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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, Rishi Manu

This regal, apparently human figure has glowing purple eyes and the grace and f luidity of water given form.

Rishi Manu CR 14

Source Bestiary 5 pg. 165
XP 38,400
LG Medium outsider (extraplanar, good, lawful, manasaputra)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +26

Defense

AC 31, touch 31, flat-footed 24 (+4 deflection, +6 Dex, +1 dodge, +10 soul armor)
hp 189 (18d10+90)
Fort +11, Ref +17, Will +16; +2 vs. enchantment
Immune calling, disease, poison; Resist adaptive 10; SR 25

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee rishi scepter +27/+27/+22/+17/+12 (2d6+10/18–20) or 4 slams +22 (2d6+4)
Ranged cosmic fire +24 touch (10d6 fire and 10d6 positive energy)
Special Attacks cosmic fire, rishi scepter
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th; concentration +19; Wisdom-based)
At will—greater teleport (self only), plane shift (self only)
Psychic Magic (CL 14th; concentration +19; Wisdom-based)
19 PE—anticipate thoughts (2 PE), burst of insight (1 PE), dream council (6 PE, DC 21), synapse overload (5 PE, DC 20), remote viewing (5 PE)

Statistics

Str 19, Dex 23, Con 20, Int 16, Wis 21, Cha 18
Base Atk +18; CMB +22; CMD 53
Feats Blind-Fight, Combat Reflexes, Dazzling Display, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Mobility, Shatter Defenses, Weapon Focus (rishi scepter), Wind Stance
Skills Acrobatics +24, Diplomacy +25, Fly +14, Intimidate +22, Knowledge (any one) +24, Knowledge (history, local, planes) +24, Perception +26, Sense Motive +26
Languages Celestial, Common; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ formless, no breath, planetary bond, positive energy affinity, subjective appearance

Ecology

Environment any (Material Plane or Positive Energy Plane)
Organization solitary or council (2–16)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Cosmic Fire (Su) As a standard action a rishi manu can project a ray of cosmic fire with a range of 100 feet. Firing this ray does not provoke attacks of opportunity. This ray deals 10d6 points of fire damage and 10d6 points of positive energy damage. This positive energy does not harm creatures not normally damaged by positive energy nor does it heal them.
Planetary Bond (Ex) Each rishi manu is bonded to a particular planet on the Material Plane. While on its bonded world, a rishi manu doesn’t count as extraplanar. When traveling to its bonded world from an extraplanar location using plane shift, a rishi manu always arrives at the exact location of its choice.
Rishi Scepter (Su) Rishi manus possess a scepter forged from thought and will. In the hands of a rishi manu, it functions as a +4 speed club that deals damage as if it were two size categories larger and penetrates damage reduction as if it were both lawful-aligned and good-aligned. A rishi manu can touch a living creature of lawful good alignment with its scepter, granting it the benefits of moment of prescience (CL 14th). Once a creature has benefited from the touch of a rishi scepter, it can’t benefit from it again for 24 hours.

Description

Rishi manus are the shepherds of entire worlds, watching for shifts in the collective consciousness and gently nudging specific individuals of significant power or inf luence toward paths of enlightenment that will affect as many others as possible.