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PFS StandardKeketar

The ruling caste of the proteans, keketars orchestrate attacks against the bastions of law and adjudicate protean disputes confidently and capriciously. A keketar resembles a shimmering, serpentine creature with spines, claws, and a dragon-like head. A keketar’s actual appearance is in constant flux, but they generally stay about 18 feet long with a weight of around 1,500 pounds. While their physical forms can vary, two things remain constant: First, a keketar’s eyes are always a piercing shade of amber or violet. Second, the keketar’s mark of office—a crown of shifting symbols that hovers above its head—never changes. A keketar cannot remove its crown but can suppress it, although most are loath to do so and consider such an act one of cowardice or shame.

Keketars fill a role in protean society of a sort of priesthood, operating as intermediaries between the other proteans and the Speakers of the Depths. All other proteans defer to keketars, treating them in a way similar to how citizens of a mortal city would treat respected nobles; even more powerful proteans defer to the will of the keketars. As with many religions, dogma and theology are prone to interpretation and change, and among the proteans the situation is perhaps even more pronounced. Whatever the nature of and desires held by the mysterious Speakers of the Depths, individual keketars may come to dramatically different conclusions as to their will and intent. To the proteans, though, this inherent dissonance is a strength rather than a weakness.

Recall Knowledge - Monitor (Religion): DC 36
Unspecific Lore: DC 34
Specific Lore: DC 31

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KeketarCreature 17

Source Bestiary pg. 269
Perception +30; entropy sense (imprecise) 60 feet, darkvision
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Protean; telepathy 100 feet, tongues
Skills Acrobatics +26, Athletics +30, Deception +33, Diplomacy +35, Intimidation +35, Religion +30, Stealth +28
Str +9, Dex +5, Con +7, Int +5, Wis +7, Cha +7
Entropy Sense (divination, divine, prediction) A keketar can anticipate the most likely presence of a creature through a supernatural insight into chaotic probabilities and chance. This grants it the ability to sense creatures within the listed range. A creature under the effects of nondetection or that is otherwise shielded from divinations and predictions cannot be noticed via entropy sense.
AC 40; Fort +30, Ref +28, Will +34; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 290 (fast healing 10); Resistances precision 10, protean anatomy 25; Weaknesses lawful 15
Protean Anatomy (divine, transmutation) A keketar’s vital organs shift and change shape and position constantly. Immediately after the keketar takes acid, electricity, or sonic damage, it gains the listed amount of resistance to that damage type. This lasts for 1 hour or until the next time the protean takes damage of one of the other types (in which case its resistance changes to match that type), whichever comes first.
The keketar is immune to polymorph effects unless it is a willing target. If blinded or deafened, the keketar automatically recovers at the end of its next turn as new sensory organs grow to replace the compromised ones.
Spatial Riptide (aura, divine, transmutation) 30 feet. A creature using a teleportation ability within the aura or arriving in it via teleportation must succeed at a DC 38 Fortitude save or wink out of existence for 1d4 rounds before completing the teleport. The creature can’t act, sense anything, or be targeted. On a successful save, the creature completes the teleport normally but is stunned 1. Keketars are immune to this effect.
Attack of Opportunity
Speed 40 feet, fly 50 feet, swim 40 feet; freedom of movement
Melee jaws +33 [+28/+23] (chaotic, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d10+15 piercing plus 1d6 chaotic and warpwave strikeMelee claw +33 [+29/+25] (agile, chaotic, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+15 slashing plus 1d6 chaotic and warpwave strikeMelee tail +33 [+28/+23] (reach 15 feet), Damage 2d10+15 bludgeoning plus GrabDivine Innate Spells DC 42, attack +32; 9th divine wrath (chaotic only), prismatic sphere; 8th baleful polymorph, confusion; 7th disintegrate, dispel magic (at will), shatter (at will), warp mind (x3); 6th teleport (at will; self only); 5th creation (at will), dimension door, hallucinatory terrain (x2; see reshape reality); 4th confusion (at will), dimension door (at will); 2nd detect alignment (at will; lawful only); Constant (5th) tongues; (4th) freedom of movement
Change Shape (concentrate, divine, polymorph, transmutation) The keketar can take the appearance of any Huge or smaller creature. This doesn’t change its Speed or its attack and damage bonuses with its Strikes, but might change the damage type its Strikes deal.Constrict 1d10+15 bludgeoning, DC 42Reshape Reality (concentrate, divine, polymorph, transmutation) When the keketar casts hallucinatory terrain, it infuses the illusion with quasi-real substance. Creatures that do not disbelieve the illusion treat structures and terrain created through the spell as though they were real, ascending illusory stairs, becoming trapped by illusory quicksand, and so on.Warpwave Strike (divine, polymorph, transmutation) A creature struck by a keketar's jaws or claw Strike must succeed at a DC 36 Fortitude save or be subject to a warpwave (see Warpwave below).

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Source Bestiary pg. 266
Guardians of disorder and natives of the primal plane of chaos known as the Maelstrom, proteans consider it their calling to spread bedlam and hasten entropic ends. The most powerful proteans are demigods known collectively as the protean lords, although they are mysterious entities whose cults on the Material Plane tend to be obscure and secretive.

Proteans divide themselves into a loose caste system and possess a dizzying variety of powers. Most proteans have a serpentine body with the head of a primeval beast. Scholars have long been intrigued by this fact—that scions of dissolution and disorder would share so many features—pointing out that even in the purest chaos there is some semblance of order. Others note that the serpentine form is one of the most primeval shapes, perhaps suggesting that in a reality at the dawn of time, such shapes were all that could exist. The proteans themselves have little to say on the matter, which, perhaps ironically, only adds to the confusion and lack of consensus surrounding their kind. After all, if even chaos cannot be trusted to be chaotic, would that not be the purest form of entropy?


Many proteans can subject their foes to disorienting alterations perceived in time and space by creating ripples of unstable reality in the environment called warpwaves. When a creature fails its saving throw and is affected by a warpwave, roll 1d8 and consult the table below for the specific effect on that creature. Unless indicated otherwise, a warpwave effect lasts for 1d4 rounds, and a new warpwave effect negates any previous warpwave effect already affecting a creature.
D8Warpwave Effect
1Clumsy 2 (3 on a critical failure)
2Confused and gains 4d6 temporary Hit Points
3Dazzled (permanent on a critical failure)
4Enfeebled 2 (3 on a critical failure)
5Immobilized by filaments of energy
6Quickened (Stride, Strike, or Step only)
7Slowed 1
8Stupefied 2 (3 on a critical failure)

Sidebar - Additional Lore Ancient Immortals

Among the numerous types of immortals that dwell in the Great Beyond, the proteans are surely some of the oldest. They’ve waged war against the inevitable aeons from the advent of their first creation, and speak longingly of that time before the gods themselves imposed order upon reality.

Sidebar - Locations Born from Chaos

The Maelstrom, home of all proteans, is the whirling mass of turbulent primal energy, planar waves, and soul-stuff that surrounds the Outer Planes. Planar scholars theorize that all of reality was originally formed from the Maelstrom in the early days of the cosmos—a theory proteans don’t necessarily dispute.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Defending Chaos

Where proteans go, chaos follows. To proteans, there is no purer form of existence than entropy, and they constantly seek to oppose the establishment of order in the Great Beyond. However, proteans don’t see life as being incompatible with chaos; rather, they simply believe beings—immortal or not—deserve complete freedom on their own terms.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Proteans

Many other proteans beyond those presented here dwell in the Maelstrom, including the spectral pelagastrs, the nearly humanoid shapechanging ourdivars, and the incredibly powerful izfiitars.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Protean Divinities

The most powerful of all proteans are a group of demigods known collectively as protean lords. Yet even their vast might pales in comparison to that of the mysterious Speakers of the Depths. The Speakers are the most enigmatic of the Maelstrom’s gods—even their exact nature is unknown, and scholars disagree as to whether they are even divinities or just aspects of the Maelstrom itself.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Protean Names

Individual proteans have two names: a traditional name in their hissing, confusing language; and an honorary title. The latter is easily translated to other languages, but a protean’s traditional name can only rarely be uttered in any tongue other than Protean. As such, most proteans tend to go by their titles when dealing with outsiders, referring to themselves as, for example, “Song of Gentle Poison” or “Sibilant Cry of the Storm.”