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Akizendris gnaw at sources of knowledge and lore, gleefully corrupting and altering them to vex scholars and sages across the planes with contradictions and untruths. These proteans appear as cackling, serpentine creatures with elongated crocodilian faces, luminous eyes, and arms that vanish at the elbows into swirling clouds of runes before reforming into solid talons.

Akizendris amuse themselves by rearranging or deleting texts, placing insulting acrostics in poetic verses, and penning crude insults upon title pages. Libraries in such places as Heaven, Axis, and Hell are especially keen to avoid such contamination, knowing that their records are choice targets for every akizendri in existence.

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AkizendriCreature 3

Source Bestiary 2 pg. 204 2.0
Perception +8; darkvision, entropy sense (imprecise) 30 feet
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Protean; telepathy (touch)
Skills Acrobatics +9, Deception +10, Occultism +11, Society +10, Stealth +9, Thievery +9
Str +3, Dex +4, Con +1, Int +4, Wis +3, Cha +1
Entropy Sense (divination, divine, prediction) An akizendri can anticipate the most likely location of a creature through their supernatural insight into the forces of chaotic probabilities and chance. This grants the akizendri the ability to sense creatures within the listed range. A creature under the effects of nondetection or that is otherwise shielded from divinations and predictions cannot be noticed via entropy sense.
AC 19; Fort +6, Ref +11, Will +10
HP 42 (fast healing 1); Resistances precision 3, protean anatomy 6; Weaknesses lawful 3
Protean Anatomy (divine, transmutation) An akizendri's vital organs shift and change shape and position constantly. Immediately after the akizendri takes acid, electricity, or sonic damage, it gains the listed amount of resistance to that damage type. This lasts for 1 hour or until the next time the protean takes damage of one of the other types (in which case its resistance changes to match that type), whichever comes first.
The akizendri is immune to polymorph effects unless it is a willing target. If blinded or deafened, the akizendri automatically recovers at the end of its next turn as new sensory organs grow to replace the compromised ones.
Speed 25 feet, fly 25 feet, swim 25 feet; freedom of movement
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +12 [+7/+2] (chaotic, finesse, magical), Damage 2d8+3 piercing plus 1d4 chaotic and garbled thoughtsMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +12 [+7/+2] (chaotic, finesse, magical), Damage 2d6+3 bludgeoning plus 1d4 chaotic and GrabDivine Innate Spells DC 20, attack +12; 3rd glyph of warding, secret page; 1st detect alignment (at will, lawful only); Cantrips (2nd) acid splash, daze, ghost sound, mage hand, sigil; Constant (4th) freedom of movement
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, divine, polymorph, transmutation) The akizendri takes on the appearance of any Small or smaller creature. This doesn't change its Speed or its attack and damage bonuses with its Strikes, but might change the damage type its Strikes deal.Constrict Single ActionSingle Action 1d8+3 bludgeoning, DC 20Garbled Thoughts (divine, emotion, enchantment, mental) A creature hit by the akizendri's bite Strike must attempt a DC 20 Will save.
Success The creature is unaffected.
Failure The creature is stupefied 1 for 1d4 rounds.
Critical Failure As failure, but the creature is also confused for 1 round.
Text Immersion (divine, transmutation) When the akizendri casts secret page, it can physically immerse itself in the text, changing the message of the text in the process. It can exit the book at any point by Dismissing secret page, at which point it appears in a space adjacent to the text. If it does so to begin combat, it rolls a Deception check for initiative. As long as it remains immersed in the text, the akizendri has no body. It can communicate telepathically with a creature as long as the creature touches the book or scroll that contains the secret page. It can sense nearby creatures using its entropy sense, but not in any other way, nor can it use any attack, manipulate, or move actions or speak aloud. If the object it is immersed in is destroyed, the akizendri reappears in an adjacent square and is stunned 1.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Vandals of Chaos

Those who seek secret knowledge beyond their means to purchase can bargain with akizendris to provide them with rare tomes in exchange for delivering the immersed akizendri into a library via another book. From there, the akizendri can vandalize books to its heart's content without being detected.

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Source Bestiary pg. 266
Guardians of disorder and natives of the primal plane of chaos known as the Maelstrom, proteans consider it their calling to spread bedlam and hasten entropic ends. The most powerful proteans are demigods known collectively as the protean lords, although they are mysterious entities whose cults on the Material Plane tend to be obscure and secretive.

Proteans divide themselves into a loose caste system and possess a dizzying variety of powers. Most proteans have a serpentine body with the head of a primeval beast. Scholars have long been intrigued by this fact—that scions of dissolution and disorder would share so many features—pointing out that even in the purest chaos there is some semblance of order. Others note that the serpentine form is one of the most primeval shapes, perhaps suggesting that in a reality at the dawn of time, such shapes were all that could exist. The proteans themselves have little to say on the matter, which, perhaps ironically, only adds to the confusion and lack of consensus surrounding their kind. After all, if even chaos cannot be trusted to be chaotic, would that not be the purest form of entropy?


Many proteans can subject their foes to disorienting alterations perceived in time and space by creating ripples of unstable reality in the environment called warpwaves. When a creature fails its saving throw and is affected by a warpwave, roll 1d8 and consult the table below for the specific effect on that creature. Unless indicated otherwise, a warpwave effect lasts for 1d4 rounds, and a new warpwave effect negates any previous warpwave effect already affecting a creature.
D8Warpwave Effect
1Clumsy 2 (3 on a critical failure)
2Confused and gains 4d6 temporary Hit Points
3Dazzled (permanent on a critical failure)
4Enfeebled 2 (3 on a critical failure)
5Immobilized by filaments of energy
6Quickened (Stride, Strike, or Step only)
7Slowed 1
8Stupefied 2 (3 on a critical failure)

Sidebar - Additional Lore Ancient Immortals

Among the numerous types of immortals that dwell in the Great Beyond, the proteans are surely some of the oldest. They’ve waged war against the inevitable aeons from the advent of their first creation, and speak longingly of that time before the gods themselves imposed order upon reality.

Sidebar - Locations Born from Chaos

The Maelstrom, home of all proteans, is the whirling mass of turbulent primal energy, planar waves, and soul-stuff that surrounds the Outer Planes. Planar scholars theorize that all of reality was originally formed from the Maelstrom in the early days of the cosmos—a theory proteans don’t necessarily dispute.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Defending Chaos

Where proteans go, chaos follows. To proteans, there is no purer form of existence than entropy, and they constantly seek to oppose the establishment of order in the Great Beyond. However, proteans don’t see life as being incompatible with chaos; rather, they simply believe beings—immortal or not—deserve complete freedom on their own terms.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Proteans

Many other proteans beyond those presented here dwell in the Maelstrom, including the spectral pelagastrs, the nearly humanoid shapechanging ourdivars, and the incredibly powerful izfiitars.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Protean Divinities

The most powerful of all proteans are a group of demigods known collectively as protean lords. Yet even their vast might pales in comparison to that of the mysterious Speakers of the Depths. The Speakers are the most enigmatic of the Maelstrom’s gods—even their exact nature is unknown, and scholars disagree as to whether they are even divinities or just aspects of the Maelstrom itself.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Protean Names

Individual proteans have two names: a traditional name in their hissing, confusing language; and an honorary title. The latter is easily translated to other languages, but a protean’s traditional name can only rarely be uttered in any tongue other than Protean. As such, most proteans tend to go by their titles when dealing with outsiders, referring to themselves as, for example, “Song of Gentle Poison” or “Sibilant Cry of the Storm.”