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Raiju- (,"thunder animal" or "thunder beast") is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of lightning and may be in the shape of a cat, fox, weasel, or wolf. The form of a white and blue wolf (or even a wolf wrapped in lightning) is also common. It may also fly about as a ball of lightning (in fact, the creature may be an attempt to explain the phenomenon of lightning). Its cry sounds like thunder.
Raiju is the
companion of Raijin god of lightning. While the beast is generally calm and
harmless, during thunderstorms it becomes agitated and leaps about in trees,
fields, and even buildings (trees that have been struck by lightning are said
to have been scratched by Raiju's claws).
Raiju- (A beast that falls to earth in a lightning bolt) from the Kanda-Jihitsu Date 1806
|Source Pathfinder #53: Tide of Honor pg. 90 Orginally posted in Archives of Nethys|
The air around this
strange, pale animal sparks with erratic flashes of static electricity, its
body constantly twitching as if filled to capacity with the energy. It suddenly
perks up, alert and seemingly ready to bolt.
|Raiju CR 5|
CN Small outsider (air, extraplanar, shapechanger)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +9
|AC 19, touch 15,
flat-footed 15 (+4 Dexterity, +4 natural, +1 size)
hp 51 (6d10+18)
Fort +8, Ref +11, Will +2
|Speed 40 ft., fly
60 ft. (good)
Melee 2 claw +8 (1d3+1 plus 1d6 electricity), tail slap +3 (1d4 plus 1d6 electricity)
Special Attacks shocking burst
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5)
|Strength 12, Dexterity 19, Constitution
16, Intelligence 5, Wisdom 11, Charisma 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +6; CMD 20 (24 vs. trip)
Feats Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes
Skills Acrobatics +10 (+14 when jumping), Fly +19, Perception +9
SQ change shape (Small animal only), electric body
|Change Shape (Su) On the Material Plane, a raiju typically assumes the form of a badger,
cat, giant rat, monkey, weasel, or wolf (as per Beast
Shape II) to blend
in with native wildlife. Even in these forms, however, it typically has
pale coloration and lightninglike patterns.
Electric Body (Su) As an immediate action, a raiju can transform itself into a ball of living lightning. While in this form, the raiju gains the incorporeal subtype and incorporeal quality. It only takes half damage from corporeal sources if they are magical (it takes no damage from nonmagical weapons and objects). Additionally, it sparks with electricity while it is in this form. Any creature that touches the raiju with a natural or unarmed attack or whose square the raiju passes through during its movement must succeed at a DC 17 Reflex save or take 2d6 points of electricity damage. The save DC is Dexterity-based. In normal weather, a raiju can remain incorporeal for a number of rounds per day equal to its Hit Dice, though it can remain incorporeal for as long as it pleases during a thunderstorm.Shocking Burst (Su) Besides dealing normal slashing damage, the claw and tail of a raiju are considered to have the shocking burst weapon special quality. They deal 1d6 extra points of electrical damage on a normal hit and an additional 1d10 points on a critical hit.
|Environment any land
or sky (lightning storms)
Organization solitary, pair, or group (312)
Raijus are beings of living electricity that cross the border between the mundane world and their native plane, a region of the Plane of Air alive with endless thunderstorms. Raijus can be involuntarily hurled across the dimensions by a powerful lightning bolt originating in the Plane of Air, or might be called by magic users to do their bidding. When the weather is calm, raijus are quiet, and assume the forms of Tiny or Small animals such as cats, raccoon dogs, monkeys, or weasels. As weather gets worse, however, so do their tempers. In their real form, raijus appear as lean, foxlike creatures with long, sharp claws and luminous eyes, shrouded by crackling electricity. These swift, even panicky, creatures are charged with the electricity of their native realm, and those who touch them risk receiving a deadly shock. In times of great distress, they transform entirely into living electricity, a force that few barriers can contain and even fewer creatures can survive the passage of.
In their natural forms,
raijus measure about 3-1/2 feet long and weigh 40 pounds, but they often take
the form of small mammals when not on the Plane of Air. They can be still recognized
as raijus in this form, however, as they bear markings suggestive of jagged
When they are born on the
Elemental Plane of Air, raijus are semi-sentient, formless spheres of living
electricity. Only after a period of weeks or months do they gradually take on
a favored form, that of a vaguely rodent- or caninelike beast, agile enough
to twist and bound amid the endless storms and debris that soar through their
home plane. Sometimes particularly powerful elemental storms, strange eddies
of magic, or drifting portals bring raijus to the Material Plane. When this
happens, invariably during a thunderstorm, the creature spends but a little
time regaining its bearings; it then uses its innate shapechange power to blend
in with the local fauna, taking on the shape of a local animaltypically
a cat, raccoon dog, monkey, or weasel. While such raijus constantly seek to
return to their home plane, they arent terribly uncomfortable on the Material
Plane. When the weather is calm, raijus are likewise quiet, and remain in their
apparently harmless animal forms all the time. As weather gets worse, however,
they become increasingly energetic, racing and soaring about in rampages that
occasionally prove accidentally destructive. They typically resume their natural
forms during such storms, reveling in their memories of their home plane. Some
scholars believe that raijus can return to their native plane when lightning
strikes them, thus explaining the creatures eagerness and agitation during
Raijus are extraplanar creatures that have little organization on their home plane, roaming and romping as little more than wild animals in their dangerous planar wilderness. On the Material Plane, they gravitate toward areas where storms are frequent, or where the effects of lightning are apparent. This means they frequently occupy the windward sides of mountains and wet forests, eagerly making small dens in the trunks of lightning-blasted trees or scorched, rocky crevices.
Raijus can live on the Material Plane indefinitely, though all seek ways they might return to the Elemental Plane of Air. Those separated from their native plane rarely manage to find their way home without the intervention of some other being. Although life on the Material Plane often means a raiju will never encounter others of its kind again, few seem to realize this fact, or, if they do, become despondent over it. Rather, many raijus adopt the habits and communities of the creatures they spend the most time imitating and live as such creaturesexcept, of course, during violent lightning storms.
Many believe that despite
their destructive natures, raijus are good luck. This belief comes from the
creatures propensity for finding warm spots to nestle into and rest in
during the lazy times between storms. One story tells of a raiju that found
a snug spot in the navel of a sleeping giant. The giant was exhausted after
a day of tromping on a local town and stealing away an entire years harvest
of rice, so it didnt even notice the sleeping creature. When the giant
finally awoke and felt the dozing creatures claws on its belly, it f lew
into a panicked rage. The sudden activity startled the sleeping raiju, and it
immediately summoned a storm and called down lightning, which promptly electrocuted
the giantkilling the villain on the spot. When the curious townsfolk saw
the brief, explosive storm nearby, they stopped rebuilding their homes and came
to investigate. What they found was a charred giant and a sleepy raiju, nestled
amid their stolen rice. Raijus have been considered lucky spirits ever since,
though many refuse to sleep face up during lighting storms lest their bellies
seem like a comfortable place for a raiju to rest.
This rarer variant of the raiju dwells upon the Plane of Fire, in regions filled with smoke and wracked by firestorms and endless volcanic eruptions. Just as their kin from the Plane of Air, kaenjus may visit mundane worlds during volcanic eruptions or when huge fires devastate towns or forests. A kaenju is very similar to its cousin, but its substance is made of fire instead of lightning.
Defensive Abilities: Kaenjus have the fire subtype (immunity to fire, vulnerability to cold) and resistance 10 to lightning. Special Attacks: A kaenjus tail and claws are considered flaming burst weapons.
Special Qualities: All kaenjus supernatural abilities are based on flame instead of lightning, and have the same effects but deal fire damage instead of electricity damage. Also, instead of a raijus spell-like abilities, a kaenju can cast produce flame at will, and flaming sphere and quench 3 times per day.
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