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Bastion Archon

The mightiest of archon-kind form in the heat of battle from incredibly uncommon circumstances. When a gathering of lantern archons converges into a gestalt in order to defend allies in a fight that seems all but lost, a fellow archon of significant strength—such as a star archon—can commit a brave act of self-sacrifice by dimensionally transposing itself with the gestalt. If the circumstances are just right and luck is with the archons, the result is not a glorious sacrifice, but instead the earth-rocking emergence of a bastion archon. In this way, the lowliest of archons—the lanterns—can, in an instant, become their kind's greatest hope.

Bastion archons are massive beings made of the very stone of Heaven's Holy Mountain, with their visages obscured by a blinding light surrounding the gestalt that originally formed the bastion. Tireless in their embodiment of the virtue of sacrifice, a bastion archon almost always protects the area where they manifested, and even when they are destroyed they leave an indelible mark of righteousness upon the surrounding region.

Recall Knowledge - Celestial (Religion): DC 45

Bastion ArchonCreature 20

RareLGHugeArchonCelestial
Source Bestiary 2 pg. 24 2.0
Perception +37; darkvision, true seeing
Languages Celestial, Draconic, Infernal; tongues
Skills Athletics +38, Diplomacy +34, Intimidation +34, Religion +32
Str +10, Dex +7, Con +10, Int +6, Wis +8, Cha +6
AC 47; Fort +38, Ref +31, Will +34; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 280 (fast healing 30); Weaknesses evil 15
Bastion Aura (aura, divine, good, healing, necromancy) 50 feet. All good-aligned creatures in the aura have fast healing 30 for as long as they remain in range, and they gain a +2 status bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls.
Ultimate Sacrifice (divine, good, healing, necromancy) If the bastion archon is slain by an evil creature, it explodes in a geyser of holy light, restoring 140 HP to all good-aligned creatures in a 40-foot emanation. The ground in the affected area is also subjected to a level 10 consecrate ritual, and the ground is consecrated for 10 years (or only 24 hours if the ultimate sacrifice took place in Hell, Abaddon, or the Abyss).
Retributive Strike ReactionReaction
Speed 70 feet; air walk
Melee Single ActionSingle Action fist +40 [+35/+30] (good, lawful, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 4d8+20 bludgeoning plus 2d6 goodDivine Innate Spells DC 42, attack +34; 10th meteor swarm, polar ray, sunburst; 7th prismatic spray, true target (x3), vibrant pattern; 4th dimension door (at will); Constant (10th) air walk, tongues, true seeing
Archon's Door Once per day, if an archon sees another creature cast dimension door, the archon can use dimension door (heightened to 5th level) within 1 round to attempt to follow that creature to the maximum distance of the archon's dimension door. If the archon's dimension door has enough distance, the archon appears the same distance and direction from the creature as before either creature used dimension door.Blinding Beams Free ActionFree Action Trigger The bastion archon hits a creature with two fist Strikes this turn and can use its Holy Beam; Effect The bastion archon fires its Holy Beam at only the creature it hit twice. The creature's save result is one degree of success worse than the result it rolled.Entrench Single ActionSingle Action The bastion archon locks itself in place, becoming voluntarily immobilized. While Entrenched, the archon can't be forcibly moved or tripped, and it gains a +2 circumstance bonus to AC and Reflex saves. Entrench ends automatically as soon as the bastion archon uses another move action.Holy Beam Two ActionsTwo Actions (divine, good, incapacitation, light) The bastion archon releases a blinding beam of holy light in a 500-foot line that deals 20d6 good damage to non-archons in the area, with a DC 38 Reflex save. The bastion archon can't use Holy Beam again for 1d4 rounds.
Critical Success The creature is unaffected.
Success The creature takes half damage.
Failure The creature takes full damage and is blinded for 1d4 rounds.
Critical Failure The creature takes double damage and is blinded permanently.

All Monsters in "Archon"

NameLevel
Bastion Archon20
Horned Archon4
Hound Archon4
Lantern Archon1
Legion Archon7
Shield Archon10
Star Archon19
Trumpet Archon14

Archon

Source Bestiary pg. 26
Archons are guardians of Heaven and enemies of chaos and evil. They openly fight back the spread of fiends but also quietly nurture the seeds of virtue within mortals, teaching the denizens of the Material Plane how to act with honor and integrity, enact just laws, and cast off sin and temptation.

Archons live in the immense seven-tiered mountain of Heaven. They manifest in the Garden at the mountain’s peak from mortal souls who answer a mysterious voice. There they swear to forever serve the cause of justice and transform into their new archon forms. Intensely orderly in their metamorphosis, new archons begin as lantern archons or other lesser forms, transforming into ever-greater archons as their virtue and achievements grow. Each archon represents a particular virtue, such as hope, charity, justice, or courage, and they gain strength in the presence of mortals who exemplify this virtue. Due to their extremely lawful nature, archons sometimes find themselves at odds with azatas.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Archon Aesthetics

While archons do not seek to gather or maintain wealth, they do appreciate beauty and art, and their domains are often decorated with valuable crafts and creative works. Their armor and weapons are similarly ornate, and they always clean and polish their gear after battle. Archons value order—and thus tidiness—in all things.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Archon Divinities

As with angels and azatas, the most powerful of archons are a caste of demigods known collectively as empyreal lords. Each archon empyreal lord is a unique and powerful creature that keeps a domain somewhere in Heaven and is worshipped on Material Plane worlds. Archon divinities serve a variety of goals and focus on different aspects of righteousness. Some, such as Zohls, hold influence over the pursuit of truth and determined investigations, while others, like Damerrich, the demigod of executions, emphasize the punishment of unrepentant wrongdoers and seek to obliterate evil in all its forms.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Archon Evolutions

When a spirit becomes an archon, they usually start as a lantern archon, the lowliest of archonkind. As they perform noble deeds and bolster their pureness of heart, an archon evolves into greater forms, possibly skipping stages or remaining in others for long spans of time, depending on their particular strengths and personality.

Sidebar - Locations Archon Locations

While commonly found in Heaven, archons can also be encountered on the fiendish planes in their endless crusade against evil. On the Material Plane they are usually encountered as advisors or saviors to those in need.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Armored Archons

Always ready to defend others, most archons are never encountered out of their suits of armor. Even those who eschew armor, such as the bastion archon, tend to still appear as if they are wearing heavy protection against the scourge of battle.

Sidebar - Locations Heavenly Mountain

Archons reside in Heaven, a plane that appears as a single massive mountain. Heaven is broken into seven tiers, with most archons occupying the second level and base of army operations, Proelera, or the sixth level, Iudica, the administrative heart of Heaven.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Archons

Many other archons than those presented here patrol Heaven or crusade in the fiendish planes, including the resolute hound archon soldiers and sentinels, and the supreme bastion archons, who rank among Heaven’s most powerful defenders.