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Pallid Angel

This macabre beauty holds her ebon-feathered wings spread behind her. Her skin and clothing are soaked and splattered with blood, wine, and other fluids.

Pallid Angel CR 12

Source Pathfinder #141: Last Watch pg. 82
XP 19,200
NE Medium outsider (evil, extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., detect good, detect magic, low-light vision; Perception +18
Aura frightful presence (30 ft., DC 21)

Defense

AC 25, touch 13, flat-footed 22 (+3 Dex, +12 natural)
hp 150 (12d10+84)
Fort +15, Ref +7, Will +11; +4 vs. poison
Defensive Abilities profane ward; DR 10/adamantine or good; Immune acid, cold, death effects, disease, energy drain, mind-affecting effects, petrification; Resist electricity 10, fire 10; SR 23

Offense

Speed 40 ft., fly 90 ft. (good)
Melee +1 unholy scythe +19/+14/+9 (2d4+10/×4 plus 2d6 vs. good creatures)
Special Attacks bloodbath
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +17)
Constant—detect good, detect magic
At will—acid arrow, contagion (DC 18), dispel magic, greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of gear only), rage
3/day—fireball (DC 18), magic missile, vampiric touch
1/day—cleanse, mass inflict moderate wounds (DC 21), plane shift (self plus 50 lbs. of gear only), wall of thorns

Statistics

Str 22, Dex 17, Con 25, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 21
Base Atk +12; CMB +18; CMD 31
Feats Bloody Assault, Dreadful Carnage, Flyby Attack, Furious Focus, Improved Initiative, Power Attack
Skills Bluff +20, Diplomacy +20, Fly +19, Intimidate +24, Knowledge (arcana) +12, Knowledge (planes) +12, Knowledge (religion) +15, Perception +18, Profession (soldier) +18, Sense Motive +18, Spellcraft +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Intimidate
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal; truespeech
SQ hunger for life and death

Ecology

Environment any (Abaddon)
Organization solitary or warband (1 plus 1 9th-level cleric of Urgathoa and 3–12 6th-level fighters)
Treasure double (+1 unholy scythe, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Bloodbath (Su) Pallid angels are avatars of slaughter, delighting in the bloody carnality of combat. When a pallid angel kills a creature using a manufactured melee weapon, she can splash its blood (or similar remains) on herself as a free action, even if it’s not her turn. This grants her 8 temporary hit points and a +2 profane bonus to Strength. These benefits stack with themselves, to a maximum of 40 temporary hit points and a +10 bonus to Strength, and they last until 1 minute after the pallid angel last used this ability.
Hunger for Life and Death (Su) A pallid angel is healed by both positive and negative energy. In addition, whenever a positive energy or negative energy effect would heal or harm one or more creatures within 30 feet, the pallid angel can consume the energy as an immediate action. The pallid angel regains a number of hit points equal to the greatest amount of healing or damage a targeted creature would receive, and no other creatures are affected by the effect. A pallid angel can consume energy this way three times per day.
Profane Ward (Su) A pallid angel’s spell resistance is increased by 5 against spells with the good descriptor and spells cast by worshippers of good-aligned deities.

Description

Urgathoa is known best as a goddess of plague and undeath, yet the Pallid Princess has wider interests than the uninitiated might assume. Pallid angels, created by Urgathoa from the souls of her most dedicated champions and priestesses, represent these interests. Warriors and tacticians, wielders of profane magic and cruel weaponry, pallid angels are embodiments of the goddess’s appetite for wanton bloodshed and forbidden pleasures.

The average pallid angel stands 7 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Ecology

Created by Urgathoa as mockeries of true angels, pallid angels strongly resemble the celestial beings for which they were named, and if cleansed of the stains of their hedonism they can often pass for such goodly creatures. Pallid angels particularly enjoy such deceptions, taking advantage of gullible mortals to revel in their adulation and spread the indulgent ways of the Pallid Princess. However, unlike true angels, pallid angels are universally female, with bodies resembling those they had or most desired in life.

As outsiders, pallid angels have no need to eat or sleep; however, befitting their nature as favored servants of the goddess of indulgence, they seek out and revel in the pleasures of the flesh. Though any act of carnal pleasure is of interest to them, great feasts both mundane and cannibalistic, sexual excesses, and intoxicants of every variety are common pursuits for pallid angels. Most pallid angels also blend their hedonism with enjoyment of milder sensual delights such as massages, luxurious comforts and furnishings, and even long periods of indolent slumber, for less intense acts make the greater pleasures all the more ecstatic by comparison.

In addition to their hedonistic urges, pallid angels’ love of violence and bloodshed drives them to brutally abuse, and often eventually slay, any innocent unfortunate enough to fall into their grasp. Pallid angels take great pleasure in tormenting hostages and prisoners of war, and they occasionally spare unconscious foes for this purpose. A pallid angel denied such victims eventually sates her violent urges upon her companions and servants.

Habitat and Society

If the daughters of Urgathoa are the goddess’s most favored servants in life and unlife, pallid angels are her most favored in what comes after both. Pallid angels are created by Urgathoa from the souls of her greatest female worshippers, given bodies capable of enjoying all the pleasures of the flesh as reward for their service. In Urgathoa’s domain on Abaddon, pallid angels spend much of their time indulging their desires, though most also serve as governors, arbiters, and vicious defenders against psychopomp raids.

Pallid angels are often sent in response to planar ally spells or called by planar binding spells; a wise caller is ready to satisfy the angel’s hedonism, such as by casting heroes’ feast for the angel’s exclusive benefit. Pallid angels are often conjured to serve as generals of great armies, particularly those heavy with undeath. Several pallid angels served the Whispering Tyrant as commanders in his initial conquest of Ustalav; at least one remains somewhere in the mountains of Virlych, magically entrapped by Arazni before her death at the Tyrant’s hands.

In addition to the angels’ role as military leaders, small cults or lone priests might call upon a pallid angel to defend their sanctum from invaders or aid an assault against the forces of good, while hedonistic cults or worshippers occasionally conjure pallid angels simply to share in their pleasures. Urgathoa sometimes sends pallid angels to such pleasure cults unbidden, especially if such a cult has not yet descended fully into evil; the pallid angel serves as a guide to even more perverse indulgences and ensures the cult’s corruption to Urgathoa’s service.

Pallid angels and daughters of Urgathoa both hold great authority and honor among the faithful of the Pallid Princess, and many of those who eventually became pallid angels were first elevated to be daughters of Urgathoa upon their mortal deaths. When brought together, pallid angels serve as a martial counterpart to the more ecclesiastical role played by daughters, much like the paladins and clerics of good faiths. In such cases, pallid angels and daughters cooperate in service to the goddess’s will, though their relationship is often strained. Pallid angels often treat daughters with subtle pity and condescension for their reduced access to physical pleasures and their less direct relationship to Urgathoa, while daughters frequently hold angels in quiet contempt for their status as living—and thus less perfect—beings.