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Demon

Source Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 57
Demons exist for one reason—to destroy. Where their more lawful counterparts, the devils of Hell, seek to twist mortal minds and values to remake and reshape them into reflections of their own evil, demons seek only to maim, ruin, and feed. They recruit mortal life only if such cohorts speed along the eventual destruction of hope and goodness. Death is, in some ways, their enemy—for a mortal who dies can often escape a demon's depredations and flee to his just reward in the afterlife. It is the prolonging of mortal pain and suffering that fuels a demon's lusts and desires, for it is partially from mortal sin and cruelty that these monstrous fiends were born.

Demons are the most prolific and among the most destructive of the fiendish races, yet despite what some lore might preach, they were not the first forms of life to rise in the stinking pits of ruin and cruelty known across the multiverse as the Abyss. Before the first fledgling deity gazed upon reality, before mortal life drew its breath, before even the Material Plane itself had fully formed, the Abyss was infested with life.

Known to many scholars as “proto-demons,” these wretched and deadly beings were the qlippoth. Today, because of the influence of sinful mortal souls upon the Abyss, mixed with unholy tamperings at the hands of the daemonic keepers of Abaddon and the cruel whims of fate and evolution, the rule of the qlippoth has receded. The proto-demons dwell now in the noxious and forgotten corners of the Abyss, and the far more fecund and prolific demons rule now in their stead. With each evil mortal soul that finds its way into the Abyss, the ranks of the demonic hordes grows—a single soul can fuel the manifestation of dozens or even hundreds of demons, with the exact nature of the sins carried by the soul guiding the shapes and roles of the newly formed fiends.

The Abyss is a vast (some say infinite) realm, far larger than any other plane save possibly the primal chaos of the Maelstrom itself. As befits such a vast and varied realm, the demonic host is likewise diverse. Some carry in their frames humanoid shapes, while others are twisted beasts. Some flop on land while others flap in air or sea. Some are schemers and manipulators of emotion and politics, others are destructive engines of ruin. Yet all demons work to the same goal—pain and suffering for mortal life in all its forms.

Yet despite this, mortals have sought demonic aid since the start. Be it an instinctual draw to self-destruction or a misguided lust for power, conjurers to this day continue to draw forth demons with forbidden magic. Some conjure demons for lore, while others call upon them to serve as assassins or guards. Demons view such summoners with a mix of hatred and thanks, for most demons lack the ability to come to the Material Plane to wreak havoc on their own. They depend on the mad to call them up from the Abyss, and while they gnash their fangs and rail against the commands and strictures enforced, most demons find ways to twist their summoners' demands so that even the most tightly controlled demonic slave leaves a trace of ruin and despair in its wake. More often than not, a foolish spellcaster makes a fatal mistake in the conjuring and pays for it with blood, unwittingly releasing a terrible blight upon the world as his conjuration breaks free of his control.

The truly mad call upon demons to offer themselves, both body and soul, in the misguided belief that alliance with the demonic can buy salvation and protection when the demonic apocalypse finally comes to call. Tales of desperate kings who sought to engage demons to serve as generals for their armies or of lunatics who seek demonic sires to gift them with horrific children are common enough, yet worst are those mortals who worship the most powerful demons as gods, and who pledge their lives in support of that which would bring destruction to all.

Demon Subtype

Demons are chaotic evil outsiders that call the Abyss their home. Demons possess a particular suite of traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature's entry) as summarized here.
  • Immunity to electricity and poison.
  • Resistance to acid 10, cold 10, and fire 10.
  • Summon (Sp) Demons share the ability to summon others of their kind, typically another of their type or a small number of less powerful demons.
  • Telepathy.
  • Except where otherwise noted, demons speak Abyssal, Celestial, and Draconic.
  • A demon's natural weapons, as well as any weapon it wields, is treated as chaotic and evil for the purpose of resolving damage reduction

Creatures in "Demon" Category

NameCR
Abrikandilu3
Andrazku5
Babau6
Balor20
Brimorak5
Cambion2
Coloxus12
Derakni10
Dretch2
Gallu19
Ghalzarokh15
Gibrileth11
Glabrezu13
Hala4
Hezrou11
Incubus6
Kalavakus10
Katpaskir18
Kithangian9
Larva1
Lilitu17
Marilith17
Nabasu8
Nalfeshnee14
Omox12
Oolioddroo13
Painajai14
Quasit2
Schir4
Seraptis15
Shachath11
Shadow Demon7
Shemhazian16
Succubus7
Swaithe4
Thoxel Demon5
Ulkreth15
Vavakia18
Vavkia18
Vermlek3
Vilsteth16
Vrock9
Vrolikai19
Yaenit6

Demon, Vavakia

This reptilian monstrosity is larger than a bull elephant. With the lower body of a spine-backed quadrupedal dinosaur, complete with spiked tail, the demonic creature has the upper body of a muscular humanoid. Its powerful arms wield an immense ranseur while tremendous draconic wings unfurl from its back. The creature’s head—part dragon, part saurian, part demon—is a nightmare of horns and fangs and cruel, glowing eyes.

Vavakia CR 18

Source Book of the Damned - Volume 2: Lords of Chaos pg. 60
XP 153,600
CE Huge outsider (chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., true seeing; Perception +34
Aura frightful presence (60 ft., DC 25), unholy aura (DC 24)

Defense

AC 35, touch 14, flat-footed 33 (+8 armor, +4 deflection, +2 Dex, +13 natural, -2 size)
hp 297 (18d10+198)
Fort +22, Ref +8, Will +18
DR 15/cold iron and good; Immune electricity, fire, poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10; SR 29

Offense

Speed 40 ft. (60 ft. without armor), fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee +1 unholy ranseur +28/+23/+18/+13 (3d6+17/x3) or bite +27 (3d6+11 plus smoking wound), 2 claws +27 (1d8+11), tail slap +27 (2d8+16 plus stun)
Space 15 ft., Reach 15 ft. (30 ft. with ranseur)
Special Attacks breath weapon, trample (1d8+16, DC 30)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th; concentration +24)
Constant — true seeing, unholy aura (DC 24)
At will — enervation, greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), telekinesis (DC 21)
3/day — blasphemy (DC 23), quickened enervation, power word stun (DC 24)
1/day — earthquake, summon (level 6, 1 marilith, 40%, or 1d3 nalfeshnees, 60%)

Statistics

Str 32, Dex 14, Con 33, Int 18, Wis 21, Cha 23
Base Atk +18; CMB +31; CMD 47 (51 vs. trip)
Feats Awesome Blow, Greater Vital Strike, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Iron Will, Improved Vital Strike, Iron Will, Power Attack, Quicken Spell-Like Ability (enervation), Vital Strike
Skills Bluff +27, Fly +16, Intimidate +27, Knowledge (arcana) +25, Knowledge (planes) +25, Perception +34, Sense Motive +26, Spellcraft +25, Stealth +20, Swim +26; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception, +8 Stealth
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic; telepathy 100 ft.

Ecology

Environment any (Abyss)
Organization solitary, pair, or warband (1 vavakia plus 2-4 hezrous and 2-8 vrocks)
Treasure standard (+2 breastplate, +1 unholy ranseur, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Breath Weapon (Su) Once every 1d4 rounds, a vavakia can breathe out a 60-foot cone of green fire that seems to writhe and coil with the tortured shapes of a thousand screaming ghosts. This green fire is akin to vomiting up the countless souls the vavakia has consumed, and these souls consume flesh as surely as they consume sanity. A creature struck by this breath weapon takes 20d6 points of damage (DC 30 Reflex half )—this damage manifests as blackened, melted flesh and skin but is treated as raw profane power. Evil creatures take half damage from the breath weapon, but good creatures who take any damage from a vavakia’s breath weapon are automatically staggered for 1 round by the hideous sensation. In addition, any living creature that takes damage from a vavakia’s breath weapon must also make a DC 30 Fortitude save to avoid suffering 1d8 points of Wisdom drain as her sanity slips away into madness. Immediately after the vavakia expels this green “soulfire,” the wailing flames flow in reverse back into the demon’s gullet through its open maw. This heals the vavakia 1d8 points of damage for each creature that was damaged by its breath weapon. The Wisdom drain element of this breath weapon is a mind-affecting effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Smoking Wound (Su) The wounds caused by a vavakia’s fangs result in tremendous and eerie wounds. Rather than blood, wisps of green smoke constantly weep from a vavakia’s bite wound—a grim manifestation of the demon’s effect on a mortal soul. Each time a vavakia bites a creature, it bestows two negative levels—the wounds continue to smoke as long as the victim suffers those negative levels. The smoking wounds cause the victim to become sickened because of the hideous sensation and rank smell of the vapors. An effect that removes this sickened condition only temporarily causes the wounds to stop smoking—they begin smoking again in 1d6 rounds and persist as long as the victim suffers from the associated negative levels. Nonliving creatures bitten by a vavakia are immune to its energy-draining bite and do not exhibit smoking wounds. The Fortitude save to remove these negative levels is DC 25. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Stun (Ex) A creature struck by a vavakia’s tail slap must make a DC 30 Fortitude save or be stunned for 1 round. On a critical hit, the stun effect lasts for 1d4 rounds on a failed save, and 1 round on a successful save. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Description

Vavakias are immense demons of great power. Saurian in shape, appetite, and destructive power, they are most often encountered on the Material Plane not as demons conjured by spellcasters to serve, but as violent invaders come to the world through tears in reality or portals to the deeper rifts. On the Material Plane, a single vavakia is a formidable presence, for the strange demons are driven to feed on living souls and spread destruction—roles they were built to excel at.

A vavakia demon measures 30 feet in length and stands 15 feet tall, weighing in at 6,000 pounds. Vavakias form on the Abyss from particularly cruel mortal souls who, in life, practiced the vile act of extracting, enslaving, and even consuming other souls. When such a sinful creature arrives on the Abyss, it brings with it partially absorbed fragments of souls from its victims, resulting in a horrific transformation into one of the Abyss’s most dangerous forms of demonic life.