Amanusyas are beguiling performers and seducers. Interestingly, they are not interested in the seduction of souls per se, but rather that of the body—welcoming new partners in vice, gaining new victims to toy with or devour, and turning ascetics into the worst kind of addicts and gourmands. Of course, if their actions cause a victim’s soul to fall off the wheel of reincarnation and return as a rakshasa, so much the better.
Since the last time a party of adventurers was in town, an amanusya has reduced a once popular local street preacher into a babbling, paranoid wreck. The adventurers might not have even noticed, but they have been recently charged with administering a dead man’s estate by the local magistrate. The dead man left a sizable fortune and a public hall to the preacher, and the adventurers could face criminal charges or ruinous tax bills on their treasure if they don't find the preacher (and ideally ease his torment).
In the guise of a beautiful woman, an amanusya asks the party’s help in saving her fiancée from temptation. Apparently he has fallen in with servants of the Nine, rejecting the 1,001 gods of the Heavenly Panoply for the small, dour pantheon of the North. She fears his soul may be lost from the cycle of reincarnation! The truth, though, is that the man sought the missionaries’ help in curing his many addictions. The amanusya, certain she was grooming a future rakshasa mate, is determined not to lose her toy after part of only one lifetime.
A troupe of amanusyas has permission to dance in the lobby of the Palace of Souls. Those they lure away from the Procession of the Dead are reborn as rakshasas (typically raktavarnas). Unable to break the letter of their agreement, some pychopomp clerks hire mortal adventurers to drive off the troublemaking troubadours before any more petitioners are lost.
—Occult Bestiary 48
I know “amanusya” means something like “any other being but a man” or “demon,” but all I’m finding is links to an anime. Thoughts?
Yes, I only posted about monsters twice this week—but there is a method to my madness! (That method involves making sure that Friday’s post is always a multiple of five in the archive, so I don't go mad.)
Also, today I blabbed about Eberron on Reddit during my lunch break. It’s nothing you all haven’t heard before, but if you’re new to the blog check it out!
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This week’s radio show was all about big anniversaries: 20 years of Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill. Also a massive set of strong ’90s/’00s female artists, plus new Grimes! The link is good till Monday, 11/2, and you can right-click/Save As if you want to download it. Enjoy!