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Urdefhan

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Urdefhan
An urdefhan wielding a rhoka sword.
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(native)
CR 3
Environment Any Darklands
Alignment
Images of urdefhans

Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 276

Urdefhans are a warlike race of clear-skinned bloodsuckers who live in the Darklands realm of Orv, sometimes called Orvian vampires.[1] They are the offspring of the daemons of Abaddon, and like their progenitors, seek to extinguish all other life.[2]

Appearance

Urdefhans are roughly humanoid in form, supposedly created in humanity's image by the ruler of daemonkind, the Oinodaemon.[2] In a mockery of surface life, they have translucent skin that exposes their internal organs. While they possess the same basic body structure as a humanoid, their facial features further distinguish them from their less vile counterparts—wide mouths that stretch almost to their ears, filled with razor-sharp teeth. Urdefhans are also known for their menacing and unique swords—rhoka swords—and armor that resembles the wrappings of mummies.[2][3][4]

Society and culture

They sometimes train and ride undead, ghoulish mobats called skavelings.[5]

Religion

Urdefhans worship all of the Four Horsemen as their creators, but are particularly close to Szuriel and Trelmarixian, who continue to encourage the urdefhan toward continual warfare with weapons and disease.[6]

These creatures possess "un-souls" made of negative energy that constantly drive them toward death. While an urdefhan's "un-soul" allows it to be healed by negative energy a similar fashion as mortal creatures are healed by positive energy, it also allows the urdefhan to effectively detonate its volatile soul, killing it and releasing its energy in a wide-ranging, destructive burst.[3][2]

Urdefhans believe that after their death, their souls travel to Abaddon, where they are tortured by their makers.[6]

Ecology and behavior

Urdefhans can drain the blood from living things, weakening their victims and leaving their flesh bloodless and transparent.[6]

On Golarion

The vault of Doga-Delloth in Orv is the heart of urdefhan power on Golarion. They have also established outposts elsewhere in Orv,[7] including a strong presence in Urkalla, one of the districts of Ilvarandin,[8] the Black Desert,[9] and on islands in the Sightless Sea.[10]

Urdefhans also trouble the surface folk in villages close to the Kodar Mountains in northern Varisia.[11]

References

Paizo Inc. published a major article about urdefhans in Darklands Revisited.