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Onidoshi

Onidoshi, or ogre mages, are oni with the material form of an ogre. Onidoshi's supernatural prowess and overwhelming intellect are enough to awe and cow entire families of rank-and-file ogres. Because of this, onidoshi are often found at the head of ogre war parties or orchestrating these violent campaigns from behind the scenes. It's rare for onidoshi to lead solitary existences, but those who do prefer to maraud the countryside or exploit villages and hoard the spoils for themselves.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 24

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 24

OnidoshiCreature 8

LELargeFiendGiantHumanoidOni
Source Bestiary 2 pg. 188
Perception +17; darkvision
Languages Common, Jotun
Skills Acrobatics +15, Arcana +13, Athletics +16, Deception +18, Intimidation +18, Nature +17
Str +6, Dex +3, Con +4, Int +3, Wis +3, Cha +4
Items +1 striking falchion, breastplate, composite shortbow with 20 arrows
AC 27; Fort +18, Ref +15, Will +15; +1 status on all saves vs. magic
HP 125, regeneration 7 (deactivated by acid or fire)
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction
Speed 30 feet, fly 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action falchion +21 [+16/+11] (forceful, magical, reach 10 feet, sweep), Damage 2d10+9 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action fist +20 [+16/+12] (agile, evil, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d8+9 bludgeoningRanged Single ActionSingle Action composite shortbow +17 [+12/+7] (deadly 1d10, range increment 100 feet, reload 0), Damage 2d6+9 piercingPrimal Innate Spells DC 24; 5th cone of cold; 4th charm, gaseous form, sleep; 3rd fear; 2nd darkness, invisibility (at will, self only)
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, polymorph, primal, transmutation) The onidoshi takes on the appearance of an ogre. This doesn't change their Speed or Strike attack and damage.

All Monsters in "Oni"

NameLevel
Fire Yai14
Frost Yai13
Onidoshi8
Water Yai17

Oni

Source Bestiary 2 pg. 188
Not all divine creations are meant to live as mortals. Some spirits are created as guardians instead, tasked as protectors of elements of nature that cannot protect themselves. When these spirits accept their divine place in the metacosmos and take on such charges, they become kami. But some of these spirits are willful, obstinate, or simply rotten, railing against such demands from the gods and becoming bodiless and unable to interact with the world they can torturously still observe. Others receive such punishment simply for failing at their duty, and their despair at their condition twists them like those that began with a seed of darkness. When these spirits look upon mortal lives and become overcome with envy of the flesh and pleasure that humanoids can revel in, they form surrogate bodies of their own and become monsters known collectively as oni.

When an oni manifests, they always do so in a form that parodies a specific humanoid ancestry closely associated with the oni’s obsessions and envies. Giants’ over-the-top personalities and sizes are likely the reason why these humanoids are the most common incarnations chosen by oni; such oni are known collectively as yai oni. Yet there exist oni associated with almost every kind of humanoid. Most oni are capable of supernaturally disguising themselves as their associated humanoid type and use this ability to infiltrate societies and seize control from within. Once established, oni typically reveal their true form and revel in dominating those they view as lesser beings fit only to serve their whims.

Oni are nothing if not vain. They typically choose comely or striking appearances in their humanoid disguises—forms that are completely at odds with the ugliness of their true natures. An oni’s true form is indicative of their innermost desires and always has features such as oversized teeth that verge into tusks, sharp claws, unusually bright skin colors, or a third eye in the forehead. Oni have desires as varied as those of any being, though by their nature these desires are almost always for hedonistic or destructive experiences of the flesh, typically food, pleasure, or violence.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Oni Daimyo

Oni daimyo are quasi-deities with isolated mortal domains. The most powerful is Inma, the Empress of the World, but Akuma the Horned King, Murona the Dark Mother, and Nataka the Red King are also worshipped.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Oni Origins

The first oni originated in the nation of Minkai on the continent of Tian Xia. Whether due to prevalent local kami— particularly in the mist-shrouded Forest of Spirits—or its peoples' faiths, Minkai is a hotbed of oni activity.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Oni Shapechangers

Oni humanoid forms are limited to one specific appearance. An ogre magecan assume only one specific ogre form, while an ice yai can appear only as one specific frost giant. Some oni have greater control over their shapeshifting power and can assume the form of any humanoid creature, and these oni tend to be the most dangerous.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Oni

Different oni exist for nearly every humanoid ancestry. Kuwa oni mask their golden skin and four-fingered claws in human form, while ja oni hide as hobgoblins. Other yai include wind yai (who take their form from cloud giants) and the immensely powerful void yai (who form from other yai and ascend to rule over rune giants).