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A '''rakshasa maharaja''' (sometimes '''maharaja rakshasa'''<ref name="B3-226f">{{Cite book/Bestiary 3|226''f''}}</ref>, '''rakshasa maharajah''',<ref name="PF9p86" /> or just '''maharaja'''<ref name="B3-226f" />) is the highest rank a [[rakshasa]] can hope to attain; they are the pinnacle of the rakshasa's strict [[Rakshasa#Caste system|caste system]]. These multi headed, earthbound [[fiend]]s are capable combatants, and easily a match for all but the most ancient [[dragon]].<ref name="EOK87" />
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A '''rakshasa maharaja''' (sometimes '''maharaja rakshasa''',<ref name="B3-226f">{{Cite book/Bestiary 3|226''f''}}</ref> '''rakshasa maharajah''',<ref name="PF9p86"/> or just '''maharaja'''<ref name="B3-226f"/>) is the highest rank a [[rakshasa]] can hope to attain; they are the pinnacle of the rakshasa's strict [[Rakshasa#Caste system|caste system]]. These multi headed, earthbound [[fiend]]s are capable combatants, and easily a match for all but the most ancient [[dragon]].<ref name="EOK87"/>
  
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
  
Despite their incredible power, rakshasa maharajas look very [[human]] normally resembling a [[Vudrani (human ethnicity)|Vudrani]] human, though they are normally very physically attractive. Every rakshasa has one element in their physiology that is reversed: normally their hands, but sometimes their limbs, will bend the wrong way; or their ears will face backwards. Rakshasa maharajas are no exception to this reversing of features. However, the biggest divergence from their human appearance is their heads: each rakshasa maharaja has multiple heads. In addition to their human head, they have several [[animal]] heads; each of these animal heads is an animal native to [[Vudra]], normally a big [[cat]] or [[snake]].<ref name="PF9p86">{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|86}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|61}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|62}}</ref> Due to these multiple heads, rakshasa maharajas have all-round vision.<ref name="B3-226f" />
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Despite their incredible power, rakshasa maharajas look very [[human]] normally resembling a [[Vudrani (human ethnicity)|Vudrani]] human, though they are normally very physically attractive. Every rakshasa has one element in their physiology that is reversed: normally their hands, but sometimes their limbs, will bend the wrong way; or their ears will face backwards. Rakshasa maharajas are no exception to this reversing of features. However, the biggest divergence from their human appearance is their heads: each rakshasa maharaja has multiple heads. In addition to their human head, they have several [[animal]] heads; each of these animal heads is an animal native to [[Vudra]], normally a big [[cat]] or [[snake]].<ref name="PF9p86">{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|86}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|61}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|62}}</ref> Due to these multiple heads, rakshasa maharajas have all-round vision.<ref name="B3-226f"/>
  
 
== Habitat and ecology ==
 
== Habitat and ecology ==
  
Rakshasa maharajas can be found wherever their are [[mortal]]s to be manipulated and hedonistic experiences to be indulged. As a result, they can be found in a huge variety of locations, the only constant with a rakshasa maharaja lair is their level of wealthy excess. Rakshasa maharajas can change shape to assume any [[humanoid]] form to better infiltrate such societies.<ref name="PF9p86" /> As [[immortal]] creatures with millennia of experience manipulating mortals, there are few riches that they cannot afford, no treasure too expensive, no [[artifact]] too rare; these lairs are typically built and furnished over centuries. Rakshasa maharajas are rare creatures, the pinnacle of rakshasa's caste: only a handful of maharajas will rise in any century, and their numbers are never great. A rakshasa can only ascend to the rank of maharaja after living several lives as ''[[Rakshasa#Caste system|samrata]]'' the highest cast in rakshasa society. The process of actual transformation remains a mystery even to most rakshasas, but this process causes their power to increase and they gain additional heads.<ref name="EOK87">{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|87}}</ref>
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Rakshasa maharajas can be found wherever their are [[mortal]]s to be manipulated and hedonistic experiences to be indulged. As a result, they can be found in a huge variety of locations, the only constant with a rakshasa maharaja lair is their level of wealthy excess. Rakshasa maharajas can change shape to assume any [[humanoid]] form to better infiltrate such societies.<ref name="PF9p86"/> As [[immortal]] creatures with millennia of experience manipulating mortals, there are few riches that they cannot afford, no treasure too expensive, no [[artifact]] too rare; these lairs are typically built and furnished over centuries. Rakshasa maharajas are rare creatures, the pinnacle of rakshasa's caste: only a handful of maharajas will rise in any century, and their numbers are never great. A rakshasa can only ascend to the rank of maharaja after living several lives as ''[[Rakshasa#Caste system|samrata]]'' the highest cast in rakshasa society. The process of actual transformation remains a mystery even to most rakshasas, but this process causes their power to increase and they gain additional heads.<ref name="EOK87">{{Cite book/Escape from Old Korvosa|87}}</ref>
  
== Rakshasa rajadhirajas ==
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== Rakshasa rajadhirajas == <!-- Rakshasa rajadhiraja redirects here -->
  
As a maharaja continues to grow in might over many lifetimes, its powers outstrip those of its peers, potentially resulting in its ascent to the rank of [[Rakshasa rajadhiraja|rajadhiraja]]: a king of kings.<ref name="B3-227">{{Cite book/Bestiary 3|227}}</ref>
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As a maharaja continues to grow in might over many lifetimes, its powers outstrip those of its peers, potentially resulting in its ascent to the rank of '''rajadhiraja''': a king of kings.<ref name="B3-227">{{Cite book/Bestiary 3|227}}</ref>
  
==References==
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== References ==
  
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Revision as of 23:50, 12 November 2018

Rakshasa maharaja
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(native, rakshasa, shapechanger)
CR 20
Environment Any
Alignment

Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 226f.

A rakshasa maharaja (sometimes maharaja rakshasa,[1] rakshasa maharajah,[2] or just maharaja[1]) is the highest rank a rakshasa can hope to attain; they are the pinnacle of the rakshasa's strict caste system. These multi headed, earthbound fiends are capable combatants, and easily a match for all but the most ancient dragon.[3]

Appearance

Despite their incredible power, rakshasa maharajas look very human normally resembling a Vudrani human, though they are normally very physically attractive. Every rakshasa has one element in their physiology that is reversed: normally their hands, but sometimes their limbs, will bend the wrong way; or their ears will face backwards. Rakshasa maharajas are no exception to this reversing of features. However, the biggest divergence from their human appearance is their heads: each rakshasa maharaja has multiple heads. In addition to their human head, they have several animal heads; each of these animal heads is an animal native to Vudra, normally a big cat or snake.[2][4][5] Due to these multiple heads, rakshasa maharajas have all-round vision.[1]

Habitat and ecology

Rakshasa maharajas can be found wherever their are mortals to be manipulated and hedonistic experiences to be indulged. As a result, they can be found in a huge variety of locations, the only constant with a rakshasa maharaja lair is their level of wealthy excess. Rakshasa maharajas can change shape to assume any humanoid form to better infiltrate such societies.[2] As immortal creatures with millennia of experience manipulating mortals, there are few riches that they cannot afford, no treasure too expensive, no artifact too rare; these lairs are typically built and furnished over centuries. Rakshasa maharajas are rare creatures, the pinnacle of rakshasa's caste: only a handful of maharajas will rise in any century, and their numbers are never great. A rakshasa can only ascend to the rank of maharaja after living several lives as samrata the highest cast in rakshasa society. The process of actual transformation remains a mystery even to most rakshasas, but this process causes their power to increase and they gain additional heads.[3]

Rakshasa rajadhirajas

As a maharaja continues to grow in might over many lifetimes, its powers outstrip those of its peers, potentially resulting in its ascent to the rank of rajadhiraja: a king of kings.[6]

References