Shining Child

Nature: Creature
Type: Outsider
Subtype: Evil

Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Size: Medium
CR: 12

First Encountered: 33.2 "The Smell of Napalm in the Mournland"

Description: "Surrounded by a nimbus of near-blinding light, this strange creature looks something like an emaciated child with clawed hands."

Creatures of burning light and strange geometry, shining children are a terror to behold. Beyond the flares of energy that constantly burst from their forms (particularly in beam-like gouts from their eyes and mouths), the creatures are vaguely humanoid, with strange hands that each bear four fingers.

A shining child stands just over 4-1/2 feet tall and weighs 85 pounds.

Information: The shining children seem like they're either not capable of remembering their own individual names, or are unable to grasp the concept applying to themselves. They communicate via telepathy, a psychic roar like metal tearing that sometimes resolves into strained and raspy words.

Though they harbor many secrets, their greatest secret may be their own origin. Numerous theories abound — that the shining children are beings from another dimension, avatars of a dying star grown sentient, or creatures of light battling living darkness at the edge of reality.

The more realistic, and more heartbreaking, suggest that they might be nothing more than the twisted remains of children who died in the Mourning, warped by the conflagrations that swept across the land.

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