Aker-Oros (3.5e Monster)
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|Hit Dice:||18d8+255 (399 hp)|
|Armor Class:||36 (+13 dex, +13 natural), touch 23, flat-footed 23|
|Attack:||+5 Weapon (Staff of Genki) +39 melee or ranged (Varies)|
|Full Attack:||+5 Weapon (Staff of Genki) +39/+34/+29/+24 melee or ranged (Varies)|
|Space/Reach:||5 ft/5 ft|
|Special Attacks:||Blink Charge, Copy Style, Redirect Attack, Telekinesis|
|Special Qualities:||Beyond Good and Evil, Darkvision 60 ft, DR 15/cold iron, Evasion, Extraordinary Health, Fast Healing 10, Immunities, King of Violence, Low-Light Vision, SR 29, Telepathy 100 ft, Wings of War|
|Saves:||Fort +24, Ref +24, Will +17|
|Abilities:||Str 36, Dex 36, Con 36, Int 22, Wis 22, Cha 22|
|Skills:||Balance +21, Bluff +21, Diplomacy +21, Hide +21, Intimidate +21, Listen +21, Knowledge Local +21, Knowledge Nobility +21, Knowledge The Planes +21, Move Silently +21, Sense Motive +21, Spot +21, Tumble +21, Use Magic Device +21|
|Feats:||Precise ShotB, Whirlwind AttackB, Born Tough, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, Combat Expertise, Blind-Fight, Improved Combat Trick, Greater Combat Trick|
|Treasure:||Double Standard, Staff of Genki|
|Advancement:||By character class|
Murder is fun!
A unique spirit, its origins are as strange as its appearance. Neither celestial nor fiend, it belongs nowhere in the universe at all, but is believed to have spawned from limbo. Or, perhaps, a more deeper and primal chaos. For though it does not connect itself to the universe's whims of ethics and morality, the being is certainly known for the joy it takes in the act of battle, the euphoria of murder and destruction, and the wonder of awe inspiring raw power. It is said that if Aker-Oros invokes any one primal emotion, it is the awe of witnessing a great destructive act such as an explosion.
One would expect an avatar of destruction to be some titanic six armed demon, or perhaps a war machine made of ancient iron. Thus it brings great confusion when others look upon what appears to be a mere man wearing a large cat mask. It is, of course, not a mask at all but it puts others at ease to think that under its bloated cartoonish head there is something more normal below. Aker-Oros thus is a feline humanoid which has appeared in many generally non-threatening colors in each of its lifetimes, often smiling, with wide bright eyes and a joyful nature. Its only other source of joy beyond war is sleep, and when it is awake it seeks to sow discord. Many would consider its sleep, often done in generational scales, a blessing. Few are welcome to indulge in the spirit's murder sprees. Some are able to deal with the spirit and direct its violence towards their enemies, and hope that Aker-Oros tires before all their enemies are gone and it turns upon them.
Clearly, whoever created such a being thought it a sick joke. Even if Aker-Oros is slain, it will return one day through its weapon, and in respawning arrive to wreck havoc on the world once more.
Aker-Oros is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 lbs. It speaks Common, Abyssal, Celestial, and Infernal, and can communicate with any "eldritch" being such as elder evils or creatures from the Far Realm. It never gains the extraplanar subtype wherever it goes.
Considered a master in every violent art, it can engage in either ranged warfare or melee as it sees fit thanks to its universal weapon, the Staff of Genki. This glowing rod can transform into any weapon imagined, as well as cast spells (see Copy Style) as if it were a magic stave. Aker-Oros is proficient in all weapons and shields (even exotic weapons and shields) but generally does not wear armor.
It likes nothing better than using the opponent's most effective attacks upon their own, via its ability to reflect attacks and use opponent attacks. It considers fighting and murder a sport, and is often susceptible to challenges, if it makes the stakes higher. Fortunately, it often does not hold grudges either. It is an equal opportunity murderer.
Beyond Good and Evil (Ex): Aker-Oros is beyond morality and ethics. It is immune to all alignment based spells and effects, and does not detect as any alignment.
Blink Charge (Su): As part of a move action, Aker-Oros can teleport up to its movement speed without provoking attacks of opportunity. It can even charge, charging through solid objects via teleporting and still gaining the charging bonuses and penalties, as long as the teleport is in a straight line.
Copy Style: Aker-Oros's strongest ability, while a competent fighter in its own right Aker-Oros is capable of observing and duplicating the abilities of others. If Aker-Oros observes a maneuver, power, or spell going off within 100 ft of it during an encounter it learns this maneuver, power, or spell and can initiate, manifest, or cast said power once as either a maneuver-like ability, psi-like ability, or spell-like ability. It retains this knowledge only until the end of the encounter and cannot refresh or restore the ability until it observes the ability again. Aker-Oros uses its Staff of Genki as the focus for using Copy Style, without it Copy Style does not function.
Extraordinary Health (Ex): Aker-Oros always receives maximum hit points per HD.
Immunities (Ex): Aker-Oros is immune to ability damage, ability drain, death effects, energy drain, paralysis, petrification, polymorphing, and sleep.
King of Violence: Aker-Oros, known as the King of Violence, is bonded to the Staff of Genki weapon it carries. It can teleport the staff to its hand as a move action (a supernatural ability). If Aker-Oros dies, then its spirit inhabits the Staff of Genki and possesses it. Whoever wields the weapon next then risks being dominated by the intelligence staff (same mental ability scores as Aker-Oros, Ego score of 25, normal vision and telepathy, and no other powers). The staff will then drive them to acts of violence and war, and they gain the ability to summon the weapon to their hand. Even if disarmed, the victim will remain possessed until the weapon has been out of their hands for 24 hours or the weapon possesses another.
If the creature is not stopped, after a year and a day the victim's transformation is complete, and they are reborn as the new Aker-Oros.
Redirect Attack (Ex): As an immediate action once per round, Aker-Oros can redirect any melee, ranged, or magical attack which requires an attack roll to another creature within range (or even just the ground). It directs it to any other valid target, using the attacker's attack roll and damage as normal. However it cannot deflect attacks back to its original attacker.
Wings of War (Su): Toggled as a swift action, Aker-Oros can deploy burning wings out from its back giving it a fly speed equal to its land speed (good maneuverability). However when so deployed, it counts as a creature one size larger than normal whenever disadvantageous.
Staff of Genki
The Staff of Genki is a powerful Major Artifact that acts as Aker-Oros's pseudo-phylactery. As long as the staff exists, so to shall Aker-Oros. Because of the threat of possession, many choose wisely to bury the thing and leave it be, but the allure of power often brings people to find it.
While it defaults to a staff, the Staff of Genki can take the shape of any weapon one can imagine as a free action. Ranged weapons come equipped with automatically loading mundane ammo. Breaking items such as shurikens spawn a bag which the items may be drawn forth from.
Whatever form of weapon it takes, it is always a +5 weapon with the ability to change size and shape as a free action on your turn. In addition, users can use a limited form of Copy Style. They can copy any maneuver, power, or spell, but only one that has been used in the last round, and they must still pay any expensive material and XP components as needed.
The Staff of Genki is intelligent (see King of Violence). Its method of destruction is unknown, but it is believed one must bring it back to its source of creation, and/or one must keep the entire world at peace for 101 years for it to become able to be destroyed.