Thieves & Kings
Large Monstrosity, Neutral Evil
Armor Class : 11 (Leather Armor)
Hit Points : 60 (8d8+16)
Speed : 30’
STR – 18 (+4), DEX – 11 (+0), CON – 15 (+2), INT 14 (+2), WIS 15 (+2), CHR 14 (+2).
Skills : Deception (+4), Survival (+4)
Senses : Passive Perception 12
Languages : Common, Yikaria
Challenge : 3 (700 XP)
Multiattack : The Tauri makes two attacks, either with its greatsword or its longbow.
Greatsword : Melee Weapon Attack : +6 to hit, reach 5’, one target.
Hit : 18 (4d6+4) slashing damage.
Longbow : Ranged Weapon Attack : +2 to hit, range 150’/600’. one target.
Hit : 9 (2d8) piercing damage.
Possession “Skin Crawler” (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest) : The Tauri attempts to magically possess a humanoid or a giant. The Tauri must touch the target throughout a short rest, or the attempt fails. At the end of the rest, the target must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or be possessed by the Tauri, which disappears with everything it is carrying or wearing. Until the possession ends, the target is incapacitated, loses control of its body, and is unaware of its surroundings. The Tauri takes control of its body and can’t be targeted by any attack, spell, or other effect, and it retains its alignment; its Int, Wis and Chr scores; and its proficiencies. It otherwise uses the target’s statistics, except the target’s knowledge, class features, feats and proficiencies.
The possession lasts until either the body drops to 0 hit points, the Tauri chooses to end the possession as an action, or the Tauri is forced from the body by an effect such as Dispel Evil or Good spell. When the possession ends, the Tauri appears in an unoccupied space within 5’ of the body and is stunned until the end of its next turn. If the host body dies while it is possessed by the Tauri, the Tauri dies as well, and its body doesn’t reappear.
War Crest of the Tauri
Tauri, known among themselves as Yikaria (the “Lucky Chosen” ), are ogre-sized humanoids. Their heads resemble disgruntled yaks, complete with curved horns and dour expressions. Their hulking bodies are coated with thick fur and hair, and many outsiders can’t tell the males and females apart.
Society : Other civilized races treat the Tauri as “bogeymen” – a scary race of evil, ruthless, and powerful savages. They dwell in secluded settlements sheltered from the worst of nature’s abuse, including mountain valleys and soaring plateaus. In these seemingly idyllic hideaways, the Tauri rule over humanoid slaves with an iron fist. For all their learning and culture, Tauri are enormously evil overlords. They care for their hapless subjects only to the extent that a live slave is more useful than a dead one, and keeping one alive is easier than laboring oneself. It’s not that Tauri are lazy – quite the contrary. They simply consider most menial tasks beneath them.
Outsiders who stumble upon an enclave of Tauri are usually surprised to find such an apparent utopia, and the Tauri cultivate that image until the strangers can be safely disarmed and enslaved.
Tauri have a drive for learning, particularly when it comes to the secrets of elemental magic and dark knowledge that might serve them in corrupting or dominating others. Knowledge that the Tauri can’t gain or use is destroyed. Unsentimental by nature, Tauri parents pack their children into communal creches once they are weaned, never to acknowledge them again. Tauri feel no loyalty to clans – only their dark god and their race as a whole.
Servants of the Forgotten God : Tauri function as a malignant theocracy in service to the Forgotten God. The worship of this savage, nameless deity directs their lives. The god takes the form of a male Yikaria, but the deity’s face is worn smooth into a featureless mask. The deity is appeased by sacrifice, which followers carry out by offering slaves in the Manner Elemental – which is by fire (immolation), earth (live burial), water (drowning), or air (throwing the victim off a great height). Sacrifices are meant to ensure the benevolence of the deity and to punish disobedient slaves.
The Forgotten God enabled the Tauri to enslave dao (earth genies) for a time. It is said that the Forgotten God travelled through the Elemental Plane of Earth and, through guile and deception, defeated the Grand Khan of the Dao. The price of defeat was harsh; the Dao were forced to serve the Forgotten God and its minions – and forbidden to attack them – “… for a thousand years and a year…”. This sentence has, however, recently expired, and Tauri can no longer summon the Dao as they once did, but fear of the Forgotten God has kept the Dao from seeking vengeance.
Skin Crawlers : A Tauri’s most frightening weapon, is its ability to magically crawl under the skin of another sentient creature, control its body and suppress its mind. The Tauri use this ability to spy on enemies, rob them, murder their leaders, and kidnap their young.