Invevitable, Marut

Nature: Creature
Type: Outsider
Subtype: Inevitable

Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Size: Large
CR: 15

First Encountered: 28.2 "Magnum Opus"

Maruts represent the inevitability of death.
They confront those who would try to deny the grave itself

Description: "This humanoid is mostly hidden behind plates of elaborate golden armor, the spaces in between revealing flesh of black stone."

A marut’s fists strike with the power of a thunderstorm, as it can choose whether each punch should be wreathed in the crackling power of lightning or the sonic boom of a thunderclap.

Disdaining weapons or other equipment, maruts walk surely and implacably toward their foes, never resting

Information: Behemoths of onyx and golden armor, maruts shake the ground when they walk, each thunderous step ringing a death knell for those they’ve come to take. Rarely seeming to hurry, a marut’s onslaught is deliberate, purposeful, and relentless.

Its quarry may impede it or flee, running for decades or centuries, but from the initial meeting onward, the target must always look over its shoulder with the knowledge that, like death itself, the marut is ever at its heels, slowly but surely approaching, bringing balance through inevitable oblivion.

Maruts primarily target those mortal souls who have artificially extended their lifespans beyond what is feasible for their race, such as liches and other powerful magic users. Extraordinary but natural means of cheating death are sometimes also punished, such as the magistrate who murders an entire starving town to save himself, or those who foresee their own deaths via divination magic and are therefore able to avoid them. Those who use magic to reverse death ("raise dead" spells, for example) aren’t worthy of a marut’s attention unless they do so repeatedly or on a massive scale.

Although they are capable of speaking eloquently in any language, and frequently gather vast amounts of information from those who are intimidated by their mere presence, maruts rarely engage in conversation or strategic alliances with mortals. Even on the battlefield, the juggernauts prefer to remain silent, knowing that their targets are already aware of their own transgressions and that all mortals secretly harbor dreams of immortality.

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