Rakshasa, Ak'chazar (Necromancers)

Nature: Creature
Type: Outsider
Subtype: Rakshasa

Alignment: Lawful Evil
Size: Medium
CR: 15

Description: "A tall, emaciated figure with the head of a white tiger glares at you. Its body is cloaked in fine robes, and its clawed hands seem ready to dip into the numerous spell component pouches at its waist at a moment’s notice."

An ak'chazar rakshasa looks like a humanoid with the head of a white tiger. A light coating of ghostly white fur coats the creature’s body from the shoulders down, and its hands display razor-sharp nails, like a cat’s claws. The palms of its hands are where the backs of the hands would be on a human.

They stand around 6 feet tall and weigh about 175 pounds.

Information: Ak’chazar rakshasas wander the planes seeking new lands to subjugate and new undead minions to enslave. They are masters of necromantic magic, though they are powerful in the other schools of magic as well. They are wise deceivers and the ones who come up with the far-reaching schemes and plans for their lesser brethren to carry out.

Like the "common" raksha they have the spellcasting ability of a sorcerer, except that the ak’chazars cast spells as if 12th-level (or more, if they've advanced beyond their base state), and favor spells from the Necromancy and Enchantment schools.

In addition they have the "Channel (Negative) Energy" power of a 20th-lvl cleric, including the "Control Undead" ability. They also have several powerful necromantic spell-like abilities, such as "create (greater) undead", "trap the soul", "magic jar", and more.

Even worse, 3 times per day they can choose to emit a "Pain Wave", which works as a sustained multi-round channel that not only harms all living beings in the area, but the victims also become shaken in addition to suffering damage.

Ak’chazars typically work behind the scenes, manipulating events to suit their dark whims and relying on their web of spies, assassins, and intelligent undead to carry out their nefarious plots. Pragmatic and cautious, they feel no need to personally deliver a death blow, relying on minions or their spells to carry out such tasks. These rakshasas take care to learn their enemies’ strengths and weaknesses, and they use their magic accordingly. They usually establish a power base at the site of a great battle, a large cemetery, or some other place where a large number of corpses might be interred.

Ak’chazars do associate with other rakshasas, often as leaders or manipulators. Other types of rakshasa value an ak’chazar’s intelligence even as they fear its abilities. It is not uncommon for weaker raksha to follow the complex plans of an ak’chazar even as they go about their own missions.

Many of the Lords of Dust are actually ak'chazar rakshasas. They sequester themselves in foreboding strongholds beneath the Demon Wastes, although some have made lairs closer to the heart of civilization on Khorvaire. At least one ak’chazar rakshasa operates from within the Great Crag in central Droaam, lending his services and undead minions to the Daughters of Sora Kell in exchange for special favors too terrible to ponder.

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