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Pale skin and dark features frame this starkly beautiful creature, which is surrounded by a palpable aura of death.

Orphne CR 4

Source Down the Blighted Path pg. 58
XP 1,200
NE Medium fey
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9
Aura desecrating aura (30 ft.)


AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 natural)
hp 39 (6d6+18)
Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +5
Defensive Abilities bone dance; DR 5/cold iron


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +5 (1d4+2)
Ranged necrotic ray +6 (2d6 negative energy, plus 2 Con)
Special Attacks necrotic ray (2d6, DC 15)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th; concentration +8)
Constant—detect undead
At will—command undead, hide from undead (DC 15)
1/day—animate dead


Str 14, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 15, Wis 11, Cha 15
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 19
Feats Dodge, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot
Skills Bluff +11, Diplomacy +11, Disguise +8, Escape Artist +9, Intimidate +5, Knowledge (arcana) +5, Knowledge (local) +8, Knowledge (religion) +5, Perception +9, Sense Motive +9, Stealth +12
Languages Common, Sylvan, Undercommon


Environment Any underground or urban
Organization solitary, pair, or wake (3–8)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Bone Dance (Su) As a standard action, an orphne can transform its flesh into ectoplasm, becoming incorporeal except for its skeleton. This transformation improves the orphne's damage reduction to DR 5/bludgeoning and cold iron, although attacks capable of striking incorporeal creatures inflict full damage. The orphne using bone dance benefits from its own desecrating aura as if it were undead. An orphne may remain in this state for up to 1 hour or until sunrise, whichever comes first, and is fatigued afterward for as long as it maintained its bone dance ability.

Desecrating Aura (Su) Orphne emanate negative energy in a 30-foot-radius that acts as a desecrate spell. Undead within this radius gain a +1 profane bonus on attack rolls, damage rolls, and saving throws, as well as +1 hit point per Hit Die. The saving throw DC of channeled negative energy is increased by 3 within this aura. An orphne's desecrating aura can be negated by a dispel evil spell, but an orphne can reactivate it on its turn as a move action. A desecrating aura suppresses and is suppressed by a consecrate or hallow spell; both effects are negated within any overlapping area of effect.

Necrotic Ray (Su) An orphne can project a ray of pure negative energy as a ranged touch attack with a range of 30 feet, inflicting 1d6 points of negative energy damage and 1 point of Con damage per 3 Hit Dice (2d6 damage and 2 Con for standard orphne).


Often exiled from the First World for their experimentation with necromancy and disregard for boundaries, orphnes are elegant and sadistic fey obsessed with death, pain, and undeath. Blessed with the ability to channel negative energy, their presence sustains the dead and withers living things. They surround themselves with undead chattel of their own creation, and they often serve powerful undead masters in turn.

Orphne adore art, music, and all the finest luxuries in life, but abuse and suffering truly sustain them. They love to be cared for and appreciated like the beatific creatures they see themselves as, and can quickly turn to anger when not treated as such. Orphne are immeasurably cruel, and without oversight, their lives gravitate towards hurting others for their own amusement, pulling the wings off songbirds or scarring mortal captives in artistic ways. They delight in watching creatures that were once full of life decay into shells of corruption or undeath.