As proteans go, the oshageros is pretty simple. No meditating on the beauty of ceaseless change or the nature of the Maelstrom, no trying to get mortals to broaden their perspectives, no games of transmutation or mental manipulation. OSHAGEROS SMASH.
Of course, it’s not that simple—with Int 21, an oshageros would still wipe the floor intellectually with nearly every mortal wizard, and could out-consider (with Wis 18) even most mortal priests. It’s just that all that piercing intellect leads them* to rather Gordian† solutions: too much order must be torn down.
That crystalline wall of Law separating Order from Chaos? Oshageroses are gnawing at the foundations of that. That presumptuous tower of justice on some Heavenly plane? They’ll pop in and out in a smash-and-grab judge abduction. That newly minted inevitable prototype? Oshageros saboteurs will see it never reaches the production line. And when the forces of Law strike at the heart of Chaos, oshageroses will stand ready (slither ready? side-wind ready?) with dispel law, chaos hammer, draining tentacles and warpwave bursts to turn aside the blow.
Adventurers attempt to replace the keystone of a magical arch. To accomplish this feat, a rift must be opened, then the threads of reality anchored to the arch as a ritual is performed…all while fending off assaults from oshageroses drawn to the magnet pull of invasive law.
In theory, one shouldn't be able to walk along the Crystal Horizon separating the Universe That Is from the Void—it’s supposed to be a theoretical construct, and a sphere to boot. But in the impossible way of the Planes, the Crystal Horizon manifests as a mountain range of otherworldly quartz and granite. Half-celestial halfling ridge runners man watchtowers here, lighting beacon fires and racing along knife-edge precipices to warn of oshageros assaults from the misty Void.
The School of Thoughts sprawls along Avedon Square and the Aspirateum in the Sixth Sacred Ward. Anyone who assumes the academy’s moniker is a wry joke would be mistaken—the school literally collects, catalogs, dissects, and displays important concepts from across the multiverse. An oshageros named Uragolo, Invar, and/or Shezyx (depending on the day) joins in the School of Thoughts’s regular philosophical debates. It is understood among the planar students that physical might is a valid means of supporting one’s metaphysical arguments, but mortals on the receiving end of the protean’s tentacle lash are often caught by surprise.
—Pathfinder Bestiary 6 212
*If any monster was going to use the singular “they” pronoun, you know it would be a protean.
†As in the Knot.
In addition to the crocodilian jaws, artist Rayph Beisner gives the oshageros a tail…club?…that is also suggestive of a rattlesnake’s rattle. Whatever it is, I love it.
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