Giant mantis

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Giant mantis
A giant mantis faces its foes.
This article is about the insectoid vermin. For the shrimp, see giant mantis shrimp.

Giant mantises are massive relatives of common mantises.[1][2]

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Giant mantises can be summoned by spellcasters, and some Red Mantis assassins prefer them out of devotion to Achaekek, the Mantis God.[3][4][5][6] Indeed, Red Mantis assassins can grow powerful enough to take the form of a giant red mantis.[6] Giant mantises sometimes even serve as animal companions,[7] especially to druids of Achaekek.[8]

On Golarion

Giant mantises are hardy enough to live in extreme environs, and range from the jungles near Saventh-Yhi[9] to the Border Wood of Taldor,[10] and the area around Tumen in Osirion.[11] However, they do not easily handle cold climates, such as Irrisen.[10]

Their connection to Achaekek makes giant mantises commonly favored creatures by operatives of the Red Mantis. Their scarlet vigil occult ritual requires a giant mantis' claw.[12]


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