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Azata

Source Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 24
Azatas are a race of celestials native to the plane of Elysium, where the pursuit of freedom and goodness is paramount. Azatas are champions of these concepts, great bards, knights, and explorers who roam the planes in search of good folk in need of their help. Frequently described as the most elven or fey-like celestials, azatas nevertheless often have strange, inhuman shapes or can take elemental or eldritch forms. Most have some knightly or courtly title, such as duke, countess, or prince, apparently hereditary, perhaps from a celestial monarchy long abandoned and forgotten. Azatas do not exploit these titles to exert influence over each other, instead using them for personal identification or a bit of self-importance. They are deadly and resolute foes of evil, fearless and clever in battle.

It is not surprising that the three best-known kinds of azatas can all fly, for they rarely stay in one place for long and prefer the thrill of motion and discovery to creature comforts. Most azata “settlements” are little more than a collection of tents around a landmark, gathered over the course of a day to share news, stories, and perhaps good-natured duels, and then packed up again a few days later. Such temporary settlements are colorful and have a celebratory atmosphere, as azatas are quick to greet any of their kind as old friends. Although few can predict when and where an azata community might arise, some groups or breeds of azatas gather in cycles for traditional festivals and reunions. Such gatherings typically take place at a time of mystical consequence, such as on the evening of the lunar equinox, or during less predictable times, such as upon the wedding of two seers, and always in a place of pristine or stunning natural wonder. All azatas fundamentally know when and where the closest or next gathering of their people might occur, and while none are required or even expected to attend, all are welcome. These gatherings do not preclude more permanent azata holdings and communes, however, and the heights of Elysium endlessly ring with the songs of azata choirs.

While the stoic, homebound archons call their cousins flighty, azatas are driven by a crusading nature and feel bored when forced to stay in one place too long. This tendency also means they are unlikely to agree to serve mortals for an extended period of time, preferring to arrive, get the job done, and move on to some other quest or challenge. As much as they seek to spread the cause of freedom and joy, azatas realize that they cannot enforce such virtues throughout the multiverse. Without darkness there can be no light, and without struggle there can be no victory. Understanding this, these celestials remain removed from the majority of mortal conflicts, preferring to act as advisors in such situations rather than champions, granting goodly mortals ownership over their own triumphs. In cases where the forces of evil act overtly, however, and intrude upon mortal worlds, azatas are quick to rally to defend such realms and aid those who have no hope of defending themselves.

Azatas generally work together, but their powerful personalities and strong sense of individual freedom often see them disagreeing on how best to handle a particular situation. While both parties have the greater good at heart, these arguments can fester and grow into long-lasting grudges. In cases where a single azata is convinced his way is right, he might even enter a sort of self-imposed exile, abandoning the support of his kin so he can launch a one-azata crusade against the cruelties of the multiverse.

Most azatas originate from the untamable beauty of Elysium, created and nourished by the influx of goodly mortal souls. Like most other outsiders, they cannot reproduce with each other in the mortal fashion, and often tryst with mortals who prove charming and good spirited. Azatas dally frequently with their own kind, being quick to seek out feelings of love, joy, and companionship, but rarely feel bound or exclusive to merely one lover, regardless of its race.

Azatas speak Celestial, Draconic, and Infernal, but can speak with almost any creature because of their truespeech special ability. See creature subtypes for full details on truespeech and other shared azata traits.

Azata Subtype

Azatas are a race of celestials, or good outsiders, native to chaotic good-aligned outer planes. An azata possesses the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature's entry).
  • Darkvision 60 feet and low-light vision.
  • Immunity to electricity and petrification.
  • Resistance to cold 10 and fire 10.
  • Truespeech (Su) All azatas can speak with any creature that has a language, as though using a tongues spell (caster level 14th). This ability is always active.

Creatures in "Azata" Category

NameCR
Bralani6
Brijidine17
Gancanagh4
Ghaele13
Lillend7
Lyrakien2
Nualidu5
Prydanu16
Raelis10
Thyrlien4
Uinuja15
Veranallia20
Yamah5

Azata, Uinuja

This dark-skinned woman has diaphanous wings, four large eyes—one pair under the other—and a tangle of night-blue hair.

Uinuja CR 15

Source Occult Bestiary pg. 9
XP 51,200
CG Large outsider (azata, chaotic, extraplanar, good)
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., see invisibility; Perception +27
Aura emotion (DC 24)

Defense

AC 30, touch 19, flat-footed 25 (+5 deflection, +5 Dex, +11 natural, –1 size)
hp 207 (18d10+108)
Fort +12, Ref +16, Will +19
DR 10/cold iron and evil; Immune electricity, petrification, sleep; Resist cold 10, fire 10; SR 26

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee +3 starknife +27/+22/+17/+12 (1d6+10/19–20/×3)
Ranged +3 starknife +25 (1d6+10/19–20/×3)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks psychic starknife
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th; concentration +23)
Constant—see invisibility, shield of faith
At will—deep slumber (DC 18), invisibility
Psychic Magic (CL 18th; concentration +23)
24 PE—cure serious wounds (3 PE), dancing lights (0 PE), detect mindscapeOA (2 PE), dream councilOA (5 PE), etheric shardsOA (5 PE, DC 20), greater create mindscapeOA (6 PE), lesser restoration (2 PE), message (0 PE), mindscape doorOA (3 PE), mindwipeOA (4 PE, DC 19), symbol of sleep (5 PE, DC 20), thought shield IVOA (5 PE)

Statistics

Str 24, Dex 21, Con 22, Int 17, Wis 22, Cha 21
Base Atk +18; CMB +26; CMD 46
Feats Critical Focus, Deadly Aim, Flyby Attack, Improved Critical (starknife), Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack, Spell Penetration, Tiring Critical
Skills Bluff +26, Diplomacy +26, Fly +32, Knowledge (geography) +24, Knowledge (planes) +24, Knowledge (religion) +24, Perception +27, Sense Motive +27, Stealth +22
Languages Celestial, Draconic, Infernal; truespeech
SQ dreamwalker

Ecology

Environment any (Dimension of Dreams and Elysium)
Organization solitary, pair, or collective (3–12)
Treasure standard (+3 starknife, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Dreamwalker (Su) An uinuja can travel between Elysium and the Dimension of Dreams at will, as per dream travelOA, except that it cannot enter any other planes or take other creatures with it.

Psychic Starknife (Su) After being used in a ranged attack, an uinuja’s starknife turns into a spiritual weapon (caster level equal to the uinuja’s Hit Dice) and immediately makes a full attack against the same target. An uinuja can teleport its starknife back to its hand as a move action, which ends this effect.

Description

Born in Elysium and formed from planar energies charged by pleasant dreams, these servants of Desna watch over and study dreaming mortal minds. Uinujas live in collective mindscapes, which are often moonlit islands where rock spires rise to great heights, topped by large cocoons of night-blue silk. These azatas both hunt and are hunted by the painajai demons (see page 19) who serve Desna’s rival, Lamashtu. Dreamthief hags (see page 22) and mortal dream travelers who disturb dreamers might also incur the ire of uinujas.

Uinujas enjoy stories about the stars and planes, particularly the Material Plane, which they can usually only see through mortals’ dreams. When uinujas are happy, their wings glow iridescently, while at other times their wings take on a calmer blue or a sullen gray hue.

An uinuja stands 9 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds.