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Vishkanya Infiltrator

From a distance, vishkanyas share more than a passing resemblance to humans. However, a closer inspection reveals ophidian eyes with gold or white coloring, a forked tongue, and tiny, smooth scales set in serpentine patterns atop their skin. Even so, most onlookers assume these features to be an indicator of tiefling heritage or draconic magic, never suspecting how truly unusual the subject of their speculation is. Among outsiders, little is known of the vishkanya ancestry other than that a vishkanya carries a potent venom within their blood and saliva, knowledge which has led to widespread fear and distrust. To avoid persecution, vishkanyas entrench themselves deep into their chosen societies and train in the arts of subtlety. Drawn to work that allows them to put their skills to good use, vishkanyas often take the roles of spy, mercenary, bodyguard, and even assassin.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 23

Vishkanya InfiltratorCreature 3

RareNMediumHumanoidVishkanya
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 288
Perception +10; low-light vision
Languages Common, Vishkanyan
Skills Acrobatics +9, Athletics +7, Deception +11, Diplomacy +9, Society +7, Stealth +11, Thievery +9
Str +2, Dex +4, Con +1, Int +0, Wis +1, Cha +2
Items disguise kit, kukri, leather armor, shuriken (10), thieves' tools
AC 19; Fort +6 (+8 vs. poisons), Ref +11, Will +8
HP 45
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action kukri +11 [+7/+3] (agile, finesse, trip), Damage 1d6+4 slashingRanged Single ActionSingle Action shuriken +11 [+7/+3] (agile, thrown 20 feet), Damage 1d4+4 piercingEnvenom Single ActionSingle Action Frequency once per day; Effect Using either saliva or blood, the vishkanya applies vishkanyan venom to one weapon they're holding. To use their blood, they must be injured, or they can deal themselves 1 slashing damage as part of the action.Flexible The vishkanya infiltrator is adept at dealing with tight situations. They have a +1 circumstance bonus to checks to Escape.Proficient Poisoner The vishkanya infiltrator doesn't lose the poison on a weapon due to a critically failed Strike.Sneak Attack The vishkanya deals 1d6 extra precision damage to flat-footed creatures.Vishkanyan Venom (injury, poison) Saving Throw DC 20 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 1d4 poison damage (1 round); Stage 2 1d4 poison damage and flat-footed (1 round); Stage 3 1d4 poison damage, flat-footed, and a –5-foot penalty to Speed (1 round)

Sidebar - Additional Lore Toxicity

Although the idea that vishkanyas are able to administer their venom at a mere touch is a myth, some powerful vishkanyas can concentrate their innate toxins, resulting in more potent venom, or venoms that have different effects.

All Monsters in "Vishkanya"

NameLevel
Vishkanya Infiltrator3

Vishkanya

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 288
From a distance, vishkanyas share more than a passing resemblance to humans. However, a closer inspection reveals ophidian eyes with gold or white coloring, a forked tongue, and tiny, smooth scales set in serpentine patterns atop their skin. Even so, most onlookers assume these features to be an indicator of tiefling heritage or draconic magic, never suspecting how truly unusual the subject of their speculation is.

Among outsiders, little is known of the vishkanya ancestry other than that a vishkanya carries a potent venom within their blood and saliva, knowledge which has led to widespread fear and distrust. To avoid persecution, vishkanyas entrench themselves deep into their chosen societies and train in the arts of subtlety. Drawn to work that allows them to put their skills to good use, vishkanyas often take the roles of spy, mercenary, bodyguard, and even assassin. Some of the best-known guilds in the world employ vishkanyas, including the paired Assassins' Guild and Poisoners' Guild of Daggermark in the River Kingdoms, the implacable Red Mantis Assassins, and the famed Grand Sarret academy for courtiers in the Impossible Kingdom of Jalmeray. In most cases, these employers know their employee's true identity, but not always.

Due to the measures they must take to ensure their survival, vishkanyas don't congregate openly. Instead, they meet in secret, creating support networks and advisory bodies. Leading these gatherings are the most respected of vishkanya women, who work diligently to keep their ancestry and traditions alive. These underground communities are slow to spread, and leaving them means abandoning what little social and cultural support a vishkanya has. As a result, very few vishkanyas have emigrated from their Vudran homelands into the Inner Sea region or other lands.