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Completely unknown in the First Age, the shining masquerade is an innovation of the sidereals. Appearing much like a dragon tear tiara, these items are used to duplicate the appearance of the anima banner from another type of exalt. The Bronze Faction uses them most often when their agents don resplendent destinies of dragon-blooded, allowing them to more perfectly mimic their identity.
  |name=Glaring Tyrant |CR=13
  |image=
Each item is built to emulate a specific type of exalted and no others. By spending 1 mote, it may reproduce the flare at any apparent level. Note that this does ''not'' duplicate the anima effect or any other special ability of the flare. For example, the "flames" of a shining masquerade built to emulate a fire aspect terrestrial do not actually burn, making the disguise imperfect.
  |align=LE
  |size=Large |type=Aberration
This illusion is easily penetrated by anyone using Essence sight. It is also completely overpowered by actual anima flares from the wearer at the 8+ mote level. The masquerade can, however, cover real flares at levels lower than this, if the illusion activated at a higher level. Note that if a sidereal under a resplendent destiny is using the item when the illusion is pierced, they may generate Paradox.
  |init=+6
  |perception=+20 |othersenses=Darkvision (60 ft),
Like the dragon tear tiara that these items imitate, a shining masquerade holds a socket for a hearthstone. It also provides a single die bonus to one of the abilities favored by the type of exalt it imitates (determined at the time of construction).
  |languages=Common
  |tag1=
==Material Bonuses==
While no material bonuses are provided by the masquerade (and, therefore, no additional essence is needed to attune one), it must be made of the material associated with the type of exalt whose flare it imitates. Nearly all of these items, therefore, are jade. The Gold Faction has started to produce a handful of orichalcum versions for deep cover agents masquerading as solars. There are rumors that some soulsteel versions exist, though what purpose those who wear them have is unknown. Moonsilver versions would require the cooperation of No Moon lunars but if this has happened is anyone's guess. Surprisingly, some startmetal versions do exist, usually used by sidereals who wish to pass as another type of sidereal.
==Instances==
None, yet.
==Game Information==
'''Commitment''': 2<br>
'''Artifact''': &bull;&bull;


[[Category:Exalted Artifact]]
  |AC=26 |touch=12 |flatfoot=24
  |ACdetail=+2 Dex, -1 size, +15 natural
  |miss=
  |hp=111 |HD=13d8+52
  |fort=+10 |ref=+6 |will=+12
  |weakness=
  |tag2=
 
  |spd=5 ft, fly 30ft (good)
  |melee=bite +3 (2d4)
  |ranged=eye ray +10 (as ray)
  |BAB=+9  | CMB=+10 | CMD=23 (can't be tripped)
  |space=10 |reach=5 ft.
  |atkopt=
  |gear=
  |sa=Antimagic Eye, Eye Rays, Sustained Barrage
 
  |spelllikecl=13
  |spelllikeother=''2/round''&mdash;''charm person'' (DC 18), ''disintegrate'' (DC 23), ''blast ray'', ''parasitic ray'', ''slow'' (DC 20), ''telekinesis'' (DC 22)
 
  |str=10 (+0)
  |dex=15 (+2)
  |con=18 (+4)
  |int=17 (+3)
  |wis=15 (+2)
  |cha=15 (+2)
  |sq=can't be tripped or flanked
  |feats=Alertness, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot
  |skills=Bluff +8, Fly +17, Intimidate +18, Knowledge (Arcana) +19, Perception +26, Sense Motive +16, Spellcraft +16, Stealth +10, Survival +12
  |possessions=
  |spellbook=
  |tag4=
 
  |environment=Cold hills
  |organization=Solitary, pair, or cluster
  |treasure=Double
  |advancement=
  |tag5=
 
  |variants=
}}
== Real World History ==
 
The glaring tyrant is a re-imaging of a classic monster for the [[system::Pathfinder]] system, refactored based on [http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dd/20061028a Mike Mearls' "Monster Makover"] of the same creature. This "makeover" intends to solve the creature's more troubling features, particularly with facing, overuse of save-or-die effects and antimagic, while still keeping the basic flavor of the monster intact. (A Pathfinder version of this creature more true to the original can be found in the netbook [http://www.enworld.org/forum/pathfinder-rpg-discussion/270819-netbook-book-forbidden-lore.html The Book of Forbidden Lore].)
 
== Appearance ==
 
Large floating sphere with huge central eye, gaping mouth, and ten eye-stalks.
 
== Special Abillities ==
 
'''All Around Vision (Ex)'''  Glaring tyrants are exceptionally alert and circumspect. Their many eyes give them a +4 racial bonus on Perception checks, and they can't be flanked.
 
'''Baleful Eye (Su)''' The glaring tyrant can focus its large, central eye on an area, disrupting all spellcasting that takes place there. As a swift action, the glaring tyrant creates a 60 foot cone. Anyone in this area who attempts to cast a spell must make a caster level check (DC 18) to successfully complete the spell. This DC is Intelligence based and includes a +4 racial bonus. This effect does not interfere with the tyrant's eye rays.
 
'''Can't Be Tripped (Ex)''' As creatures who float, glaring tyrants cannot be tripped.
 
'''Eye Rays (Su)'''  Each of a glaring tyrant's eye stalks can produce a ray of magical energy with a range of 150 feet. As a standard action, a glaring tyrant can produce one ray from each eyestalk. It can target up to three rays at a single target. Each ray aimed at a specific target must have a different effect, but a glaring tyrant can use the same ability twice per round. Each ray requires a successful ranged touch attack. Glaring tyrants gain a +4 racial bonus to the save DCs for these rays. Rays which duplicate spell effects act as if cast by a 13th level wizard.
 
* The ''enthralling ray'' can either Stun the target on a failed Will save (DC 18) or be used to cast ''charm person'' (DC 18).
* The ''blast ray'' does 6d6 points of damage, with the glaring tyrant choosing one of the five energy types (acid, cold, electricity, fire or sonic) as it fires.
* The ''telekinesis ray'' functions as a ''telekinesis'' spell. The alternative Combat Maneuver Bonus provided by the spell (see description) is based on Intelligence (CMB +16). A telekinetic effect may be sustained over multiple rounds (as per the spell), but this requires that the ray remain focused on the target. In combat, glaring tyrants most often use this ray to bull rush or trip approaching melee fighters.
* The ''slow ray'' works as per the spell if it hits (DC 20).
* The ''disintegrate ray'' works as the spell (DC 23, base damage 26d6).
 
As an example, suppose a glaring tyrant encounters a party of four adventurers: a fighter, a cleric, a rogue, and a wizard. On its turn, it uses three rays against two targets, and two rays against two other targets. It cannot use any specific ray more than twice. It uses its rays in the following manner:
 
* Fighter: ''telekinesis'', ''slow'', ''disintegrate''.
* Wizard: ''telekinesis'', ''blast ray'' (cold), ''stun''.
* Cleric: ''stun'', ''disintegrate''.
* Rogue: ''slow'', ''blast ray'' (acid).
 
'''Flight (Ex)'''  A glaring tyrant's body is naturally buoyant. This buoyancy allows it to fly at a speed of 30 feet and grants it a permanent ''feather fall'' effect (as the spell) with personal range. The glaring tyrant may hover without needing to make a Fly skill check.
 
'''Sustained Barrage (Su)'''  Glaring tyrants continually seethe with arcane energy, allowing them to create a sustained barrage of rays. A glaring tyrant rolls two dice for initiative and records both results. On a glaring tyrant's initiative count, it can choose to take its normal turn or a special barrage turn. It may take one normal turn per round and one barrage turn per round. On its barrage turn, the glaring tyrant may fire its ''telekinesis ray'', or a special ''parasitic ray'', at any target within 60 feet. The ''parasitic ray'' functions as the spell ''vampiric touch'', but requires a ranged touch attack instead of a melee touch. The glaring tyrant fires twice, using either type of ray for each shot. It may fire both rays at the same target, or each at a different targets. The glaring tyrant cannot take any other actions on its barrage turn except to delay.
 
== Design Choices ==
 
All of the advice in the monster makeover was followed, with two exceptions. The first is the telekinesis ray. The Pathfinder version of this spell, while still complicated, leverages the combat maneuver rules in a good way, so using them instead of adding arbitrary "save or be moved" mechanics seems like a better idea. The second change is to the sustained barrage ability. Rather than reuse the blast ray, I changed Mark's version to use a ''vampiric touch''-like effect. The damage is the same (6d6), but provides a bit more staying power to the tyrant.
 
The starting point for the stats was to keep the CR at 13. According to the Pathfinder SRD [http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/rules-for-monsters/monster-creation monster creation guidelines] a CR 13 aberration should have 19 hit dice, around 180 hp, AC 28, attacks of 22/16, do around 45-60 points of damage per attack, have save DCs in the 15-21 range, and make saves in the 12-16 range. Since, as originally written, the creature is a bit of a "glass cannon", I strayed pretty far from this advice:
 
* Hit dice: to keep the caster level at 13, I went with 13 hit dice instead of 19. This changes a lot of the other scores, making the tyrant physically weak for its CR, as it should be. At 4.5hp per die, the tyrant's average hp are just over half the standard for the CR.
* AC is lower than normal for the CR.
* WIth the two disintigrates and two blasts each round, the tyrant's damage output is ''much'' higher.
* The save DCs range slightly higher than typical for the CR.
* The lower number of hit dice yields much lower attack ratings and saving throws. Since most of tyrant's abilities used ranged touches, this is probably about right.
 
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Glaring Tyrant CR 13

LE Large Aberration

Init +6, Senses Perception +20; Darkvision (60 ft),

DEFENSE
AC 26, touch 12, flat-footed 24 (+2 Dex, -1 size, +15 natural)

hp 111 (13d8+52 HD)

Fort +10, Ref +6, Will +12

OFFENSE
Spd 5 ft, fly 30ft (good)

Melee bite +3 (2d4)

Ranged eye ray +10 (as ray)

Space 10 ft.;Reach 5 ft.

Special Actions Antimagic Eye, Eye Rays, Sustained Barrage

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13)

2/roundcharm person (DC 18), disintegrate (DC 23), blast ray, parasitic ray, slow (DC 20), telekinesis (DC 22))

STATISTICS

Str 10 (+0), Dex 15 (+2), Con 18 (+4), Int 17 (+3), Wis 15 (+2), Cha 15 (+2)

Base Atk +9, CMB +10, CMD 23 (can't be tripped)

SQ can't be tripped or flanked

Feats Alertness, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot

Skills Bluff +8, Fly +17, Intimidate +18, Knowledge (Arcana) +19, Perception +26, Sense Motive +16, Spellcraft +16, Stealth +10, Survival +12

ECOLOGY

Environment Cold hills

Organization Solitary, pair, or cluster

Treasure Double

Real World History

The glaring tyrant is a re-imaging of a classic monster for the Pathfinder system, refactored based on Mike Mearls' "Monster Makover" of the same creature. This "makeover" intends to solve the creature's more troubling features, particularly with facing, overuse of save-or-die effects and antimagic, while still keeping the basic flavor of the monster intact. (A Pathfinder version of this creature more true to the original can be found in the netbook The Book of Forbidden Lore.)

Appearance

Large floating sphere with huge central eye, gaping mouth, and ten eye-stalks.

Special Abillities

All Around Vision (Ex) Glaring tyrants are exceptionally alert and circumspect. Their many eyes give them a +4 racial bonus on Perception checks, and they can't be flanked.

Baleful Eye (Su) The glaring tyrant can focus its large, central eye on an area, disrupting all spellcasting that takes place there. As a swift action, the glaring tyrant creates a 60 foot cone. Anyone in this area who attempts to cast a spell must make a caster level check (DC 18) to successfully complete the spell. This DC is Intelligence based and includes a +4 racial bonus. This effect does not interfere with the tyrant's eye rays.

Can't Be Tripped (Ex) As creatures who float, glaring tyrants cannot be tripped.

Eye Rays (Su) Each of a glaring tyrant's eye stalks can produce a ray of magical energy with a range of 150 feet. As a standard action, a glaring tyrant can produce one ray from each eyestalk. It can target up to three rays at a single target. Each ray aimed at a specific target must have a different effect, but a glaring tyrant can use the same ability twice per round. Each ray requires a successful ranged touch attack. Glaring tyrants gain a +4 racial bonus to the save DCs for these rays. Rays which duplicate spell effects act as if cast by a 13th level wizard.

  • The enthralling ray can either Stun the target on a failed Will save (DC 18) or be used to cast charm person (DC 18).
  • The blast ray does 6d6 points of damage, with the glaring tyrant choosing one of the five energy types (acid, cold, electricity, fire or sonic) as it fires.
  • The telekinesis ray functions as a telekinesis spell. The alternative Combat Maneuver Bonus provided by the spell (see description) is based on Intelligence (CMB +16). A telekinetic effect may be sustained over multiple rounds (as per the spell), but this requires that the ray remain focused on the target. In combat, glaring tyrants most often use this ray to bull rush or trip approaching melee fighters.
  • The slow ray works as per the spell if it hits (DC 20).
  • The disintegrate ray works as the spell (DC 23, base damage 26d6).

As an example, suppose a glaring tyrant encounters a party of four adventurers: a fighter, a cleric, a rogue, and a wizard. On its turn, it uses three rays against two targets, and two rays against two other targets. It cannot use any specific ray more than twice. It uses its rays in the following manner:

  • Fighter: telekinesis, slow, disintegrate.
  • Wizard: telekinesis, blast ray (cold), stun.
  • Cleric: stun, disintegrate.
  • Rogue: slow, blast ray (acid).

Flight (Ex) A glaring tyrant's body is naturally buoyant. This buoyancy allows it to fly at a speed of 30 feet and grants it a permanent feather fall effect (as the spell) with personal range. The glaring tyrant may hover without needing to make a Fly skill check.

Sustained Barrage (Su) Glaring tyrants continually seethe with arcane energy, allowing them to create a sustained barrage of rays. A glaring tyrant rolls two dice for initiative and records both results. On a glaring tyrant's initiative count, it can choose to take its normal turn or a special barrage turn. It may take one normal turn per round and one barrage turn per round. On its barrage turn, the glaring tyrant may fire its telekinesis ray, or a special parasitic ray, at any target within 60 feet. The parasitic ray functions as the spell vampiric touch, but requires a ranged touch attack instead of a melee touch. The glaring tyrant fires twice, using either type of ray for each shot. It may fire both rays at the same target, or each at a different targets. The glaring tyrant cannot take any other actions on its barrage turn except to delay.

Design Choices

All of the advice in the monster makeover was followed, with two exceptions. The first is the telekinesis ray. The Pathfinder version of this spell, while still complicated, leverages the combat maneuver rules in a good way, so using them instead of adding arbitrary "save or be moved" mechanics seems like a better idea. The second change is to the sustained barrage ability. Rather than reuse the blast ray, I changed Mark's version to use a vampiric touch-like effect. The damage is the same (6d6), but provides a bit more staying power to the tyrant.

The starting point for the stats was to keep the CR at 13. According to the Pathfinder SRD monster creation guidelines a CR 13 aberration should have 19 hit dice, around 180 hp, AC 28, attacks of 22/16, do around 45-60 points of damage per attack, have save DCs in the 15-21 range, and make saves in the 12-16 range. Since, as originally written, the creature is a bit of a "glass cannon", I strayed pretty far from this advice:

  • Hit dice: to keep the caster level at 13, I went with 13 hit dice instead of 19. This changes a lot of the other scores, making the tyrant physically weak for its CR, as it should be. At 4.5hp per die, the tyrant's average hp are just over half the standard for the CR.
  • AC is lower than normal for the CR.
  • WIth the two disintigrates and two blasts each round, the tyrant's damage output is much higher.
  • The save DCs range slightly higher than typical for the CR.
  • The lower number of hit dice yields much lower attack ratings and saving throws. Since most of tyrant's abilities used ranged touches, this is probably about right.