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Kitsune Trickster

Kitsune are shapeshifting, fox-like humanoids who have been blessed by the spirits. They can shift from the form of a fox-headed humanoid into a specific alternate form unique to each kitsune, usually either a tailless form—such as a humanoid body without any fox features (typically of the prevalent ancestry where they grew up)—or a fox form. Kitsune revel in joy and beauty, often practicing storytelling, dance, and other creative arts. However, they also have a penchant for playing pranks on the joyless and self-important, earning them a reputation as tricksters. Favored by the goddess Daikitsu, kitsune seem to be almost supernaturally lucky, perpetually dodging danger by the narrowest margins.

While kitsune settlements do exist, most kitsune are incredibly curious and often leave home at a young age to encounter new people and sights. Some kitsune spend years in their tailless form, living disguised among humanoids in urban or rural societies whose inhabitants have no clue of their true nature. Others go to the opposite extreme, spending most of their lives in the form of a fox, only to reveal themselves at the most opportune moment. For many kitsune, revealing their true form to someone is a sign of great trust, but it's also not uncommon for kitsune to display their dual nature openly.

Kitsune's connection to the spiritual world grants them a number of magical abilities. Aside from their innate shapeshifting powers, kitsune naturally develop more potent magic as they mature, and they seem to effortlessly pick up skills that would rival the most practiced spellcasters. Those who truly apply themselves to honing their magic usually become remarkable at their craft.

A kitsune is born with one tail, but as their magical powers grow, so do their number of tails. Elders blessed with great magical wisdom can have as many as nine, though according to popular legend, this level of power can take up to a thousand years to achieve.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 16

Kitsune TricksterCreature 2

CNMediumHumanoidKitsune
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 150
Perception +10
Languages Common, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +8, Deception +10, Diplomacy +8, Nature +6, Performance +8, Thievery +8
Str +0, Dex +4, Con +0, Int +0, Wis +2, Cha +4
Items dagger, flute
AC 18; Fort +6, Ref +10, Will +8
HP 24
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +10 [+5/+0] (finesse), Damage 1d6+2 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action dagger +10 [+6/+2] (agile, finesse, versatile S), Damage 1d4+2 piercingRanged Single ActionSingle Action dagger +10 [+6/+2] (agile, thrown 10 feet, versatile S), Damage 1d4+2 piercingRanged Single ActionSingle Action foxfire +12 [+7/+2] (range 20 feet), Damage 1d4+2 fireDivine Spontaneous Spells DC 18, attack +10; 1st charm, fleet step, magic fang (3 slots); Cantrips (1st) dancing lights, detect magic, ghost sound, prestidigitation, produce flame, sigil, tanglefoot
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (divine, polymorph, transmutation, concentrate) The kitsune trickster transforms into the tailless form of a specific Medium human. The tailless form can't be altered and resembles the kitsune's fox-like humanoid form. While the kitsune trickster's alternate form is a Medium human, some kitsune have tailless forms of other humanoids, or a fox alternate form.

All Monsters in "Kitsune"

NameLevel
Kitsune Trickster2

Kitsune

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 150
Kitsune are shapeshifting, fox-like humanoids who have been blessed by the spirits. They can shift from the form of a fox-headed humanoid into a specific alternate form unique to each kitsune, usually either a tailless form—such as a humanoid body without any fox features (typically of the prevalent ancestry where they grew up)—or a fox form. Kitsune revel in joy and beauty, often practicing storytelling, dance, and other creative arts. However, they also have a penchant for playing pranks on the joyless and self-important, earning them a reputation as tricksters. Favored by the goddess Daikitsu, kitsune seem to be almost supernaturally lucky, perpetually dodging danger by the narrowest margins.

While kitsune settlements do exist, most kitsune are incredibly curious and often leave home at a young age to encounter new people and sights. Some kitsune spend years in their tailless form, living disguised among humanoids in urban or rural societies whose inhabitants have no clue of their true nature. Others go to the opposite extreme, spending most of their lives in the form of a fox, only to reveal themselves at the most opportune moment. For many kitsune, revealing their true form to someone is a sign of great trust, but it's also not uncommon for kitsune to display their dual nature openly.

Kitsune's connection to the spiritual world grants them a number of magical abilities. Aside from their innate shapeshifting powers, kitsune naturally develop more potent magic as they mature, and they seem to effortlessly pick up skills that would rival the most practiced spellcasters. Those who truly apply themselves to honing their magic usually become remarkable at their craft.

A kitsune is born with one tail, but as their magical powers grow, so do their number of tails. Elders blessed with great magical wisdom can have as many as nine, though according to popular legend, this level of power can take up to a thousand years to achieve.

Sidebar - Additional Lore The Lady of Foxes

Daikitsu, a deity worshiped in Tian Xia as the patron of agriculture and craftsmanship, is directly responsible for the creation of kitsune. The first kitsune descended from Daikitsu's attendants sent to the Material Plane. Nine-tailed kitsune have served as heralds of Daikitsu throughout history