Fleshwarp

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Fleshwarp
(Creature)
Traits Aberration
Humanoid
Level By class level
Alignment
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Source: Ancestry Guide, pg(s). 89
This article is about the unique humanoid fleshwarps. For specific non-humanoid types of fleshwarp, see the navbox below.

Fleshwarp is an umbrella term referring to people and creatures whose forms were created or greatly transformed by magic, alchemy or technology.[1]

Appearance

Fleshwarps come in countless variations.[2] Drow fleshwarping transforms victims into predictable, non-humanoid forms, depending on the species of the subject. For example, every drow becomes a drider, which is the most common result of this process.[3][4]

Humanoid fleshwarps all look different, with the only common point being a mismatched appearance.[1] They can measure from 5 to 7 feet tall and weigh from 100 pounds to more than 300 pounds, and usually have two arms and legs each. Otherwise, even fleshwarps that are siblings or transformed in the same way might look very different.[5]

Ecology

Fleshwarps are divided into two categories: those created as a fleshwarp and those transformed into one. The former usually have a difficult upbringing and are likely to accept their own forms; the latter tend to hide themselves and be adept at hiding in their species' society.[3]

Drow fleshwarpers use deliberately painful, horrific procedures to transform their victims. Some are lucky enough to escape or survive a faulty process, allowing them to keep some of their humanoid features. These fleshwarps tend to be afraid of the dark and underground.[3]

Cults of evil deities of transmutation like Haagenti or Yamasoth sometimes transform victims in their vile rites. Only the transformation itself matters; the victim is usually released afterward, sometimes to instil terror among the populace but more often out of indifference.[3]

Fleshforges in Nex also create fleshwarps, out of a purely academic interest to push magic to its limits. Many such fleshwarps willingly chose the transformation, and tend to have a more uniform appearance than other fleshwarps, since many of the transformation processes are replicable.[3]

Fleshwarps sometimes originate from the laboratories of Ustalavic scientists, who usually cast them out or force them to do menial work. A few instead take on their creations as students, teaching them alchemical and scientific knowledge to the detriment of social skills.[3]

Some fleshwarps are transformed by an environmental accident or catastrophe, most often in the Mana Wastes, where they have carved out a few settlements.[3]

During the Age of Legend, many Thassilonian wizards and alchemists were fleshwarpers who regularly used sigils to imbue magic to flesh and created many creatures from scratch. For many years, this knowledge was believed to be lost, only remaining in the form of sinspawn and fleshdregs, before the re-emergence of New Thassilon and the recent discoveries in Thassilonian ruins.[3] Since then, fleshwarping sin magic has seen a revival.[6]

In Numeria, the desperate or foolish often drink foul, eldritch fluids that turn them into fleshwarps. They tend to be more hopeful about finding a way to reverse the change, perhaps by drinking more fluids or forcing others to do so, even though this process usually transforms them further or kills them.[6]

Habitat

Since fleshwarps are so few in number, they usually live alone, in small family groups, or at the fringes of community, where they follow jobs that do not require contact with many people.[5] Some work in industries where their hardiness is a boon and their uncanny appearance does not matter. Settlements that consist fully of fleshwarps only exist in the Mana Wastes.[6]

Society

Fleshwarps are quick to learn and value endurance, and usually share stories when encountering fellow fleshwarps. A fleshwarp's origin is usually a painful and horrifying process and only discussed among close friends or loved ones.[5]

Since fleshwarps have little to gain from society and need to be adaptable just to survive, they rarely work for society in turn and are seldom lawful. Despite being stereotyped as monsters, they are no more or less evil than the average person, and tend toward neutrality.[5] Their neighbours might come to accept a fleshwarp and call out outsiders who make a big deal out of the 'monster', though strange events can quickly change people's feelings and force a fleshwarp to run away from their home to flee a misguided mob.[6]

Fleshwarps are usually non-religious (viewing faith as impractical or considering themselves abandoned by the gods) or exceptionally devout. Evil ones most often worship Lamashtu; others often turn to Arazni, Calistria, Desna or Gozreh.[5]

The Oenopion Fleshforges is a guild based in Oenopion consisting of many of the most talented Nexian fleshforgers. They focus on creating fleshwarp soldiers for the state, who are often highly regarded for their skills.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Calder CaDavid et al. (2021). Ancestry Guide, p. 88. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-308-9
  2. Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 158. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Calder CaDavid et al. (2021). Ancestry Guide, p. 90. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-308-9
  4. Vanessa Hoskins et al. (2021). Hands of the Devil, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-307-2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Calder CaDavid et al. (2021). Ancestry Guide, p. 89. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-308-9
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Calder CaDavid et al. (2021). Ancestry Guide, p. 91. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-308-9
  7. Vanessa Hoskins et al. (2021). Hands of the Devil, p. 69. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-307-2