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Damai

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 33
The people known throughout the galaxy as damais are survivors of a shattered planet who are at once hardy yet fragile, savvy yet foolish, prescient yet solipsistic. Their planet is ancient even on the scale of the vast universe, and yet for damais, modern history is merely 200 years old. Life on Daimalko, their dry, rocky planet in Near Space, transformed when an event called the Awakening wracked the land with earthquakes, evaporated the world’s oceans, and withered its greenery. Worse, the cataclysm awakened the terrible colossi at the heart of the people’s legends. Some of these monstrosities were kyokors, though many were other, equally horrific beasts, and all rose from their slumber beneath the seabed to destroy most of the planet’s inhabitants in short order.

Prior to this disaster, the people of Daimalko were split between two advanced, warring societies: the holy Queendom of Ykarth, which claimed a divine mandate from the empyreal lord Duellona, and the psychic Confederation of Volkaria. But the Awakening drove most of the surviving damais underground, regardless of their allegiance, where they huddled in caverns they came to collectively call the Refuge. Nearly 150 years passed as the remaining damais and their descendants grappled with the cultural trauma of the Awakening. Originally a fragile people threaded with natural ribbons of psychic energy, empathic magic, or braids of both, damais adapted into the hardy and resourceful people they are today.

About 50 years ago, a wise leader in one of the deepest and largest pockets of the Refuge resolved to reunite damais for good. Reirali Kokolu sought to build solidarity among the refugees despite the fact that the colossi still rampaged on the surface above. At great personal risk, she traversed the lightless caverns to make contact with other refugee settlements, inviting their leaders to travel with her until they’d contacted each surviving damai and formulated a plan to keep them connected to one another, even if only spiritually.

Near the end of the leaders’ journey, they stumbled upon a curious cache of rune-scribed orbs. Though most of the leaders thought the objects mere baubles, useless remnants of the planet’s lost civilizations, Reirali Kokolu felt compelled to commune with the orbs. At first, touching them conveyed blasts of overwhelming emotion, fits of magical hubris, unnatural physical strength, and the darkest dread. However, after studying them at length—and convincing the other damai leaders to do the same—Kokolu found that the orbs, when bonded to a user, subtly conveyed vital information about the marauding colossi, such as their physical locations at any given time. Users of these orbs even seemed able to subtly influence the beasts’ behavior, though doing so caused tremendous stress, both mentally and physically. Communing with the orbs also fused the leaders to each other emotionally. As they learned to wield the orbs’ power, the leaders came to realize that with just a little concentration, they could inhabit each others’ minds and hearts.

These damai leaders became the first Guardians. Invigorated with the powers they’d unlocked, the Guardians returned to their respective settlements in the Refuge. Some died mysteriously along the way, and to this day it is unclear why, despite numerous attempts to discover the fates of these Guardians and any motive or meaning behind their deaths.

However, the rest returned to their enclaves. While some used the orbs merely to fortify their settlements, terrified of the power of the colossi they felt through their artifacts, other Guardians began ushering small colonies of damais aboveground, carefully using their bonded orbs to shield their people from harm. Now, the underground settlements have approached a stability that is just shy of thriving, though the aboveground colonies still struggle, thanks both to their youth and to colossi attacks that their Guardians have failed to thwart. Daimalkan Guardians command great power, found both within them and through their orbs, but they are no less mortal than their kin, who age much as humans do. Thus, each Guardian carefully chooses and trains her successor over about a dozen years, using her wits, her wisdom, and her bonded orb, which she transfers to her charge when the time is right.

Though some whisper that the magic flowing through the leaders is somehow tied to the force that sparked the Awakening, trust in the Guardians is nearly universal in damai settlements. Despite their different approaches to survival, the Guardians and everyday damais recognize how deeply tied to each other they are—or without the bonds of their people, damais would have nothing except the colossi that slaver for their end.

The average damai has gray skin, stands 6 feet tall, and weighs around 175 pounds.

Aliens in the "Damai" Family

NameCR
Damai1/2
Damai Guardian12

Damai, Damai Guardian

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 32

Damai Guardian CR 12

XP 19,200
Damai mystic
N Medium humanoid (damai)
Init +1; Senses greater emotionsense, low-light vision; Perception +27

Defense

HP 170; RP 5
EAC 25; KAC 26
Fort +11; Ref +11; Will +17
Defensive Abilities scrappy

Offense

Speed 30 ft.
Melee ultrathin dueling sword +21 (3d6+16 E & F)
Ranged paragon semi-auto pistol +19 (4d6+12 P)
Mystic Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th)
12/day—discern lies (DC 21)
At will—mindlink, telepathic bond
Mystic Spells Known (CL 12th)
4th (3/day)—hold monster (DC 23), mind probe (DC 23)
3rd (6/day)—clairaudience/clairvoyance, haste, mind thrust (DC 22), mystic cure
2nd (at will)—augury, zone of truth (DC 21)
Connection empath

Statistics

STR +4; DEX +1; CON +5; INT +2; WIS +8; CHA +4
Skills Diplomacy +22, Mysticism +27, Sense Motive +27
Languages Ancient Daimalkan, Common, Daimalkan
Other Abilities empathic bond, empathy, greater mindlink, telepathic bond
Gear estex suit IV, paragon semi-auto pistol with 32 small arm rounds, ultrathin dueling sword

Ecology

Environment any (Daimalko)
Organization solitary, pair, or adjudication (3–7)

Special Abilities

Empathic Bond (Su) Damai Guardians have an empathic connection with each other that lasts for life. If a Guardian spends 1 round concentrating while thinking about another specific Guardian, she can learn that individual’s relative position and general condition, as per the status spell. Additionally, when she uses this ability, the Guardian learns the other individual’s general emotional state and its intensity, such as whether the target is mildly content, moderately worried, intensely distraught, or similar.

Scrappy (Ex) Generations of living together in underground shelters and under the constant threat of enormous creatures have taught damais to work together against all odds. Once per day, as long as an ally is within 10 feet, a damai can reroll a failed attack roll or saving throw.

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Damai (Creature Subtype) Graft Template
- Damai Race Entry