Monday, May 30, 2011

Rakshasas - The Tribes of the Space Demon

 Rakshasas are a populous race of supernatural humanoids. There were both good and evil rakshasas, and as warriors they fought along side the armies of both good and evil. They are powerful warriors, expert magicians and illusionists. As shape-changers, they can assume various physical forms, and it is not always clear whether they have a true or natural form
Rakshasas are notorious for disturbing sacrifices, desecrating graves, harassing priests, possessing human beings, and so on. Their fingernails are venomous, and they feed on human flesh and spoiled food. They are shapechangers, illusionists, and magicians.

As illusionists, they are capable of creating appearances which are real to those who believe in them or who fail to dispel them. Some of the rakshasas are said to be man-eaters, and make their gleeful appearance when the slaughter on the battlefield is at its worst. Occasionally they serve as rank-and-file soldiers in the service of one or the other warlord.
Aside from its treatment of unnamed rank-and-file Rakshasas, the epic tells the stories of certain members of the race who rose to prominence, some of them as heroes, most of them as villains.

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
They have evolved for over 9 million years in the planar depths, they have fought wars against the gods, they have been courted for their martial prowess& they are returning.

No. Enc.: 1d6
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 6 (4 vs. primitive weapons)
Hit Dice: 7
Attacks: 1 or by power
Damage: by weapon
They count among their ranks astronauts, adventurers, & many others.The Rakshasas are psychic by their very nature & they have power to prove it .They have the power to fly, can vanish and also increase or decrease their size at will. They can also take the form of any animal, human or other thing at their will. These powers are called Maya.It takes a skill roll for any of these powers to be used. They're attacks with their with their vicious claws that drip with venom. A victim that fails a saving throw vs. poison will become nauseated and essentially incapacitated for 1d4days.
The Rakshasas are often employed by intergalactic warlords in the last few decades & have quietly been invading certain colony worlds.

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