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D'ziriak

These strange creatures are native to the Plane of Shadows, where their colorful nature is in opposition to that realm's overwhelmingly monochromatic palette. Averaging 7 feet in height, D'ziriaks have four arms, two legs, and a termite-like abdomen. The larger pair of arms, used for most tasks, have five-fingered hands with sharp, insectile claws. The smaller pair of arms are reserved for fine manipulations and are not effective in combat.

D'ziriaks' otherwise dull brown carapaces are decorated with numerous runes glowing in bright colors. These tattoo-like runes indicate an individual's role in D'ziriak society, and set them apart from their home plane's other native inhabitants. The runes glow with natural bioluminescence, and D'ziriaks can make them flare brightly for an instant, at the expense of overstressing the biochemical glands that create and maintain the runes for an extended time. The color and shape of the runes are partially natural, but can be shaped and customized carefully over time to fit the individual's station.

The D'ziriak language is a mix of buzzes and chitters, and is spoken by few other creatures. D'ziriaks prefer to communicate with other species using telepathy rather than endure the sound of their language being "butchered by fleshy throats." D'ziriaks organize into hive cities led by a king and queen. These hive cities consist of impressive spires, yet these towers are only the foremost part of the settlement, with many more chambers reaching deep below for residences, workshops, and fungus farms. D'ziriak settlements are lit inside and out with alchemical and magical light sources, often in the shapes of runes. These dimly glowing towers provide travelers with landmarks, and perhaps promise safe havens, on the otherwise gloomy Shadow Plane.

Recall Knowledge - Aberration (Occultism): DC 18

D'ziriakCreature 3

NMediumAberrationShadow
Source Bestiary 2 pg. 104
Perception +10; darkvision
Languages D'ziriak, Shadowtongue; telepathy 100 feet
Skills Arcana +8, Athletics +6, Occultism +10, Stealth +10, Survival +8
Str +1, Dex +3, Con +1, Int +1, Wis +3, Cha +4
AC 19; Fort +6, Ref +12, Will +10
HP 45
Glow (aura, light) 20 feet. The colorful runes that decorate a d'ziriak's body create dim light. The natural bioluminescence is specially adapted to the Shadow Plane, able to overcome magical darkness as if it were magical light of the d'ziriak's level.
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action claw +12 [+8/+4] (agile, finesse), Damage 1d10+4 piercingOccult Innate Spells DC 19; 7th plane shift (self only; to Shadow Plane only)
Dazzling Burst Two ActionsTwo Actions (light, visual) The d'ziriak causes its body to flare with intense colorful light. Non-d'ziriaks in a 20-foot emanation must attempt a DC 20 Fortitude save. After using this ability, the d'ziriak loses its glow for 24 hours; during this time it can't use Dazzling Burst again. A creature that attempts this save is immune to all Dazzling Bursts for 1 minute.
Critical Success The creature is unaffected.
Success The creature is dazzled for 1 round.
Failure The creature is dazzled for 1 minute.
Critical Failure The creature is blinded for 1 round and dazzled for 1 minute.
Double Claw Single ActionSingle Action Frequency once per round; Effect The d'ziriak makes two claw Strikes. If both hit the same creature, combine their damage for the purpose of resistances and weaknesses. This counts as two attacks for the d'ziriak's multiple attack penalty, and the penalty doesn't increase until after both attacks.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Light Weavers

The masters of the d'ziriaks' light-weaving craft are occult practitioners, almost always sorcerers of the aberrant bloodline. Light weavers prefer spells that provide light or create magical writing. In their hive cities, light weavers create art, lighting, signage, and magic wards. They also use their light weaving for entertainment and education.