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Shabti
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(native)
CR By class level
Environment Any
Alignment

Source: Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh, pg(s). 90–91

Shabti[1] are immortal outsiders resembling humanoids that are brought to life through the use of a sovereign shabti, and are designed to bear the scourge of Pharasma's judgement upon powerful individuals.[2]

Appearance

Most shabti resemble humans with flawless features and physiques. Their skin looks golden, accented with various embellishments, but does not feel metallic. They stand over six feet tall and weigh from 150 to 200 pounds. Their anatomy is similar to humans', except for their infertility.[2]

Ecology

When a soul bound to a sovereign shabti is judged, its shabti duplicate is created. If the original is condemned, then the shabti takes its place among the petitioners while the soul instead travels to the plane matching its alignment. Otherwise, the shabti appears on the fringe of Axis. Shabti come into being fully-grown, with glimpses of a privileged life, but know nothing of the magic that spawned them or the burden they have to bear.[2]

Habitat

Most shabti can be found on Axis, as well as Dis, Heaven's Shore, and the City of Brass to a lesser degree. Even in these places, they are rare and seldom gather in groups greater than three. On the Material Plane, shabti are practically unknown and usually mistaken as ifrits or aasimars.[2]

Society

Newly formed shabti, unaware that they are copies of another individual, believe that they are dead royalty, taking their rich appearance as a sign of spiritual value or divine favour. In the face of their torment or labour, they prove initially indignant, then distraught. When they discover their true nature, some deny it and live as if their memories were real, while others fall into depression or insanity, and yet others embrace their new-found freedom. Some choose to distance themselves from the sovereign shabti and take family names, commonly Crown or Answerer.[2]

Many shabti know about their true nature from psychopomps, who constantly seek them out. Upon finding a shabti, a psychopomp will immediately release them from punishments and use their memories to bring their creator to justice, as their mistress Pharasma despises attempts to avoid judgement.[2]

References

  1. Shabti is used for both singular and plural
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Tyler Beck, F. Wesley Schneider, and Mike Shel. (2014). Bestiary. Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh, p. 90–91. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-593-8