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Also known as the Great Realm, and while infinities are practically common throughout the planes, with travellers speaking glibly of the bottomless chasm of the Inferno or the infinitely hot fires of the Fire Plane, the sheer size of the Astral Realm is… beyond. The gulfs between stars and the slow march of all time from the foundation of the worlds to their inevitable ends are as nothing compared to the eternal vastness of the Astral Plane.

The Astral Plane is a void; sometimes shimmering white, sometimes coruscating purple, sometimes a shifting color that has no name in the tongues of elf or man. It contains more demi-planes, pocket realms and portals than any other plane. The rest of the planes – all that exist, save the Far Realm – float amid the Great Realm and thus the Astral Plane is coterminous with all others. It also serves as the great highway of the planes, and travellers of all sorts are common.

Getting there... and BackEdit

Almost every travel spell may be used to access the Astral Plane. There exist spells such as astral projection which are specifically designed to bring travellers to the Astral Plane.

The Astral Plane never mingles with other planes under normal circumstances, although magical accidents can bring about temporary vortices. Such incidents are quickly repaired. Natural portals to the Astral Plane are rare, and usually occur where the fabric of reality has worn thin or large numbers of entities have used planar travel spells. There are an infinite number of natural portals leading from the Great Realm to other planes. These are known as color pools. They form and dissolve randomly as storms run across the Astral Plane.

Survival on the Astral PlaneEdit

Survival is relatively easy on the Astral Plane – the realm is timeless, so characters need not eat, drink, breathe or even sleep if they do not want to. Decay, illness, even the onset of poison is halted on the Astral Plane. Dying here takes effort. That is not always a blessing. The Astral Plane is almost completely empty. Matter consists only of a few rare islands of stone. While the subjective gravity of the plane allows travellers to ‘fly’ at great speed, the astral gulfs are much, much too large for a character to get anywhere by controlled falling alone.

Magic such as teleport or an accurate plane shift is practically a requirement for survival. Unprepared travellers who enter the Astral Plane can find themselves in the middle of an infinite nowhere. Neither starvation nor age will take them, so they must wait for an eternity unless they have some means of calling for aid (or killing themselves). Travellers using astral projection have another problem to deal with – the silver cord that links the projected form to the traveller’s real body. If the cord is cut, the character is slain.

Features & PropertiesEdit

Trait Intensity Feature
Gravity 0 Normal (Subjective)
Time -9 Timeless Flow
Size 20 Infinite
Morphic 5 Alterable
Life 10 Normal
Weather 10 Normal
Water/Fire 10 Balanced
Earth/Air 10 Balanced
Unholy/Holy 10 Balanced
Good/Evil 0 Mildly Neutral
Law/Chaos 0 Mildly Neutral
Arcane 0 Normal (Quirk: all spells are quickened)
Divine 0 Normal (Quirk: all spells are quickened)
Green 0 Normal (Quirk: all spells are quickened)
Accessibility 13 Through magic
Proximity...
... to All 7 Coterminous

The dominant feature of the Astral Plane is its sheer emptiness. A traveller can fall for weeks and see nothing but the endless shifting fractal patterns of the plane. The only creatures commonly encountered are Astral Parasites, minor vermin attracted to conscious minds.

Natural PortalsEdit

Portals to random planes manifest in the wake of astral storms, starcs, and psychic or arcane novas. These portals respond to conscious thought – by concentrating, a character within range of a portal (range equals the character’s Charisma score x 10 feet) can cause the portal to become translucent and allow astral characters to see the other plane, or make the portal open or close. If two characters try to control a portal at the same time, use an opposed Concentration check to determine who wins. If a portal is open, an astral character can step through onto the destination plane. The portal is normally one-way – a character can only go from the Astral to the other plane. However, for 1d4 rounds after a character has stepped from the portal, the portal can be used to reach the Astral Plane. The portal is invisible from the far side.

ErraticsEdit

Erratics are the free-floating chunks of matter that dot the Astral Plane. Most are lumps of stone which have been sheared away from the Plane of Earth or a decaying demiplane, but there are pockets of empty air, globes of water or spheres of eternal flame drifting through the Astral Plane. Most solid erratics are inhabited by the various denizens of the Great Realm, while watery or fiery erratics are tapped to refuel and resupply astral barges going on voyages to planes with a normal Time trait.

Aethervanes

An aethervane weighs at least 1,000 lb., and costs 2,000 gp. It is a non-magical contraption, created using the Craft (aethervane) skill. The aethervane is operated using the Profession (aetherist) skill (a character can use the Spellcraft skill instead, but all DCs are increased by +5). The following actions can be performed using an aethervane:

Detect Nearest Portal (DC 12): The aethervane detects the nearest portal (which will usually be 1d100 x 1d100 miles away).

Plot Portals (DC 15): The aethervane detects all active portals within 100,000 miles.

Plot Course (DC 10): The aethervane operator can plot a course to a specific portal to guide a barge or teleport spell.

WaystationsEdit

Waystations are inhabited erratics that have been claimed by one of the astral civilizations or guilds, most commonly the Trygalle Trade Guild. A small waystation looks like a border fort clinging to a floating rock, with several strange astral barges docked at arched metallic spines that sprout from the fort. Larger waystations can have thousands of inhabitants.

The main feature of a waystation is its aethervane, a complex assemblage of crystals, brass rods, cogs and gauges. Aethervanes are sensitive to the distortions caused by the opening and closing of portals on the Astral Plane. A skilled aethervane operator can detect a portal opening millions of miles away. The waystations send their astral barges to these portals to pick up travellers.

Inside a waystation, a traveller may expect to find a small general store selling supplies (although food and drink are rarely sold), rooms to rent, a common room, a place to book passage on an astral vessel and the chamber containing the aethervane. As gravity is subjective here, chambers tend to be put to multiple uses; a craftsman on a waystation might have his bed and personal effects attached to the ‘floor’ of a room, and his tools and work area on the ‘ceiling’ – when he goes to work, he simply reverses his personal gravity and makes the work area into the floor. Waystations can be surprisingly well equipped for their size.

Waystation SizesEdit

Size Population GP Limit Defenses
Diminuitive 2-8 5 gp Two 1st level fighters on a Barge.
Tiny 9-40 20 gp Four 1st level fighters led by a 3rd level fighter, accompanied by a 1st level cleric or sorcerer.
Small 41-90 50 gp Ten 1st level fighters led by two 3rd level fighters, accompanied by a 2nd level cleric or sorcerer.
Medium 91-200 100 gp Double the defenses of a Small station, plus three mages with wands of fireball.
Large 201-500 250 gp Double the defenses of a Medium station, plus an astral longship.
Huge 501-1200 750 gp Double the defenses of a Large station, plus bound guardian monsters such as astral constructs.
Gargantuan 1201-2500 1500 gp Double the defenses of a Huge station, plus an astral warship.
Colossal 2501+ 5000 gp Double the defenses of a Gargantuan station, plus a chain lightning cannon.

Random Waystation Table Edit

(Roll once for each column)

d12 Size Inhabitants Demeanor Twist
1 Diminuitive Humans Welcoming All astral barges are missing.
2 Tiny Humans Greedy Strange disease on board.
3 Small Avarta Nervous Station is threatened by a monster.
4 Small Gnomes Hostile Station is threatened by invaders.
5-6 Medium Celephates Confused Aethervane is malfunctioning.
7 Medium Psychomagnates Wary Magical items for sale.
8 Large Undead Festive Station crew are pirates.
9 Large Constructs Bored Station crew are insane.
10 Huge Mixed race Preoccupied Portal has opened within the station.
11 Gargantuan Mixed race Mournful Station is in the grip of civil war.
12 Colossal Mixed race Religious All is as it seems.

Astral BargesEdit

The sheer size of the Astral makes mundane modes of transport useless. Magic is, therefore, the only effective option. The famed vessels that traverse the Great Realm are known as ‘astral barges,’ although they are often much too large and ornate to be properly called a humble ‘barge’. The barges work by skimming along the surface of the Astral Plane, using the same principles as the dimension door spell. The barges are powered by the will of the crew, so most behave like oared vessels, the ‘rowers’ use their Wisdom instead of Strength to row. The speed attainable by astral barges is extraordinary; the vessels flit in and out of the dimensions and attain velocities greater than even the swiftest air elemental (up to five thousand miles per day). However, the magical field that propels the barge is very fragile – if one barge comes within two dozen miles of another, both are slowed to the speed of a mundane vessel. Therefore, shipping routes on the Astral Plane are carefully planned and interceptions and piracy are common.

Some astral barges are converted from seagoing vessels, while others were built on the Astral Plane, and look like nothing that ever sailed – after all, they need no streamlined hull nor sails. A cargo ship, for example, might be nothing but four wooden canoes containing the psychic rowers, with a huge net strung between them. The heart of an astral barge is the astral keel, the magical device that propels the barge. Most keels are driven by the will of the ‘rowers,’ except for magekeels (which drain spell slots – each spell slot gives as much ‘push’ as one rower) and binding-keels (which rely on magically bound creatures of high Wisdom such as gynosphinxes).

Moderate conjuration; CL 7th; Craft Wondrous Item, dimension door; Price 28,000 gp.

VaultsEdit

The Great Realm is littered with the detritus of ancient planar empires – it is the crossroads of creation, so thousands of battles have been fought in its changeless skies. Occasionally, a traveller happens across the corpse of some warrior slain in a battle long ago; the body is as whole and fresh as it was when the death blow was struck, for there is no time on the Astral Plane. Most of these relics have long since either been picked clean of treasure and magic, or have drifted off into the more remote regions of the plane and been forgotten.

Vaults are a different and far more dangerous matter. A long-lost civilization had the custom of entombing its vanquished foes in magically sealed vaults instead of merely killing them. These vaults blocked escape from within. The trapped creatures would float through the Astral Plane for millennia until they took their own lives – a fitting punishment for the enemies of the greatest empire in all creation (sadly, no living sage has ever learned the name of this ancient civilization).

All vaults are identical – cubes of black marble floating through the astral gulf, with a single sealed door on each side leading inwards. When examined with detect magic, the vault radiates ancient moderate conjuration (Brown) and abjuration (Black) magic. The vault cannot be entered using any sort of dimensional travel, as the inside of the vault is locked with a dimensional anchor effect. However, the door of a vault can be opened by a rogue (Open Lock, DC 12 + 1d20) and the contents looted – assuming the vault’s prisoner is not still alive. To determine if the victim is still alive, have the denizens of the vault make Fortitude saves (DC 10 + 1d20); if the save succeeds, the denizens have endured the centuries.

Random Vault TableEdit

1d8 Prisoner Possessions & Treasure CR
1 Formian warrior, hp 30 Amulet of natural armor +1, 400 gp, four vials of contact poison (nitharit, initial damage 0, secondary damage 3d6 Con, Fortitude save DC 13). The vials of poison are attached to the front of the character and break if he successfully grapples an opponent.
2 Six quasits, hp 13 each None.
3 Djinn, hp 50 Ornamental lamp worth 1,500 gp.
4 6th level human fighter None.
5 Chaos beast, 50 hp None.
6 Spirit naga, 76 hp 500 gp, ornamental necklace worth 500 gp containing a bead of force and a potion of cure serious wounds.
7 Barbed devil Three elemental gems, one each of Earth, Air and Water, 500 gp.
8 Pit fiend 3,000 pp; forty soul-rubies, worth 1,000 gp, stud the fiend’s tail; +3 flaming morningstar, cloak of resistance +5.

HazardsEdit

The Astral Plane is timeless and seemingly unchanging, but is capable of sudden and shocking bursts of violence. Most voyages will go untroubled, but the unfortunate exception faces the terrible wrath of the Great Realm.

Astral Currents (CR 0)Edit

These are flows of energy within the Astral Plane. A traveller ‘falling’ along one of these currents moves ten or more times faster than normal. There is a 20% chance that a current brings the character towards a useful portal, a 20% chance it is dragging him away from a portal-rich region and a 60% chance that the current is simply meandering through the plane. Monsters often hunt along such currents, and astral barges use suitable currents to speed their passage. The average Encounter Level is increased by two along an astral current.

Astral Storms (CR7)Edit

An astral storm is a heralded by a sudden strange wind – strange because there is normally no strong wind on the Astral. 1d6 rounds later, 1d100 miles of the Great Realm erupts into a seething chaos. An Astral Storm has both mental and physical effects on travellers; characters caught in a storm must make a Fortitude save and a Will save, both at DC 15 + 1d6. If a character fails the Fortitude save, he is blown off course for 1d4+1 days. Astrally projecting characters must make an additional Fortitude save at the same DC or die as their silver cord snaps.

If a character fails the Will save, his mind is blasted by the chaotic energies of the astral storm. He is stunned for 1d6 hours, and has 1d4 languages replaced by an equal number of random languages. Spellcasters who fail the Will save have 2d10 random prepared spells or known spells replaced by an equal number of random spells (these replacement spells do not have to be ones the caster knows – they are simply psychic junk vomited into the character’s brain). A character who fails both saves is swept through a portal into a random plane.

The energies of an astral storm open up 2d10 portals into random planes. The storm also attracts swarms of astral parasites, some of which accidentally swim into these portals and are destroyed. The portals become two-way portals for a brief time and creatures or matter from the other planes may fall onto the Astral Plane. This is how most erratics form, and there is a 10% chance that a storm leaves 1d4 new erratics in its wake. A fleet of astral barges looking for useful erratics shows up soon after a storm clears.

Starcs (CR12)Edit

Opposites attract.

When one of the opposites is the infinite fury of the Positive Energy Plane, and the other is the equally infinite and hateful void of the Negative Energy Plane, this attraction can be lethal. A starc occurs when an astral current carries Positive Energy close to the Negative Plane, or vice versa. Huge, thousand-mile-wide, tendrils of energy lash out from one plane, seeking hungrily for the other. These tendrils are easy enough to avoid, as they move quite slowly until they close to within a mile of each other. Then, the formation of the starc is imminent. For an unfortunate traveller caught in the middle, between the two tentacles, a starc looks like a host of whirlwinds, occupying an area 5 + 1d10 miles in radius. Half of the whirlwinds reach up from the Negative Energy Plane and are dark and eerie; the other half extend down from the Positive Energy Realm and burn with a terrible light. A starc lasts for 20 + 2d20 rounds before grounding. Each round, roll on the Starc Impact table for each traveller. A character can attempt to fall into Positive tendrils – this is a move action, and means that a result of ‘none’ on the Starc Impact table becomes a result of ‘Positive Tendril’.

When a starc grounds itself, the main tendrils of Positive and Negative energy find each other and cancel each other out. The result is a massive explosion of force. Any characters within the area of effect of the starc are dealt 10d10 points of arcane damage (Fortitude save, DC 25 for half).

Starc ImpactEdit

Roll Danger Effect
1-7 None None.
8-12 Positive Tendril Character must make a Reflex save (DC 16) or gain 2d10 hit points. If this brings the character above his maximum hit point total, he continues to gain temporary hit points that vanish after one day. If the character reaches twice his maximum hit point total, he explodes.
13-17 Negative Tendril Character must make a Reflex save (DC 16) or lose 2d10 hit points. A death ward spell guards against this effect.
18-20 Minor Starc Discharge The character is caught between two tendrils of Positive and Negative energy that are cancelling each other out. The detonation deals 3d10 points of force damage to the character (Fortitude save, DC 15 for half damage, affects unattended objects as well).

Novas (CR = CR of characters)Edit

A nova is a fluctuation in the fabric of the Astral Plane, caused by an excess of arcane or psychic power being expended in one place. A potential nova begins when a character uses his highest level arcane spell or psychic power (lower-level spells can easily be controlled by the character, and so have almost no chance of ‘leaking’). Roll a nova check (1d20 + the level of the spell) against DC 20 – if the check is successful, a nova forms.

If another highest level spell or power is used within 300 feet of where the first was used, make another check, adding the levels of the arcane spells or powers together, and subtracting one for every round that has elapsed since the first ability was used. Subsequent spell uses also add to the total in the same way.

Example: Three 5th level mages are duelling on the Astral Plane. One casts haste on himself – this is his highest level spell, so the Dungeon Master makes a nova check, rolling 1d20+3 against DC 20. The check fails. Next round, the other two mages cast dispel magic and fireball at the hasted wizard. Two more nova checks are made. The first is at +5 (third level dispel magic + third level haste – one elapsed round), while the second is at +8 (third level dispel magic + third level haste + third level fireball – one elapsed round). The third check succeeds, and a nova forms.

A nova lasts for a number of rounds equal to the modifier to the roll that created it, so our example nova will last eight rounds. A nova manifests as an explosion of crackling colour, centred on the character whose spell or power tipped the balance. The nova extends for 1d6 x 100 feet in all directions. Any arcane spellcasters or psionic characters within the area of effect of the nova must make a Concentration check (DC 20) each round or the nova forces them to cast an arcane spell or begin to manifest a power. The caster may choose which arcane spell or power to use, but he must cast a spell or manifest a power if able. Especially potent novas can drain a mage of all his spells.

A character casting an arcane spell may make a Spellcraft check (DC 15 + the level of the spell) to ‘dampen’ it and ensure that it does not contribute towards triggering a nova. If this Spellcraft check is failed, the spell is lost.

LocationsEdit

The Astral Plane is home to numerous empires of great strength, size and antiquity, encompassing thousands of erratics and waystations. Exiled nations of humans, avarta, elves, dragons, celephates, titans and stranger creatures claim ownership over vast stretches of the Astral Plane – but the size of the Great Realm makes these empires appear as grains of sand floating in the sea.

The OrreryEdit

The ‘greatest waystation,’ the Orrery and the Neverbuilt City are described on their own page.

Tollbooth of ErthizEdit

The ‘tollbooth’ is actually a Colossal iron construct, covered with blood-stained blades and vicious spikes. Erthiz is a 32 HD glabrezu exiled from the Infernum for unknown reasons. His tollbooth incorporates a magical aethervane that can detect portals and gates opening over vast distances, and can even discern the current condition of the character activating the portal. If Erthiz detects an injured or weak character opening a portal to the Astral Plane, he teleports the tollbooth so that the exit to the portal leads into the tollbooth’s mouth.

From the unfortunate traveller’s perspective, the portal does not open onto the Astral Plane – instead, it leads to a steel chamber, with a single door and a large altar in the centre. The glabrezu demands that travellers pay a toll (usually 5,000 gp in gold or magic items). If a suitable toll is placed on the altar, the tollbooth vanishes. Otherwise, the door opens, leading to a gauntlet of progressively more dangerous traps and monsters. At each stage, Erthiz offers the traveller another chance to pay the toll, which increases by 5,000 gp after each door; most travellers refuse at first, but pay up as the dangers intensify.

Despite his demonic nature and mercenary attitude, Erthiz is not especially evil, and he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of portals and planar travel. He also pays handsomely for new and rare monsters to stock his tollbooth.

EidolonEdit

The Eidolon is the largest astral barge ever built, a floating city of unparalleled luxury and decadence. It was once intended as the royal vessel for a particularly rich astral empire, but the building of Eidolon beggared the whole nation. The ship was then purchased by a consortium of deities for transporting souls. To keep running costs down, the upper decks of Eidolon are still as beautifully decorated and as filled with indulgent distractions as they were when the ship was first built, but the lower decks have been stripped down to the bulkheads to cram in as many lost souls as possible. Now Eidolon cruises through the Astral Plane, carrying a mixed load of souls and rich travellers. It docks at portals to each of the Outer Planes in turn, to offload the souls destined for the afterlife, thus allowing the cruise passengers to tour the planes.

Eidolon is generally recognised as a neutral place, where agents of the various great powers can meet and deal with each other. Some gods even travel incognito on board, lest they be recognised by thousands of their worshippers packed into the hold.

The Seal of NeverEdit

While most of the portals on the Astral Plane are temporary pools, there are a few permanent gateways to other planes. The most famous is one that goes nowhere – the Seal of Never. The Seal is a circular metal slab seven miles across, and engraved with a message in Celestial reading:

What Was Promised Lies Beyond This Gate For Those Who Know.

Telos (Small City)

AL LN; 15,000 gp limit; Assets 5,625,000 gp; Pop 7,500; Integrated (practically any race imaginable). Power Centres: Philosopher’s Guild (LN), T’nazzin the Locksmith (Psychomagnate King, CN).

The cryptic inscription has attracted sages and thieves from across the cosmos, all trying to open the gate. A small city, Telos, has grown up on the surface of the seal. The two-hundred-foot-wide ravines of the inscription have been colonised, and the buildings of Telos are located within the message. Each letter is a different district, so a Telosian might advise a traveller to try the third S for blacksmiths, or the G temple district for clerics.

DenizensEdit

There are relatively few creatures native to the Astral Plane; it is a realm of exiles and wanderers. The native creatures spend all their lives in a world without gravity, so they ‘drown’ within minutes if brought to a plane with a high Gravity trait.

Astral ParasitesEdit

Tiny Aberration (Extraplanar)

Hit Dice: 1d8 (5 hp)

Initiative: +2 (Dex)

Speed: Fly 30 ft. (perfect)

Armor Class: 15 (+2 Dex, +2 size, +1 natural armor), touch 15, flat-footed 13

Base Attack Bonus/Grapple: +0/-12

Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d3-4)

Full Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d3-4)

Space/Reach: 2-½-ft. /0-ft.

Special Attacks: Psychic drain

Special Qualities: None

Saves: Fort +0, Ref +2, Will -3

Abilities: Str 2, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 1, Wis 1, Cha 11, Luk 10

Skills: Hide +14

Feats: Weapon Finesse

Climate/Terrain: Any astral

Organization: Swarm (2d10 x 10)

Challenge Rating: 1/8

Treasure: None

Alignment: Always neutral

Advancement: 2-3 HD (Small); 4-5 HD (Medium); 6-7 HD (Large)

This creature is a mess of little barbed tentacles, eyes, mouths and fins; it seems to be nothing but appendages, with no real body at all.

Astral parasites are the vermin of the Great Realm, a species (or rather, hundreds of similar species) that graze contentedly on stray thoughts, emotions and magical emanations that flow through the Astral Plane. They are spawned in their millions from starcs and other major astral events, and swarm through the plane in vast hosts. They are almost useless as a food source, as only other native creatures can digest the energies of a dying parasite. They vanish seconds after being slain.

CombatEdit

Astral parasites are only dangerous when they focus on a particular character’s mind. A swarm of parasites can suck up stray thoughts and emotions using their psychic drain ability. The swarm can be driven off by killing 30 + 1d20% of its members.

Psychic Drain (Su): An astral parasite can target a character and feed off his mind. For every twenty parasites feeding, the character suffers a –1 penalty to all Will saves. If a character's total combined Will save is reduced to less than 0, he falls unconcious. If the parasites are allowed to continue to feed, he remains an unconcious food source for those parasites indefinitely.


Astral WhalesEdit

A massive creature glides past; it resembles a whale, but its iridescent hide is covered in strange protrusions and dangling tendrils.

Astral whales feed on parasites just as baleen whales feed on plankton. An astral whale has the same game statistics as normal baleen whales, only their Swim speed is replaced by an equal Fly speed (perfect maneuverability), and they gain the following supernatural ability:

Gravity Pulse (Su): The astral whale emits a pulse of energy in a cone 360 feet long and 120 feet wide. Any creatures caught in the cone must make a Fortitude save (DC 14) or be unable to use the Subjective Gravity trait of the Astral to move for 1d12 rounds. Native astral creatures with a Fly speed cannot move if they fail the save. Astral whales are immune to the gravity pulses of other whales.


CelephatesEdit

Medium Outsider

Hit Dice: 3d8+9 (23 hp)

Initiative: +1 (Dex)

Speed: Fly 20 ft. (perfect)

Armor Class: 15 (+1 Dex, +4 natural armor), touch 11, flat-footed 14

Base Attack Bonus/Grapple: +3/+3

Attack: Headbutt +3 melee (1d4)

Full Attack: Headbutt +3 melee (1d4)

Space/Reach: 5-ft. /5-ft.

Special Attacks: Lightning, Telekinesis, Sonic Shout

Special Qualities: Shutdown

Saves: Fort +6, Ref +4, Will +6

Abilities: Str 10, Dex 12, Con 16, Int 15, Wis 8, Cha 13, Luk 10

Skills: Bluff +7, Concentration +9, Gather Information +7, Hide +3, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (arcana) +8, Knowledge (religion) +8, Listen +5, Perform +7, Spellcraft +8, Spot +5, Tumble +7

Feats: Iron Will

Climate/Terrain: Any astral

Organization: Solitary or council (2-10)

Challenge Rating: 3

Treasure: Standard

Alignment: Any

Advancement: By character class

This entity is a giant, floating stone head, about five feet tall. Lighting crackles in its empty eye-sockets, and its cavernous mouth glows reddish-orange when it laughs.

Celephates are among the more curious entities encountered on the Astral Plane. They are floating stone heads, with booming laughs and forceful personalities. They are a curious and boastful race, always getting into trouble and flaunting their power and intelligence. They are also extremely knowledgeable, famed for their learning. They are integrated into astral society as viziers, sages, overseers and spellcasters, as they rely on humanoids for many tasks. The celephates have telekinetic abilities, as they have no hands or other limbs. A celephate in an urban environment is usually encountered with two or three ‘hands’ or servants. Celephates reproduce asexually – when a celephate feels the urge to produce an offspring, it takes a lump of rock, shapes it with its telekinetic powers, then shoots a bolt of lightning into the head’s eyesockets. The new celephate comes to life fully grown, inheriting many of the skills of its ‘parent’.

Celephates speak Common, Terran, and Celestial. They worship an obscure deity named Hutut-Novgrod, the Guardian of the Goal.

CombatEdit

Celephates have a wide array of magical powers, but they tend to charge lustily into combat, using their Tumbling ability and flight to dance out of range of enemies. They also shout taunts and insults at foes, which are doubly disconcerting when coming from a giant, flying stone head that is burning with its own inner flames.

Lightning (Su): Celephates can shoot bolts of lightning from their eyes. This is a ray attack with a range of 60 feet. The bolts deal 2d6 points of electrical damage (Reflex save, DC 13 for half damage).

Telekinesis (Sp): Celephates can cast mage hand at will. If a celephate does nothing but concentrate for five rounds, it can cast telekinesis as a 10th level sorcerer.

Sonic Shout (Su): Once per day, a celephate can shout as a standard action. This deals 1d6 points of sonic damage on all creatures within 15 feet. The celephate can choose to cast command on all these creatures, as a third level cleric (save DC 10) instead of dealing damage.

Shutdown (Ex): A celephate can close its eyes and mouth, presenting a solid stone face to the world. In this form, it gains DR 5/magic, but cannot attack or cast spells.

Celephate CharactersEdit

Celephate characters possess the following racial traits:

† Strength +2, Constitution +2, Intelligence, or Charisma +2.

† Fly 30 feet.

† Medium size.

† Special attacks as above.

† Two bonus Hit Dice.

† Celephates have no limbs or bodies, and so cannot wear rings, boots or any form of clothing except cloaks. They cannot wear armor except giant-sized helms and cannot wield weapons except with telekinesis.

† Automatic languages: Terran. Bonus languages: Common, Celestial.

† Favored Class: Sorcerer.

† Level adjustment: +3


PsychomagnateEdit

Medium Monstrous Humanoid (Extraplanar)

Hit Dice: 4d8+4 (18 hp)

Initiative: +2 (Dex)

Speed: 30-ft. (20-ft. in psychomagnate plate)

Armor Class: 19 (+2 Dex, -1 size, +2 natural armor, +6 psychomagnate plate), touch 11, flatfooted 17

Psychomagnate Plate

This crystalline armor has the following game statistics:

Cost: 1250 gp

Armor Bonus: +6

Maximum Dexterity Bonus: +2

Armor Check Penalty: -0

Arcane Spell Failure Chance: 15%

Speed: 20 ft.

Weight: 70 lbs.

Base Attack Bonus/Grapple: +4/+6

Attack: Two halberds +2 melee (1d10+2)

Full Attack: Two halberds +2 melee (1d10+2)

Space/Reach: 10-ft. /10-ft.

Special Attacks: Energy Field

Special Qualities: Spell-like abilities

Saves: Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4

Abilities: Str 14, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 12, Luk 10

Skills: Concentration +8, Knowledge (the planes) +5, Listen +5, Spot +7, Survival +4

Feats: Two-Weapon Fighting, Combat Expertise

Climate/Terrain: Any astral

Organization: Solitary or Group (1d6+1)

Challenge Rating: 4

Treasure: Standard

Alignment: Any chaotic

Advancement: By character class

This curious creature is humanoid in shape, but it has no head – its face is sunken into its chest. It is armoured in a crystalline shell, and wields a halberd in either hand.

Psychomagnates are not originally native to the Astral Plane, but they moved there en masse when their own plane slid into chaos centuries ago. They are a strong and intelligent race, but see most other humanoids as nothing but slaves and cannon fodder until they prove themselves. Their society is driven purely by merit; a psychomagnate who accomplishes nothing is often treated as a slave, while a human hero who completes a great task is honoured and respected as an equal.

The psychomagnate fighting style relies on trips and keeping the opponent down as much as possible. They have adapted this style to the Astral Plane by combining their attacks with their natural ability to manipulate energy fields.

Psychomagnates speak Common and Psychomagnate. Their favored class is fighter.

CombatEdit

Psychomagnates welcome combat, as it gives them a chance to prove their skills. They prefer single combat, and issue challenges and invitations to one-on-one duels when they can.

Energy Field (Su): Psychomagnates can project a glowing purple energy field around themselves. This field has a radius of 30 feet. The field acts like an entropic shield for all those inside the field. Furthermore, anyone trying to use the Astral Plane’s subjective gravity to move within the field must make a Will save (DC 13) – failure means the character cannot move this round using subjective gravity. If a psychomagnate trips a foe inside the energy field, the field deals an extra 1d6 points of electrical damage. Activating the field is a standard action, and it lasts for ten minutes.

Spell-like abilities: 3/day – bull’s strength, cat’s grace, magic missile. All are cast as if the psychomagnate was a 3rd level mage. When the psychomagnate uses any of these spells, purple energy crackles around it.

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