Thursday, November 17, 2016

War may be an armed angel on a mission (Pathfinder)

 
Blessed angels, thy mercy is sweet. Art By: Edmund Dulac

Pictures Mangled by Me: Any picture with this in its caption means it is a collage I made using 19th and early 20th century illustrations. All these illustrations are public domain, meaning I didn't rob anyone by using these pictures for my own gains.

Author's Note: This is the second Hound of Saint Jasper, I may make another, but there are other ideas I need to work out.

Oh loyal one,
He of the pack and the family,
Watch over me for danger is near,
I see the shadows of my pursuers,
I hear the echoes of their steps,
Find me before their hunt is finished,
Bear the weight of their animosity,
For I cannot bear it myself.
- Prayer of the hunted to Saint Jasper

Only the dark fears the light. Art By: Gustave Dore

Volentine, Bergan (6M – 280). A Catalogue of Paranatural Beings; Conceptuals. Infinite City: Poete House of Publishing. Pg. 103

... Which brings us to the unique character of Saint Jasper. Being unestablished in the theophysical realms, there is confusion as to where Saint Jasper resides, if he resides anywhere at all.

It is possible that Saint Jasper is a sentient thought-form , not a deity at all. This thought-form more than likely takes residence in one of the protean meta-matter realms. The Hounds of Saint Jasper are merely aspects of Saint Jasper, that he splits from himself before shaping their bodies from the matter of his meta-matter realm before sending it into the prime realm in which we reside.

This, of course, is merely conjecture. What is known is the level of power that his servants, especially Canis Sophia Aeon (Bright Hound), one of the more powerful. While Canis Hylic Aeon (Tar Wolf) exhibits the raw power of physical matter, it is Canis Sophia Aeon (Bright Hound) that controls the raw power of arcane forces.

Fear not dear child for the angels are with thee. Art By: Gustave Dore

A guardian of Saint Jasper's faithful, it has only been documented as moving singly, without the support of a pack. Undoubtedly, their innate control over arcane and miraculous forces makes traveling in a pack superfluous.

... They take the form of a pony-sized, white mastiff with a human head, blank faced. Rather than the normal physical characteristics of a face, they possess three sets of eyes, with prismatic wings growing from its left and right sides. Strange pictograms, glowing with varied hues, play across its white fur, seeming to match its moods. The only piece of clothing they are known to wear is a crown-like headdress, with an eyeless face at its front that speaks with the creature's voice.

Focusing on protection, healing, and divine wrath, it is rare for a Canis Sophia Aeon (Bright Hound) to come into direct physical conflict. The signs of their use of divine abilities can be found in their three sets of eyes and the luminosity of their fur.

As with the other 'hounds', they are want to quickly leave an area once their purpose is finished. It is unknown if this is due to their presence being in high demand, or if their existence drains the potency of Saint Jasper...

A hound of light and justice. Pictures Mangled By: Me

A canine form, white fur casting an illuminating aura, heralding its coming. As large as a wagon, it pads closer with a grace that defies size. A humanoid head, faceless, three sets of eyes that cast their own subtle radiance, feathered prismatic wings emerging from each side of the head. Stylized pictures dance across its radiant white sides, color, shape, and movements corresponding to the creature's mood. Atop its head, a turban-like crown, an eyeless golden face smiling serenely. Speaking in a feminine voice, it states, “I am the mercy and protection of Saint Jasper, here to give His favor to the Faithful.”

Saint Jasper's Blessed Hound of Protection / Bright Hound / Trippy Dog
CR: 10
XP: 9,600
NG Large Outsider
Initiative: +5;
Senses: Darkvision 60 ft., Low-light vision; Perception +20

DEFENSE
AC: 24, touch 11, flat-footed 22 (+2 Dex, +13 natural, –1 size)
HP: 114 (12d10+48)
Saves: Fort +12, Ref +8, Will +13

OFFENSE
Speed: 60 ft., fly 120 ft. (Average)
Ranged – All Touch Attacks w/ 100 ft. Range
Red Ray: +14 (1D12 Fire)
Green Gaze: +14 (2D6 Acid)
Lavender Lance: +14 (3D4 Lightning)
Space: 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks - DC = 10 + ½ HD + Ability Mod
Saint Jasper's Halo: The hound emits a nimbus of white light to surround it and its allies. Up to 5 individual's of the Hound's choice, including itself, receive a number of benefits when within 20 ft of it:
+3 to AC
+3 Bonus to All Saves
+3 Bonus to Attacks and Damage

Radiant Tone: The face on the Hound's crown emits a single perfect note, creating a wave of prismatic energy. Striking all targets in a 70ft cone, the note does 6D6 sonic damage. Those caught in the cone may make a Reflex save (DC 18 Dex Based) for ½ damage. Targets that fail their Reflex save must also make a Fortitude save (DC 20 Con Based), or be deafened for 1D6+1 rounds. The hound may use this ability once every 1D3 rounds.

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th)
Constant: Tongues, Detect magic, See invisibility, Comprehend Languages
At Will: Bless, Light, Remove Fear, Cure Light Wounds, Detect Evil
3/Day: Hold Person, Enthrall, Augury, Silence 15' Radius
2/Day: Call Lightning, Stone Shape, Dispel Magic, Remove Curse
1/Day: Confusion, Charm Monster, Lesser Globe of Invulnerability, Ice Storm
1/Week: Atonement, True Seeing, Raise Dead

STATISTICS
Str 25, Dex 15, Con 19, Int 18, Wis 21, Cha 19
Base Attack: +12
CMB: +20
CMD: 32 (36 vs. trip)
Feats: Combat Casting, Hover, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot
Skills: (* = Class Skill) *Bluff +19, *Diplomacy +19, *Fly +15, *Intimidate +19, *Knowledge (Planes) +19, *Perception +20, *Sense Motive +20, *Spellcraft +19, *Stealth +13
Languages: Comprehend Languages and Tongues
ECOLOGY
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary
Treasure: Double