Demon, Quasit

Demon, Quasit (CR 2)
Tiny outsider (demon)
Init 16; Senses darkvision; Notice 17
AC 16, flat-footed 14
(+2 Dex, +2 natural, +2 size)
HP 16 (3d10); fast healing 2
Fort +1, Ref +5, Will +4
DR 5/cold iron; Immune electricity, poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10, fire 10
Speed 20 ft., fly 50 ft.
Melee 2 claws +7 (1d3–1 plus poison), bite +7 (1d4–1)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 3rd; caster check +3)
At will—detect creature, detect magic, invisibility
1/day—cause fear (30-foot radius, W-DC 11)
1/week—commune (three questions)
Str 8, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +3; CMB +0; CMD 12
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +8, Deception +6, Intimidate +8, Knowledge (planes) +6, Perception +7, Stealth +16
Languages Abyssal, Common; telepathy
SQ change shape (2 of the following forms: bat, Small centipede, toad, or wolf; polymorph)
Environment Realms Beyond (Abyss)
Organization solitary or flock (2–12)
Treasure Value 550 gp
Special Abilities
Poison (Ex; poison; Con +2) Claw—injury; save F-DC 13 (3 poison damage); track Dexterity; effect W(1-3); cure 2 consecutive saves.

The quasit is perhaps the least powerful demon, yet it is not the least respected—even quasits hold themselves above the dretch horde, and true to their natures, dretches lack the courage or drive to prove the quaits wrong. A quasit's first role in life is that of a familiar to a spellcasting master, but those quasits who escape from this humiliating servitude become free-willed and much more dangerous.

A typical quasit stands a foot and a half tall, and weighs only 8 pounds. Alone among the demonic horde, quasits do not form from the dead souls of evil mortals. Instead, they form from living souls—when a spellcaster seeks out a quasit to serve him as a familiar, his soul brushes against the Abyss and it reacts, carving from itself a quasit linked to that spellcaster's soul and forming a powerful bond between the two. Newly created quasits are birthed directly on Porphyra, where they become servants, and while bonded to their masters' wills, all quasits hate and loathe their lieges, as they can feel the pulse of their lords' souls and know that they could have been more. A quasit serves, yet it watches and waits for mistakes that might cost its master's life, or even better, an error that might let the quasit turn against its master.

When a quasit's master dies, the quasit can attempt to follow the master's soul into the Realms Beyond by making a DC 15 Will save. This functions as plane shift, but affects only the quasit and transports it into the Abyss and places its master's soul in the quasit's possession as a writhing larvae rather than using the evil master's soul to create new demonic life. In this manner, a quasit can use its newly captured soul to bargain with more powerful denizens of the lower planes, and perhaps secure a vile transformative “promotion” to a more powerful form of life in the process.

Rarely, a quasit elects to ignore its master's death and instead remain on Porphyra to seek other ways to entertain itself—usually settling in an urban area where there are plenty of folk to torment.

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