Raja rakshasa

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Raja rakshasa
Rakshasa1E
A rakshasa dancer.
(Creature)

Raja rakshasas are the most widespread and commonly encountered species of rakshasa. Also simply known as rakshasas,[1] they are more powerful than some members of their kind and less powerful than others, and represent the ideal midpoint between servitor and master.[2][3]

Appearance

In their natural form, raja rakshasas can be recognized by their animal heads (those of great cats, snakes, crocodiles, apes, and birds of prey being the most common) and backward-facing hands. In most cases, a raja's head is indicative of its personality. A raja is six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.[3][4]

Society

In order to bring down or secretly take over whole cities, raja rakshasas gather in close-knit families that often incorporate others of their kind, like dandasukas, who serve as servants or spies. The rajas constantly scheme and bicker among each other, even as they work together toward their shared goal.[4]

Religion

Raja rakshasas are disdainful of religion, even by rakshasa standards. They recognise the power of deities, but view themselves as the only things that deserve worship.[4]

References

  1. In 1E, "raja rakshasas" were known simply as "rakshasas" as was the entire family of fiends. 2E distinguishes between the two by introducing "raja rakshasa" as the name for the most common type of rakshasa, while using "rakshasa" to indicate the entire family.
  2. Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 274. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jesse Benner et al. (2011). Bestiary 3 (First Edition), p. 224. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 275. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2