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{{Creature tabbed
| image       = [[File:Marut.jpg|250px|A marut inevitable]]
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| image = [[File:Marut.jpg|250px|A marut inevitable.]]
| name       = Inevitable
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| name = Inevitable
| type        = [[Outsider]]
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| subtype    = extraplanar, inevitable, lawful
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| traits    = [[Aeon]], inevitable, [[monitor]]
| challenge  = Varies
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| level    = Varies
| environment = Any ''(usually)''
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| alignment = {{Alignment grid/LN}}
| alignment  = {{Alignment grid/LN}}
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| adjective =
| adjective  =  
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| imagesof  = inevitables
| source      = [[Bestiary 2]]
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| source    = [[Pathfinder Bestiary]]
| page        = 161
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| page      = 8
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| 1E-type        = [[Outsider]]
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| 1E-subtype    = extraplanar, inevitable, lawful
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| 1E-challenge  = Varies
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| 1E-environment = Any ([[Axis]])
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| 1E-alignment  = {{Alignment grid/LN}}
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| 1E-adjective  =  
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| 1E-imagesof    = inevitables
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| 1E-source      = [[Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2]]
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| 1E-page        = 161
 
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'''Inevitables''' are a race of living machines created by [[axiomite]]s in the eternal war against [[protean]]s and the forces of [[chaos]]. The five best-known species of inevitables are the [[arbiter]]s, [[kolyarut]]s, [[lhaksharut]]s, [[marut]]s, and [[zelekhut]]s.<ref name="B2">{{cite book/Bestiary 2|161}}</ref>
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[[File:Kolyarut.jpg|250px|thumb|right|A [[kolyarut]] inevitable.]]
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'''Inevitables''' are a family of living machine [[aeon]]s created by [[axiomite]]s in the eternal war against [[protean]]s and the forces of [[chaos]].<ref name="PB-8">{{Cite book/Pathfinder Bestiary|8}}</ref>
  
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
  
Most inevitables resemble [[humanoid]] made of [[stone]], [[metal]]s, and [[jewel]]s. They are forged by axiomites and often look like moving works of [[art]].<ref name="B2"/>  
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Most inevitables resemble [[humanoid]]s made of [[stone]], [[metal]], and [[jewel]]s. They are forged by axiomites and often look like moving works of [[art]]. They are aware of how they inspire awe, and usually choose to speak in a steely, booming voice to ensure obedience.<ref name="CoR-30">{{Cite book/Concordance of Rivals|30&ndash;31}}</ref>
  
 
== Origins ==
 
== Origins ==
  
In aeons past during Axis' expansion, its ruling [[formian]]s worked with its axiomites to enter into agreements with [[Heaven]] and [[Hell]] that solidified its multiversal neutrality between the two moral extremes. Immediately opposing this were two [[keketar]] [[protean]]s and a third, unknown albino type of protean, who called Axis an "infection" and demanded that it cease to exist.<ref name="TGB-57">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|57}}</ref>
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In ages past during [[Axis]]'s expansion, its inhabitants entered into agreements with [[Heaven]] and [[Hell]] that solidified its [[Great Beyond|multiversal]] neutrality between the two moral extremes of [[good]] and [[evil]]. Immediately opposing this were two [[keketar]] [[protean]]s and a third, unknown albino type of protean, who called Axis an "infection" and demanded that it cease to exist.<ref name="TGB-57">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|57}}</ref>
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Although Axis prepared for war, the cataclysm that happened in its stead devastated the city. [[Plane|Planar]] [[portal|rift]]s tinted blue like the [[Maelstrom]]'s depths rent Axis' walls and spilled hordes of [[demon]]s into the city of cities, causing widespread destruction. In response, Axis devoted some of its axiomites to crafting a defensive force, which led to the first inevitables.<ref name="TGB-57"/>
  
Although Axis prepared for war, the cataclysm that happened in its stead devastated the city. [[Planar rift]]s hued blue like the [[Maelstrom]]'s depths rent Axis' walls and spilled hordes of [[demon]]s into the city of cities, causing widespread destruction. In response Axis devoted some of its axiomites to crafting a defensive force, which led to the first inevitables.<ref name="TGB-57"/>
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A council of [[pleroma aeon]]s recently revealed that axiomites were prodigal aeons that broke free from the Monad, an aeon [[demigod]] that claims to represent the underpinning of all realities, in order to pursue acts of creation. By extension, the council claimed that inevitables had always been agents of aeons in their eternal war against imbalance. Most, but not all, axiomites and inevitables have joined forces with aeons as a result.<ref name="PB-8"/>
  
 
== Ecology ==
 
== Ecology ==
  
Inevitables are forged in the [[Adamantine Crucible]] of [[Axis]]<ref name="TGB-30">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|30}}</ref> from some of its [[petitioner]]s, who gain entry by solving the riddles inscribed on their bodies.<ref name="PF131-86-87">{{Cite book/The Reaper's Right Hand|86|86-87}}</ref><ref name="B2-209">{{Cite book/Bestiary 2|209}}</ref>
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Inevitables are created for the purpose of enforcing the laws of reality and society. Each inevitable's existence is driven by a conceptual jurisdiction to be enforced. They have no ambition and cannot be swayed by bribery, but are sometimes willing to offer light sentences in exchange for aid against greater crimes. They have no gender and little sense of self.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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Although they look like [[construct]]s, inevitables are living [[outsider]]s that nonetheless enjoy many benefits of a constructed form: they are never tired, hungry, nor [[Diseases of Golarion|sick]].<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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The frames of inevitables are forged in the [[Adamantine Crucible]] of Axis.<ref name="TGB-30">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|30}}</ref> [[Petitioner]]s in Axis that solve the riddles inscribed on their bodies are granted permission to enter the Adamantine Crucible and bond with one such frame to become inevitables. Most only retain fragmentary memories of their past life, which influence their new personality.<ref name="PF131-86-87">{{Cite book/The Reaper's Right Hand|86|86&ndash;87}}</ref><ref name="CoR-30"/>
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=== Unshackled ===
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Inevitables can become corrupted as the result of [[chaos]] suffusion or possession by [[pelagastr]]s, becoming chaotic creatures known as '''unshackled'''.<ref name="CoR-33">{{Cite book/Concordance of Rivals|33}}</ref>
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== Habitat ==
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Inevitables are almost always encountered singly on the [[Material Plane]] except when gathered into a force by the commands of their creators. When operating alone, they attempt to correct [[mortal]]s' chaotic ways and use various methods to push them into making amends. In extreme cases, inevitables back this up with force&mdash;even lethal force. Some inevitables regularly return to Axis to receive new orders, while others are ordered to operate at their own discretion across a large territory.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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Some inevitables remain on Axis, where legions of inevitables regularly battle against the [[Maelstrom]] in an eternal attempt to bring order to the chaotic realm; these inevitables are termed the [[Bulwark]]. Others, called [[Seekers]], analyse axiomites' observations and dispatches about the mortal world. Between assignments, they establish homes in Axis or wander the planes to pursue a broader mandate.<ref name="CoR-30"/><ref name="TGB-4">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|4}}</ref>
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== Society ==
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Inevitables are guided by an unspoken hierarchy: the more powerful an inevitable, the higher its rank. When two cross paths, they also take into account the immediacy and severity of each one's mission to determine primacy; if necessary, a powerful inevitable might defer to a lesser one. Inevitables never clash with each other. Axiomites exist outside this hierarchy, and inevitables respect and are absolutely loyal to their creators, although the two races operate more as partners instead of master and servant.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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Inevitables have little culture or desire to make friends, and their relationships are strictly professional. They often rely on local mortals (like local authorities, [[adventurer]]s, or followers of lawful [[deity|deities]]), unless these mortals are part of the problem or informing them could ruin the mission. Inevitables rarely compel service and might even pay those who lie outside the hierarchy of Axis.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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Outside of axiomites, [[aphorite]]s and certain deities' servants, most outsiders do not work well with inevitables. [[Angel]]s and [[agathion]]s are put off by their stoic, strict adherence to the letter of the law, while [[psychopomp]]s find their zeal and interference upsetting. [[Archon]]s and [[devil]]s are willing to work with them but disagree with how inevitables exact punishment. On missions that demand speed, inevitables often ride on mighty [[aekrakarshi]]s.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
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Inevitables regularly teach mortals how best to honour order, but know that mortals are imperfect, and aim to improve behaviour or [[magic]]ally compel it, trusting that their students will never meet their standards.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
  
== Habitat and society ==
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== Primal inevitables ==
  
Inevitables have no gender and little sense of self. They are almost always encountered singly on the [[Material Plane]] except when gathered into an force by the commands of their creators. When operating alone, they attempt to correct [[mortal]]s' chaotic ways and use various methods to push them into make amends. In extreme cases, inevitables back this up with force&mdash;even lethal force.<ref name="B2"/>
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Legions of inevitables regularly battle against the [[Maelstrom]] in an eternal attempt to bring order to the chaotic realm.<ref name="TGB-4">{{Cite book/The Great Beyond|4}}</ref>
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The first inevitables are the [[demigod]]s known as [[primal inevitable]]s. Most primal inevitables have been destroyed in cosmic disasters, and the axiomites have lost the ability to build them, so the surviving ones are seen as living treasures by normal inevitables, to be protected at all costs.<ref name="CoR-30"/>
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Inevitable
A marut inevitable.
(Creature)

Traits Aeon, inevitable, monitor
Level Varies
Alignment
Images of inevitables

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 8

Type Outsider
(extraplanar, inevitable, lawful)
CR Varies
Environment Any (Axis)
Alignment
Images of inevitables

Source: Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2, pg(s). 161

A kolyarut inevitable.

Inevitables are a family of living machine aeons created by axiomites in the eternal war against proteans and the forces of chaos.[1]

Appearance

Most inevitables resemble humanoids made of stone, metal, and jewels. They are forged by axiomites and often look like moving works of art. They are aware of how they inspire awe, and usually choose to speak in a steely, booming voice to ensure obedience.[2]

Origins

In ages past during Axis's expansion, its inhabitants entered into agreements with Heaven and Hell that solidified its multiversal neutrality between the two moral extremes of good and evil. Immediately opposing this were two keketar proteans and a third, unknown albino type of protean, who called Axis an "infection" and demanded that it cease to exist.[3]

Although Axis prepared for war, the cataclysm that happened in its stead devastated the city. Planar rifts tinted blue like the Maelstrom's depths rent Axis' walls and spilled hordes of demons into the city of cities, causing widespread destruction. In response, Axis devoted some of its axiomites to crafting a defensive force, which led to the first inevitables.[3]

A council of pleroma aeons recently revealed that axiomites were prodigal aeons that broke free from the Monad, an aeon demigod that claims to represent the underpinning of all realities, in order to pursue acts of creation. By extension, the council claimed that inevitables had always been agents of aeons in their eternal war against imbalance. Most, but not all, axiomites and inevitables have joined forces with aeons as a result.[1]

Ecology

Inevitables are created for the purpose of enforcing the laws of reality and society. Each inevitable's existence is driven by a conceptual jurisdiction to be enforced. They have no ambition and cannot be swayed by bribery, but are sometimes willing to offer light sentences in exchange for aid against greater crimes. They have no gender and little sense of self.[2]

Although they look like constructs, inevitables are living outsiders that nonetheless enjoy many benefits of a constructed form: they are never tired, hungry, nor sick.[2]

The frames of inevitables are forged in the Adamantine Crucible of Axis.[4] Petitioners in Axis that solve the riddles inscribed on their bodies are granted permission to enter the Adamantine Crucible and bond with one such frame to become inevitables. Most only retain fragmentary memories of their past life, which influence their new personality.[5][2]

Unshackled

Inevitables can become corrupted as the result of chaos suffusion or possession by pelagastrs, becoming chaotic creatures known as unshackled.[6]

Habitat

Inevitables are almost always encountered singly on the Material Plane except when gathered into a force by the commands of their creators. When operating alone, they attempt to correct mortals' chaotic ways and use various methods to push them into making amends. In extreme cases, inevitables back this up with force—even lethal force. Some inevitables regularly return to Axis to receive new orders, while others are ordered to operate at their own discretion across a large territory.[2]

Some inevitables remain on Axis, where legions of inevitables regularly battle against the Maelstrom in an eternal attempt to bring order to the chaotic realm; these inevitables are termed the Bulwark. Others, called Seekers, analyse axiomites' observations and dispatches about the mortal world. Between assignments, they establish homes in Axis or wander the planes to pursue a broader mandate.[2][7]

Society

Inevitables are guided by an unspoken hierarchy: the more powerful an inevitable, the higher its rank. When two cross paths, they also take into account the immediacy and severity of each one's mission to determine primacy; if necessary, a powerful inevitable might defer to a lesser one. Inevitables never clash with each other. Axiomites exist outside this hierarchy, and inevitables respect and are absolutely loyal to their creators, although the two races operate more as partners instead of master and servant.[2]

Inevitables have little culture or desire to make friends, and their relationships are strictly professional. They often rely on local mortals (like local authorities, adventurers, or followers of lawful deities), unless these mortals are part of the problem or informing them could ruin the mission. Inevitables rarely compel service and might even pay those who lie outside the hierarchy of Axis.[2]

Outside of axiomites, aphorites and certain deities' servants, most outsiders do not work well with inevitables. Angels and agathions are put off by their stoic, strict adherence to the letter of the law, while psychopomps find their zeal and interference upsetting. Archons and devils are willing to work with them but disagree with how inevitables exact punishment. On missions that demand speed, inevitables often ride on mighty aekrakarshis.[2]

Inevitables regularly teach mortals how best to honour order, but know that mortals are imperfect, and aim to improve behaviour or magically compel it, trusting that their students will never meet their standards.[2]

Primal inevitables

The first inevitables are the demigods known as primal inevitables. Most primal inevitables have been destroyed in cosmic disasters, and the axiomites have lost the ability to build them, so the surviving ones are seen as living treasures by normal inevitables, to be protected at all costs.[2]

References

For additional resources, see the Meta page.