal’s perspective of time.

Manasaputras belong to a complex hierarchy. While immortal beings known as kumaras ostensibly lead them, each manasaputra operates as an individual, free to pursue its own contemplation of the multiverse and its inhabitants. More powerful manasaputras mentor younger and less experienced ones, particularly when their paths to perfection align. These relationships are master and apprentice structures similar to the Material Plane’s monastic hierarchies. Lesser manasaputras have deep respect and reverence for the elders of their kind and the phenomenal—often godlike—power they wield.

When not contemplating reality in isolation at the heart of the Positive Energy Plane, manasaputras can be found drifting through the Astral Plane in search of wisdom, or drawn to the Material Plane when ignorance and chaos work hand in hand with cruelty and evil. Manasaputras do not often intervene in destructive events, preferring to instead aid mortals and teach them necessary skills that they can use to confront these challenges. Greater threats of a more cosmic nature can draw the direct intervention of dozens of manasaputras, especially when these threats concern the destruction of knowledge or foment disorder in the universe. To this end, manasaputras can sometimes be found working alongside aeons and inevitables on morally compatible agendas. Manasaputras respect the precious balance aeons bring to the planes, as well as inevitables’ unfaltering dedication to their assigned tasks. They are distant toward most good-aligned outsiders, unable to fully share the passions of agathions and azatas, and put off by the zeal of angels and archons. They share a special kinship with devas, who often also oversee mortal affairs. Among outsiders, their greatest rivals are the sahkils of the Ethereal Plane, who attempt to hold back mortal development and are thus sworn enemies of all manasaputras.

Manasaputras seldom interact with wicked mortal creatures of the Material Plane. Their charge is to nurture the spiritual development of those who walk the path of enlightenment, and thus have little concern for mortal creatures outside that path, except as obstacles their students must overcome.

While usually described as humanoid in form, most manasaputras are wholly incorporeal entities forged of the raw Cosmic Fire from the heart of the Positive Energy Plane. When a manasaputra chooses to become corporeal, it usually adopts a resplendent, idealized humanoid form, often with striking features such as a third eye, multiple arms, or other compelling physical characteristics that clearly set it apart from mortals.

Occult lore suggests the enormous wisdom of the eldest manasaputras derives from their mortal existence during a previous incarnation of the multiverse itself. Certainly the manasaputras themselves favor doctrines of cycles such as reincarnation. Some mortal followers believe that manasaputras from the previous multiversal cycle were the first to inhabit the soulless husks that would ultimately become mortals, but as usual the manasaputras themselves favor riddles over straight answers on the matter.

The Seven Kumaras, the most powerful of all manasaputras, exist at the heart of all creation, each exemplifying a facet of the multiverse. These enigmatic entities rarely leave the Cosmic Fire of the Positive Energy Plane, communing with this source of all life in the multiverse and witnessing events across all creation through psychic rapport with a consciousness they (and the like-minded aeons) refer to as the Logos.

The Seven Kumaras

Seven glory-clad kumaras lead the manasaputras on their spiritual journeys. Each occasionally acts as a personal messenger or spirit guide for mortals with profound psychic gifts or particularly promising souls. While spellings often differ depending on the esoteric source consulted, their number is thought to include the following.
  • Ameuritati, the First Immortal
  • Ashavashitra, the Righteous Truth
  • Asoshu Mana, the True Purpose
  • Auramiti, the Holy Devotion
  • Hourvetat, the Circle of Ages
  • Ksathras, the Dominion
  • Sraosha, the Cleansing Wings

Creatures in "Manasaputra" Category

NameCR
Maharishi Manu16
Manu12
Rishi Manu14
Twilight Pitri (Barhisad)18

Manasaputra, Maharishi Manu

This elderly figure looks out with heavy-lidded eyes, and seems lost in its own serenity.

Maharishi Manu CR 16

Source Bestiary 5 pg. 164
XP 76,800
LG Medium outsider (extraplanar, good, lawful, manasaputra)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +28

Defense

AC 31, touch 31 flat-footed 24 (+6 Dex, +4 deflection +1 dodge, +10 soul armor)
hp 237 (19d10+133)
Fort +13, Ref +17, Will +17; +4 vs. dismissal, +2 vs. enchantment
Immune calling, disease, poison; Resist adaptive 10; SR 27

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee unarmed strike +21/+16/+11/+6 (2d6+2) or aging touch +21 (12d10)
Special Attacks aging touch
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 16th; concentration +22; Wisdom-based)
At will—greater teleport (self only), plane shift (self only)
Psychic Magic (CL 16th; concentration +22; Wisdom-based)
27 PE—catatonia (3 PE, DC 19), cognitive block (3 PE, DC 19), divide mind (9 PE), mind thrust IV (4 PE, DC 20), remote viewing (5 PE), retrocognition (5 PE), unshakable zeal (7 PE)

Statistics

Str 15, Dex 23, Con 24, Int 16, Wis 23, Cha 18
Base Atk +19; CMB +21; CMD 52
Feats Blind-Fight, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, Lightning Stance, Mobility, Skill Focus (Knowledge [history]), Vital Strike, Wind Stance
Skills Acrobatics +25, Diplomacy +26, Fly +14, Intimidate +23, Knowledge (any one) +25, Knowledge (history) +31, Knowledge (local, planes) +25, Perception +28, Sense Motive +28
Languages Celestial, Common; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ evolutionary sentinel, formless, no breath, positive energy affinity, subjective appearance, timeless

Ecology

Environment any (Material Plane or Positive Energy Plane)
Organization solitary
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Aging Touch (Su) As a standard action, a maharishi manu in either corporeal or incorporeal form can make a touch attack against a living creature to wear down the creature’s body with age, dealing 12d10 points of damage and stunning the creature for 1 round. Creatures immune to magical aging are immune to this damage, but otherwise the damage bypasses all forms of damage reduction. A successful DC 26 Fortitude save halves the damage and negates the stun effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Evolutionary Sentinel (Su) A maharishi manu gains a +4 bonus on saves to resist the effects of a dismissal spell or similar effect while visiting the world it is currently supervising.
Timeless (Ex) A maharishi manu oversees vast periods of evolution without impediment. It is unaffected by magical aging effects and spells that manipulate time. Whenever a creature under the effect of time stop (or a similar effect) comes within 1 mile of a maharishi manu, the maharishi manu instantly gains the ability to act normally during the remaining duration of the effect, allowing the two creatures to interact.

Description

Serene, introspective, and simultaneously old and timeless, a maharishi manu often sits in quiet contemplation, speaking only rarely and acting only when it must. When it does communicate, it tends to do so telepathically, and phrases its advice and commands as strange riddles that seem nonsensical at first, but grow increasingly meaningful as listeners overcome struggles and grow on their own.

Maharishi manus are at the pinnacle of the manu caste of manasaputras, leading the hierarchy by following directions set by the kumaras and the Logos at the center of the Positive Energy Plane. These outsiders govern the spiritual development over vast epochs, teaching lesser manus and guiding all mortal incarnations toward a sense of perfect enlightenment. Because of the nature of their missions, maharishi manus form strong bonds with the inhabitants of the planets under their care and are never kept away for long before returning to those worlds should they be banished by malicious forces.