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Gancanagh (Passion Azata)

Gancanaghs are lovers, revelers, and dashing duelists of Elysium. Embodiments of free love, they eagerly throw themselves into courting targets for brief but earnest flings until their quicksilver passions change their desires. They serve Cayden Cailean as well as other bacchanalian deities and empyreal lords of Elysium who understand their desires for love and parties. Gancanaghs hate evil beings that profane the spirit of romance and passion, as such creatures (especially the demonic tempters known as succubi) reinforce stigmas against open and free love. One can give no greater insult to a gancanagh than to mistake him for such a creature, and more than one hotheaded gancanagh has challenged a misinformed paladin or other champion of good to a duel over such a slight. While they enjoy drinking and carousing, gancanaghs can’t stand smoke. Nonetheless, many gancanaghs carry whimsical-looking smoking pipes because they think it makes them look dapper. They cherish their silver flutes, for they enjoy the beauty of flutes’ music and its ability to sway the heart.

The majority of gancanaghs present themselves as male, but the concept of gender to a creature like a gancanagh, which can change its shape freely, is much more fluid and open to interpretation than for many mortals. Gancanaghs enjoy using this flexibility to confront and test mortals’ convictions when faced with fear or prejudice, but when encountering mortals who themselves are open-minded about sexuality or gender identity, they can become lifelong allies. For those who are persecuted for such reasons, gancanaghs are tireless defenders and eager supporters, quick to provide safety and to punish those who would attempt to impose narrower beliefs upon a world that deserves more diversity than it often gets. If possible, a gancanagh seeks to educate and redeem those who hold destructive beliefs or prejudices, resorting to combat only to defend themself or an endangered mortal, or when no other option seems tenable—yet even then, they fight with sadness.

Recall Knowledge (Religion): DC 19

GancanaghCreature 4

CGMediumAzataCelestial
Source Bestiary pg. 31
Perception +11; darkvision
Languages Celestial, Draconic, Infernal; tongues
Skills Athletics +9, Deception +13, Diplomacy +13, Performance +14, Religion +9, Stealth +11
Str +1, Dex +5, Con +3, Int +2, Wis +1, Cha +5
Items silver rapier, silver virtuoso flute
AC 21, Fort +9, Ref +13, Will +11
HP 75; Weaknesses cold iron 5, evil 5
Vulnerable to Smoke A gancanagh’s lungs can’t tolerate smoke. They take a –2 circumstance penalty to saving throws against effects that create some form of smoke.
Speed 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action silver rapier +13 (deadly 1d10, disarm, finesse, good, magical), Damage 1d6+7 piercing plus 1d4 goodDivine Innate Spells DC 23; 4th suggestion; 3rd heroism; 2nd heal, mirror image (at will); 1st charm (at will); Constant (5th) tongues
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, divine, polymorph, transmutation) The gancanagh can take on the appearance of any Small or Medium humanoid. This doesn’t change their Speed or their attack and damage bonuses with their Strikes, but might change the damage type their Strikes deal (typically to bludgeoning).Invigorating Passion Two ActionsTwo Actions (divine, emotion, enchantment, mental) The gancanagh embraces or kisses a willing creature, infusing that creature with their invigorating passion. The creature gains a +1 status bonus to attack rolls and 10 temporary Hit Points for 10 minutes. After that time, the target becomes fatigued for 10 minutes unless they succeed at a DC 21 Fortitude save.

All Monsters in "Azata"

NameLevel
Gancanagh (Passion Azata)4
Ghaele (Crusader Azata)13
Lillend (Muse Azata)7
Lyrakien (Wanderer Azata)1

Azata

Source Bestiary pg. 30
Azatas are manifestations of freedom—kindly celestials with a penchant for curious exploration, spontaneous revelry, and whimsical quests. Born of the untamable wilds of Elysium, azatas are passionate and mercurial, but also fiercely loyal to those they hold dear. Azatas act quickly and directly against fiendish and otherworldly influences, but they tend to stay out of mortal affairs otherwise, allowing them the ultimate freedom to choose their own destiny. While all azatas cherish freedom, each type exemplifies a particular freedom above others. Many of their kind hold strange knightly and courtly titles that defy mortal classification and shift and change with time and on different occasions rather than following a strict hierarchy. This baf es archons and other more lawful creatures who haven’t had much contact with azatas. In actuality, the azatas use their titles as personal flourishes and points of pride, rather than as excuses to order each other around.

Azata Divinities

The most powerful of all azatas belong to the cast of demigods known as empyreal lords. These lesser deities maintain many cults across many Material Plane worlds, and count among their kind such diverse demigods as Ashava, a protector of lost spirits and dancer in the moonlight; Black Butterfly, a mysterious agent of Desna and patron of the depths of outer space; and Sinashakti, joyful wanderer and deliverer of wisdom to vagabonds.

Azata Treasure

While azatas would like to think they are above material wealth, the truth is that most azatas adore finery and displays of beauty or grandeur. They might explain away bejeweled weapons as necessary tools against the forces of evil, or the wild array of jewelry and silks they wear as important diplomatic tools.

Other Azatas

The wilds of Elysium play host to a wide array of azatas, the most varied and widespread of the celestials. From the four-eyed mothlike uinuja to the supernaturally verdant and beautiful veranallia, whose lower body is a wondrous garden of wildflowers and plant life, azatas are nothing if not diverse!

Wandering Azatas

While the idyllic realm of Elysium is the home plane of azatas, their overwhelming curiosity and natural wanderlust often lead them to travel far from this plane. On other planes, they can be seeking to right wrongs, looking for entertainment, or merely exploring to see the sights. More than a few azatas, taken by a whimsical urge to spread their sometimes unwelcome jocosity, see it as their duty to tease uptight or humorless mortal creatures.