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{{Creature
 
{{Creature
| name = Pairaka
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| name       = Pairaka
| type = Outsider
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| type       = [[Outsider]]
| subtype = [[div]], evil, extraplanar
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| subtype     = [[div]], evil, extraplanar
| alignment = [[Neutral evil]]
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| alignment   = {{Alignment grid/NE}}
 
| environment = [[Abaddon]]
 
| environment = [[Abaddon]]
| challenge = 7
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| challenge   = 7
| source = [[Pathfinder 20, House of the Beast|Pathfinder 20: House of the Beast]]
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| source     = [[House of the Beast]]
| page = 84-85
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| page       = 84-85
 
}}
 
}}
  
'''Pairakas''' are an embodiment of corruption and disease that sabotage the relationships and links that make up a community specialising in manipulation of human sexuality and taboo desires.
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'''Pairakas''' are an embodiment of corruption and [[Diseases of Golarion|disease]] that sabotage the relationships and links that make up a community. They specialize in manipulating [[human]] sexuality and taboo desires.
  
==Appearance==
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== Appearance ==
Pairaka are rarely seen in there natural form, instead they usually take the form of an attractive members of either gender or of urban animals that go unnoticed amongst the hustle and bustle of a city. In their natural form pairaka look almost [[Human|human]] and stand just over six foot tall. They have a strange, lithe, androgynous beauty with there skin a cool pastel tone (normally blue, green or turquoise), though their skin looks smooth and alluring they can reveal its true form covered in oozing blisters, large pustules and scabby rashes that get worse round the stomach and loin area. Their heads sports long lengths of black hair and several backwards swept horns the features of their face are sharp, almost monstrously so, while there mouth sports a predatory grin complete with sharp, bestial fangs.<ref name="HOTBp84">{{Cite article/House of the Beast|84}}</ref><ref name="HOTBp85">{{Cite article/House of the Beast|85}}</ref>
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In its natural form, a pairaka looks almost [[human]] and stands just over six foot tall. It has a strange, lithe, androgynous beauty, with skin of a cool pastel tone (normally blue, green or turquoise). Though its skin looks smooth and alluring, a pairaka can choose to reveal its true form covered in oozing blisters, large pustules, and scabby rashes that get more prominent around the stomach and loin. Its head sports long lengths of black hair and several backwards-swept horns, and its facial features are sharp, almost monstrously so. A pairaka's mouth sports a predatory grin complete with sharp, bestial fangs.
  
==Habitat & Ecology==
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Pairakas are rarely seen in their natural form. Instead, they usually take the form of an attractive members of either gender or of urban animals that go unnoticed among the hustle and bustle of a city.<ref name="HotB-84-85">{{Cite book/House of the Beast|84|84-85}}</ref>
Pairakas are natives of [[Abaddon]] but prefer spending their time corrupting and destroying mortal life on the [[Material Plane|material plane]]. On Abbadon the pairaka are not consider to be a particularly important type of [[Div]] which affords them a degree of independence. Groups of pairaka often ally with the Horseman of Pestilence [[Apollyon]] but for the most part they prefer life on [[Golarion]].<ref name="HOTBp85" />
 
  
Like all Div, pairaka desire to make life on the material plane as miserable as the hellish afterlife awaiting in Abaddon, pairakas do this by corrupting and destroying the human relationships that form the basis of society turning friend against friend, lover against lover. Pairaka infiltrate society normally in the guise of beautiful women, lust and sexuality are the main tools they use to drive a wedge into human relationships seducing married men by exploiting their darkest desires. The combination of darkest lusts and the disease ridden corruption that pairaka are composed of is a deadly one, they often use sex as a way to spread the plagues they carry, plagues which rot the mind and wither the flesh. This alone would make the pairaka a deadly scourge on mankind let alone its ferocious nature. Like all other Div pairaka posses an esoteric weakness, they cannot stand the colour red. In all the legends regarding pairaka there is not one case when they have been able to tolerate the colour red, even discarding valuable rubies because of their colour.<ref name="HOTBp85" />
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== Habitat and ecology ==
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Pairakas are natives of [[Abaddon]] but prefer spending their time corrupting and destroying mortal life on the [[Material Plane]]. On Abbadon, pairakas are not considered to be a particularly important type of [[div]], which affords them a degree of independence. Groups of pairakas often ally with the Horseman of Pestilence [[Apollyon]], but for the most part they prefer life on [[Golarion]].<ref name="HotB-85">{{Cite book/House of the Beast|85}}</ref>
  
==Abilities==
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Like all divs, pairakas desire to make life on the Material Plane as miserable as the hellish afterlife awaiting them in Abaddon. They do this by corrupting and destroying the human relationships that form the basis of society, turning friends and lovers against one another.
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Pairakas often infiltrate society in the guise of beautiful humans and take advantage of lust and sexuality to destroy human relationships. The combination of darkest lusts and the disease-ridden corruption that comprise pairakas is deadly one; they often use sex as a way to spread plagues that rot the mind and wither the flesh.
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This alone would make the pairaka a deadly scourge on humanity, let alone its ferocious nature. However, like all other divs, pairakas possess an esoteric weakness&mdash;they cannot stand the colour red. In all the legends regarding pairakas, there is not one case when they have been able to tolerate the colour red, even discarding valuable [[ruby|rubies]] because of their colour.<ref name="HotB-85" />
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=== Worship by humans ===
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Some cults of vengeful humans, particularly in [[Qadira]] and [[Katapesh]], worship pairakas. While [[Sarenrae|Sarenite]] warriors have hunted most of these cults&mdash;known as [[Usij]]&mdash;to extinction, they persist in small numbers even today.<ref name="HotB-85" />
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== Abilities ==
 
; Change Shape
 
; Change Shape
 
: The pairaka is a master of changing its shape to further its evil goals.
 
: The pairaka is a master of changing its shape to further its evil goals.
 
; Disease
 
; Disease
: As creatures of manifest corruption any wound a pairaka inflicts soon festers with disease.
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: As creatures of manifest corruption, any wound a pairaka inflicts soon festers with disease.
 
; Lustful Dreams
 
; Lustful Dreams
: The pairaka can slip into the dreams of any sleeper and infect them with depraved fantasies so unpleasant that it leaves the victim exhausted.
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: A pairaka can slip into a sleeping creature's dreams and infect them with depraved fantasies so unpleasant that it leaves the victim exhausted.
 
; Summon Div
 
; Summon Div
: A pairaka can summon lesser [[Doru]] Divs to serve their whims.
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: A pairaka can summon lesser [[doru]] divs to serve their whims.
 
; Summon Swarm
 
; Summon Swarm
: The putrid nature of the pairaka mean they can summon swarms of flies to harass their opponents.<ref name="HOTBp84" /><ref name="HOTBp85" />
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: A pairaka's putrid nature allows it to draw swarms of flies that harass their opponents.<ref name="HotB-84-85" />
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== References ==
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{{Refs}}
  
==References==
 
{{refs}}
 
 
{{Div}}
 
{{Div}}
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[[Category:Outsiders]]
 
[[Category:Outsiders]]
 
[[Category:CR 7 creatures]]
 
[[Category:CR 7 creatures]]
[[Category:Divs]]
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[[Category:Div]]
 
[[Category:Neutral evil creatures]]
 
[[Category:Neutral evil creatures]]
 
[[Category:Evil subtype creatures]]
 
[[Category:Evil subtype creatures]]
 
[[Category:Extraplanar subtype creatures]]
 
[[Category:Extraplanar subtype creatures]]
[[Category:Works by Adam Daigle]]
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[[Category:Extraplanar environment creatures/Abaddon]]

Revision as of 06:22, 24 August 2015

Pairaka
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(div, evil, extraplanar)
CR 7
Environment Abaddon
Alignment

Source: House of the Beast, pg(s). 84-85

Pairakas are an embodiment of corruption and disease that sabotage the relationships and links that make up a community. They specialize in manipulating human sexuality and taboo desires.

Appearance

In its natural form, a pairaka looks almost human and stands just over six foot tall. It has a strange, lithe, androgynous beauty, with skin of a cool pastel tone (normally blue, green or turquoise). Though its skin looks smooth and alluring, a pairaka can choose to reveal its true form covered in oozing blisters, large pustules, and scabby rashes that get more prominent around the stomach and loin. Its head sports long lengths of black hair and several backwards-swept horns, and its facial features are sharp, almost monstrously so. A pairaka's mouth sports a predatory grin complete with sharp, bestial fangs.

Pairakas are rarely seen in their natural form. Instead, they usually take the form of an attractive members of either gender or of urban animals that go unnoticed among the hustle and bustle of a city.[1]

Habitat and ecology

Pairakas are natives of Abaddon but prefer spending their time corrupting and destroying mortal life on the Material Plane. On Abbadon, pairakas are not considered to be a particularly important type of div, which affords them a degree of independence. Groups of pairakas often ally with the Horseman of Pestilence Apollyon, but for the most part they prefer life on Golarion.[2]

Like all divs, pairakas desire to make life on the Material Plane as miserable as the hellish afterlife awaiting them in Abaddon. They do this by corrupting and destroying the human relationships that form the basis of society, turning friends and lovers against one another.

Pairakas often infiltrate society in the guise of beautiful humans and take advantage of lust and sexuality to destroy human relationships. The combination of darkest lusts and the disease-ridden corruption that comprise pairakas is deadly one; they often use sex as a way to spread plagues that rot the mind and wither the flesh.

This alone would make the pairaka a deadly scourge on humanity, let alone its ferocious nature. However, like all other divs, pairakas possess an esoteric weakness—they cannot stand the colour red. In all the legends regarding pairakas, there is not one case when they have been able to tolerate the colour red, even discarding valuable rubies because of their colour.[2]

Worship by humans

Some cults of vengeful humans, particularly in Qadira and Katapesh, worship pairakas. While Sarenite warriors have hunted most of these cults—known as Usij—to extinction, they persist in small numbers even today.[2]

Abilities

Change Shape
The pairaka is a master of changing its shape to further its evil goals.
Disease
As creatures of manifest corruption, any wound a pairaka inflicts soon festers with disease.
Lustful Dreams
A pairaka can slip into a sleeping creature's dreams and infect them with depraved fantasies so unpleasant that it leaves the victim exhausted.
Summon Div
A pairaka can summon lesser doru divs to serve their whims.
Summon Swarm
A pairaka's putrid nature allows it to draw swarms of flies that harass their opponents.[1]

References